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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Equus Survival Trust is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the traditional traits and the genetic diversity of historical equine breeds (horses, ponies and donkeys) threatened with extinction. The Trust supports these breeds by engaging in collective conservation efforts, educational promotions, and by supporting the network of endangered breed equine associations, and enthusiasts around the globe, with special emphasis on North America and breeds unique to North America.

Target demographics: endangered historic horse breeds

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 35 different horse breeds and we have over 50 endangered breed organization affiliates.

Geographic areas served: Equine conservation

Programs: The Equus Survival Trust's main thrust is providing grassroots education as it relates to endangered breed conservation: (1) by creating or compiling new and existing public resources, and by organizing and/or supporting exhibitions, clinics and lectures and competitions or inspections that enhance conservation and preservation (2) by focusing on supporting or creating conservation markets that enhance the survival of endangered equines while retaining the historical inner and outer characteristics of these breeds (3) by maintaining an aggressive presence in the public eye, particularly in publications and on the Internet.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EST is a vital force championing the role of endangered horse breeds in the world. As the owner of a Cheval Canadien, I recently participated in an endangered horse breed show that was sponsored by EST. Hundreds of people came through and learned about this breed and the others showcased at the event. It was a wonderful learning opportunity for the public! This is just one of the many areas in which EST is working to preserve these breeds. Indeed, some of the breed populations have sunk to such low levels that EST is literally helping to make the difference between continuing population viability or extinction.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with this association and Victoria as a volunteer and also as an owner of a rare breed for probably ten years now, and the experience has always been positive. EST is 100% for the breeds it works to promote and is a wealth of information when it comes to conservation.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the major breeder of Swedish Gotland ponies, I've worked with the EST for nearly twenty years in promoting, organizing and showing rare breeds. Victoria created a database and registration system when the Gotlands needed one, and she works tirelessly and and is endlessly dedicated. Stewarding my breed would have been much more difficult without her.
This is an organization where 100% of your donation will go directly toward helping to save endangered equines. Please give whatever you're able!

Review from Guidestar

Amanda P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization that goes above and beyond to bring awareness to the critically endangered equines of the world. Very helpful, and does wonderful work, and unlike many rescues or conservation efforts, focuses on ALL the endangered breeds.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the current President of the Mountain Pleasure Horse Association, a rare & endangered breed from Kentucky. I can't even begin to express my appreciation and, honestly, awe at the dedication, professionalism and assistance this group, and Victoria Tollman in particular, has given us over the years. They have been absolutely instrumental in helping us keep our rare breed alive and healthy. I have depended on them for advice, information and occasionally assistance with serious issues affecting our breed and they have always been professional, informative and dedicated. If 10 stars were available, that's what I'd have rated this wonderful organization! Robin Little-Basil, President, MPHA

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Luv luv, luv the EST!! I am the current president of the Mountain Pleasure Horse Association, and I cannot possibly give high enough praise to the Equus Survival Trust and its dedicated staff of volunteers. Without their guidance and invaluable experience over the past years, I truly believe the Mountain Pleasure Horse would have simply slipped away quietly into extinction, or been absorbed by other mountain horse breeds. With the help and guidance of the EST, we are making real progress toward saving our beloved rare breed. The education and promotion this group provides is truly a "lifeline" to many of the endangered equine breeds and those working to save them. Many, many thanks to this wonderful group of folks!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization and a wealth of information about all thing rare in the equine world!

Karen W.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This a wonderful group that helps promote different breeds. Their Facebook page is amazing and full of pictures and information to help you with heritage breeds.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The EST put on a Rare Horse Breeds pavilion and lead the 'Farms on Parade' event at the 2017 Rockbridge Regional Fair. The events were professional done and were a great hit with all the fair visitors. These are good people doing good work...and doing it very well.

Michelle S.6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Equus Survival Trust is truly dedicated to promoting endangered equine species. My experience with the Executive Director, Victoria Tollman, as well as the volunteers, at the horse show they produced in Lexington, VA, last year was extremely positive. The Festivale of Endangered Species was professionally run and gave support to all of the competitors. I believe we all went away with a sense that we had contributed to the promotion and positive exposure of our endangered breeds. Before entering the event, I received prompt replies to my questions from Ms. Tollman along with very encouraging support.

Since my experience at the 2016 show, I have been impressed with Ms. Tollman's active support of all of the participating breeds on the EST Facebook page, which daily updates visitors with news about the endangered species.

Client Served

Rating: 4

EST has done a consistently supportive job of championing highly endangered horse breeds, both as a news vehicle and as a provider of breed showcases. They are well connected with breed enthusiasts and keep us up to date with challenges arising in protecting the horses, serving as a clearing house and discussion center to share information.

Kerri-Jo S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Equus Survival Trust has done an amazing job for promoting a wide variety of rare breeds. The Rare breeds show is instrumental in bringing together rare breeds on a national showcase event. I am also impressed with their conservation efforts in collaborating and encouraging research in rare breeds.

Advisor

Rating: 5

EST invited me over from Britain to speak and judge at their 2003 Rare Breeds event at the Kentucky Horse Park. Organisation of the event was very good, and I was well looked after.

Christine R.2

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am a member of the Fell Pony Society Council (UK) & have responsibilty for North America. I have worked alongside the EST since its inception, including Judging at Events help by them & providing help in written form. I find the organisation to be very dedicated to helping Rare Breed Equines, knowledgeable and not afraid to ask for help & assistance from Experienced individauls/Societies when needed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Victoria has provided support and advice to the Newfoundland Pony Society over recent years above and way beyond the call of duty. Her lnowledge, experience and dedication is as rare as our ponies. With heartfelt thanks

Cle Newhook ( a past pres of NPS

Cathy L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have participated in two Rare Breeds Shows that the EST has hosted. The first was in 2008 and I was mainly a volunteer. In 2016, I helped organize part of the Rare Breeds Show in Lexington, VA, hosted by the EST. Victoria and I spent the better part of a year working together on this and it was a wonderful experience. Our show went off very well, with competitors, spectators, judges and horses all having a wonderful time. We are talking about working on more projects in the future, to help all the Rare Equine Breeds out there!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since meeting EST's Executive Director Victoria Tollman in 2004, my connection with Equus Survival Trust has allotted me the opportunity to work closely with her on several of her equine breed exhibits. More recently, EST privileged us an opportunity to look in on the Island 20 Newfoundland Ponies, during their trek from Vancouver to Newfoundland; to observe a few Akhal-Tekes and watch home movies of one couple's efforts to bring some to Canada; and much to Victoria's delight, learned that EST's work was well-known at a Canada Horse booth at the breeds pavilion of the 2014 Calgary Stampede.

Victoria works tirelessly through EST with N.A.'s endangered equine breeds. She is a wealth of information, in her own right, providing articles for many publications, and has decades of experience and a library of resources to back that up. She gets hands-on in every venue she can to inform, promote, assist, rescue, document, or otherwise preserve the rare and endangered breeds on EST's list.

I can personally vouch for the countless hours she has devoted to many of the projects with which EST has been involved. Anyone wishing to promote or preserve rare and endangered N.A. equine breeds, should endorse, financially sponsor, or in whatever way you can, get involved with this most-worthy organization. The equines need you.

Nancy Phillips

Client Served

Rating: 5

Equus Survival Trust has been an incredible resource, objectively providing crucial educational assistance during an ongoing struggle to protect a rare breed from breed standard changes that would further endanger its existence. Through it they have looked at all sides of the equation and offered fact-based advice and direction to a fragmented uneducated breed community, congealing it in the process. Strictly volunteer, their efforts have been tireless and their goal, survival of this breed as nature intended, has been foremost despite the daunting challenges faced. This breed, without Equus Survival's intervention, would certainly be added to the list of breeds rendered extinct by human ignorance.

Review from Guidestar