New patron for equine charity Brooke; USEF’s Jim Wolf joins Brooke USA

New Brooke patron Alastair Stewart OBE with Hobnob.
New Brooke patron Alastair Stewart OBE with Hobnob.

International equine charity Brooke has added new members to its team in recent weeks, including new patron, journalist and newscaster Alastair Stewart OBE.

The ITV News presenter said he was “thrilled to bits” to be offered the position with the global working horse and donkey welfare charity based in the UK.

And Jim Wolf, a former executive with the United States Equestrian Federation, has been named to the Board of Directors of Brooke USA, the American division of the Brooke.

Stewart, the award winning news broadcaster best known for anchoring the ITV Evening News for 31 years, is one of the UK’s longest serving news presenters. His career has spanned politics, war and royal weddings, but a passion for horses has always been present.

“Horses have been and will always be a massive part of my life,” he said “It started at a young age when I rode whilst at boarding school in Kent. I even courted my wife, Sally Ann, on horseback. Two of my children took to it too – my son Freddie runs a livery and training centre and my son Oscar is a professional show-jumper. Now I’m keen to give something back.”

Stewart has supported the Brooke for several years, attending events and following their work closely.

“So I already know it’s a great charity that does vital work for the world’s most vulnerable horses, donkeys and mules.

“Becoming patron for the Brooke is a huge honour,” he said.

One of his first jobs as patron was to help the Brooke to launch its new strategy and brand.

The Board of Directors of Brooke USA officially welcomed Jim Wolf to the team earlier this month.

Wolf will bring his extensive horse knowledge to Brooke USA and will stand behind their mission, which is to bring long-lasting, sustainable, culturally relevant solutions to equine welfare challenges facing working animals in some of the most impoverished countries around the globe.

Wolf has travelled to developing countries in various locations around the world and seen firsthand the plight of working equines in these areas.

Jim Wolf has joined the Board of Directors at Brooke USA.
Jim Wolf has joined the Board of Directors at Brooke USA.

“I am also aware of the critical role these animals play in the economic lives of the poor in these countries. I believe the work of Brooke USA is important from both an animal welfare and humanitarian perspective,” Wolf said.

“It is the only charity of which I am aware that serves this dual purpose. I will strive to make a meaningful contribution to the work of this outstanding organization.”

Wolf’s resume includes more than 20 years working for the United States Equestrian Team (USET) and US Equestrian Federation (USEF) in various roles including Director of Eventing, Special Assistant to the Executive Director and ultimately as the Executive Director of Sports Programs at USEF. As Executive Director Wolf managed the staff that are in charge of programs for 27 breeds and disciplines along with their corresponding events and activities.

Wolf was the Chef d’Mission for the US Equestrian Team at every Pan American Games, World Equestrian Games and Olympic Games from 1996 – 2014 overseeing the fielding, funding, equipping and selection of all of the US Equestrian Teams at these championships.

It was during his time as eventing director for the USET that he came up with the concept for the sport’s Rolex Grand Slam.

Before that, Wolf was the manager of the three-day eventing team at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. He was also an eventing competitor, fox hunter, farm manager and logistics coordinator for the international transportation of horses and equipment.

In 2013, he launched Wolf Sports Group LLC, which provides services and consulting in sports marketing and event planning and management. The company works in all sports-related areas, but primarily in the equestrian disciplines.

A horse working in a Mexico garbage dump.
A horse working in a garbage dump in Mexico. ©

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