Kids healing horses; horses healing kids.
What do horses have to do with CASA? We're glad you asked! Brook Hill Farm is unique as it combines horse rescue and rehabilitation with a therapeutic riding program. As a fully accredited member of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, Brook Hill has rescued and rehabilitated over 450 horses since its inception in 2001. Along the way, Brook Hill discovered the magic of the combination of horses and people; how they inspire and enrich the human spirit, healing both the body and the mind. As a Member Center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH), Brook Hill Farm provides equine assisted activities for youth and adults. Through hard work and love the participants care for and heal their rescue horses, and very often find healing themselves.
Brook Hill's signature program, United Neigh, addresses the high school graduation rate of At-Risk youth in the Lynchburg area. Participants follow a program that instills self-confidence, a strong sense of personal responsibility, recognition of the value of teamwork, civic responsibility, 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. Tutors are available each session to work with the youth on their schoolwork. A rule of the program is that horse work always comes second to school work. To date Brook Hill has a 100% high school graduation rate among its participants, and most impressive a 100% rate of the participants continuing their education.
Come see the work of Brook Hill Farm for yourself, meet the kids in their program, and find out how they can be a service for your CASA child. Register below to reserve your seat.