Single Population Analysis Records Keeping System (SPARKS)
The overwhelming risk to Eriskay Ponies is the loss of genetic material over time which is natural in large populations but which can be devastating when only small amounts of genetic material are available in the first place. To help counter this the Eriskay Pony Society has started using SPARKS (Single Population Animal Records Keeping System) which is a computer database developed by Dr Andy Dell that works with a genetic analysis program called GENES to help breeders sustain and strengthen small populations of endangered animals.
The Eriskay Pony Society is very grateful to Dr Dell for allowing and supporting the use of SPARKS and also to the RBST for their help and encouragement.
The Link to the 2020 SPARKS sheets and a full explanation of how to use it is below.