When Sally the Pony met ….. New Forest Folk!

Day 2 - Brockenhurst

Sally the Pony out on her travels on Day 2 of the competition

We are drumming up support for our Love the Forest campaign in advance of this year’s New Forest Show, with a daily “Sally the Pony” competition on Facebook.

For 10 days leading up to the Show, a large soft toy Sally the Pony is being photographed at various locations around the Forest – and each day we are asking the public to guess “Where’s Sally today?” Daily winners receive a limited edition “Sally the Pony” mug.

Andrea Prout from Blackfield Winner from Day 1

Andrea Prout from Blackfield winner on the first day – celebrating at home after receiving her mug!


We’d like to invite everyone to visit us at the New Forest Show on 28, 29 & 30 July -on stand 26 in the local Food & Farming section  to meet Sally the Pony – and take a Selfie with her!

You can find out more about Sally on our Facebook page – lovethenforest

At the show you will also be able to take part in the Love the Forest Prize Draw for a chance to win meals and stays in local Hotels and Restaurants, a short break for a family of four in Cornwall and a day for two at the new Cookery School at Limewood.

The original Sally the Pony book, written by New Forest commoner Jo Ivey highlights the dangers of feeding the New Forest animals – and was supported by the Trust’s Love the Forest grant scheme.

Julie Mottisfont, Director of Love the Forest said: “We would like to thank all our supporters for getting involved.  We are very grateful for every donation, no matter how big or small – and couldn’t do our vital work securing the future of the New Forest without this support.  We know everybody loves the New Forest ponies – but we want everyone to understand that whilst our “Sally” is a toy which can be cuddled, the real ponies are not”

Jo Ivey added “New Forest ponies are semi wild and can be dangerous, so please do not try to pet or feed them: it could be the people who come after you who suffer the consequences of your actions.”