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Brook Hill Retirement Center for Horses Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Youth Centers & Clubs, Youth Development Programs

Mission: 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.

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

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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Maureen Penny H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have the honor if being on the board at Brook Hill Farm, but also have the great pleasure of teaching riding lessons to the young people in the United Neigh Program. This program quite simply changes lives, both horse and human. As a Board Member, I can vouch for the well-thought out and executed business plan, which is so vital to ensure the continued health of the farm. As an instructor, I get to see the progress made by the youth in the program, and as an adopter, I'm so grateful that Brook Hill Farm exists. This really is an exceptional place, and it's a joy and a great privilege to be involved.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Brook Hill Farm was founded to provide rehabilitation focused therapy and a safe haven for unwanted horses. However, along the way, they discovered the magic combination of horses and children; how they help teens that are economically disadvantaged, disabled and abused find their way. This program is a great success for the teens and the horses. They have rescued over 387 horses and have a 100% graduation rate for the teens that participate in their United Neigh Program. Not only that, they are a great presence in our community offering youth and adults equine education and a chance to participate in their programs or volunteer. This program has changed the lives of many teens in this area, and have saved the lives of even more horses.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I started here as a Volunteer from college and the love and support I found made me want to be at the barn 24-7, and the staff embraced me as part of the family at Brookhill. Everyone is committed to helping at risk youth and the horses that find there way to the farm; I can't think of a better place to serve. They accept every horse, child, and worker for who they are, and provide a safe environment to heal and grow. I have stayed with Brookhill as an intern and a board member. Once i stepped onto Brookhill soil, I became a Brookhill girl for life. I came to the farm from a past of torment and found peace. Thank God for the blessing of Brookhill farm! -jls


Board Member

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization! The farm does rehabilitation and rescue as well as providing a wonderful youth program. The free lease for life program has been very successful and there are lots of happy horse owners out there thanks to Brook Hill!