After the end of the First World War, the Allied powers returned home to their respected countries to continue their lives as best they could. When they left, however, they abandoned thousands of loyal horses who had served in their cavalries in the countries they had fought. Most were sold to the people living there, and into lives of great hardship and intense labor. In the 1930s, a woman by the name of Dorothy Brooke discovered these thousands of equines, and knew she had to help. In her lifetime, she is said to have helped reprocess almost 5,000 horses. Her legacy is carried on today by Brooke, which continues to aid equines in developing countries.
Today, Brooke and Brooke USA currently work in eleven countries across the globe to aid with equines of all sorts. Horses, mules and donkeys are some of the hardest laborers in the world, and do their work without “complaint”, which means their suffering often goes unheard. A large portion of the world still relies on real horse power for their livelihood. Whether it be to pull their goods through the street, provide transportation or plowing the fields, these equines loyally serve their owners the best they can, sometimes in the worst conditions. In many developing countries, owners do not have the means to provide their equine partners with the food, shelter and medical care they need- especially when they cannot afford it for the members of their own families. Others are simply not aware of their equine’s needs. Through donations and partnerships, Brooke provides education to the communities, and sponsors projects focused on improving the lives of equines and their human families. Through their Horse Heroes Campaign, Brooke USA is raising $1 million in honor of the 1 million American equines that were sent to the battlefields in World War 1.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Don’t know what to buy a friend or family member this Christmas? Consider making a donation to Brooke in their name! This holiday season, the Brooke offers multiple opportunities to give, with various levels. From donating $25 to provide a blanket for an equine all the way up to $5000 to provide emergency veterinary care, there is something for everyone to give!
Patrick and I are honored to be advocates for this wonderful organization, and we hope that you will consider giving to them this holiday season. To make donations and learn more about Brooke, visit their website- brookeusa.org
On May 21, 2017 Patrick and 9 other deserving horses were inducted into the USEF/ EQUUS Foundation Horse Stars Hall of Fame. Patrick was recognized for his accomplishments in the show ring, his work as a a therapy horse and his accomplishments as an ambassador to the miniature horse breed. The Hall of Fame was created in 2013 to recognize horses that have reached significant athletic achievements and those that exemplify the horse/ human bond. Patrick was only the 3rd miniature horse to be inducted into the hall of Fame.
Patrick's "stall" in the Hall of Fame can be viewed here: www.horsestarhalloffame.org/inductees/97/gtr_patricks_vindicator.aspx
A lot of things can change in 18 years, but the love I have for you has not.
I believe it is safe to say that, without a doubt, you have shaped me into the person I am today. Without you, I have no clue who I would be, or what I would be doing. So many of the opportunities, lessons and passions in my life have completely stemmed from you.
You have taught me the greatest lessons a person can learn. You've taught me how to lose (gracefully), how to learn from failure, how to be patient, how to be kind to others, how to handle everything with grace and dignity and most importantly, you have taught me how to love.
Friends oft come and go, but you have always and will always be by my side. You listen to my troubles and comfort and console me. For this, you are my best friend. When I need a shoulder to cry on, I can always count on you. You always know when something is wrong, and how to bring a smile to my face. I can tell you all of my secrets, and you'll never tell a soul.
When you came into my life 18 years ago, I hardly knew the influence you would have on my life. You've filled my summers with horse shows and long hot days of fun. You taught me how to be responsible, and to care for something else. You've put up with the ridiculous costumes we put on you, with my frustrations, with the thousands of pictures I make you pose for, and for all of the mistakes I have too often blamed on you. When I make mistakes, you try your best to correct them.
Thank you for making me more confident. I am a shy person, but when I am around you, I could hardly be more outgoing. I could talk about you day and night- of your accomplishments, of your funny stories, of your kindness. You have given me the courage to step outside of my comfort zone, to ask for opportunities like attending Rolex, or being sponsored by wonderful companies.
When I see little girls pet you nose and giggle with joy, or see you lay your head on the bed of a patient in a hospital, I cannot help but be teary eyed. You are more kind, more loving, and more gentle than most people. You do not pass judgement, you only give your love. You can sense who needs it the most. I know that, if you can bring someone else even a fraction of the joy you have brought to me, their life has been improved at least a little. I wish that every person could have something in their lives to love and inspire them like you have done for me.
It my be difficult for some to understand the relationship between a girl and her horse. You are not just an animal- you aren't even a pet. You are so much more. You are better than a brother, better than a friend, better than any dog or cat to walk the earth. The bond and connection between a girl and her horse is unexplainable, and unmatched. Until you have had a "heart horse", you simply cannot understand. Even thinking of being without you is enough to send me to tears. You have taught me more than I will ever know, and I cherish every moment I spend with you.
Thank you for being my best friend.
Your "girl"- Sarah
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When I first received my Noble Outfitters Balance riding tights (in charcoal), I wasn't sure how I would like them, because there wasn't a zipper/ button. These tights are pull-on, similar to Kerrits breeches. As soon as I put these on, though, I knew they were great! These breeches are light, breathable, and cool. In the hot summer months, you don't even break a sweat while wearing these! One thing that I absolutely LOVE about these breeches is the pocket on the thigh- the perfect size to hod your phone. Unlike other breeches I've had, where the pocket is on your hip, and your phone is in an awkward lace whenever you sit down, or are riding, this pocket makes your phone easily accessible, in a comfortable place! I wore these breeches all day, everyday at Rolex and was never once uncomfortable! I will most definitely be purchasing another pair! You can purchase a pair for yourself here- Noble Outfitters Balance Riding Tight
Thank you to all of the wonderful photographers who sent me their photos from the weekend!!! I'll be posting three sets of photographs from various photographers every few days. Please email me if you took photos and would like them featured here!