1972 22nd February Association for the Preservation and
Development of the Eriskay Pony founded in
Lochboisdale by a group headed by Fr Calum
MacNeill, parish priest Eriskay, Robert Beck,
MRCVS a vet from Tiree. Dr Alastair Fraser from
Lewis,. Crofters Commissioner.
Ogam E to be symbol ‘each Eirisgeidh eilean’
1973 100% OES stallion ‘Eric’ located on South Uist.
Bought by the Association for pure breeding.
1978 Association changes its name to Comann Each nan
Eilean – the Eriskay Pony Society
1982 Last non-pure stallion used in CEnE breeding
All ponies now to be sired by a 100% OES stallion.
1985 First volume Register closed.
1986 23 Oct. Group of mainland members to form own
database and separate society.
1988 Eriskay Pony Class at South Uist and Benbecula
Agricultural Show. Robert Beck Cup for best
1992 Definitive book on Eriskay Pony published –
‘Scotland’s Native Horse’ by Robert Beck
1995 Pure breeding returns to the Islands.
1996 EGM. CEnE reaffirms its commitment to be Island
based. Friend of Society category. Logo adopted.
1997 Silver Jubilee Exhibition in Eriskay Community
1998 HRH Prince Charles, becomes CEnE Patron
2000 Sale of Ponies and Seminar in Lochboisdale.
Company formed as Society’s ‘legal personality’
and business arm with charity status.
Death in Lewis of Dr Alastair Fraser.
2002 Recognition in Europe. Ponies change when
moved from native islands. Three officebearers
Millenium funded to go to Poland and
Connemara. Learned how Poland and Ireland
support their native breeds. Polish Professor in
Uist. Gives talk on conserving breed.
Meets breeders and sees ponies on Eriskay
2003 CEnE Studbook Register 1972-1985 confirmed as
the Studbook of Origin of the Eriskay Pony breed.
Death of Hon President Canon Calum MacNeill.
2004 Surviving co-founder Robert Beck new President.
2010 Two office bearers meet in Brussels with Dr. Alf-
Eckbert Fussel, EEC. Pure Studbook compiled.
Rules and Principles sent to Regulatory Authority.
Seorsa Gaidheal Certification Mark trademarked
for members’ ponies bred, born, reared in Islands.
2011 Purebred Mares dispersed to Island locations.
Accreditation for pure breeding at Palacerigg
Country Park and Strathaven Rare Breeds Centre
2012 40th Anniversary Dinner in Lochboisdale Hotel.