The Dartmoor Hill Pony Association (DHPA) is a membership organisation for hill-farmers using their ancient right to graze ponies on the commons of Dartmoor all year round. It is the Breeders’ Association for the Native Semi-wild Dartmoor Hill Pony Population.
To be a member, a Dartmoor hill-farmer must have paid Dues to the Dartmoor Commoners’ Council and be using rights registered at the Dartmoor Commoners’ Council office, grazing their herd all year round. Members pay an annual subscription to the Dartmoor Hill Pony Association to help fund activities and projects for the benefit of pony-keepers.
The Dartmoor Hill Pony Association was formed in 1998 and was formally constituted in 2005 and recognised by Defra as a Breeders’ Association for the Semi-wild Dartmoor Hill Pony Population in 2023.