The Welsh Mountain pony, or Section A of the
Welsh Stud Book, is one of the most popular and
beautiful of the British Mountain and Moorland
breeds. They have roamed the mountains and
wild moors of Wales for centuries, and are an
important part of the regionís history and landscape.
They are in essence a hardy working pony
of the Welsh hills, being used in the past as saddle
ponies, pit ponies, pack ponies, and the ideal draft
horse for the smallholder, being able to a carry a
considerable load and also travel at a fair pace.
The breedís good looks, intelligent
character, and all round versatility, along with
many dedicated breeders and supporters over
generations have ensured its place in the modern
world, excelling as a family pony and as a winner
on show fields worldwide, in harness and under
Photographer Fleur Hallam has captured these
beautiful ponies in their homeland, from the
mountains and the lowlands of Wales, through to
the grace of the ponies on the show field,
showing the Welsh Mountain pony at its hardy
and spirited best.
Enthusiastic young photographer, Fleur
Hallam, comes from an artistic and
equine family, and found her creative
gene flourished behind a camera. Fleur
had a mainly Rudolf Steiner education,
where her passion for creative arts
started at an early age, which she
has continued by furthering her
knowledge and love of photography in
successfully completing the Art of
Photography through the Open
College of the Arts. Her successful first
book, Spirit of the Fell Pony, was
published by Halsgrove in 2008.
Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 0 85710 029 0, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published June 2010.