Dressage’s golden girl Charlotte Dujardin is the new Global Ambassador for equine welfare charity the Brooke.
It is the first charity partnership for the double Olympic Gold Medalist, who was also named The Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year in 2014.
The Brooke operates in 11 countries around the world helping to improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules that support the livelihoods of over 600 million people globally.
“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 in the UK. I look forward to sharing more with you soon,” Dujardin said.
Brooke chief executive Petra Ingram said the charity was thrilled to welcome Dujardin to the Brooke family. “We were so impressed with Charlotte’s enthusiasm for the Brooke and her willingness to help, despite how busy she is. Hopefully together we can raise awareness of the issues these working animals face every day of their difficult lives. We are so grateful to Charlotte for giving up her time to this very worthy cause.”
The Brooke began operations in Egypt 80 years ago when its founder, Dorothy Brooke, rescued 5000 former war horses left behind after the First World War.
On arrival in Egypt in 1930, Brooke, 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-editor were heard, and with help from the British public, Dorothy raised enough money to buy back 5000 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 charity reaches 1.5 million working equines in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
Its president is The Duchess of Cornwall.