Thursday, 22 March 2018 10:45

Brooke's My Hackathon 2018 Riding Challenge

Equestrians Harry Meade, Richard Waygood, Gemma Tattersall, Charlotte Dujardin and Alice Oppenheimer are lending their support to Brooke’s My Hackathon.

“Hacking is really important for horses and riders – it keeps us both fit, and for me, it’s nice to have some chilled out time with the horses outside of the training arena. I love hacking out into the fields and having a big open space to ride in. With Brooke’s MyHackathon, you’re also making a difference for working horses, donkeys and mules at the same time, all you have to do is hack 100 miles in 100 days and raise £100 for Brooke. Sign up now." - Charlotte Dujardin


Get on your horse, take part in MyHackathon and help raise money for Brooke. The challenge set is to ride 100 miles in 100 days and raise £100. You can either take part alone and ride 100 miles or share the distance with friends eg 10 riders get together and ride 10 miles. We are encouraging people to get on a horse, commit to challenging themselves and raise lots of money. Help improve the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people who depend on them.

My Hackathon runs until the end of October 2018. Richard Waygood, already a Brooke ambassador and performance manager for the British Eventing Team, supported the fundraiser last year and is backing it again. He said:

“I’m proud to support Brooke’s My Hackathon again this year. Hacking is essential for a healthy, happy horse, and it’s good for you too.

"With spring just on the horizon the time is perfect to get out there, ride and raise funds for this wonderful cause. Working horses, donkeys and mules around the world will thank you for it!”

Rider Claire Harker is keen to help Brooke make My Hackerthon bigger and better.

Joining the famous equestrians are author and Brooke’s Every Horse Remembered ambassador Hannah Russell and rider Claire Harker, who runs the Instagram account @life_through_the_ears, and will be the face of the campaign. Claire took part in My Hackathon in 2017 and raised over £450 for Brooke.

"We can’t wait to get involved with My Hackathon this year. Rock and I had a great time last year and we’re really looking forward to clocking up another 100 miles for Brooke.

Join us on Instagram and share pictures of your rides using the hashtag #MyHackathon! Claire Harker, My Hackathon ambassador and creator of @Life_Through_The_Ears

This year My Hackathon will also have an element of Every Horse Remembered, Brooke’s campaign for 2018 that marks 100 years since the end of the Frist World War.

Sunday 1 July 2018 marks the anniversary of the battle of the Somme, which took place in 1916 and claimed the lives of. This will be Brooke’s ‘Hack To Remember’ day, where all riders hack out on the same day to honour the horses, donkeys and mules of the past. If you have ever loved a horse, join Brooke and share your message and pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. By using the hashtag #MyHackathon, riders nationwide will be part of an online community where they can share their successes and photos with each other and spread the Hackathon message.

Brooke are also launching My Mini Hackathon for younger riders and horses with shorter legs, suggesting supporters lead their ponies 10 miles in 100 days to raise £100.  The 100 miles can also be split between groups of friends who want to sign up for the challenge together.

The challenge is free to enter and prizes, including certificates, badges and rosettes, will be awarded to those who reach or exceed their goal of £100. Brooke estimates that it costs £4.50 to reach one animal through their work overseas, which means that with a fundraising target of £100 each rider will be helping a horse like theirs with every 4.5 miles they hack. In 2017, hackers helped raise £20k, which is 4,444 horses, donkeys or mules!



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International show jumper Laura Renwick and British event rider Harry Meade join dressage rider Alice Oppenheimer, Hannah Russell and Little Alf the miniature Shetland, as well as US Instagram sensation Muledragger as Every Horse Remembered Ambassadors.

“I’m delighted to start my official support for Brooke as an Every Horse Remembered Ambassador. I’m looking forward to representing the campaign for Brooke in the British Show jumping scene.
“Horses have worked side by side with people for centuries, not least in the First world War. It’s vital that we remember the sacrifice they gave.
"Brooke’s Every horse Remembered campaign is the perfect way for UK horse lovers to do this, whilst helping provide a better future for the working equine heroes of today."  Laura Renwick

Brooke has announced the five new equestrian campaign ambassadors and launched an Every Horse Remembered pin badge, marking the anniversary of the beginning of the battle of Verdun, a First World War clash that lasted almost 11 months.

It was the longest battle fought on the Western Front and was so bloody it was known as the ‘Meat Grinder’ in the trenches. Thousands of horses died in the battle, and on just one day 7,000 were killed by a shelling.

The commemorative badge depicts the Every Horse Remembered logo and is available to buy now.

Each one costs £3 plus postage and packaging, and provides the perfect way for supporters to show they’re honouring the lives of war horses, and help working horses, donkeys and mules of today.


"It is so important to honour the bravery of the millions of horses who served alongside our soldiers in World War I. I’m supporting Brooke’s Every Horse Remembered campaign to help them reach their £1 million target in tribute to our war horses and to raise awareness of today’s working animals around the world.
"Learning about Brooke’s work has made me realise how lucky our own horses are to have all their basic needs looked after. But there are still millions of animals in desperate need of our help, so why not start fundraising today to help Brooke continue their amazing work."   Harry Meade
"Every Horse Remembered is such an important campaign to remember the heroic horses of World War I. But working animals are not just a thing of the past. Every day horses, donkeys and mules still work tirelessly in terrible conditions.
"Having seen Brooke’s work first hand in India I know how important it is to support them and help them continue their vital work protecting and improving the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable working horses and donkeys, both now and in the future."  Alice Oppenheimer
War horse facts

Eight million horses, donkeys and mules died in World War I, three-quarters of them from the extreme conditions they worked in. Find out more about these brave war horses.

"Little Alf and I are so proud to be supporting Brooke’s Every Horse Remembered campaign. The millions of animals who fought in World War I endured the most horrendous conditions and it’s devastating that, right now, there are still 100 million equines working in very similar environments around the world.
"If you’ve ever loved a horse, donkey, mule or even a cheeky miniature Shetland please help Brooke’s Every Horse Remembered campaign to help prevent the suffering of working animals today."  Hannah Russell, author of the Little Alf book series.

Brooke’s founder Dorothy Brooke sought out many of the left over war horses years later in Cairo, Egypt. Sold into a life of hard labour, many were walking skeletons by the time she found them. She set up the Old War Horse Memorial, a legacy that evolved into to Brooke, the largest working equine welfare charity in the world.

Every Horse Remembered highlights the heroic struggle of working horses, donkeys and mules of the past and present, and will build better lives for future generations.


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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:54

Riding Challenge MyHackathon raises £20,000

There's no doubt that taking our horses out for a hack is not only beneficial to us as riders, but to our horses too. This year, doing just that so has also raised a massive £20,000 for animal welfare charity, Brooke.

#MyHackathon challenged equestrians to ride 100 miles in 100 days and raise £100 for the charity’s campaign, How The Other Horse Lives, which highlighted the differences between the lives of well-kept horses in the U.K, and those working in developing countries.

Some famous faces leant their support to the cause, including Charlotte Dujardin, Richard Waygood and Anthea Turner.

Over 400 people signed up for MyHackathon and the majority of sign ups came through Facebook, so Brooke also set up the Myhackathon Facebook group, where people could share stories and riding tips. Many people of different ages and skill levels took part. 

Brooke’s Senior Community Fundraising Officer Louise Cooke said: 

“I’m so thrilled with the success of MyHackathon.

"The public really got behind us and it was great to see how the campaign really brought people together from all over the country as they shared their stories with each other on social media."

"It’s fantastic that our UK horses are doing their bit to help the less fortunate working equines overseas and the huge amount of money they helped raise will support Brooke’s vital work."

Brooke plans to relaunch MyHackathon in 2018 to tie in with its new campaign, Every Horse Remembered, which highlights the struggle of horses past and present, remembering the war horses and mules of the First World War.


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Prince Harry will be taught the remarkable skills of the man dubbed 'the original horse whisperer', who has been helping psychologically damaged military veterans.

Harry, 33, has asked Monty Roberts to perform his technique of communicating with horses through body language, a method he has taught to ex-servicemen and women in a bid to help with conditions like post traumatic stress disorder.

California-born Mr Roberts told the Evening Standard: 'The prince has learned of this work and wanted to get a greater understanding. It will be an honour to show him.'

Harry has been supporting the nation's injured, sick and wounded servicemen and women and veterans through a number of projects including his Invictus Games, a Paralympics-style competition where many of those competing have lost limbs fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr Roberts has become a worldwide star thanks to his innovative techniques with horses and has been working with the Queen's horses for more than 25 years, after she first asked him to Windsor Castle in 1989.

The 81-year-old, who modestly describes himself as a Californian cowboy, regular stays at the Queen's private Sandringham home when training the monarch's animals... READ MORE


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