In a ground breaking move the Eriskay Pony Society is engaging with genetics experts at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) to carry out the biggest ever survey of Eriskay Pony DNA, as they work to protect and promote this critically endangered native breed.


Thanks to a successful bid from the Society for funding from the Horserace Betting Levy Board, coupled with a contribution from the Society’s own funds - and following a rigorous assessment of available options - the Society has approached Nottingham Trent University to carry out a comprehensive and detailed DNA analysis of the breed.


The results of this analysis will be used, in conjunction with the Rare Breed Survival Trust’s Equine Conservation project, to help inform all future breeding plans and decision making for this critically endangered breed.


The analysis, being carried out by NTU’s Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF) and School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, involves Professor Philippe Wilson, Dr Samuel White and Dr Andy Dell.

For more information refer to the full press release below:

Full Press Release