Who We Are
The Brooke is the World's Largest International Equine welfare Organization
For more than 80 years we have alleviated the suffering of working equine animals, but the Brooke would not exist today if it weren't for the determination and passion of one woman: Dorothy Brooke.
In the early 1930s, Dorothy was deeply moved by the plight of the British war horses who had been left behind in Egypt at the end of World War One. These horses, who had served their countries so nobly and bravely alongside their British and Australian soldiers, had been abandoned by the army at the end of the war and sold into lives of endless toil and unspeakable misery.
Upon meeting one of those old war horses in particular, Dorothy wrote, "I shall never forget the shock he gave me. I stood staring at him. Heaven knows the other horses were bad enough but somehow he was different. Obviously he had been a good horse, once. He had been happy and well fed as other horses had never been. He had been born in England; had known our green fields, had been groomed and cared for. He had moreover served in Palestine and had suffered hardships in that Campaign as few horses have endured in modern times. And then we had sold him into this."
Dorothy set about rescuing those heroic horses, and by the time she was through, more than 5,000 old war horses and mules had been reclaimed, and their suffering was peacefully ended. Today, the charity that began with one remarkable woman is now the largest international equine welfare organization in the world!
We Are Led By A Committed Group Of World-Changers
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall - President
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is serving her second term as President of the Brooke. She has visited several of our programs in Egypt, India, Egypt and Pakistan.
“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.”
"Having seen for myself the wonderful work the Brooke does in their clinic in Cairo and Pakistan to help the suffering of working animals, it makes me incredibly proud to be the President of this unique charity and to follow its course with enormous interest.”
Princess Alia bint al Hussein of Jordan - Patron
Princess Alia bint Al Hussein of Jordan is a member of the Jordanian Royal family, and sister to the King of Jordan, Abdullah II bin al-Hussein.
Princess Alia has been influential in helping the Brooke’s work in Jordan over the last few years and continues to play a vital role in supporting our work to ensure that local veterinary care is available for horses and donkeys in Petra.
Charlotte Dujardin - Brooke Global Ambassador
Double Olympic Gold Medalist Charlotte Dujardin is a Brooke Global Ambassador. She stated, "I’m very proud to be associated with a cause that is committed to making a real difference to the lives of animals that are less fortunate than those we have here."
Major Richard Waygood MBE - Brooke Ambassador
Major Richard Waygood is the Chef d'Equipe for Great Britain's Gold Medal Olympic Dressage Team, which he led to victory at the London Olympics. More recently, Team GBR won the team silver medal at the World Equestrian Games in France and qualified for the Rio Olympiad. He has been a Brooke Ambassador since 2009. Watch of video of Richard describing some of the Brooke's work in India
Allison Brock - Brooke USA Ambassador
Allison Brock is an international grand prix dressage rider who is at the top of her game. She has supported the Brooke for many years, and recently said, “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. The Brooke is one of the few organizations that really helps elevate the quality of life for both the animals and the people. I really believe in the Brooke and am very happy to spread the word about it in any way that I can.”
Laura Kraut - Brooke USA Advocate
Olympic Gold Medal-winning show jumper Laura Kraut said of the Brooke, "How could you not want to help? Looking at the Brooke’s photographs and hearing the stories will initially bring you to tears, but it quickly turns to hope and excitement when you learn about their practical, proven, sustainable solutions to these serious equine welfare issues. While we may jump for sport, the owners of the animals the Brooke reaches are counting on the income generated by their animals to keep their children from going hungry each night.”
Monty Roberts - Brooke Global Ambassador
Internationally renowned ‘horse whisperer’ Monty Roberts said, " The visit to India [with the Brooke] really opened my eyes to the welfare problems that exist among working equines. At times it was unbearable and the suffering I witnessed, especially at the equine fair, will stay with me forever. But, on the plus side, I also saw the wonderful work that the Brooke is doing to improve the welfare of these animals. There is a lot of work to do, and I am honored to help the Brooke in whatever way I can." Watch a video of Monty as he visits the Brooke's work in India
Margaret Hamilton Duprey - Brooke USA Ambassador
Margaret Duprey's Cherry Knoll Farm is a household name in high-performance dressage and show jumping circles. She now owns some of the most competitive high performance Grand Prix dressage and show jumpers in the world including 2008 Olympian Cedric, ridden by Laura Kraut; alternate for the 2012 London Olympics, Otto; and she is a shareholder for Paralympian Rebecca Hart’s mount, Schroeters Romani. “My goal is to really get the word out about Brooke USA. I am more than my horses. They are my passion, but I am for the welfare of all animals. It’s all about showing the sport horse community the other side of the coin – the world we don’t know.”
Debbie McDonald - Brooke USA Ambassador
World Cup Finals Champion and Olympic medalist Debbie McDonald is known as the "First Lady of American Dressage." She said, "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. I certainly would do anything in my power to help this amazing organization.”
WHERE WE WORK
The Brooke is currently working in 11 of the world’s poorest countries, with plans for immediate and long-term expansion into others.
Currently we are working in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Egypt, Jordan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Guatemala and Nicaragua, with immediate plans to expand into Mexico.
OUR MISSION AND VISION
The Brooke works directly and through partners to do whatever will most improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules through the alleviation of existing suffering and the development of equine welfare practices and facilities to prevent and reduce suffering in the future.
The Brooke's vision is of a world in which working horses, donkeys and mules are free from suffering, and better able to support the people who depend on them.
The Brooke delivers practical programs and provides support, advice, funding and infrastructure to its global network of employees, partners and supporters to make that vision a reality -- all funded by our generous donors.
- We are working equine welfare specialists
- We assess our performance by the outcomes for the animals
- We believe that self reliance produces the best long-term outcome and will try to ensure a suffering animal whose owner cannot afford treatment will still receive it
- We will recommend euthanasia for animals who could not reasonably return to working lives. We will work together with the owners so that the suffering of the animal is not prolonged.
- We will lead by example, maintaining, developing and openly communicating our expertise with others.
We believe that any animal should receive the following five freedoms
- Freedom from hunger and thirst - by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health
- Freedom from discomfort - by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
- Freedom to express normal behavior - by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind
- Freedom from fear and distress - by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
By 2016 we aim to be measurably improving the lives of two million suffering horses, donkeys and mules each year.
The enormous difference the Brooke makes is thanks to the kindness of its worldwide supporters - including HRH The Duchess of Cornwall - and the dedication, care and compassion of its local veterinarians and field workers.
By improving the welfare of these extremely hard-working animals, we also improve the lives of the very poor people who depend on them to survive.