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High Performance Dressage Rider Allison Brock Becomes Brooke USA Ambassador

Allison Brock and Rosevelt.

Wellington, FL – June 13, 2015 – Allison Brock has a passion for horses, whether they’re competing in the world’s finest show rings or struggling to survive in third world countries. For the past several years Brock has used her platform as an international Grand Prix-level competitor to bring attention to the latter as a supporter of the Brooke – the world’s largest international equine welfare charity.

For more than 80 years, the Brooke has alleviated the suffering of working horses, donkeys and mules in the world’s poorest communities by providing free veterinary care and educating owners. They work at the community and national levels in 11 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Last year alone, the Brooke reached 1.5 million working equines, benefiting several million people who rely on the animals to earn a living.

Brock was introduced to the Brooke by longtime horse owners Fritz and Claudine Kundrun, who are also avid supporters of the charity. She recently made her support official, becoming an ambassador for the organization’s American arm, Brooke USA. Brock joined other Brooke ambassadors including Charlotte Dujardin, Debbie McDonald, Margaret Duprey, Monty Roberts and Major Richard Waygood.

Cindy Rullman, Fundraising Development Director for Brooke USA, observed, “Ali Brock has been a loyal champion of our mission for a long time. She has quietly and faithfully spread the word about our truly unique charity and our proven solutions to many of the welfare problems facing working equines. Now we are delighted to give her a well-deserved spotlight by introducing her as our newest Brooke USA Ambassador.”

Brock currently competes at the international Grand Prix level with Rosevelt, a 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by the Kundruns. She recently won team gold with USA Team 1 at the Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3* in Wellington, Florida.

The high performance rider stressed that increasing awareness of the UK-based organization in the United States is an important step toward broadening the charity’s support base globally.

Brock said she hangs a big Brooke USA banner on her tack stall at shows and always keeps pamphlets on hand for curious passersby.

“I really believe in the organization,” Brock explained. “I am very happy to spread the word about it in any way that I can.”

The Brooke cares for working animals in third-world countries.
The Brooke cares for working animals in third-world countries.

Although the charity’s foothold in the United States is growing, Brock said she wants people who have never heard of the Brooke to know that the organization does an excellent job of offering practical, sustainable, proven methods to improve equine welfare.

“When people who are living in poverty learn how to take better care of their animals, not only do the animals benefit, but so do the entire families who depend on them,” Brock said. “The Brooke is one of the few organizations that really helps elevate the quality of life for both the animals and the people.”

Brock plans to continue championing for awareness, hoping for more fundraisers and publicity opportunities in the future.

“I know Americans would love to be a part of the Brooke,” Brock concluded. “They just need to know the organization is out there actively making a difference.”

Brooke USA is a 501(c)(3) charity and exists solely to support the overseas work of the Brooke. For more information about Brooke USA, please contact Cindy Rullman: 859-296-0037, Cindy.Rullman@BrookeUSA.org, or visit www.brookeusa.org.

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Debbie McDonald Joins Brooke USA as Ambassador to Improve Welfare of Working Animals Worldwide

Debbie McDonald and Brentina.

Lexington, KY – May 14, 2015 – Olympic medalist Debbie McDonald is brimming with natural talent and a passion for horses. As a child she made her debut in the show jumping ring, but moved to the sport of dressage, where she rose to the top as a World Cup Finals Champion and Olympic medalist through her partnership with the brilliant mare, Brentina.

Now the international rider, known as the “First Lady of American Dressage,” will use that same talent and passion on behalf of working equines as Brooke USA’s newest Ambassador.

Brooke USA supports the overseas work of the Brooke, the world’s largest international equine welfare organization. Their mission is to improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules in the world’s poorest communities.

Through direct veterinary intervention and scientific research, and by working with owners, communities and governments, the Brooke has been providing long-term, proven, sustainable solutions to many of the welfare problems facing working animals for 81 years. Last year alone the Brooke reached nearly 1.5 million equines, benefitting 6 million people in countries where many people earn less than a dollar a day.

Captivated by the ability to bring permanent change to the lives of working animals and their owners in developing countries, McDonald didn’t hesitate to come alongside Brooke USA.

“When I saw Brooke USA’s photos, read the material and learned about their mission, it didn’t take me five seconds to realize that when you don’t know what’s going on you never realize how sad something can be,” McDonald expressed. “I certainly would do anything in my power to help this amazing organization.”

When she was only 14 years old, McDonald saw the mistreatment of horses firsthand. It was personal: it was her own pony, Flanigan. It seemed like any other day going to the barn, but when she walked through the threshold she was met by a man she did not know in his stall beating him. When she went running for help, she met young trainer and future husband, Bob McDonald. With his help, she moved her pony to his hunter/jumper facility, promising to never compromise her pony’s mental or physical health.

Her passion for the treatment of horses is still apparent in her teaching and her demeanor today. When she saw the comparison between the before and after photos of the Brooke’s programs in 11 countries, tears came to her eyes, and she knew she wanted to make a difference.

Thousands of horses, donkeys and mules work in brick kilns across Central Asia. In India alone, 50,000 brick kilns produce 140 billion bricks annually. The Brooke works in several hundred kilns to improve the lives of the animals who toil in these harsh environments alongside their poor owners.
Thousands of horses, donkeys and mules work in brick kilns across Central Asia. In India alone, 50,000 brick kilns produce 140 billion bricks annually. The Brooke works in several hundred kilns to improve the lives of the animals who toil in these harsh environments alongside their poor owners.

“I’m hoping that I can draw more awareness about Brooke USA and what they are doing for the welfare of these animals,” McDonald explained. “These days I travel a lot and continue to coach and teach clinics. I think that if it is done the right way, I can open people’s eyes in the sport and show them the everyday trials of these working animals – donkeys, mules and horses.”

Cindy Rullman, Fundraising Development Director for Brooke USA, stated, “It is certainly a privilege for us to welcome Debbie as one of our new Ambassadors. When the sport horse world becomes aware that 100 million equines are supporting 600 million of the world’s poorest people, and that the Brooke already has proven solutions to the enormous welfare problems they’re facing, we think they will jump in to help. Debbie can bring that awareness.”

McDonald joins an impressive lineup of Brooke USA Ambassadors that includes the Brooke’s Global Ambassadors: double Olympic Gold Medalist Charlotte Dujardin, internationally renowned “horse whisperer” Monty Roberts, and top sport horse owner Margaret Duprey, among others.

McDonald concluded, “It just brings tears to your eyes when you see the plight of these animals – heavy loads, injuries and lack of water or food – some of them are just a rack of bones. We can make a difference. Sometimes it’s something as simple as teaching owners about hoof care, vaccinations and proper feeding. You learn that this is happening and it is astonishing. My God, I didn’t even know that existed still.”

Brooke USA, headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, exists to support the overseas work of the Brooke in 11 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central America.

For more information about Brooke USA, visit their website: www.brookeusa.org.

Contact: Cindy Rullman
Brooke USA
(859) 296-0037
Cindy.Rullman@BrookeUSA.org

High Performance Dressage Riders Passionate about Brooke USA’s Cause

Wellington, FL – April 8, 2015 – Grand Prix dressage riders Allison Brock and Shannon Dueck are passionate about Brooke USA, the world’s largest international equine welfare charity.

Brock, of the United States, was introduced to the charity and all that they do for working horses and donkeys by Fritz and Claudine Kundrun. She knew that it was important to bring awareness to it.

“I think Brooke USA is one of the best charities around for working horses and donkeys,” Brock said. “They actually educate people on how to take care of them, and they work towards more sustainable, long term quality care of the animal. To me it’s the best case scenario because when you help the animals the owners benefit, too.”

Brock competes at the international Grand Prix level with Rosevelt, a 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by the Kundruns. She recently won team gold with USA Team 1 at the Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3* in Wellington, Florida.

Brock is an athlete who is at the top of the high performance dressage world and her success only continues to grow. At shows, she shares information about Brooke USA to encourage others to become involved.

“I typically will have banners out and bring pamphlets,” Brock said. “I talk to people who ask about it, direct them to the website and try to raise awareness. We live in this world where our horses are taken care of better than people, and you need to balance it out a bit.”

As the Brooke’s presence continues to grow in the United States, Brock hopes that more people who learn about the charity are motivated to help. She believes that at the end of the day, horse people are passionate about helping animals, and involvement will increase as awareness of the charity spreads.

Brooke veterinarian treats a malnourished horse who works in tourism in the Middle East
Brooke veterinarian treats a malnourished horse who works in tourism in the Middle East

“I think awareness is going to grow and we can keep raising funds at horse shows, among other things, in the U.S.,” Brock said. “I think once people know what the charity is about, they’ll be all for it. It’s such a good cause, and the money is spent so well. People just need to know about it; horse people want to take care of horses and donkeys.”

Dueck, who is also successful in the world of high performance dressage, likewise competed at the Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3* on Canada’s Team 2, taking home the team bronze medal. Dueck said she is a “sucker for animal charities,” and she has been supporting the Brooke for around 15 years.

“They’re really helping our horses and our working equines,” Dueck said. “It also makes a difference to so many impoverished people, so it’s a win-win situation for both the animals and the people who rely on them.”

The Brooke was founded in Great Britain. Dueck, like Brock, believes the key to increasing the numbers of U.S. supporters is building awareness of the charity in the U.S., since once people understand the positive impact of the work it does, they want to be involved.

“It’s such a wonderful charity that helps on so many levels,” Dueck said. “The amount of money that goes directly to helping the animals and the people is huge, and the administrative costs are quite low. For that reason, we need the awareness out there, and I’m hoping that in the next five years everybody in my industry knows about this charity.”

Though some people may not be in a financial situation to be donating funds, donating time and knowledge is just as important, which is what Dueck hopes to do.

Brock and Dueck have both had successful winter seasons in Wellington, culminating with their appearances in the Nations Cup. Dueck was especially pleased with her performance that weekend with the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding Cantaris, who is owned by Elizabeth Ferber.

“We got personal best scores through all of our tests and we were the starters both in the Prix St. Georges and the Intermediaire I, so we kind of had to set the bar,” Dueck said. “I was super proud; we didn’t make a mistake all weekend, so that was a very nice way to end the season. It was fantastic to end on such a high note.”

Brock was also happy with her season with Rosevelt. The pair’s two wins in Grand Prix CDI classes and consistent performances at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival established them among the top U.S. combinations. Though Brock believes Rosevelt enjoys showing, it is still important to her to maintain a balance. His wellbeing is far more important to her than winning a blue ribbon, and it is easy to see how this mindset translates to her support of the Brooke.

“I was really, really happy with my horse,” Brock said. “He is just getting better and better. Both of us needed experience, and I think I was smart to not over-show him. He was still happy to show at the end of the season, and I think that’s really important. You can take advantage of the shows, but you don’t want to overdo it. They have to want to go out there and be happy to be in that ring, and I think he was.”

The Brooke is currently working in 11 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, and in the last year it reached 1.5 million working horses, donkeys and mules, benefiting several million of the world’s poorest people. Brooke USA is a 501(c)(3) charity and exists solely to support the overseas work of the Brooke.

For more information, contact Cindy Rullman, 859-296-0037, cindy.rullman@brookeusa.org or go to www.brookeusa.org.

Contact: Cindy Rullman
Brooke USA
(859) 296-0037
Cindy.Rullman@BrookeUSA.org

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall Commemorates Launch of Brooke USA

Upon arrival at Churchill Downs, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall was greeted by two miniature donkeys representing Brooke USA’s programs to improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules in the developing world.

International Equine Welfare Organization Hosts Royalty in Louisville

LEXINGTON, Ky (March 24, 2015) – Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall commemorated the advancement of Brooke USA at a reception for Brooke donors and guests at Churchill Downs on Friday, March 20.

As President of the Brooke, the world’s largest international equine welfare organization, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall planned the visit to the newly established American division of her charity while accompanying her husband, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, to Louisville as part of a brief visit to the United States.

“I am very proud to be the president of the Brooke,” said Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall at an event celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Brooke in 2014. “I love horses, and I’ve ridden all my life, so I am passionate about the work of this unique charity. Its determination to improve the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in many countries where animals are not so respected and loved as they are here is legendary.

“During the Second World War, my father was a cavalry officer stationed in Cairo, and I recollected him telling me about Dorothy Brooke and the wonderful work she was doing there,” continued Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall. “That is when my passion for the Brooke was ignited.”

Headquartered in London, England, the Brooke was founded by Dorothy Brooke in 1934. As the wife of a British Major General stationed in Cairo, Mrs. Brooke began a free veterinary clinic there after seeing the deplorable conditions of the British, Australian and American war horses who had been left behind in Egypt after WWI by the military and virtually sold into hard labor. The Brooke has expanded over the last 80 years to assist millions of working equines and the people who depend on them, and is currently working in Egypt, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nepal, Senegal, Jordan, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

At least 100 million working equines are the engines that power the developing world, doing the hardest jobs under the toughest conditions to support the livelihoods of 600 million people. That’s 9% of the world’s population. The Brooke is dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in communities where people often earn less than one dollar a day. Poverty and desperation often force owners to overwork their animals, resulting in a great deal suffering. Most of this suffering is preventable. The Brooke works together with local communities to bring about lasting improvements to the lives of their working animals, which also protects human livelihoods.

Brooke USA opened the American office in 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Brooke USA staff, board members, donors and guests travelled to Churchill Downs to honor Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall beginning with horses and donkeys in the saddling paddock at Churchill Downs followed by a reception. Kismet Acres brought two miniature donkeys to represent the Brooke’s global mission with working equines.

“The purpose of Brooke USA is to support the world-wide programs of the Brooke in alleviating the suffering of working horses, donkeys and mules,” said Petra Ingram, Chief Executive of the Brooke. “Americans have a close affinity with horses and are exceedingly generous to the impoverished places of the world, so we are deeply appreciative that Her Royal Highness is bringing attention to the plight of these working animals and to the Brooke’s proven solutions for long-term improvement to their welfare.”

Cindy Rullman is Fundraising Development Manager for the Brooke USA headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. She and members of the Brooke USA Board of Directors were present for the royal occasion.

“We were honored to have Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall with us,” said Ms. Rullman. “Since she began her role as President in 2006, Her Royal Highness has given the Brooke, and the animals and people whom we serve, the international awareness we need to advance the cause for the poor and suffering in our world today. She is keeping us on track to achieve our goal of reaching 2 million working equines, benefitting 12 million people, each year by 2016.”

For more information contact Cindy Rullman, 859-296-0037, cindy.rullman@brookeusa.org or go to www.brookeusa.org or www.thebrooke.org.

Brooke USA exists solely to support the overseas work of the Brooke. Brooke USA is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible. Last year, the Brooke reached more than 1.4 million working horses, donkeys and mules across 11 countries in the developing world.

Contact: Cindy Rullman
Brooke USA
(859) 296-0037
Cindy.Rullman@BrookeUSA.org

The Brooke: A Glorious History of Caring for Working Horses in Need

Dorothy Brooke and an old rescued war horse.

Wellington, FL – February 20, 2015 – It all began with a letter from Dorothy Brooke in 1931. She was the wife of a British army major general, stationed in Cairo, Egypt, just after the end of World War I. She had noticed a number of older, emaciated horses on the street being used and abused, pulling heavily loaded carts through the city streets. As the story is told, she was horrified to learn that many of these downtrodden and spiritless animals were ex-war horses from England, Australia, and the U.S., and that their Egyptian owners lacked the wherewithal to properly care for and support the horses.

These horses, which had been shipped over for the war, had been sold by the army to local working families as the war died down in 1918. In reality, they had been handed a life sentence of hard labor, being over worked, under fed and literally worked to death. That’s when she wrote her heartfelt letter to the Morning Post, describing the horrors she was seeing. The letter described a fund that was being established to buy up some of these heroic horses, ones who had been part of the fight for their country during the war. In her letter she concluded, “If those who truly love horses, those who realize what it means to be very old, very hungry, very thirsty and very tired, in a country where hard, ceaseless labor has to be done in great heat, will send contributions to help in giving a merciful end to our poor war heroes, we will be extremely grateful and in many ways we venture to think that this may be as fitting a part of a War Memorial as any other that could be devised.”

Readers were so moved that over $32,000 was raised – a significant sum in the 1930s. Thanks to those generous people, Dorothy and her team of volunteers were able to purchase nearly five thousand of the old war horses. They were in such poor health that most were euthanized immediately, but thanks to Dorothy and the donors, they ended their lives peacefully.

By 1934, there was enough money and support for Dorothy to christen the Old War Horse Memorial Hospital in Cairo, which offered free veterinary care for the city’s working horses and donkeys.

With that, the Brooke was born.

Today, that organization named in honor of Dorothy Brooke spans the globe, working in communities where many people earn less than a dollar a day. The Brooke has improved the welfare of millions of working equines and the people who depend on the animals to survive their daily lives.

These animals are scavenging for food after a long work day in India.
These animals are scavenging for food after a long work day in India.

The Brooke’s outreach now has expanded to eleven nations on three continents with programs in India, Egypt, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Jordan, Senegal, Guatemala and Nicaragua with free mobile or static veterinary clinics operating in nearly all of those countries. Plans are now underway to add to their life saving efforts with additional countries in Africa, Asia and Central and South America on the expansion list.

An American fundraising branch, Brooke USA, has recently been opened in Lexington, Kentucky, to support the overseas work of the Brooke.

Cindy Rullman is the Fundraising Development Manager for Brooke USA. She notes, “The combination of providing direct, hands-on intervention for individual animals, coupled with the Brooke’s vast worldwide view and their ability to reach more than a million animals each year, is extremely exciting and rewarding to me,” she said. “Add to that the fact that we reach millions of the world’s poorest people and you have something that’s truly unique, truly significant and something that really matters.”

She went on to explain, “It matters because it improves the lives of the people and animals who are often invisible to the rest of the world, and it matters because it affects the economy of entire regions.”

Stated simply, Rullman concluded, “The Brooke can ease the suffering of a downtrodden donkey who lives with his owner in a slum, and consequently make life better for that owner and family who are depending on the donkey to help them scratch out a living. Both benefit. And we do that hundreds of times a day, every day, millions of times each year. How incredible is that?”

To become involved with the Brooke, please visit their website at: www.BrookeUSA.org.

Susie Webb for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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Brooke USA Joins Forces with Phelps Media Group

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles visiting the Brooke’s work in Egypt.

Wellington, FL – February 13, 2015 – Phelps Media Group, the nation’s leading equestrian public relations company, today announced the signing of Brooke USA to their impressive roster of world-wide clients.

Brooke USA is the American fundraising arm of the Brooke, the world’s largest international equine welfare charity that also helps people and has been assisting working animals: horses, donkeys, mules and their owners in developing countries for more than 80 years. The organization’s president is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, wife of Great Britain’s heir to the throne, Prince Charles.

While the Brooke is headquartered in London, Brooke USA has been based at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington for the past two years.

A unique charity, Brooke USA focuses on raising awareness and funds for programs that alleviate suffering among working animals, which in turn improves the lives of the families that count on those animals for their daily survival. It is estimated that there are more than 100 million working equines in the developing world. Approximately 80% are suffering from chronic dehydration, exhaustion, malnutrition and outright abuse. Poor families count on these horses, mules and donkeys as their lifeline, and as such, the animals are required to perform difficult, grueling tasks and back-breaking labor under some of the world’s harshest conditions. At the same time, the poor families need these animals just to survive their daily routines.

The Brooke is in constant outreach to those families and to the working animals who serve them diligently.

Last year alone, the Brooke reached more than 1.4 million working horses, donkeys and mules, benefitting several million people in 11 of the world’s poorest countries. Their goal is to reach at least two million animals each year by 2016.

Her Royal Highness has said, “Having seen for myself the wonderful work the Brooke does in their clinics in Cairo and in Pakistan to help the suffering working animals, it makes me incredibly proud to be the President of this unique charity and to follow its course with enormous interest.”

This exhausted and overloaded donkey in Pakistan is an example of the animals Brooke USA is working to save.
This exhausted and overloaded donkey in Pakistan is an example of the animals Brooke USA is working to save.

“Phelps Media Group is equally proud to represent Brooke USA in the incredible work they’re doing, away from the spotlight of the type of horses we’re all used to working with,” said Mason Phelps, Jr. the President of Phelps Media Group International. “If we can help get the word out, here in this country, regarding the hard and challenging work this amazing charity does, then we’ve done our job. We’re delighted to have Brooke USA join our growing family.”

Petra Ingram, the CEO of the Brooke, said, “The purpose of Brooke USA is to support the world-wide programs of the Brooke in alleviating the suffering of the working equines, thus improving the lives of the families who need them,” she noted. “Americans have a close affinity with horses and at the same time, are exceedingly generous to the poor, so we believe this will be an excellent partnership.”

Brooke USA supports the overseas work of the Brooke, including a world-wide staff of approximately 1,000 people across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central America. They provide free veterinary care for the animals and better husbandry skills for the owners.

For more information about Brooke USA, visit their website at: www.BrookeUSA.org.

Susie Webb for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

MEDIA CONTACT:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12012 South Shore Blvd #105
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
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