Brooke USA Foundation (Brooke USA), the leading national nonprofit focused on alleviating the misery of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve in vulnerable communities worldwide, recently announced that it has joined forces with the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, operator of the FEI World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2023, which runs April 4-8. The partnership is dedicated to building awareness for the contributions of horses to human livelihoods – whether elevating the status of women, securing water for families, transporting goods to market for sale, or taking children to school to advance education. Both organizations are committed to ensuring the most favorable conditions for equine welfare – from working in a brick kiln in India to competing at the highest level of equestrian sport at the CHI Health Center Omaha.
From April 4 to April 7, at the FEI World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2023, Brooke USA representatives will be on hand to meet and greet attendees and guests, and will answer questions regarding current work in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas, especially in the United States. Brooke USA is working with the Horses & Humans Research Foundation to learn about the needs of equines living among Native American reservations and answer the question of what the best way is to conduct a research study on equine welfare and Native American wellbeing on federally recognized reservations. The hope is to develop a body of knowledge which will not only help make targeted granting decisions but also serve as a resource to other organizations with similar interests.
“We were delighted to meet the team at the Omaha Equestrian Foundation and learn that the FEI World Cup™ Finals in Omaha will pay homage to the horse’s regional tradition and cultural impact by infusing tributes to Native American heritage,” said Emily Dulin, CEO of Brooke USA. “We could not be happier to join forces with Omaha Equestrian Foundation as we aim to encourage learning and stimulate debate on equine welfare and their impact on human livelihoods,” she added.
“Three hundred years ago in Omaha, horses were serving as essential contributors to Native American livelihoods. For Native Americans in the Great Plains Region, horses were more than animals – they were valued and respected members of the tribe. Indigenous people relied on horses to transform hunting tactics, inspire artistry, and strengthen transportation routes. The status of the family, village and nation was often linked to the number of horses owned,” explained Julie Boilesen, CEO of Omaha Equestrian Foundation. “We’re thrilled to join forces with Brooke USA as we celebrate the horses of the American Plains – past, present and future,” added Boilesen.
On Friday, April 7, the 2023 FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final, which highlights the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music, has been designated as “Brooke USA’s Charity Session” and will feature giveaways to the public and special mementos to guests in the VIP area. Other programs and events are also being planned for the week. For more information and ongoing updates, visit www.BrookeUSAevents.org.
About Brooke USA Foundation (Brooke USA): The mission of Brooke USA is to significantly improve the health, welfare, and productivity of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people who depend on them for survival worldwide. We are committed to sustainable economic development by reducing poverty, increasing food security, ensuring access to water, providing a means to education, and raising basic standards of living through improved equine health and welfare. We accomplish this by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need.
About Omaha Equestrian Foundation: The Omaha Equestrian Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that hosts jumping, dressage and vaulting events that entertain, bring sport fans to the community from across the globe and contribute to the Omaha economy. Events, along with other opportunities are used to educate area students using horses, teach fans about equestrian sports and help regional riders improve their skills. The Omaha Equestrian Foundation also partners with other area equine non-profits to elevate our mission and to help them achieve theirs. Learn more at OmahaEquestrian.org.
About FEI World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2023: The world’s top Dressage, Jumping and Vaulting athletes will descend on Omaha for the FEI World Cup™ Finals. Produced by the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, the FEI World Cup™ Finals is an annual indoor championship that attracts competitors and fans from all over the U.S. and across the globe. Spectators will experience the excitement of the international equestrian sport under one roof – stabling, warm-up, competition arena, dining venues and shopping expo – with hotels, restaurants, and entertainment within easy walking distance. Learn more at Omaha2023.fei.org.
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