We tell this story because this little pony is why a small sanctuary on Dartmoor became a well known charity in the 1980's and then in the 1990's  became a home to UK Police horses with nowhere else to go and why we are still here today.

Lucky - pictured on the left, arrived at The Devon Horse & Pony Sanctuary in 1982 aged 4 months.  He died last month at the age of 32 - a very special little pony who didn't look any different from the hundreds of others that live on the moors today.   But his story of life is why the Sanctuary is still here today.  He was hand picked out of many ponies on a rainy day in October 1982 by a young man named Nigel Nelson who was a roving reporter for the Sunday Mirror at the time ( we now believe he is the political editor for the Sunday People).  He met Sylvia the founder of the Devon Horse & Pony Sanctuary and between them rescued this little chap from the horrors of being butchered for horse meat.  His story was featured in the Sunday Mirror and the readers were asked to name this little pony.  Lucky was picked and Lucky he was.  The Sunday Mirror continued to feature his story for a year or so, coming back at Christmas and taking lots of pictures with him beside a tree with presents from his adoring public.

Money was sent in from the public to help feed him, but also this enabled Sylvia to go to the sales the following year and save 6 more from an inevitable end.  All of those ponies except one, Fudge have now passed on.  His constant companion at the end was Robin a blind little Shetland pony.

Kind supporters of Lucky to this day, still send money in when they can and remember the sanctuary in their will, which has enabled the sanctuary to continue to save hundreds of horses, ponies and the odd donkey and give them a safe and loving home for the rest of their days.