Brooke USA: One Very Successful Event Down; Two More To Go in Wellington

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The Debut of The Watering Hole was Nothing but Extraordinary. Ponies & Pearls and Divertimentos & Dressage will follow on to successful path!

Brooke USA Foundation’s (Brooke USA) approach to building awareness among various sectors of the Wellington market proved to be right on target with the resounding success of Brooke USA’s The Watering Hole, a pool party targeting young riders and providing the right venue and means for relaxation on a Monday afternoon at the National Polo Center. More than 250 riders and friends were in attendance sharing libations – drinks, food, music by DJ Lexey and entertainment, games, shopping and auctions.

In total, the event, planned by Brooke USA’s Young Professionals, raised close to $75,000 toward underwriting water troughs for working equines in Ethiopia where access to basic water is a problem due to worsening drought conditions and lack of current services.  “Reality is that without water, crops cannot grow, and animals and livestock die”, stated Emily Dulin, CEO of Brooke USA. “We are ever so grateful to Brooke USA’s Young Professionals for taking an interest in our work and for ensuring that the party truly had a purpose – helping those who are severely affected by water shortages in Ethiopia”, added Dulin.

Brooke USA’s Young Professionals and 2023 Event Committee for The Watering Hole was comprised of co-chairs Ash Atkinson and Morgan Measey, Kaela Genovese, Brianne Link and Robert Reyers. Brooke USA’s The Watering Hole was sponsored by Human Touch, OnCourse Consignment, Media Zone, Equisite Elements of Style, Poll to Tail Magnawave, Cugini Winery, Star Liquors, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Project Florida and Maxwell’s Plum. Even a Sip-and-Shop for the those looking to accessorize and buy clothing, jewelry, and equestrian items was on-hand thanks to La Enovese Designs, Caryna Nina, Veltri, Palm Harbor Boutique, Kai Lassen, and Sofie’s Boutique. The “sip” part of the “shop” was sponsored by Hotels at Sea and Celebrity Cruises, featuring their exclusive Celebration Oasis Rosé.

Right around the corner, Brooke USA’s remaining events will be taking place Sunday, March 19 with Ponies & Pearls, during the U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship Final on Field One of the National Polo Center. Sponsors, to date, include Celebrity Cruises & Hotels At Sea, Gill Johnston and Valley Bank. Only two Golden Goal Table Sponsors remain, and one Silver Goal Table Sponsor is still available. The event does offer a Bronze Goal Table Sponsorship, as well as individual tickets. Ponies & Pearls benefits female empowerment programs across Kenya as women have proven to gain most from Brooke’s interventions when it comes to husbandry and first-aid training, thus increasing women’s skills and the likelihood of added income for the family. The event is chaired by Brooke USA Board members Lisa Bair, Gill Johnston, and Lisa Spoden.

And, lastly, Divertimentos & Dressage-presented by Lugano Diamonds will offer a dressage musical freestyle to the live performances of the Palm Beach Symphony with riders JJ Tate and Rebecca Hart, both Brooke USA Ambassadors, Todd Flettrich, Sahar Daniel Hirosh, Jim Koford and Allison Kavey. On Thursday, March 23 at Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, spectators will be overwhelmed by the beauty of this event when horses, orchestra and guests literally share the arena. Chairs Selma Garber and Margaret Hamilton Duprey are in full planning mode for Divertimentos & Dressage and have a guaranteed an unforgettable affair.

To purchase tickets for Brooke USA upcoming events, visit and follow Brooke USA on Instagram and Facebook.

ABOUT BROOKE USA FOUNDATION: 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, providing access to water, and raising basic standards of living through improved equine health and welfare. Brooke USA does 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 accomplishes this by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need.

For more information, contact:
Emily Dulin

Kendall Bierer