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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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On Brook Haven Ranch, we have thirteen user groups. Eight of these groups are effectively student "houses" (in the sense of Harry Potter) and, once chosen, will be the home that your character remains with throughout his or her journey at Brook Haven Ranch. Each of these groups is distinct from the others, and we hope that you will take the time to read through the provided information included on each of the following tabs. The expository information will provide you with the most basic tools that you need in order to choose where to place your character. You should read through this first, then follow through by taking a look at the Groups Claim to read through the applications of the other characters in the group that you've chosen. We realize that this may be a lot of work for some of our members, but the culture of each group is distinct and is relative to the characters who have chosen that group. At the present time, the administrators do not choose which group your character should go into, so these groups are entirely built by our members and the culture may be constantly shifting and changing! We've gone out of our way to establish both positive and negative characteristics for each of these groups. Please also note that we try to keep group numbers relatively even. The following chart will give you an idea of which groups have the most members presently.
Townies
local, returning, and newcomer
Townies are people who live and work in the town of Trader's Bend. We are presently attempting to build the town aspect of our plot, and so we are actively looking for townie characters. We feel strongly that the majority of town characters should in some way connect to the main Brook Haven plot and that therefore most of these characters will be related to characters on the ranch or that they will associate in some manner with the plot, either in a helpful or antagonistic manner. If you wish to discuss with us the possibility of making a townie character who is not connected to Brook Haven, please contact an administrator. Townies are broken down into the following sub-groups: Locals are people who have lived in Trader's Bend for all or most of their lives. All of these people have lived in Trader's Bend for at least ten years. Returning are people who have been gone from Trader's Bend for at least three years and are now returning to the town. Newcomers are who people have been in Trader's Bend for less than ten years but who are now returning. Please note that opportunities for roleplay in this user group are currently limited. Members must therefore observe the following rules.
  • No member may make a townie for their first character.
  • Townie characters must presently be in some way connected to Brook Haven Ranch. Volunteering qualifies (though we encourage stronger connection than this).
We strongly encourage members wishing to play a townie character to wait until a request for a townie is available. This restriction will change once there are more townies for new townies to interact with. Please note that Townie characters are likely to get far fewer plots than characters who work on the ranch or are associated with Hillbrook. If you choose to make a Townie character who does not have family in Trader's Bend, other players will find it difficult or impossible to plot with your character. You submit these characters at your own risk, aware that our criteria to accept application is that we can plot with them.
Hillbrook Equestrians
owners, coaches, riders
The Hillbrook Equestrian Center is a riding center in Trader's Bend. Though this is a small town, the center is popular with some of the folks living in the surrounding towns. Hillbrook competes in various riding events in both English and Western Disciplines around Trader's Bend, and the equestrians working this center compete with the Brook Haven students riding on the school's equestrian teams. Hillbrook Equestrians are broken down into the following sub-groups: Owners are the three siblings who own the Hillbrook Equestrian Center. They do the purchasing and selling of the horses at the center, promote the center's ethic, and maintain the relations between the center and Brook Haven (which are an important town dynamic!). Coaches are the people who teach the riders how to perform the in the various disciplines offered at Hillbrook Equestrian Center. Their focus is on their riders, but they also work to teach sportsmanship to the students who train here as well. They generally have good personalities but the strength of mind to push the students forward. Riders are the team members at Hillbrook who go to competition with other Equestrian Centers throughout East Central Montana. They train in various disciplines (both English and Western) and occasionally compete against Brook Haven as well as other equestrian centers in the area. Riders range in age from thirteen to their mid-twenties at Hillbrook.
Financiers
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Financiers are the financial contributors to the ranch. In order to be labeled a "financier," a person must donate large amounts of money to the ranch as a contribution and not through town events to raise money and awareness for the ranch program. These are the financial big-guns who support the ranch and its school program and help to keep it alive. They live in town and are also townies. There are no sub-groups of financiers.
Brook Haven Staff
owners, trainers, instructors, volunteers, ranch kids, others
Staff are the people who run the ranch and its horse rescue program. They work primarily with the stable aspect of the ranch, training and working with the horses and instructing the students in how to ride. This should be one of the largest groups of characters on Brook Haven and encompasses the following sub-groups: Owners are the Brooks and those related to them. They take care of the day-to-day operations of the ranch, each with his or her own role in making sure that things continue to run as smoothly as possible. Instructors are responsible for teaching the students good horsemanship and how to ride in one of the two primary styles -- Western or English. Instructors may teach up to three classes in their chosen discipline and are expected to take at least one horsemanship class as well. Trainers are responsible for training the horses and ensuring that they are gentle enough to be ridden by the troubled students at Brook Haven Ranch. They employ gentle methods and some are considered to be "horse whisperers." Staff are responsible for taking care of the grounds around Brook Haven. They deal with the horses that don't belong to students by mucking out stalls, feeding, and grooming, as well as assisting with repairs to the barns, the fences, and clearing dead fall. Students being punished help. Volunteers are the people who aren't paid to work on the ranch but who give their time to the students who live and study there. They are community members who have chosen to contribute their time instead of their money, and they are very valuable to the ranch. Though these folks can be townies in any user group, they belong to the volunteers user group if they give their time this way. Staff Kids are the children of people who work at Brook Haven Ranch. They aren't officially students (and if they are, they are classified into their student group). Most of them contribute their time and energy to the ranch alongside their parents, and they have special privileges that the students don't get to have. They are a classification all their own. Staff kids are always under 21. Over 21 and they will be classified as townies.
Brook Haven Faculty
teachers, medical staff, therapists
Faculty are responsible for taking care of the academic, emotional, and mental needs of the students at Brook Haven Ranch. They work primarily with the students and take care of making sure that their needs are met. All faculty on Brook Haven Ranch must have a minimum of a master's degree in the area they work in. These include the following sub-groups: Teachers work with the students to meet their academic needs, teaching the core subjects of English, Spanish, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education/Health, and Home Economics, as well as the elective courses for Drama, Music, and Art (students must choose one of these). There is one teacher per course, and teachers must be capable of teaching all levels for their course. Therapists take care of the emotional and psychological needs of the students at Brook Haven ranch. Every student will be assigned to one of the ranch's therapists who will handle their ongoing mental health treatment while they work the program. The therapists employed by Brook Haven are Masters of Arts in Psychology. Doctors and Nurses (Medical Staff) take care of the medical needs of the students as well as any first aid. Brook Haven prefers to employ Nurse Practitioners with MSN or DNP degrees to work on the ranch but also employs RNs where they are available to help to run the clinic. Nurses are responsible for taking care of medical emergencies and communicating with the ranch's doctors when necessary.
Tenderfoot Group
leaders, counselors, junior counselors, students
The Tenderfoot group is known for their aggressive nature and their history of criminal behavior. They are some of the toughest kids on the ranch, and they give off the impression of being the "bad boys" (and girls) of Brook Haven Ranch. They are associated with bad attitudes, violent histories, and often with physical abuse (either as the perpetrator or as the victim). Many people will be surprised to find that the Tenderfoot group sticks by its members and is astonishing cohesive. This group sticks up for one another and if you mess with one Tenderfoot, for sure you mess with all of them. Even when they don't like one another, Tenderfoots tend to support one another. Led by Flynn Tyler and Kate Yu this group's leaders are among the harshest disciplinarians on the ranch. Quick to discipline in some of the most effective ways, these two tend to get great results because they take no shit from the students in their group. Misbehaving Tenderfoots can expect to be assigned a lot of extra chores until their muscles ache from the strain. Flynn Tyler is not above grabbing a kid if he needs to in order to obtain control, and Kate is a trained Martial Artist (red and white belt in Judo and black belt in Taekwondo). This group includes the following sub-groups: Leaders take care of organizing their group's activities and making sure that the students are attending their academic classes, their riding classes, and their therapy sessions. They are in charge of their students' student plans and files and make sure that everyone is progressing through the program. They are the ones who advance their students through privilege levels or revoke privilege levels. All leaders must hold a minimum of a masters degree. Counselors take care of the day to day activities with their students, maintaining discipline with the students in their groups and making sure that the emotional and physical needs of their group members are met by the program. They are the face of their group, the first person that the group's students can come to when they have a problem they need help solving. All counselors must hold a minimum of a bachelors degree. Junior Counselors are recent graduates of the Brook Haven program, and usually graduated as a member of the group for which they are junior counselor. They offer the students a bridge between the students and the counselors and provide stable friendship and support for the teenagers in their group. Students are mostly teenagers who have been sent to Brook Haven by their social workers or the judicial system (and approved by the Brooks). Tenderfoot students are known for being difficult to discipline and not responding to standard punishments either before the ranch or since the ranch. A lot of these students have been to juvy in the past and are struggling with major behavioral problems (and sometimes major behavioral disorders).
Wrangler Group
leaders, counselors, junior counselors, students
The Wranglers group is known for their battle with authority. Wrangler students do not in general have an easy time respecting authority figures (and particularly those within their own group). They speak disrespectfully and are prone to outbursts of temper with the staff of their group. These students are generally tough for their leaders to deal with. In addition, they don't often get along with one another and struggle with teamwork within their group. Most people will be surprised to see the way that the Wranglers melt when they are around their horses. Unlike their interactions with one another, these students often have expert teamwork with the horses that they work with. Led by Jason Tippett and Kat Frankford, the Wrangler leaders are big on activities and these students can expect to learn cooperation while on the trail. They work with their horses more than most groups do, and can expect activities to include trail rides. Both leaders can be particularly stern with disrespectful students. This group includes the following sub-groups: Leaders take care of organizing their group's activities and making sure that the students are attending their academic classes, their riding classes, and their therapy sessions. They are in charge of their students' student plans and files and make sure that everyone is progressing through the program. They are the ones who advance their students through privilege levels or revoke privilege levels. All leaders must hold a minimum of a masters degree. Counselors take care of the day to day activities with their students, maintaining discipline with the students in their groups and making sure that the emotional and physical needs of their group members are met by the program. They are the face of their group, the first person that the group's students can come to when they have a problem they need help solving. All counselors must hold a minimum of a bachelors degree. Junior Counselors are recent graduates of the Brook Haven program, and usually graduated as a member of the group for which they are junior counselor. They offer the students a bridge between the students and the counselors and provide stable friendship and support for the teenagers in their group. Students are mostly teenagers who have been sent to Brook Haven by their social workers or judicial referrals (and approved by the Brooks). Most Wrangler students have issues with authority and don't like to be told what to do. They struggle to interact with their group leaders and their counselors because of these problems with authority, and they tend to have bad attitudes toward their authority figures.
Trailblazer Group
leaders, counselors, junior counselors, students
The Trailblazer group is known for poor self-care habits and for self-harming. Many of the members of this group have used recreational drugs, and it is common for members of this group to have issues with eating disorders or other self-harming behavior. Many people will be surprised to discover that in spite of this, the Trailblazer group can be incredibly laid back in social situations and that they generally like their groupmates. Trailblazers are also incredible instigators and when there is mischief afoot on the ranch, it is generally caused by the Trailblazers. Led by Beau McLaughlin and Eleanor Noble, this group is unique in that it is handled by a couple. Both Beau and Ellie can be stern with their students, and they ensure that every student knows that they have high expectations. Because food is often an issue for these students, they may find themselves camping on the ground at night or having activity restricted in place of meal restrictions when the group is punished. This group includes the following sub-groups: Leaders take care of organizing their group's activities and making sure that the students are attending their academic classes, their riding classes, and their therapy sessions. They are in charge of their students' student plans and files and make sure that everyone is progressing through the program. They are the ones who advance their students through privilege levels or revoke privilege levels. All leaders must hold a minimum of a masters degree. Counselors take care of the day to day activities with their students, maintaining discipline with the students in their groups and making sure that the emotional and physical needs of their group members are met by the program. They are the face of their group, the first person that the group's students can come to when they have a problem they need help solving. All counselors must hold a minimum of a bachelors degree. Junior Counselors are recent graduates of the Brook Haven program, and usually graduated as a member of the group for which they are junior counselor. They offer the students a bridge between the students and the counselors and provide stable friendship and support for the teenagers in their group. Students are mostly teenagers who have been sent to Brook Haven by their social workers or the judicial system (and approved by the Brooks). Trailblazer students are known for acting out in typical teenage ways (generally drug and alcohol consumption) and for loving a good party (having a good time). They are also generally self-harmers.
Wellwader Group
leaders, counselors, junior counselors, students
The Wellwader group is known their aggressive tendencies and their overly competitive nature. This group tends to be formed out of perfectionists who do not see failure as any kind of an option and who will push and push until they burn themselves out. Wellwaders often take drive to the point of self harm. Injured Wellwaders are the sort to walk on a broken leg. It might surprise some people to find that Wellwaders are also highly team-oriented and that they work together well. These students know how to work together get results because working together often results in winning something that they couldn't win on their own. They are motivated by group activities and even when they don't get along, they will work together to get results. Led by David Jacobs and Helen King, these leaders do not accept the word "can't." They won't take "no" for an answer and anything that you believe to be impossible, they will prove to you that you are able to make it. While not heavy on the discipline, these two know how to get results from their group by motivating them through the use of physical rewards -- and physical punishments (which include things like running a mile or lifting heavy objects not corporal punishment [like spanking]). This group includes the following sub-groups: Leaders take care of organizing their group's activities and making sure that the students are attending their academic classes, their riding classes, and their therapy sessions. They are in charge of their students' student plans and files and make sure that everyone is progressing through the program. They are the ones who advance their students through privilege levels or revoke privilege levels. All leaders must hold a minimum of a masters degree. Counselors take care of the day to day activities with their students, maintaining discipline with the students in their groups and making sure that the emotional and physical needs of their group members are met by the program. They are the face of their group, the first person that the group's students can come to when they have a problem they need help solving. All counselors must hold a minimum of a bachelors degree. Junior Counselors are recent graduates of the Brook Haven program, and usually graduated as a member of the group for which they are junior counselor. They offer the students a bridge between the students and the counselors and provide stable friendship and support for the teenagers in their group. Students are mostly teenagers who have been sent to Brook Haven by their social workers or the judicial system (and approved by the Brooks). Wellwader students are known for being aggressive but driven, competitive to the point of it being a fault. Wellwader students do not like to lose and this shows in their behavior.
Pathfinder Group
leaders, counselors, junior counselors, students
The Pathfinder group is known for its social problems. These students often have trouble relating to other people in a meaningful way and are often either shy or withdrawn due to abuse in their pasts. They struggle to make friends either because they have trouble opening up or (the opposite) because they have an excess of things to say. It might surprise some people to learn that the Pathfinder group is easily the most well behaved of the groups on the ranch. In spite of an overall gentle approach to discipline between its leaders, this group of students generally behaves very well and doesn't get into a lot of trouble. Many of these students are afraid to act out because of a past history of abuse. Led by Montana Sheridan and Josephine Bennett, this group has the benefit of two leaders who are always willing to give a listening ear and a shoulder for their students to cry on. These leaders are compassionate and understanding, with just a big enough dose of "stern" to remind the students to stay in line. Note that while most students in this group have been the victims of abuse, this also includes students whose parents were suspected of abuse but who did not actually abuse them. This group includes the following sub-groups: Leaders take care of organizing their group's activities and making sure that the students are attending their academic classes, their riding classes, and their therapy sessions. They are in charge of their students' student plans and files and make sure that everyone is progressing through the program. They are the ones who advance their students through privilege levels or revoke privilege levels. All leaders must hold a minimum of a masters degree. Counselors take care of the day to day activities with their students, maintaining discipline with the students in their groups and making sure that the emotional and physical needs of their group members are met by the program. They are the face of their group, the first person that the group's students can come to when they have a problem they need help solving. All counselors must hold a minimum of a bachelors degree. Junior Counselors are recent graduates of the Brook Haven program, and usually graduated as a member of the group for which they are junior counselor. They offer the students a bridge between the students and the counselors and provide stable friendship and support for the teenagers in their group. Students are mostly teenagers who have been sent to Brook Haven by their social workers or the judicial system (and approved by the Brooks). Pathfinder students have often been abused throughout their lifetimes and need the emotional support and stability that the group is able to give them because they have never had it in their lives before.
Ridgerunner Group
leaders, counselors, junior counselors, students
The Ridgerunner group is known for being the misfits of Brook Haven Ranch. Not only do these students not fit well with the other groups on the ranch, but they have struggled with outside relationships as well. Many of these students were adopted or otherwise abandoned by their parents, and this group is more likely to include students who have neglectful parents than any other group on the ranch. It might surprise some people to discover that the Ridgerunners are often brighter than they've been given credit for. They are sometimes idea machines, and because they don't fit elsewhere, they often seek out ways to make life easier for other people. While not always inventive (per se), they are able to come up with concepts and ideas that other groups struggle with. Led by Keith Thompson and Cleo Turley, this group is unique in that its leaders try to focus on building the students up with recognition and reward rather than tearing down their negative traits with punishment. This is one of the most positive atmospheres on the ranch, and misfits will find a place here. This group includes the following sub-groups: Leaders take care of organizing their group's activities and making sure that the students are attending their academic classes, their riding classes, and their therapy sessions. They are in charge of their students' student plans and files and make sure that everyone is progressing through the program. They are the ones who advance their students through privilege levels or revoke privilege levels. All leaders must hold a minimum of a masters degree. Counselors take care of the day to day activities with their students, maintaining discipline with the students in their groups and making sure that the emotional and physical needs of their group members are met by the program. They are the face of their group, the first person that the group's students can come to when they have a problem they need help solving. All counselors must hold a minimum of a bachelors degree. Junior Counselors are recent graduates of the Brook Haven program, and usually graduated as a member of the group for which they are junior counselor. They offer the students a bridge between the students and the counselors and provide stable friendship and support for the teenagers in their group. Students are mostly teenagers who have been sent to Brook Haven by their social workers or the judicial system (and approved by the Brooks).Ridgerunner students are known as being the misfits of the ranch. Not only do they not exactly fit in with the cultures of the other groups at Brook Haven, but they have struggled to fit in with the outside world, too.
Cliffhanger Group
leaders, counselors, junior counselors, students
The Cliffhanger group is known for being the risk-takers of Brook Haven Ranch. They are the group that is most likely to do something daring -- or to take risks they shouldn't. These are the students who are most likely to get caught doing risky behaviors, or the most apt to wind up in the woods by themselves (when they are supposed to go out in pairs). It might surprise some people to discover that the Cliffhangers are so inventive. They are excellent at finding way to get around rules and to find ways to do things that they aren't supposed to -- without getting into trouble. They will team up together in order to circumvent when they feel they need to! Led by Jackson Dorsey and Anne Howard, this group ought to maintain excellent discipline (but often doesn't). These leaders are no-nonsense and don't take nonsense from their students. They push their students hard and they expect success from them at every turn. When they step out of line, the discipline is harsh and all-inclusive. They're known for driving the kids in the group and enforcing team work protocols. This group includes the following sub-groups: Leaders take care of organizing their group's activities and making sure that the students are attending their academic classes, their riding classes, and their therapy sessions. They are in charge of their students' student plans and files and make sure that everyone is progressing through the program. They are the ones who advance their students through privilege levels or revoke privilege levels. All leaders must hold a minimum of a masters degree. Counselors take care of the day to day activities with their students, maintaining discipline with the students in their groups and making sure that the emotional and physical needs of their group members are met by the program. They are the face of their group, the first person that the group's students can come to when they have a problem they need help solving. All counselors must hold a minimum of a bachelors degree. Junior Counselors are recent graduates of the Brook Haven program, and usually graduated as a member of the group for which they are junior counselor. They offer the students a bridge between the students and the counselors and provide stable friendship and support for the teenagers in their group. Students are mostly teenagers who have been sent to Brook Haven by their social workers or the judicial system (and approved by the Brooks). Cliffhanger students are known as being the explorers of the ranch. They tend to get into trouble for wandering off on their own and taking risks.
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The Windchaser group is known for being the flighty group at Brook Haven. Both the staff and the student give the impression of having their heads in the clouds. Some people consider them to be hippies, and many of the staff and students do enjoy a hippy lifestyle. They are the type that have their head in the clouds. It might surprise some people to discover that the Windchasers aren't as flaky as they appear at first. It's more that they're attuned to nature and believe in a body, mind, and spirit connection. Many of them are actually quite down to earth. Led by Paul Amberson and Naomi Windsor, these students have the benefit of adults who build trust by demonstrating that they can be trusted. They show trust in their students and shirk the rules of the ranch to make sure that students feel secure. When a Windchaser makes a mistake, it's kept private so that the entire world doesn't know that they messed up. This group includes the following sub-groups: Leaders take care of organizing their group's activities and making sure that the students are attending their academic classes, their riding classes, and their therapy sessions. They are in charge of their students' student plans and files and make sure that everyone is progressing through the program. They are the ones who advance their students through privilege levels or revoke privilege levels. All leaders must hold a minimum of a masters degree. Counselors take care of the day to day activities with their students, maintaining discipline with the students in their groups and making sure that the emotional and physical needs of their group members are met by the program. They are the face of their group, the first person that the group's students can come to when they have a problem they need help solving. All counselors must hold a minimum of a bachelors degree. Junior Counselors are recent graduates of the Brook Haven program, and usually graduated as a member of the group for which they are junior counselor. They offer the students a bridge between the students and the counselors and provide stable friendship and support for the teenagers in their group. Students are mostly teenagers who have been sent to Brook Haven by their social workers or the judicial system (and approved by the Brooks). Windchaser students are known as being the explorers of the ranch. They tend to get into trouble for wandering off on their own and taking risks.
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