FEI World Equestrian Games™ @ Tryon International Equestrian Center
Sep
11
to Sep 23

FEI World Equestrian Games™ @ Tryon International Equestrian Center

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The Organizing Committee of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon and Brooke USA are proud to announce that Brooke (sister charity of Brooke USA), the world’s largest international equine welfare charity, has been chosen as the “Official Charity for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG).” The games will take place at Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina, USA this September 11 through 23.

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WEG, which takes place every four years, is the major international championship event for the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)-regulated disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.

This year, the WEG will be held at the 1,600-acre Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, co-founded in 2014 by the Tryon Equestrian Partners, which is comprised of six equestrian families who are all committed to the long-term development and growth of equestrian sport: Mark and Katherine Bellissimo, Roger and Jennifer Smith, Lisa Lourie, Jenji and Diana Mercer, Howard and Gwen Dvorkin, and Joe and Cindy Mitchell. 

Headquartered in the UK, Brooke is an international charity that protects and improves the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules, whose labor keeps millions of poor families in developing countries around the world out of poverty.

The charity designation is courtesy of Katherine Bellissimo, who serves on the board of Brooke USA, which is headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Brooke USA is dedicated to significantly improving the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need.

The overarching theme for the 2018 WEG is “Celebrate the Horse, Celebrate the Sport: #Together,” which commemorates the deep connection and interdependencies that have existed between humankind and equines for millennia. For much of the developed world, this relationship has become one of leisure and sport, but for more than 600 million people, the relationship is still one of survival.

Katherine has championed Brooke’s work for a number of years before becoming part of Brooke USA in April 2016. She said, “I am pleased to have Brooke named as the official charity of the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018. The work that Brooke and Brooke USA do for both horses and humans around the world is incredibly admirable and embodies our organization’s goal of celebrating the ways we depend on this beautiful creature through this event. It is only natural that the world’s largest working equine welfare charity be chosen as a beneficiary of the world’s largest equestrian competition.

“Brooke USA is one of only two boards I choose to serve on and it’s because I believe our work has a great and lasting impact on Brooke’s global efforts, not only for the equines but also the humans who rely on them.” 

Emily Dulin, Executive Director of Brooke USA, said, “100 million horses, donkeys and mules around the world are doing the hardest jobs in extreme environments, from the brick kilns of Nepal to the coal mines of Pakistan and the small farms of Ethiopia and Nicaragua, they are paying the price for their labor with injuries, exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition. Brooke works to make long lasting improvements to their lives.”

Petra Ingram, Chief Executive of Brooke stated, “We are so proud to be a part of WEG this year. The theme of humans and equines through time also ties in with our Every Horse Remembered campaign, which honors the horses who worked side-by-side with soldiers in World War One. We’re looking forward to working together with Tryon International Equestrian Center to organize Brooke-themed activities and raise funds for working horses, donkeys and mules around the world.”

As the “Official Charity of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018,” Brooke is planning to build a commemorative walkway called Brooke Breezeway at Tryon International Equestrian Center that will feature dedicated “Brooke Bricks” in honor of both this iconic event and the important service provided by working equines around the world. “Brooke Bricks” will be made of bricks manufactured humanely in the United States and can be purchased online at www.BrookeBricks.org,  a custom Brooke USA microsite, and be installed in dedication of a person, horse or organization.  The website will launch later this spring.

Find out more about the charities at www.BrookeUSA.org or www.TheBrooke.org. To learn more about the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 and to book tickets, visit www.Tryon2018.com.   

Brooke USA is currently looking for dedicated volunteers to assist during the two weeks of the World Equestrian Games. If you are interested in donating your time, please contact Brooke USA Development Officer Kendall Bierer. Please fill out the volunteer form and email or send to:

Brooke USA
4089 Iron Works Pkwy
Lexington, KY 40511

About Brooke USA:

By funding Brooke’s work, Brooke USA aims to improve the lives of working equines, both now and in the future. Brooke USA ensures that contributions from generous donors are put to great use as they equip people in the developing world with the knowledge and skills to give their horses, donkeys and mules better lives. www.BrookeUSA.org  

About Brooke:

Brooke is an international charity that protects and improves the lives of the working horses, donkeys and mules that give people in the developing world the opportunity to work their way out of poverty.  Over 100 million of these animals are currently working worldwide, earning an income that around 600 million people rely on to put food on their tables, send their children to school and build better futures for themselves and their families. Sadly, many working horses, donkeys and mules are suffering, so Brooke works in more than 11 developing countries, with owners, communities, service providers, governments and international organizations to make long lasting improvements to the lives of animals and their owners. www.TheBrooke.org   

About the Tryon International Equestrian Center:

Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s premier equestrian lifestyle destinations. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. With first-class facilities for hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing competitions, the facility will soon accommodate all eight equestrian disciplines. Tryon Resort is a spring, summer and fall haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts, and a year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Learn more at www.Tryon.com

About the FEI World Equestrian Games™:

The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, is the property of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body for horse sport recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining World Championships in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, the Paralympic discipline of Para-Equestrian Dressage, as well as Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.

The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games™ were hosted in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990. Since then the Games have been staged in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez (ESP) in 2002, and Aachen (GER) in 2006. The first Games to be organized outside Europe were the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA) 2010. The Games came back to Europe for the 2014 edition, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy (FRA), which attracted more than 500,000 on-site spectators and a worldwide television audience of 350 million, as well as delivering an economic impact of €368 million to the French economy.

For more information, visit www.tryon2018.com and http://www.fei.org/tryon-2018

        

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Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event
Apr
25
to Apr 29

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

Brooke USA was joined at the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington, Kentucky, by many of our eventing ambassadors!  Tik Maynard an event rider, performance horse trainer, and #BrookeUSA ambassador was joined by wife and event rider/trainer Sinead Halpin, as well as eventer Boyd Martin.

 Brooke USA ambassador Boyd Martin.

Brooke USA ambassador Boyd Martin.

Fans and supporters stopped by our Brooke USA booth during the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and learned more about why so many world-class athletes, coaches, and trainers are involved in helping us fund equine welfare programs around the world. 

 Brooke USA Dressage Ambassador Allison Brock.

Brooke USA Dressage Ambassador Allison Brock.

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Paint Wellington Orange
Feb
22
to Mar 26

Paint Wellington Orange

Thank You For An Amazing Inaugural Paint Wellington Orange!

Brooke USA officially kicked off its exciting, new initiative, "Paint Wellington Orange," on Feb. 22, and with two fundraising events completed and many more to come this season, the initiative is already the talk of the town.

The color orange symbolizes Brooke USA's vision of a world in which working horses, donkeys and mules are free from suffering. Restaurants and businesses around the Wellington, Florida, community are offering special discounts and donating a portion of their sales to support Brooke USA's funding of equine welfare programs in the developing world. You can support Brooke USA's initiative by shopping, eating or visiting any of their many "Paint Wellington Orange" partners across Wellington!

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The next fundraising event of the Brooke USA "Paint Wellington Orange" campaign was held at Don Chepo's Taco Shop on March 7. When guests spent $20, Don Chepo's Taco Shop donated $5 to Brooke USA! On March 13, supporters gathered together to continue the partying with a Soiree in Orange at The Grille Fashion Cuisine.

The month of March also kicked off Brooke USA's month-long benefit at California Pizza Kitchen as well as at 9Round Wellington Trace.

California Pizza Kitchen, located at the Mall at Wellington Green, donated 20 percent of each check to Brooke USA when diners mentioned they were ordering in support of Brooke USA. The benefit raised over $3,000!

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In addition, 9Round Wellington Trace, located in the Courtyard Shops at Wellington, launched a Brooke USA Burpee Challenge where members and friends challenged any member or trainer to do a burpee during their workout for each $1 donated!

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What better way to make a difference in the lives of working equines around the world than by enjoying delicious food and taking care of yourself with a great workout? 

Brooke USA kicked off "Paint Wellington Orange" with a successful Lunch & Learn presentation at the Winter Equestrian Festival on Thursday, Feb. 22, in The Wellington Club during Week Seven of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Fla., which featured a compelling presentation entitled "Global Impact Through Local Kindness: Ensuring Vital Futures for Equines and Their Human Partners." The event served as the launch party for "Paint Wellington Orange."

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Left to right (back row to front row): Brooke USA ambassador Nic Roldan, Brooke's Brendon Elliot and Rachel Bhageerutty, Irene Greenberg of Eye Gee Designs, Brooke USA's executive director Emily Dulin and Brooke USA's development officer Kendall Bierer showing their Brooke USA pride at Thursday's Lunch & Learn.

The event was part of the popular Lunch & Learn weekly series at WEF, which offers educational lectures to riders, owners, trainers and horse enthusiasts on a variety of equine related topics, and brought together speakers such as Brooke USA board member Katherine Bellissimo, Brooke UK's Rachel Bhageerutty and Brendon Elliot as well as Brooke USA's Emily Dulin and Kendall Bierer.

In addition, on Monday, Feb. 26, Brooke USA encouraged members of the Wellington community to party for a purpose at the lively Orange Party & Give Back Day event, hosted by Polo Bar & Grill, with 20 percent of guests' brunch, lunch or dinner benefiting Brooke USA.

The evening featured live music from Tom Blake, signature cocktails and dancing, while guests wore orange in support of Brooke USA's mission to improve the welfare of horses, donkeys and mules, and the people they serve, throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

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Brooke USA ambassador Nic Roldan, Brandon Phillips and Tom Blake at Monday's Orange Party & Give Back Day event at Polo Bar & Grill.

 Wellington National Golf Club, in conjunction with renowned international art dealer,  Chisholm Gallery, LLC, hosted an evening of Art & Wine in support of the mission of Brooke USA during Paint Wellington Orange. On Tuesday, March 13 from 6 to 8 P.M., guests and supporters attended the sophisticated party with a purpose!

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Brooke USA's Kendall Bierer and Executive Director Emily Marquez Dulin at Wellington National Golf Club.

Guests viewed the wonderful collection of sporting art specifically curated for the Wellington National Golf Club while enjoying selected flights of Argentine wines sponsored and provided by Coastal Select Beverage. All art pieces are available for purchase as well.

Wellington National donated a percentage of each ticket sold for the event, as well as matched the first 100 tickets. It was a spectacular event, raising over $400 for Brooke USA.

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Brooke USA also kept Paint Wellington Orange pretty, with several private parties and events that promoted the all-new Lip Revival Tinted Lip Balm is a collection of all-natural, vegan, lightly tinted lip balms created by Beauty For Real to benefit Brooke USA. Designed in collaboration with Brooke USA Ambassadors, the sheer lip balm is packed with antioxidants and hydrating plant oils.

20% of all proceeds raised from sales benefit Brooke USA. To learn more and to purchase, click here

The inaugural Paint Wellington Orange was a true success, raising over $5,000 for Brooke USA, and involving the entire community of Wellington, Fla. to make a difference in the life of working equines globally.

If you are interested in participating in the 2019 Paint Wellington Orange, please contact Brooke USA Development Officer Kendall Bierer.

 

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International Night
Feb
23
2:30 PM14:30

International Night

Amigos de Brooke USA presented its inaugural International Night -- an evening of dining and dancing in support of Brooke USA. The Grille Fashion Cuisine in Wellington, Florida, hosted the event, donating more than $5,000 to provide aid and education to working equines and the humans who depend on them through Central and South America.

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