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.
“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!
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.