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Welcome to Brook Haven Ranch! We are a 18+ premium role playing community set in Trader's Bend, Montana. Our concept is the culmination of twenty years of plotting and planning. We feature a rich, developed program in which many troubled characters thrive. Our community is one of the best on jcink and we look forward to you becoming a part of it!
Healing Horses & Troubled Teens since 1995
Not every teenager has the benefit of growing up in a loving, happy home. Some are victims of abuse, neglect, a system that shuffles them from foster home to foster home. Brook Haven Ranch was established in 1995 as a refuge for abused and neglected horses -- and teenagers who needed a second chance in life and the opportunity to become something more than society expects of them.
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For seven generations, the Brook Haven Ranch has been well known as a quality supplier of Quarter Horses in Montana. Known for well-trained horses with good breeding and gentle dispositions, Brook Haven has been successful in the state of Montana, both in the breeding and in the training of quarter horses. The ranch has always run efficiently and with profit from the time of its earliest owners, and has been handed down from father to son for seven generations now, ending with Logan Brook, the last of his line. The oldest of the Brook Brothers, Logan was adopted thirty-two years ago at the age of seventeen. It was that year -- in 1985 -- that everything changed for Brook Haven Ranch. Charlotte and Edward Brook had never struggled to conceive. It was never a question of whether the pair of them could have children of their own. By the time Logan was adopted, Simon was eight years old, and Tara was six. But Charlie had a big heart, and room to fill, so when her sister called her attention to the troubled teenager from Illinois, she had to help. Logan came to the ranch addicted to cocaine and heroin, a battle that he will fight for the rest of his life. And he changed Brook Haven. Tony changed it too, when he came along a year later, a quiet, troubled kid with a dark past and a passion for the horses. Together, they changed the face of Brook Haven. The ranch slowly ended its breeding program -- the money-making side of the operation -- and gradually began to work with troubled horses. Tony's methods were unique, startling to some of the locals who believed that his gentle approach to horsemanship would never work. But they did. Soon the ranch was taking abused horses from all around the state of Montana, and within five years they worked with horses from Idaho, Montana, and Nebraska as well. Within ten years, they had added the Dakotas, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. The ranch's reputation changed. No longer a place buyers could go to purchase top-quality quarter horses, locals of Trader's Bend began to report abused and neglected horses, and Tony would collect them from their owners, heal their spirits, and find these rescued horses good homes. It didn't pay well, but the work was good for the spirit, and Charlotte and Edward supported the venture. In 1995, everything would change. The ranch succeeded in rehabilitating horses, and, Logan argued, it had succeeded in rehabilitating him, Tony, and their youngest adopted brother, Billy. Why shouldn't that work for other troubled youth? Ranch work was hard work, and what better way to keep teenagers out of trouble than by putting them to work on the ranch? With the support of his wife, and against his brother Simon's strong objections, Logan opened the ranch to troubled youth in 1995. At first it was three teenagers, all from the foster care system. They lived at the main ranch house, ate with the family, and helped with the chores. By the time that they aged out of the system, the three teenagers had proven the program successful. They left the ranch with life skills, resources, one was adopted by the Brooks, and two of the three went on to college. Logan called it a success. Logan, his brother Tony, and his wife Amber built cabins, camp-style, on the land surrounding the ranch. It was family property, in the family for generations, and currently going unused. Wooded land that buffered the ranch from its neighbors, it suited well for his purposes. It was only four cabins at first, each housing six boys or girls. Twenty-four teenagers. It was an enormous undertaking. The students would attend school in town, and they would learn their life skills on the ranch. When the twenty-four students struggled, Logan broke them down into two groups, enforced team work and competition with one another and themselves, and the troubled teenagers began to thrive. It had been done before, but never with foster kids, and Logan and Tony used their own experience in the system to adapt their program. When Tara's husband, Keith, joined them on the ranch, he added his experience, and the program grew by two more groups, each capable of serving up to twelve teenagers. With the demand for the ranch's services as a rescue for both damaged horses and troubled teens increasing, the Brooks expanded again. One of the original teenagers had returned from college with a degree in school administration, and he offered to head the ranch's education department. The entire nature of the ranch had changed. They hired teachers, trained them to work with troubled kids, and opened the ranch to students in traditional family situations whose parents could afford to pay the tuition and the upkeep for their student's horse. It was, it would seem, a win-win situation. By the year 2000, Brook Haven Ranch had developed a reputation for helping difficult kids learn how to deal with their problems, for rescuing horses other people would have put down, and for finding ways to heal the hearts of the broken, equine and human alike. Logan, it seemed, had a talent for getting kids to open up to him, and had a way of uncovering difficult home situations that even the most committed social workers had missed. Things looked good, until in 2015, the state of Montana launched an investigation into the academic and disciplinary practices of the ranch. Someone, it seemed, had complained. Precious resources went to lawyers. Parents and financiers pulled out. The ranch was devastated, left only with the remaining "unwanted" foster kids and no adequate way to continue to pay for their care and the upkeep of their horses. It looked as though the ranch would need to shut down, and the Brooks had no way of knowing if they would ever be able to rebuild what they had lost. A year later, the ranch continues to struggle. Logan and Simon have secured some reliable financiers to help with the upkeep of the ranch, but their staff has taken a cut in pay and the ranch is now rebuilding its school program. For the time being, the ranch is under supervision of the state board of education. The ranch has passed inspection, but the damage has been done. Most of the current students are foster kids like Logan and his adopted children once were. Simon continues to court parents of paid students to help support the ranch's financial endeavors, but the Brook family is running scared. What will happen the next time someone complains?
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