In summer 2020, Jenna Payne hosted the first virtual show for Exmoor ponies for the Exmoor Pony Society in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The show was a resounding success with over 220 entries and exhibits from as far away as Sweden and Germany, the show became the largest Exmoor pony show in history and the first international. Later in the season, Jenna was joined by Lizzie Raspin to support the EPS’ Midlands Area Show which also received a great turnout of exhibitors.
It became clear that there was a distinct appetite for online showing for Exmoor pony enthusiasts and so ExieFest was formed. In December 2020, the team hosted their first event; Christmas ExieFest.