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About Us

We at the Devon Horse & Pony Sanctuary are very proud to say that we have been in existence since 1976 and a fully fledged charity since 1980.  In that time we have literally saved and rehabilitated hundreds of horses and ponies with the odd donkey here and there.


Every pound that is donated or funded is used to support the work we do in looking after the sanctuary and the animals.  We believe our work is so worthwhile and we know the animals would all agree if only they could talk.


Click on the links below to find out more about us.

The Devon and Horse and Pony Sanctuary, situated on Dartmoor have been caring for horses, ponies, and donkeys since 1976.


Since then many neglected abused and homeless equines have found a secure and loving home until the end of their days. Suitable and rehabilitated animals are found caring new loan homes but are always able to return to the Sanctuary if circumstances change.


Sylvia and Terry Phillips started the Sanctuary which gained Charity status in 1980. They began the principle of maintaining a small and personal establishment, which allows each animal to be cared for as an individual and given all the love and attention they deserve. Since the beginning, many children and adults including the disabled and the disadvantaged have gained great benefit from close contact with our animals and we still see this as an important part of what we do today.  


The Phillips family have continued this work since Sylvia's death in 2009 expanding the sanctuary into France where most of the bigger horses including 12 retired Police horses from forces within England are given a safe and secure home for the rest of their lives. If you want to read more about this please visit the website or look at Brantome Police Horses page.

The Devon Horse & Pony Sanctuary are proud to be members of the National Equine Welfare Council

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How It All Began


Meet The Residents

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Brantome Police Horses

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