Welcome to Dowlais Pony Improvement Society


We are an active Hill Pony Improvement Society that keeps ponies on the  Northern side of the Merthyr Common which is of very rugged terrain and   where the Society's ponies run, it extends to approximately 1000-1500 feet  above sea level.


Annually on August Bank Holiday, we host our annual show in the picturesque grounds of Cyfarthfa Park in Merthyr Tydfil.


Cyfarthfa Castle (Castell Cyfarthfa) is the former home of the Crawshay family, historical ironmasters of Cyfarthfa Ironworks in Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil. Despite appearing superficially to be a fortified building it is a house built in  the style of a large mansion. The castle stands in approximately 160 acres of   parkland.

Mares and foals on the Dowlais hill

This site aims to provide visitors with updated information on upcoming  events, photographs and details of ponies, history of the breed. We only have records  of Premium stallions used by the society over the past sixty years.  Also there   are for sale pages and  contact information for all other active    "Hill Pony Improvement Societies in Wales".

We welcome any feed back that you may have with regards to the site and  society and would also be interested in your views and any photographs that  you may have, however please note that this site does not have a  forum or discussion board and is meant for informational purposes only.

On behalf of the Society - I would like to thank the show exhibitors,

sponsors, volunteers and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council who contribute to make the show an annual success.

Colin Thomas


Website training for this site has been funded by The Welsh Assembly Government and Communities First Cymunedau yn gyntaf.

Copyright © Dowlais Pony Improvement Society 2008