Brooke USA is excited to announce that it is joining forces with the Equus Film & Arts Podcast Collection. Beginning this week, Brooke USA launches “On The Road”, a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Julianne Neal of JA Media Productions, organizer of the Equus Film Festival Camden Tour Stop, and Executive Director of The Marley Project, Inc., a South Carolina-based 501C-3 focused on equine education.
Each episode includes Brooke USA board members, ambassadors, and friends offering background information, event details, fundraising opportunities and more importantly, insights into how Brooke USA-funded projects are alleviating the suffering of working horses, donkeys, and mules across the globe.
- Thursday, September 10: About Brooke USA, a candid discussion with John Nicholson, chairman of the nonprofit’s board of directors, on current activities and pivoting plans during COVID-19 with a positive outlook on the organization’s future.
During the second half of the podcast, Olympic medalist Ali Brock and Grand Prix rider JJ Tate share their viewpoints on Brooke USA’s mission after a visit to project sites in the Dry Corridor of Guatemala.
- Thursday, September 24: About Animal Advocacy, an informative presentation by Brooke USA’s vice chair Katherine Kaneb detailing the effects of the donkey slaughter in Africa on human livelihoods and animal welfare. Alfonso Lopez, Brooke USA’s federal lobbying consultant, advises listeners on personal actions that can help ban US sales of “ejiao,” the gelatin derived from donkey hides and used in traditional Chinese medicine.
During the second half, Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times best-selling author discusses her passion for conservation, her book The Summer Guests, set amidst the equestrian community of Tryon, NC, and her recently released On Ocean Boulevard, a novel about one family’s summer of forging new beginnings.
Thursday, October 8: About Hope’s Legacy, a delightful chat with the director and producer on the making of the movie which deals with Lizzie’s strong emotions after the death of her grandmother, her obligations to the farm and her horses, and an upcoming three-day eventing competition. Lizzy must learn to stand on her own two feet but with Legacy, her horse, by her side she can do it.
The movie premiere on the Equus Film Channel serves as a fundraiser for Brooke USA and kicks-off The Power of ONE, a one year campaign to raise $1 million for Brooke USA, recognizing that one donation can change the life of an equine, a person or a community. Movie tickets, $25 and $150, are available to purchase at www.BrookeUSA.org.
Following details on Hope’s Legacy, Brooke USA board member Jim Wolf and USEA (United States Eventing Association) president Max Corcoran share stories about their lives in the eventing world, including attending Olympic Games and other leading competitions, working together for many years, and partnering on the premiere of Hope’s Legacy to raise funds for the mission of Brooke USA and increase awareness for the plight of working equines.
To access the podcasts, visit: brookeusaontheroad.buzzsprout.com, or
Equus Film & Arts Podcast Collection, which averages close to 1,500 downloads a month, also hosts several new and innovative podcasts, including its own “Equus Film & Arts Fest”, the premiere program for those who have a passion for horses in film, art and literature; “Whinny Tales” on horse stories, pony legends and unicorn yarns featuring the work of international equine clinician Bruce Anderson, and “Under The Saddle” with Adam Cromarty gathering the biggest names in the equestrian world to discuss horses and their life stories.
Emily Dulin, chief executive officer of Brooke USA said, “we couldn’t be more excited to join forces with JA Media Productions and Equus Film & Arts Podcast Collection to pilot this podcast series. It’s a perfect example of how new media can extend the reach and impact of Brooke USA’s work, especially during these difficult times of social distancing. And with three shows on the schedule, we’re just getting started. Plans call for an additional three podcasts, following the movie premiere and with the help of our listeners, we’re confident that “Brooke USA On The Road” will become a welcome addition to the animal-loving podcast community.”
For more information on Brooke USA or the podcasts, to purchase movie tickets or make a donation, visit www.BrookeUSA.org.
The mission of Brooke USA is to significantly improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and the Caribbean by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need.
Brooke USA accomplishes this through a holistic approach to funding which includes capacity building, sustainability programming, female empowerment, and international advocacy. Brooke USA connects private philanthropists with their passion for helping relieve the suffering of working equines and their owners.
Brooke USA raises funds to support a wide variety of programs for working horses, donkeys and mules to help them become (and remain) healthy and happy now and in the long-term, which also benefits the very poor families who depend on those animals to help them earn a living. For more information visit www.BrookeUSA.org.