Jane Holderness-Roddam CVO, CBE
Jane first joined Brooke as a Trustee in 2003, serving for eight years before becoming an Ambassador for the charity in 2022.
Jane embodies all things equestrian, and has a lifelong passion for horses. She was the first British woman to ride in the Olympic Three Day Event Team in Mexico 1968, where she won Team Gold. Jane also won Badminton twice (1968 and 1978) and Burghley once (1976).
Over the years, Jane has been recognised numerous times for her incredible equestrian journey and her important role in the sport. Her accolades include Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the 1999 New Year Honours, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2004 Birthday Honours, Commander of the Victorian Order (CVO) in 2020 Birthday Honours, and The BHS Queen’s Award for Equestrianism in 2009.
Outside of her equestrian career, Jane has also served as a Lady-in-Waiting to the Princess Royal for over thirty years.
Jane is a true do-er; she has run the London Marathon for charity, taken part in a tandem skydive and returned to Eventing in 2015 to compete in a BE100 class in her home county of Wiltshire, raising money for Brooke and World Horse Welfare. Whilst a Brooke Trustee she visited several of our overseas programmes including India and Senegal to see first-hand the welfare conditions facing horses, donkeys and mules, and how Brooke was providing assistance.
The welfare of these majestic animals has always been of paramount importance to me.
I am fully committed to the education Brooke provides to local communities which enables them to give better care and support to their hard-working partners. This in turn benefits the communities themselves who rely on these wonderful animals.