The Eriskay Pony Society (Comann Each nan Eilean) has its eye firmly on the future, with their first batch of 2022 calendar orders posted out to supporters yesterday (Friday 9 July).
Looking to the future is very much the reason for the existence of the society, which is run by volunteers exclusively to protect and preserve the very rare breed of native pony.
And 2022 is set to be a special year for them, as the society celebrates the 50th anniversary of their formation as a campaign group dedicated to just one breed in a single location.
As part of their celebrations, their anniversary calendar features photographs taken by professional photographers visiting the islands, all of whom have donated their images free of charge to help fund the work of the society.
That includes this cover picture, taken by UK wildlife photographer Kevin Morgan (www.kevinmorgans.com) when he visited Eriskay.
The ponies are now up on the hills of the island, to comply with crofting regulations, which require them to be away from the townships between May and October.
Meanwhile Comann Eachdraidh Eirisgeidh (Eriskay Historical Society) is featuring the island’s famous ponies in their regular summer exhibition, open in Eriskay Community Hall every Thursday and Friday until mid-August.
It’s a good chance to get away from the midgies and to get a hot drink and some delicious home baking, too.
This year’s exhibition on fishing, Eriskay school and the Eriskay pony features many photographs of fishermen, fishing boats and herring girls, together with documentary sources on fishing stories, lists of boats, crew members and family genealogy.
Exhibition entry is £2 or £1 for CEE members.