The British Royal Family has a long held passion for horses. At a special event for international animal welfare charity the Brooke, Her Majesty The Queen surprised honored guests by joining the host HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, President of the Brooke. The event in aid of the charity at the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace included a demonstration by the Brooke’s Global Ambassador Monty Roberts who showed off his ‘Join Up’ horse whispering technique. The event was followed by afternoon tea with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
The Brooke is an international animal welfare organisation dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world’s poorest communities. They provide treatment, training and programmes around animal health and wellbeing, operating across Africa, Asia and Latin America. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has been President of the Brooke since 2006 and Monty Roberts became Global Ambassador earlier this year.
The Brooke’s founder, Dorothy Brooke, was an inspirational woman. On arrival in Egypt in 1930, Dorothy, the wife of a British cavalry officer, sought out emaciated horses that were used as beasts of burden on the streets of Cairo. These walking skeletons were once gallant war horses serving Britain, Australia and America in the First World War. When the conflict ended in 1918, they were sold into a life of hard labour in Egypt. Her pleas in a letter to the Morning Post newspaper (now the Daily Telegraph) were heard, and with help from the British public, Dorothy raised enough money to buy back 5,000 of the surviving horses. She then went on to set up a free veterinary clinic in Cairo in 1934 – the Old War Horse Memorial Hospital – and the beginning of the Brooke as we now know it.
Today The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips carries on the family equestrian tradition as an Olympic medal eventer. Equestrio was honored to sit down to profile this engaging athlete. (Zara Phillips – The Royal Champion)
Equestrio is also pleased to partner with the Brooke to support their work at the equine fairs in India. Please visit our online gallery where a portion of proceeds from sales benefit this very worthy organisation.
To learn more please visit www.thebrooke.org
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