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7289 Bellevue Road
Virginia 24551

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Target demographics: unwanted horses and at risk youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: a total of 26 youth participants, including 4 with learning disabilities, 1 visually impaired, 1 with diabetes, 2 mentally challenged, 3 disadvantaged, 1 Autistic, 2 abused, 3 in trouble with the law, 8 with confidence issues stemming from bullying, and 1 with Anorexia were served

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: help with horses or work with youth

Geographic areas served: Forest, VA

Programs: United Neigh. The National Education Association’s Twelve Point Plan for Reducing the School Dropout Rate pinpoints “community-based, real-world learning experiences for students” and involvement in small after school groups as a key factor in increasing the rate of high school graduation. Serving Lynchburg City and the counties of Amherst, Campbell, and Bedford, each member is responsible to come to the farm two days a week year round to care for their program horse. Members follow a program that instills self-confidence, a strong sense of personal responsibility, recognition of the value of teamwork, and real-life workplace skills. This is accomplished through a bond of trust with a horse whose background is, too often, just as painful as their own.

Our rescue, located on 60 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, focuses on the plight of injured sport horses. Many of our donated horses come from top level competitors from all over the United States in their respective disciplines. For whatever reason, they are no longer able to compete at their previous level due to an injury or mental issue. They are donated to our farm, evaluated by a vet, farrier, and farm manager and a rehabilitation plan is devised and carried out by a group of volunteers. Once the horse has recovered, it is placed for free with a lifetime free lease in an appropriate home. Many of our horses are able to go back to their original jobs. We support the United States Pony Club members and 4-H members by providing them with well-trained horses, allowing the children with talent and financial difficulties to be able to compete at the national level. We also provide shelter for abused, neglected, and aged horses for the community when needed. Our farm provides clinics and programs for the local community, We also provide college internships for college credit in equine studies.

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I first found Brook Hill with the intent of volunteering to help with the horses in any way I could but soon found out about the other amazing programs they offer. Soon I was part of the Adult Sponsorship Program and was taking lessons once a week to improve my horsemanship skills and confidence. ... more »
Brook Hill Farm is not only a great place for horses, but for teenage girls. Brook Hill Farm is by far the best place my daughter has ever been to learn about horses. She not only gets to ride, but learns how to work hard and take care of the horses. My daughter has epilepsy and has fought some ... more »
Our experience is truly "helping horses, helps people!" My daughter struggles in school because of vision difficulties and dyslexia. Brook Hill Retirement Center for Horses has changed how my daughter feels about herself. The non-judgemental environment is refreshing. The "pitch in a do" ... more »
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