Breeding Grant

As with any breed, breeding from your Eriskay pony can be costly. To help with this we can offer the possibility of a breeding grant, supported by a number of generous benefactors, to help with breeding registered Eriskay ponies. Please see note below regarding annual cut off date for applications.

Since 2020 we have also received further financial support for research into specific breeding and health related projects from the Horserace Betting Levy Board.

To qualify for an Eriskay Pony Society Breeding Grant, you must be a current member of the Society and your pony should be registered with EPS. To protect the long term viability of the breed and minimise inbreeding, the mare and stallion should also be an appropriate match as identified by SPARKS(Explanation) which gives a recommended breeding profile for every registered Eriskay pony.

In common with most breed societies we are required to prove ancestry in our stud book and we do this by DNA sampling of all breeding stock. For this reason, before you send your mare to a stallion, it is vitally important that you check that the stallion you are intending to use to has been DNA tested. If you use a stallion whose DNA has not been recorded by the Society, it will be impossible to register any subsequent foal in the main register of the Eriskay Pony Society studbook. Please check with the Registrar before arranging to have your mare covered.

If you would like more information on:

  • Practical advice
  • Breeding and producing a foal
  • selecting the right stallion

please contact the breeding advisor, Mary McGillivray on

Guidelines for Application for Eriskay Pony Society Breeding Grant

The Eriskay Pony Society (EPS) allocates small grants to help members with the costs involved in breeding Eriskay ponies however applications must be received by the Society before the end of July each year.

To apply you must meet these conditions.

* The applicant must be a paid up member of EPS.

* The pony must registered with EPS.

* A CENE registered pony is welcomed but the CENE passport must be over-stamped by EPS.

* Any resulting foal must subsequently be registered with EPS.

The grants can cover a wide range of situations such as:

* Contribution towards travel costs for mare or stallion.

* Contribution towards the required pre-covering tests.

* Livery costs.

The grant is flexible and can be used towards covering the costs of natural service, Artificial Insemination (AI), or embryo transfer. The stallion chosen for the covering of a mare must be agreed by the Eriskay Pony Society Council and be a SPARKS match as described above. A full history of SPARKS, provided by the RBST, can be found here SPARKS(History)

Arrangements between the owner of the mare/stallion and the stud are private. Any pre-mating health tests required by the owner must be carried out before travelling to the stud.

On collection of the mare or stallion all costs must be paid to the stallion owner before leaving.

You can download a funding request form here or find it on our resources page.

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