International eventing rider and trainer Marcia Kulak has joined the Brooke USA board of directors.
As an international rider for 25 years, Kulak successfully competed on the world’s biggest stages: Rolex Kentucky, Burghley, Blenheim, Boekelo and Fair Hill. She was also shortlisted for two Olympics Games.
Kulak said she was honored to be appointed to serve on the Brooke USA board.
“We bring together an equestrian community with extraordinary vision and vast resources to an organization whose core values are very much in line with my own: to help improve the quality of life and sustainability of equids who won’t win trophies, ribbons or Olympic medals,” Kulak said.
“Instead, in developing countries they are the linchpin of a family’s livelihood and basic survival as well as helping to strengthen their community as a whole. The Brooke’s humanitarian and animal welfare achievements have become the gold standard and I am fully committed to the enhancement of that mission.”
Kulak has an extensive background and education with top trainers, including Jack LeGoff, George Morris, Anne Kursinski, Ruth Poulsen and Sue Blinks, and she also incorporates natural horsemanship techniques in her training program. Her winter base in Wellington, Florida, has allowed her to expand her operation to include jumpers and hunters, as well as top eventers. Kulak is best known for her classical and empathetic riding style as well as the meticulous care, management and presentation of her horses.
She also serves on the USEF Three-Day Eventing Selection Committee that will choose the Rio Olympic team. She was a longstanding member of the USEF Active Athletes Committee as well as a founding member of the Professional Rider’s Organization and continues to serve on their board. In 2011, Kulak founded and developed the Triple Crown Junior Young Rider Pro Scholarship Program which gives two deserving young riders a free scholarship to train with a top event rider for a week.
The Brooke is headquartered in London, England, and oversees a staff of about 1,000 worldwide. Brooke USA is headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and exists solely to support the overseas work of the Brooke through fundraising.
Kulak joins other Brooke USA board members: Dr. David Jones, Chairman; Sir David Madden, retired British diplomat; Bernadette Cogdell, Fork Farm; Missy Rankin, philanthropist; Dr. Jim Hamilton, Southern Pines Equine Associates; John Nicholson, Virginia Horse Center; Dr. Paul Lunn, North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine; Jim Wolf, Wolf Sports Group; and Katherine Bellissimo, Wellington Equestrian Partners.