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Eriskay Pony Society
The Eriskay Pony Society was founded in 1995 as the successor to the unincorporated Eriskay Pony Breed Society. The Eriskay Pony Society was the first of the Eriskay Pony Societies to achieve statutory recognition as a breed society for the Eriskay Pony under UK and EU regulations in 1995 and is the largest Eriskay Pony Society.
The Eriskay Pony Society is now recognised as a holder of the studbook of origin of the Eriskay Pony (Mother Society) and as a passport issuing organisation for the Eriskay Pony by the Scottish Govt, UK Govt. and the EU.
The numbers of ponies are very low. The Society believes that the best way to ensure the survival and growth of the breed is to promote the genetically correct breeding and to encourage the use of the Eriskay Pony as widely as possible
To promote breeding the Society works closely with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust to ensure that breeding is done in such way as to minimise inbreeding and to preserve as much as possible of the ponies genetic material. The Society also works with the RBST in the use of AI breeding techniques to help overcome the issue of stallions being widely geographically dispersed. In addition the Society will from time to time acquire breeding stock that it makes available to breeders, with particular focus on moving stallions to places where they are needed.
Society members have competed successfully at dressage, Trec, driving, Pony Club and other competitive activities. The ponies have also done a great job in being 'family friends' for people who enjoy riding in a non-competitive leisure environment. In addition to supporting competitive use of the ponies, the Society supports their leisure use activities such as organising an annual trek.