Brooke’s My Hackathon relaunches for 2018

Brooke, Action for Working Horses and Donkeys has relaunched My Hackathon to raise money for the charity.

 Claire Harker runs the Instagram account @life_through_the_ears. Pic:   sweet-images.co.uk

Claire Harker runs the Instagram account @life_through_the_ears. Pic:  sweet-images.co.uk

Now in its second year, Brooke's My Hackathon challenges riders to hack 100 miles in 100 days to raise £100 to help improve the lives of working equines and the people who depend on them. 

Equestrians Harry Meade, Richard Waygood, Gemma Tattersall, Charlotte Dujardin and Alice Oppenheimer are lending their support for the challenge. 

Richard Waygood, who's Brooke ambassador and performance manager for the British Eventing Team, says: “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!”

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 and her horse, Rock, took part in My Hackathon in 2017 and raised over £450 for Brooke, and this year was keen to help Brooke make it bigger and better.

She says: “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!”

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 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!

Go to thebrooke.org/myhackathon or search ‘My Hackathon’ to find out more and sign up.

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