“Throughout my life, during reflective moments, I have yearned to be able to give back to the universe in some way something positive. Doing the things that we do, for all the right reasons, without ego and coming from the pure, honest place within us can only result in harmony and positive energy. Having patience and listening to that silent voice inside opens up a different way of communicating with feelings. Valiant has given me a mirror image of what I have given him. God willing, together we can give back to all those horses and people who have given to us in our own special way.” Valiant & JS
The Valiant Trust, Inc. is a not for profit corporation registered in the State of Florida. It is established to acknowledge and encourage the natural bond that exists between horse and man. This is a bond forged in love and nurtured in trust and mutual respect.
The Trust is dedicated to further the research and development of equine and human related medicine and to promote the understanding of the intrinsic equine/human relationship through educational, medical and humanitarian projects and endeavors such as:
| The members of the Valiant Trust are dedicated to saving sight in horses and promoting the inherent link between horses and people. Horses are a vision-oriented species in which good visual capabilities and the ability to run are critical to their lifestyle.The horse eye becomes inflamed easily and often needs considerable help to speed healing. The scientific goals of the Valiant Trust are to produce data that explains the basic physiology and pathology of the horse eye, and to develop new treatment strategies to treat the complex eye problems of horses.Humans and other animal species have similar eye diseases to the horse. We cannot extrapolate treatments from human or dog eye disease for horses, as the horse eye problems are much more extreme and destructive. The horse eye exhibits the worst case scenario of eye disease. Research of horse eye diseases sponsored by the Valiant Trust will benefit horses, other animal species and perhaps even humans.*Dennis E. Brooks DVM, PhD, is a 1980 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his residency in Comparative Ophthalmology at the University of Florida from 1981-1984 and passed the certifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1984. Dr Brooks was an assistant professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine from 1985-1990. His PhD from the University of Florida College of Medicine concerned optic nerve axonal and microvascular studies of Beagle dogs with hereditary glaucoma and was completed in 1987. Dr Brooks returned as an associate professor of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology Service Chief to the University of Florida in 1990. He has lectured extensively, nationally and internationally, in comparative ophthalmology and glaucoma, and has over 85 refereed publications. Dr Brooks was promoted to Professor of Ophthalmology in 1998, has received numerous teaching and research awards, and is a recognized authority on infectious keratitis, corneal transplantation and glaucoma of horses and other animals. Dr Brooks was the President of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists from 1997-1998. His book, Equine Ophthalmology, was published in 2002.