|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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|Posted on May 15, 2016 at 10:20 AM|
British Dressage are running a championship for British Native Breeds. Eriskays are eligible and there will be a rosettefor the highest placed Eriskay Pony.
|Posted on August 11, 2011 at 2:45 PM|
A number of people have contacted the Eriskay Pony Society about comments on the website of The Eriskay Pony (Purebred) Studbook Society - Comann Each nan Eilean (CENE), and elsewhere that relate to EPS and our relationship with CENE. The following are the key points in relation to this matter.
As a result of a meeting held at the offices of the Rural Directorate of the Scottish Govt in March 2009 both societies agreed to a reconciliation process to be run by an independent expert.
The process to be followed was that the studbooks would be reconciled, followed by the rulebooks.
Had this process been completed, the outcome would have been that :
- EPS and CENE would have consistent rules
- all issues surrounding the mother - daughter society relationship would have been resolved
- there would be a full studbook of all Eriskay ponies.
A time scale of 6 months was agreed for the studbook reconciliation from the date the independent expert was appointed. That person was appointed in June 2009.
When we were asked to provide a copy of our studbook in July 2009 we provided a complete electronic extract of our entire studbook. We answered all subsequent requests for clarification promptly.
The studbook reconciliation was not completed and in September 2010 we were told that CENE considered the matter closed.
They did this as they did not deem themselves to have a daughter society on the basis of advice from Dr. Alf-Eckbert Fuessel, European Commission DG SANCO.
The Eriskay Pony Society (EPS) remains a fully authorised breed society and Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO) for Eriskay Ponies.
The relevant authority in this matter is the Rural Directorate. Dr Fuessel has confirmed he cannot make rulings in this matter, only offer advice based on the information put before him.
We have discussed the way forward with the Rural Directorate and with Dr Fuessel.
Dr Fuessel has advised that there is existing precedent in the EU for there to be 2 legal breed societies for the same genetic breed.
The Rural Directorate are proceeding prudently in this matter and are taking all necessary advice to ensure that the agreed way forward conforms to UK law, relevant EU Commission Decisions and takes due account of existing precedent.
Dr Fuessel also advised that we could continue using the term 'Eriskay Pony' and there is also precedent for that, though this needs further clarification.
EPS intends to remain a breed society that caters for all Eriskay Ponies, their owners and breeders. We will work with the Rural Directorate to achieve this and provide updates as when we have further information.
If necessary, an EGM will be held to discuss and agree the way forward.