Minute Of Meeting of the Formation of the Association for the Preservation and Development of the Eriskay Pony held in Lochboisdale Hotel, South Uist on Tuesday 22nd February 1972 at 16.30 hours.

 

Present Sir William Weipers, Snab Duntocher; Father John MacNeil, Griminish, Benbecula; D MacDonald, Schoolhouse, Eriskay;  John MacIsaac No3 Haun, Eriskay;Lady Weipers Snab, Duntocher; Dr Robert Hill, Isle of Barra; Father C MacNeill, Eriskay; Duncan MacInnes, Eriskay; John MacKinnon 11 Balla, Eriskay; Angus John MacMillan, Eriskay; George Sclanders, Eriskay; Robert Beck, Tigh A’Bhet, Tiree; N. Patrick Ford, Langass Lodge, North Uist; David Stephen, Palacerigg, Cumbernauld.

 

Observers: Roderick MacDonald, The Highlands and Islands Development Board, Inverness; John Coull, Department of Agriculture; J.A. Hardie, Crofters Commission, Inverness.

 

An apology was read from Roderick MacAulay of Balelone who wished to be associated with the purpose of the Association.

 

Mr Robert Beck MRCVS of Tiree addressed those present and explained the circumstances which led to calling the meeting. A number of people in both the islands and the mainland were disturbed at the rapid fall in the number of pure-bred Eriskay Ponies on the islands and were interested in any measure which would ensure the survival of the breed. It seemed likely that they could provide excellent riding ponies for small children, and fulfil a growing demand for a hardy friendly pony.

 

Following discussion it was agreed that an association be formed.

 

Mr Robert Beck was appointed President unanimously and Fr Calum MacNeill of Eriskay was appointed Secretary.

In addition a steering committee was appointed consisting of:  Mr Ford, Lady Weipers, John MacKinnon, Dr Hill, David Stephen (who will be a Public Relations Officer)

Sir William Weipers offered to arrange essential veterinary services and David Stephen offered to move and house a number of the ponies in the Cumbernauld Nature Park,