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The Studbook - An explanation.

Posted on July 5, 2020 at 6:20 AM

The studbook of the Eriskay Pony Society is recognised as a studbook of origin for the Eriskay pony breed. The studbook maintained by The Eriskay Pony (Purebred) Studbook Society (CEnE) is also recognised as a studbook of origin for the Eriskay Pony.

Both studbooks have their origins in the original studbook set up by the Society for the Preservation of the Eriskay Pony in 1972.

All ponies registered in the Eriskay Pony Studbook can trace their ancestry back to that original studbook. The studbook is closed and only the offspring of two registered Eriskay ponies can be registered in the studbook.

The Eriskay Pony Studbook consists of the :

• Main Section

• Supplementary Section A - containing ponies which are not eligible for the Main Section but are eligible for the breeding up scheme

• Supplementary Section B - containing ponies which are not eligible for the Main Register or Supplementary Register A but are eligible for the breeding up scheme (this register is now closed).

A pony will be entered in the Main Section if the pony is :

• The progeny of a sire and dam who are already on the Main Section.

• The progeny of a dam on the Supplementary Section A and a Registered Stallion.

A pony will be entered in the Supplementary Section A if the pony is :

• The progeny of a sire and dam who are already on the Supplementary Section A.

• The progeny of a dam on the Supplementary Section B and a Registered Stallion.

Supplementary Section B is closed to new entrants.

The Eriskay Pony Society accepts that ponies entered in the CEnE studbook are genetically the same breed. They are eligible for entry into the EPS studbook by overstamp, and their offspring are eligible for entry into the EPS studbook if they meet the entry criteria that apply to EPS registered ponies.

The focus of the breeding programme is to preserve and improve the breed by preserving as much of the original genetic material as possible whilst encouraging breeding up. Although legislation permits the society to have a cross breeding programme to improve the breed, no such programme has been undertaken by the society.

The Eriskay Pony Society maintains a Part Bred register to record the offspring of an Eriskay pony and any other pony. This is not part of the studbook.

 

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