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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

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 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.

1 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.

Teri P.

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.

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

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.

1

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!

1

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.

1

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.

1

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.

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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.

1

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!

1

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.

1

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

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.