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The Eriskay Pony Society is celebrating 50 years of preserving the island’s unique indigenous pony

A handful of islanders established “The Association for the Preservation and Development of the Eriskay Pony” in the Lochboisdale Hotel on February 22, 1972.

And since then, they have been working to prevent the breed from becoming extinct.

In the late 1970s, the association underwent a name change to become Comann Each nan Eilean (The Eriskay Pony Society).

Thanks to their efforts 50 years ago, this unique breed of native pony was pulled back from the brink. Today, the Eriskay Pony is known worldwide, particularly so since the advent of social media.

In an online post, Comann Each nan Eilean says: “We continue the work of the original committee through the next family generation who are now following in the footsteps of their parents, raising awareness of this special breed of native pony.”

They also reveal that awareness-raising will receive a major boost this year by acquiring a base and an exhibition in the regeneration project in the old Eriskay school along with Comann Eachdraidh Eirisgeidh.