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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

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

1

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.

1

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

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

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.