For anyone who has left a little piece of their heart on the Isle of Eriskay, the Eriskay Pony Society is offering what could be a unique opportunity.

The society, which for nearly 50 years has been working to protect the island’s ponies from extinction and to promote understanding, use and awareness of the island breed, launched a competition on Monday (29 June) to name one of this season’s newborn foals, as a way of generating funds for their continuing work.

Based on Eriskay, the society holds the studbook showing the origin of the Eriskay Pony breed back to the original Eriskay stock. Today ponies roam among the villages on the island as they always have and are still used for work, as well as proving a big hit with visitors.

The competition offers an opportunity to follow the life of a foal over the first year, together with prizes including photographs, postcards, a calendar and badges.

For a £5 entry fee you can suggest a name to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and after the closing date next Saturday (11 July) a winning name will be chosen and prizes awarded to the winner and to runners-up.