As the first Brooke USA Ambassador, Duprey will be representing the world’s largest international equine welfare organization.
Brooke USA supports the overseas work of the Brooke, whose 80-year mission has been to improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules in the world’s poorest communities. Last year alone the Brooke reached nearly 1.5 million equines, benefitting six million people in countries where many people earn less than a dollar a day.
“Margaret Duprey’s passion for the equine industry, animal welfare and education are qualities that are in sync with the Brooke’s ethos, and make her a perfect fit as a Brooke USA Ambassador, so we’re delighted to have her representing us,” said Cindy Rullman, Fundraising Development Director for Brooke USA.
Duprey observed, “Brooke USA stands out above the rest as an international equine welfare organization. What really enticed me is how they educate communities, owners and governments to take care of their working equines. Education is the pillar to change, and it is something I believe in very strongly.”
The Brooke works through direct veterinary intervention and by educating owners and service providers to improve their animal husbandry skills. With a long and highly successful track record of effective programs, the Brooke introduces long-term, sustainable solutions that even the poorest owners can utilize to benefit their animals and themselves.
For Duprey, the old adage, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” rings true. She believes that Brooke USA is taking animal welfare to a new level, helping owners and laborers to take better care of their animals.
“Our reality is not their reality,” Duprey said. “By working directly with animal owning communities and providing practical education, it comes full circle. Brooke USA is a charity that helps the animals and the people. The biggest challenge many of these organizations face is resistance to change. No matter how well educated, where you come from or how old you are, change is always hard. There is always going to be that resistance. Brooke USA approaches this challenge with strategy, education and proven techniques which help the people build their own understanding. In turn, they have developed a sustainable program that is effective.”
As one of North America’s foremost sport horse owners, Duprey has seen plenty of highs and lows. Her equestrian interests were nurtured early in life as a little girl who fell in love with a pony. She now owns some of the most competitive high performance Grand Prix dressage and show jumpers in the world including 2008 Olympian Cedric, ridden by Laura Kraut; alternate for the 2012 London Olympics, Otto; and she is a shareholder for Paralympian Rebecca Hart’s mount, Schroeters Romani. Currently Duprey trains with international dressage rider Todd Flettrich in pursuit of her dreams of one day competing on an international scale as both an owner and rider.
“In the U.S., especially in this industry, we lose sight of what is outside of our world of sport horses,” Duprey acknowledged. “We can travel the world, we can see the shows, but we don’t necessarily see the workers on the streets, the hundreds and thousands of pounds these equines carry. We don’t experience the conditions they endure every day. In a passing thought we may say that we want to help, but this role as Brooke USA Ambassador provides me with the opportunity to do more.”
Duprey is Brooke USA’s first national ambassador, and joins an impressive line-up that includes the Brooke’s Global Ambassadors: double Olympic Gold Medalist Charlotte Dujardin and internationally renowned “horse whisperer” Monty Roberts, among others. Duprey brings a new side to the ambassadorship as both a leader in the equestrian world and in the Black Angus cattle industry, as the owner of one of the most prestigious breeding operations in North America.
“My goal is to really get the word out about Brooke USA,” Duprey concluded. “I am more than my horses. They are my passion, but I am for the welfare of all animals. It’s all about showing the community the other side of the coin – the world we don’t know.”
Brooke USA exists to support the overseas work of the Brooke in 11 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central America.
For more information about Brooke USA, visit their website: www.BrookeUSA.org.