Rare Breeds Survival Trust – Gene Bank funding

RBST receives vital funding from The Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust

At Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST), we believe that the UK’s breeds of horse and pony reflect human development and accomplishments across centuries. Our use of horses throughout history dictates that they are as worthy of conservation as any other breed, landscape, stately home or historic monument. The UK has a total of 19 native equine breeds, worryingly, 12 of these are considered in real danger of extinction, including the iconic Shire horse and Exmoor pony.

RBST are extremely pleased to have received a generous grant from The Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust. Their incredible donation will make it possible to add a genetically important stallion to the National Livestock Gene Bank. This work is essential to UK equine conservation and will help to make sure the UK’s unique and important horse and pony breeds are safe from the threat of extinction.





Photo credits – Shire Horse,  Bruce Deacon and Exmoor Pony, Michael Dewhurst