The Heritage Park and Pasture
The Newfoundland Pony Society is seeking your support to develop a grazing land and heritage park for the Province’s only heritage animal, the Newfoundland Pony, which is listed as endangered by Rare Breeds Canada. This public space will help ensure the future survival of the breed, provide pastureland for Ponies and a place for the public to learn about the Province’s special breed.
NPS recently secured a 50-year agricultural lease on 25 acres of Crown land near Hopeall, Trinity Bay. We plan to restore the pasture and create a dedicated showcase area called The Newfoundland Pony Heritage Park. The park will provide free grazing pasture and breeding space for Newfoundland Pony owners in the area, in addition to a visitor centre for school groups, the public and tourists.
Once in the thousands, there are now an estimated 500-600 Newfoundland Ponies in Canada and the U.S., with the actual number of breeding ponies much lower. This hard-working animal played an important role in the survival of rural Newfoundland; they hauled wood for building and heating houses, they pulled kelp from the beach for gardens, and were a dependable means of transportation for families.
The pasture for the Newfoundland Pony Heritage Park is close to St. John’s and less than an hour’s drive from the Marine Atlantic Argentia Ferry Terminal on the Trinity South Highway. It is also close to many neighbouring communities with children and school groups who will be able to see and enjoy the Ponies in their natural habitat, where they evolved.
The existing buildings and fencing on the land are in disrepair, the water supply is inadequate, and the pasture (about 12 acres is currently cleared) needs improvement. We have an ambitious goal of raising $250,000 over 2 phases that we hope to achieve with your support. In order to move ponies onto the land in the summer of 2021, our focus is on Phase 1.
Phase 1: Pasture Development
Fundraising Goal: $75,000
- Repair and replace the fencing on the land
- Rehabilitate the pasture for grazing
- Refurbishment of water supply
- Grade the entrance area and create accessible parking
Phase 2: Visitor Centre
Fundraising Goal $175,000
- Upgrade the electrical system
- Repair the existing barn
- Develop a small visitor centre and welcome area
- Produce outdoor storyboards to tell the history and features of the NL Pony
Tax Deductible Donation
There are currently very few opportunities for the public to view and learn about the Newfoundland Pony. This is an opportunity to give the Newfoundland Pony a permanent home and to ensure its special history and cultural importance will be protected for future generations.
We are asking for your support to help us reach out goal of 75,000 for Phase 1. The NPS is a registered charity (# 899 123 053 RR0 001) and will issue receipts for tax purposes. If you would like additional information about how you can contribute toward the permanent home for the Newfoundland Pony, please contact us.