Green Mountain Dales Ponies was started in 1998 as a division of Hamilton Rare Breeds Foundation. The Hamilton Rare Breeds Foundation is a non-profit organization with goals to propagate, conserve, and educate the public about rare breeds of farm animals.
On the farm in Hartland, Vermont, there have been breeding herds of Poitou donkeys, Choctaw Mustangs, Dales Ponies, and American Cream Draft horses. The vision of an extraordinary woman, Debbie Hamilton, to preserve rare breeds would not have come to fruition without the expertise of Pat Hastings who manages the farm, oversees the reproduction and trains the horses. Read more about Pat on the About Us and Training page.
In spite of being considered to be a hardy breed the Dales Pony is now on the critical list. Imported from the UK the Dales Pony is versatile with a wonderful temperament. In spite of the breeds many great qualities the Dales Pony is finding it hard to survive.
There are always quality Dales Ponies for sale at various stages of training. Broodmares and young stock may be available, see a list on the For Sale page.
The foundation has received tax deductible gifts and grants which have enabled it to pursue research in animal health and reproduction. Donations will allow us to go forward with keeping the Dales Pones from extinction.
Driving training is available for any breed as time and board is permits. Contact Pat Hastings to discuss training arrangements.
Notice: Pat's Winter training location is in Aiken, South Carolina until March 2016. Same contact email.