Wellington, FL - 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." 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.
The Brooke cares for working animals in third-world countries. "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."