Eriskay Pony Society UK
Midlothian EH22 2NX
Tel: 0131 663 3485
Contact: Fiona Misselbrook
|Until recently, numbers of Eriskay ponies were so low
and so geographically scattered that most were kept at home for
breeding. As a result the ponies were rarely seen in public. Now though,
Eriskay ponies can be seen at many shows throughout Britain, with
separate Eriskay Society Breed Shows being held annually in both
Scotland and England. This year, for the first time Eriskays will be
competing in BSPS "Heritage Mountain and Moorland" classes and in
special Eriskay only classes at the NPS Spring and Summer shows in
|Origin: Dartmoor in Devon, England.
|Colour: Foal colour bay or black normally
turning to grey as adults although a few adults remain black or bay.
Excessive white markings not permitted.
|Height: from 12 to 13.2hh.
|Conformation: Good bold eyes set well apart.
Wide forehead with well set ears in proportion. Head should be generous
and pleasant with a deep jaw and tapering muzzle denoting intelligence
and kind temperament. A good sloping shoulder with the neck set in high
and carried proudly, showing a good length of rein. The chest should not
be too broad and beefy. A long rib cage and very short loin ensure
strength to the back. Croup to buttocks gently sloping to tail. A
naturally good carriage allowing the hindquarters to work efficiently.
The limbs strong but not thick, having plenty of clean flat bone and
just a little find feather. Hooves should be hard and sound, well
rounded and a natural extension of a well proportioned leg. Smooth and
free without exaggeration. Good rhythm and cadence. Walk and trot
straight and true with good flexion of the hocks and freedom of the
shoulders. Mane and tail not coarse and heavy. Fine low set dock and
tail well carried. Fine silky coat in summer. Dense but not unduly heavy
coat in winter.
|Character: Active, honest and workmanlike with
excellent temperament. Sensible and intelligent with a pronounced level
of confidence and affinity with humans.