|Posted on April 10, 2019 at 12:20 PM|
The RBST have just published the Watchlist for 2019/20 along with the Watchlist report.
The report highlights the situation facing the Eriskay pony and states ''Conservation effort in 2019 will once again be on focussed on the perilously rare Eriskay, a versatile pony with a superb temperament, which sadly saw only 2 foals registered in 2018''.
The report further states ''Some equine breeds remain particularly vulnerable, and without the ability to freeze embryos successfully, the “living Gene Bank” of horses and ponies in the hands of dedicated breeders is especially important''.
To view the Watchlist and the report, please go to www.rbst.org.uk
|Posted on October 21, 2018 at 10:10 AM|
The EPS was represented at the Equine Breeders Seminar organised by the RBST and held on Saturday 13th October 2018 at Stallion AI Services, Chapel Field Stud, Whitchurch, Shropshire.
A very interesting day with talks by Prof. Tim Morris, Vice-Chairman, RBST, Ruth Dalton, Northern Field Officer, RBST, Dr Andy Dell, Tullis Matson of Stallion AI Services and Jeannette Beranger of the Livestock Conservancy USA.
Following lunch there was a tour of the impressive facilities at Stallion AI and a demonstration of Equine Gene Banking and Equine Reproductive Technology.
Dr Andy Dell gave a talk on SPARKS as a breeding tool which highlighted the issues rare breeds face. The slide used in his presentation can been found at
|Posted on September 25, 2018 at 10:25 AM|
The Scottish Smallholder Festival 2018 will be held at Forfar Mart on Sunday 28th October.
Once again in the Festival will explore our equine heritage and is delighted to welcome along representatives of some of the wonderful native breed horses and ponies. Many folk getting into smallholding (and many existing smallholders) enjoy having an equine or two around the place – and they can do a job of work too.
The Festival will feature an Equine Parade with examples of most of our native breeds being presented along with expert commentary from Donald McGillivray. It’s a rare opportunity to see and learn about some of the scarcest breeds of ponies and horses including of course Eriskay Ponies.
The Eriskay Pony Society will have a stand with a pony on display who will also take part in the parade carrying creels. The stand will feature information about the breed with members able to give advice and support to anyone wishing to own or breed these wonderful adaptable ponies. There will also be the opportunity to have a cup of tea and a bit of cake so do pop past and see us.
More information on the festival can be found at www.ssgf.uk
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Please note the address for the Registrar / Treasureris now :
Tel : 01887 877219
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Report by Judith harries.
Vanessa Harvey with handler (who had to be substituted by the vet at the last minute as the handler needed to go with mother to hospital) plus husband Anthony brought 15yr old Peewit pony club pony and mum, and 4yr old gelding Merlin (just backed) for the second day.
Merlin had never been anywhere before (except to the vet). All animals had a loosebox with a cattle pen enclosure at the front.
Both ponies were intensely interested in everything - goats penned 15' away, American Quarter horses next door, huge deerhounds (or some such breed) in the next row.
A sunny day, the place was crowded - sometimes with people 3-deep at the pens with Peewit and Merlin successfully entertaining their visitors.
There was a display which involved all the Rare Breeds parading round the ring with commentary as each one came forward. 6 Equine breeds, 8 sheep breeds, 2 goat breeds, 5 individual donkeys, 2 alpacas - and a Hereford bull. I decided I would go into the ring just in case someone needed help and donned gloves and hat. How silly. Of course they didn't need help but behaved wonderfully well. Little Merlin will have learnt a lot about loudspeakers, flags, huge marquees full of very noisy fowl and the general public who don't get out of the way of ponies.
By 4.30 pm both ponies were nearly out on their feet but refused to go inside the loose boxes and miss the fun.
Cannot thank Vanessa Harvey and husband Anthony enough, and their friends who came to help - I had fascinating questions from the public and the day was a great success.