Thousand Oaks, Calif. - Brooke Global Ambassador and Olympic dressage gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin helped raise more than $10,000 for Brooke USA during a two-day clinic held at El Campeon Farms in Thousand Oaks, California in October.
A packed schedule of riders and a sold out VIP and auditor section made for a busy and exciting weekend. Although Dujardin taught all weekend, she took the time to share with the attendees that she had traveled to India to get a firsthand look at the some of the Brooke's programs there to help working equines and their communities. Charlotte spent six days with Brooke in India, a country with an estimated 1.2 million working horses, donkeys and mules.
Each working equine animal supports an average of six people, but many families who depend on working horses, donkeys and mules for a living face real problems rearing them. Animals often become sick due to a lack of proper food and clean water - their owners simply can't afford to provide it - and difficult terrain and climate create a tough working environment.
Charlotte saw several Brooke projects while in India (where Brooke has worked since 1992) including a women's equine welfare group. Brooke frequently works with women in poor communities because they are often the main care givers of the horses, donkeys and mules.
She also traveled with Brooke to the Dewa equine fair near Lucknow. The fair runs for two weeks and thousands of horses, donkeys and mules are bought and sold during that time. At the fair she visited one of Brooke's free veterinary clinics, used to treat the animals and to teach owners and traders about how to look after their animals. She saw a number of treatments- fixing of wounds, injections for infections, and advice for better saddlery, harnessing and nutrition.
At the California dressage clinic, Charlotte urged attendees to make donations to Brooke USA. Attendees came away from the clinic with new riding techniques taught by Charlotte herself, as well as a deeper understanding of the important work Brooke does around the world.
The sold-out clinic was hosted by SH Productions, which generously donated a VIP table and placed Brooke banners around the ring. Brooke had the honor of being Charlotte's charity of choice for the clinic. SH Productions also hosted a raffle with items donated by Horse and Rider Boutique which raised a significant amount toward the $10,000 total.
Brooke donor Kristina Tomalesky commissioned a charcoal drawing of a dressage horse and rider by UK wildlife and equestrian artist Heather Irvine, and Ransome and Laura Rombauer donated tote bags that helped raise donations, as well.
About Brooke USA
Brooke USA is a 501(c)(3) charity located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, which exists solely to support the overseas work of Brooke, the world's largest international equine welfare charity. For more than 80 years, Brooke has been alleviating the suffering of horses, donkeys and mules who work in some of the poorest communities on earth. Brooke's scientifically proven, practical and sustainable solutions to enormous welfare challenges improve the lives of equine animals and the people who depend on them across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Central America. Last year alone, Brooke reached 1.8 million equines, benefiting 10 million people in the developing world. To learn more, visit BrookeUSA.org.