Brooke raises nearly £5,000 at Your Horse Live
Brooke joined some of the world’s top equestrians at Your Horse Live from 11 – 12 November, raising a massive £4,800.
The charity sponsored the celebrity signing area, hosting two trade stands, and running insightful sessions in the Equine Learning Zone.
The event, which took place at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, featured world famous guests including Brooke global ambassador Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester, who was celebrating his 50th birthday with a star-studded party on the Saturday night.
This year Brooke sponsored the celebrity signing area, allowing visitors to walk away with a free Brooke goody bag as well as their favourite star’s autograph. Geoff Billington, Guido Louis and Richard Maxwell were just some of the big names at the stand. Charlotte DuJardin also signed a pencil drawing of Valegro kindly donated by artist Kate Spratt that will be auctioned to raise money for Brooke.
Charlotte's family also got into the fundraising spirit by helping Brooke collect nearly £400 by walking around the arena with collection buckets.
Brooke specialises in protecting and improving the lives of working horses and donkeys in developing countries, where people rely on those animals to earn a living and support their families.
Visitors also had the chance to hear first-hand about Brooke’s vital work from the charity’s Veterinary Advisor Ebony Escalona who gave two talks about her experience in Brooke’s developing countries and how it compares to cases we see in the UK. Speaking from 10am each day, Ebony shared her top tips on farriery, first aid and injury and shone a light on some fascinating Brooke stories.
Brooke staff and volunteers were on hand at stands 388 and 454 in Hall 3 to give visitors the chance to celebrate their relationship with their own horses, both past and present, at Brooke’s Me and My Horse stand.
Horse lovers shared their stories and pinned photos of themselves and their horses on a photo wall, which was displayed over the weekend and will be shown at future events. Brooke’s Lichfield Community Fundraising group also hosted a stand raising awareness and funds for the charity. Their tombola which featured lots of horsey prizes raised a fantastic £1,935.