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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 programs, rare breed events, incentive programs, occasional grants, 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: Globally with an emphasis on North America

Programs: The Equus Survival Trust provides grassroots education, events, networking, and support 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

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

EST is fueled by a passion to assure that the rare breeds of today will still be here tomorrow. Their objective is educate and help to facilitate management and recording of these breeds and to promote these breeds to a general public as well as help either owners or the breed organizations themselves.
Victoria Tollman is a wealth of information, guidance and mentorship.
Hats off to EST and Victoria who work on behalf of ALL these valuable breeds. Thank you EST for your hard work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with EST is always a wonderful experience! Professional, dedicated, and hard-working, they always do the utmost for every breed.

Victoria76

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served as Executive Director for the Equus Survival Trust for 16 years. During that time EST has grown from a handful of rare breed affiliates to over 50 associations and registries across North America and abroad.

EST has built a huge global rare breed network to support the conservation of the EST rare breeds. EST has created and supported rare breed events all over North America, including founding the Stewardship Awards of North America (SANA) Rare-Steeds educational competition events in the USA.

EST’s biggest accomplishment is providing continuous education and networking for the resources that its breeders need to continue preserving and protecting their respective endangered breeds. I am proud to assist in this work. Well done Equus Survival Trust!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Equus Survival Trust is a valuable resource and tool for providing breeder and the public information and support. They provide a discussion platform for rare breeders to discuss information and accomplishments within our rare breed community.
This organization has provided myself (a Caspian horse breeder) much information and support. I am a Caspian breeder out of Alberta, Canada. Rocky Six S Ranch Caspians (R6S)!

John K.7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

this group is about the horses, and getting them saved.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The EST is a wonderful resource for learning about endangered horse breeds from around the world. The knowledge they provide, and the ability to allow you to connect to people across the world about a breed you love is amazing. I would certainly recommend them for someone looking to learn about rare breeds and/or how to get into them

1 Diana Khabiri G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for The EST, many rare horse breeds would be lost forever. Their dedication to the preservation of these horses is the one real hope I have as a Caspian Horse owner, and now breeder, that we will have this ancient horse for future generations.
EST leaves no stone unturned to help owners and breeders but most importantly, to promote, sustain and save, rare breeds, one horse at a time♥️

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been in contact with EST, discussing breed matters and judging and advising, since its earliest days. Mrs Tollman's organisation of Rare Breed events has always been very good, thorough and thoughtful and very friendly.

The organisation is utterly dedicated to helping Rare Breed Equines: knowledgeable in its own right but always willing to ask for help & assistance from Breed Societies.

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The EST brings together horse breeders around the world who are working to save endangered equine breeds ,to have this platform is invaluable to highlight difficulties faced by breeders allowing for real time evaluation of how breeds are travelling .It also inspires us with success stories from across the globe.One of my go to sites for great information and informed discussion. Katy Brown Director Rare Breeds Trust of Australia .

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Equus Survival Trust was a very helpful site and source of people to consult on the FEll PONY when we decided to start breeding them three years ago. The Trust is all about promoting the value and assets of each of the rare equine breeds it features as well as educating the public on these breeds by showcasing value, equine partnership and versatility. There is a huge opportunity to educated people on the Fell Pony’s versatility and usefulness in the working/mountain horse disciplines in this country and EST is helping greatly with that by posting useful information, links and starting discussion for general idea and knowledge sharing.

1 PonyMom

Client Served

Rating: 5

An organization that works very hard at preserving and protecting rare equine breeds. Why? Because extinct is forever! Follow them on Facebook & MeWe.

1 Cara D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank everyone at EST and SANA West for the opportunity to present my Gotland ponies. Cathy and Tish worked so hard and put on a fantastic show!

1 Kleary_Field_Irish_Draughts

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience at the SANA West Rare Breed show was very positive! Not just a show, we opted to participate in an in-hand obstacle clinic. The clinician was patient and encouraging. Very positive. Overall communication and planning was well organized making us feel confident bringing our young horses to such a big venue as the Western States Horse Expo.

The meet and greet area was lovely and shady and we sure met a lot of folks there. Really exceptional exposure for all the breeds represented!

Thank you so very much for all your time and effort!!! We sincerely hope there will be another opportunity for rare breeds at the Horse Expo

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome show! It was the first of its kind on the west coast and we had such a great time! We definitely will be returning best year.

1 Jane S.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had a great first experience at a large event promoting the rare Dales and Fell pony breeds as well as showing my Fell pony at the Western States Horse Expo, SANA rare breed horse show in CA just recently. Thanks to the EST for the support of these wonderful breeds and events that showcase them! Photos credit to Mattie Tucker.

1 Cathy L.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked on several Rare Breeds Show with EST and just finished up the SANA West Rare Breeds Show in Sacramento, CA during the Western States Horse Expo. It was very well received, with rare breeds attending including: Akhal-Tekes and Akhal-Teke crosses, Hackney Horses, Irish Draught and Irish Draught Crosses, Canadian Horses, American Cream Draft, Dales, Highland, Fell, Kerry-Bog, and Gotland-Russ ponies. We (the ATAA) couldn't have done this without the help of EST - it was our first such show! Thank you Victoria for your wealth of knowledge and contacts!

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly supportive to our rare breed and our fledgling attempts to be a solid organization.

1 Teri P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughters and I attended the Equus Trust Rare Breeds event at the Rockbridge Fair in Virginia this past September (2018). We are relatively new to the world of horses, and to be honest, I wasn't really sure what to expect for an event of this type. What a wonderful experience it was! The event was so educational and in a good way! Unlike "showing" horse shows, we were able to see rare breeds up close and personal, to talk with owners, and all who share in the love for these horses. I had people talk to me that had never heard of the Caspian breed and were much impressed with the horses. I personally enjoyed the conformation clinic and seeing the Caspians in comparison.

I think this type of show is important to promote awareness of the rare horse breeds. Unlike other rare or endangered animals, Caspian and rare breed horses are not promoted like Giant Pandas or Tigers through the WWF. The EST and the EST events are important tools to help promote awareness of the rare breeds.

I am so happy that my daughters and I attended this event. We are looking forward to future EST events.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My girls and I were invited to the EST Rare Breeds event in Virginia. To be honest, I wasn't really sure what to expect. What a wonderful experience it was! The event was so educational and fun! Most people do not realize that there are rare and critical breeds of horses in this world. The EST is important in promoting the awareness of these rare breeds so that they do not become extinct. Through the work and dedication of the EST, it is hopeful that these rare and endangered breeds will be enjoyed by future generations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked closely with one of the active members of EST at the SANA Rare Breeds Show in Virginia several years ago, and have found her and the organization to be a wealth of knowledge about the critically endangered breeds. The world needs more people like this to help keep these breeds from becoming forgotten and extinct! Kudos for being able to bring owners and lovers of these different breeds together to protect these beautiful horses and ponies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After working with EST, for five years, we are amazed at their knowledge base and extreme dedication to conserving critical breeds. Placing 17 rescued Caspians, from Alberta, Canada, in 2019, was no easy task .... but EST, stepped up and made it happen. All 17 horses were successfully placed in new breeding environments, further helping the breed. Two thumbs up for EST.

1 Denise D.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the first and for some 30 years leading conservator of Dales ponies since 1991 in North America I have lived through Equus Trusts inception right up to today.... the dedication of its founder and director since its start up is tireless unbiased knowledgeable for all breeds under its auspices I am proud to have been affiliated with it for all these years

1 Paula B.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

So grateful for this trust. We purchased some Caspian horses that the trust rescued from an auction in Alberta. If it wasn't for the trust they probably would have went to slaughter, the dark side of Alberta's horse auctions. The trust and Victoria has been such a support and wealth of knowledge. It's so great to be part of an organization that truly love and care about horses and their owners. You could not ask for a better place to learn about horses. Everyone is so friendly. Thanks again for all of your support!

2 mrcool

Client Served

Rating: 5

EST is the only organization that has really helped rare horse breeds as a whole. I have owned a Caspian Horse (rare breed) for over 20 years. The EST put on a horse show last year that was the first opportunity that I had to show against other Caspians. They had other rare breeds of horses there and educated us on those breeds. They did a parade of rare horse breeds to educate the public that came to watch. The EST honored every rare breed that was represented and treated all the horses and owners with respect. If it was not for this amazing organization bringing rare horse breed owners together we would not have an outlet to let our horses shine. Thank you EST for all you do to help these treasures!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is the one on the front lines helping rare breed horse owners with info, shows, and resources. There is no other organzation that does so much for our rare horse treasures!

2 Michelle S.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Equus Survival Trust has been an outstanding venue for endangered breeds and strains of horses. They promote them tirelessly through shows across the country and daily on Facebook. I had the opportunity to exhibit my stallion at one of their very well-run shows in Virginia and was impressed with its professionalism. I learn more about other endangered breeds every day through their social networking and applaud their commitment to preservation!

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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.

1 Scarlett R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have spent many years working for the equus survival trust as their web and graphic designer, so i speak from some considerable personal experience when i say never have i ever encountered a group of individuals more dedicated to and enthusiastic about their cause. i hope to continue to assist them in their mission for many more years to come.

2 Alexandria Rose T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with this nonprofit as a volunteer and a data entry assistant for many years now, and I never fail to be impressed by the professionalism and immense dedication that is always shown by this organization. Working with them has always proven to be a diverse learning experience and a wonderful opportunity to assist so many different endangered breeds!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended my first EST event this year and loved it! I met so many wonderful people that i’ll Continue to network with.

1 Francie S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is the most active and well educated Rare Horse Breed Organization. They work endlessly for the good of our endangered horse breeds. We could not do without them.

1 Alison E.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have supported EST since its inception. There is no other similar organization. The problems of conserving rare and endangered equines are not the same as other livestock breeds. EST has a long and honorable track record of networking, providing practical help and advice to individuals and breed organizations, promoting endangered breeds by organizing or supporting events and educating the public.

I have been a a volunteer, an exhibitor and a board member at various times and I continue to donate time and money As a board member of EST, I am in a position to confirm that the staff are all volunteers and the overheads are kept to an absolute minimum. This ensures that donations go to the cause and are not consumed by paid staff, fundraising or fancy offices. If more non profits were like EST, the world would be a better place!

1 Ponied1

Client Served

Rating: 5

EST goes above and beyond all in the best interest of endangered equines. We’ve worked with them for a few years now, helping an endangered breed. When it was unclear whether a new direction breeders wished to take with our breed was a benefit or a danger, EST carefully researched, discussed, and evaluated this proposed action. End result - it was clearly not a good choice for handling endangered breeds and the plan was abandoned. Thinking back, had EST not volunteered to look into it, our breed would have been forced into an even worse situation and would no doubt be extinct before very long. EST does this work with NO paid employees. This means that Donations to EST do not go towards paying employees or marketing in the best interest of ESTs public image; donations are used to help the intended subject directly -Endangered Equine breeds. We are so fortunate to have EST by our side, truly and humbly helping vs giving us a song and dance that many involved in rare breeds have heard before. This group really does what they say they do and that in itself is rare in the rare equine breed world. All told, this is where we turn to for all things endangered equines.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently attended the equine survival trust show and demonstration in sept at Lexington, Va. This is our first year with our Fell pony and our first outing with her . The event was well planned and we had a great obstacle clinic and show.

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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.

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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

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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

1 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.

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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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

1 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.

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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.

1 Writer

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.

1 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.

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

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