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U.S. arm of royal equine charity to be based in Lexington

Britain's Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall at the AUT Millennium, New Zealand's national training center for high performance sports, in Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012.  (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)  NEW ZEALAND OUT
Britain's Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall at the AUT Millennium, New Zealand's national training center for high performance sports, in Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford) NEW ZEALAND OUT ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Brooke, a British equine charity headed by royalty that helps working animals in developing countries, announced Monday that it has chosen Lexington as headquarters of its U.S. affiliate, American Friends of the Brooke.

The goal of the non-profit is to help 50 million working animals whose labor supports millions of poor families in countries including Egypt, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nepal, Senegal, Jordan and Guatemala.

"The purpose of the American Friends of the Brooke will be to support the world-wide programs of the Brooke in alleviating the suffering of working equines, thus improving the lives of the families who need them," said Petra Ingram, CEO of the Brooke.

The president of the charity is Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the wife of Prince Charles.

Camilla said in a statement, "Having seen for myself the wonderful work the Brooke does in their clinic in Cairo and Pakistan to help the suffering of working animals, it makes me incredibly proud to be the president of this unique charity and to follow its course with enormous interest."

The charity plans a major fundraising drive with the goal of doubling its reach by 2016. For more information, email Cindy Rullman, fundraising development manager, at cindy.rullman@yahoo.com or call (859) 489-4795.

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