For the past 10 years, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall has served as President of Brooke – Action For Working Horses and Donkeys. Now it has been announced that she is extending this position into the future. The UK-based charity works to improve the lives of these working animals in developing countries.
During her tenure, the Duchess has traveled to observe the horses, mules and donkeys used by locals to bring in an income so they might support their families. There are more than 100 million horses, donkeys and mules used by approximately 600 million people in the most difficult environments in the world. She has traveled to Egypt, where Brooke was founded in 1934; Jordan, Pakistan, after the earthquake in 2005 and to India after the flooding in 2013.
She has also hosted Brooke events in the UK. One being a horsemanship demonstration by the charity’s ambassador, Monty Roberts. The Queen, who is also a huge lover of horses also attended this event in October 2015. The Duchess also celebrated the advancement of Brooke USA at it’s USA headquarters in Kentucky when she and the Prince of Wales visited the United States in March of the same year.
The extension of this position coincides with the new launch of a new Brooke website and brand strategy.
Petra Ingram, Brooke’s Chief Executive explained the benefits of having such a strong advocate in the Duchess for the welfare of working animals.
She said: “In the time The Duchess has been our president, Brooke has continued to expand, and we now reach almost two million animals per year, three times more than in 2006. Her Royal Highness helps us by bringing public attention to the plight of working horses, donkeys and mules around the world, and we are deeply grateful for her support.
“We have bold ambitions for the next five years, and I am delighted to have The Duchess as our President, so we can reach thousands of new supporters, and improve the lives of even more animals.”