Two South Uist Teenagers received funding for a week long carriage driving course in Aberdeen
. Here they are testing out new found skills on home territory.
POLAND AND CONNEMARA
Millenium Funding enabled three representatives from the Society to undertake study tours to Poland and Connemara.
In Poland they were able to view the research work done on feral herds and to learn how Polish Government support brought the breed back from the verge of extinction to the flourishing herds in Poland today. In Poland the Government funding has supported research into both Polish native breeds. (the Konik and the Huzul)
In Connemara they looked into the organisation and development of the Connemara Breeders Society from a very small organisation to the world wide organisation it is today. In particular they were able to assess possibilities of future development for our own society and our own breed. The habitat of the Connemara Pony was considered to be the native breed habitat most closely resembling that of the Eriskay Pony so the visit had particular relevance for our own organisation.
Sheila macLachlainn, Kathleen Johnstone and Professor at the Popielno Research Station. In addition to the feral herds under observation at Popielno the station has an even larger stable herd
Part of the Konik Feral Herd
The Popielno feral herd of 100% pure Konik Polish Native ponies consists of four stallions, each with its own ‘harem’ – the total coming to approximately forty head. Left to themselves each stallion evicts his one year old daughters from his harem. These fillies then join another group or ‘harem’ and remain there for life.
Sheila macLachlainn and Kathleen Johnstone with Michael Ward, then secretary of the Connemara Pony Breeders Society.
All photographs in Poland and Connemara by Sheila McIntosh, Society Chairman