Bright Futures Farm rescues horses that are being mistreated as well as thoroughbreds that have passed their prime as racehorses and, although in good health, are about to be slaughtered since they no longer produce profits for owners. At Bright Futures Farm, the rescued horses are given a new life - food, shelter in a clean stall, love from volunteers who ride them, curry them, and treat them with respect. They are provided with veterinary care and farrier care. I can't think of a more worthy nonprofit organization than Bright Futures Farm. To see healthy,happy horses that would otherwise have suffered a miserable life or a needless death is heartwarming.
My daughter had volunteered ant Bright Future Farms for her senior project. So I got to see hands on the time she spends with her rescue horses and the hard work she does every day with them. And this does not even account for the time she spends finding the horses a new home. Little did we know that Bright Futures Farms (Bev) would be such a huge help when we needed help rescuing our horse and finding him a new home. We had found our horse a new home since we were moving and would not have the facility to keep him any longer. We thought the people were going to give him a wonderful loving home, only to find out he had lost about 200 pounds in 6 months. I had talked with Bev who helped me from day one at trying to find him a new place to live that would give him a home with loving people. She did just that! The hard work she does for Bright Futures Farms and the care she gives to each and every horse is such an unconditional love for animals. I truly do not know what I would have done without her help. She makes sure that each horse is going to get the care it needs so that it will not be mistreated and that the new owner and horse would be a good match so the horse can live the rest of its life happy with its new owners. Thank you Bright Future Farms! Crystal Milford
Over the years I have been involved with many horse rescue organizations, but the one constant has been Bright Futures Farm. They have a reputation for being professional, and always have the horses and other animals best interest at heart. Top Notch.
Bright Futures Farm is an incredible and unique horse rescue org. They are diligent about always keeping the horses best interest in mind, not just at the present, but future. One of the few rescue organizations that do follow up and require a contract, always keeping the horse out of bad hands again. I've adopted 4 rescues since 2006 and 3 of them with the help of Bright Futures Farm. Bev and her team are the best in the business and well respected and known by many. They have had a tough few years, like many, but really, really deserve to win this grant contest money. Please vote for Bright Futures Farm!
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I have alway loved horse, but being a city raised girl I had very few opportunities to enjoy them. In August of 2011 I read a wonderful article about a horse rescue that wasn't too far from my home and I thought "what a great way to be around horses". I went to the open house for Bright Futures Farm and met the most wonderful horses. I decided right then that I wanted to help in any way I could. Having no horse experience Bev accepted me as a volunteer without any reservations. Bev has taught me a lot about horses and the care they need. And in the little over a year I have volunteered there I have found these animals to be truly magnificant, more so than I could have imagined. The horses I work with are the permanent residents at the farm, which means they are the older horses who can no longer be ridden but are far from useless. To see the care that these horses are given by Bev is truly heart warming and very praise worty. Bev gives her heart and soul to these horses everyday and it is amazing how she continues to give. I am very proud to say that I volunteer at Bright Futures Farm and that I call Bev a friend.
Bright Futures Farm is a top notch nonprofit organization. The founder, Bev Dee's devotion to helping horses in need is inspiring. There are not enough words to describe the dedication and love she provides to the horses. I have been involved in many aspects of BBF - volunteering, fostering and pulling horses out of dire situations to name a few. BBF has truly made a difference in the lives of so many horses and placed them in loving homes. If Bev could save them all she would! I am proud to be associated with such a fine organization.
This past year my fiancee boarded and cared for 4 of Bright Future's horses. Never being a horse person before, this was a whirlwind experience for me. The horses my fiancee cared for were healthy and well-maintained and I've grown into a horse lover over the last couple months because of the time I have spent with her rescued animals. This feeling was doubled once we visited the Bright Futures barn, where I met the more high maintenance older animals Bev and her non-profit care for. For someone to devote their life to rescuing those animals otherwise destined for slaughter is an incredible thing. Although my fiancee and I are moving and had to stop boarding Bright Futures' horses, I am looking forward to driving in 2-3 hours from Cleveland on weekends to volunteer at the barn. This is an incredible place.
I started volunteer work a little over a year ago at Bright Futures Farm. This to most amazing place, full of love, laughter and sometime tears, but so very fulfilling. Bev is the biggest hearted person I have ever met. She has devoted her life to these wonderful animals, providing a loving home for them to live out their remaining years. I hope and pray for many more years for this great farm.
My first horse Snappy was adopted from Bright Futures Farm. I have know Bev for about 10 years and she is an amazing person. Bev has dedicated her life to helping horses. She works to ensure that all of the animals that are involved with Bright Futures Farm have the best care not only at the rescue and foster homes but after they have been adopted. Bev is very knowledgeable about the horses and works to make the best match between the person wanting to adopt and the horse. Bright Futures Farm is a non-profit rescue and depends on donations to help with the care of the horses. This is a wonderful organization.
My daughter and I volunteer at Bright Futures Farm (BFF) as often as we are able to. Miss Bev is an utter inspiration. Her devotion and dedication to providing the best possible facility and care for the beautiful souls that are in in her care is awe inspiring. My only regret is that we can not do more to help her out. It is astounding just how hard she works on a daily basis for the horses in her care. Not to mention how she helps other organizations through networking to find homes for their horses, or transportation as needed, or foster care for those in transit as well. With Miss Bev the horses are guaranteed a forever place to live out their days, knowing love, tenderness, caring and devotion, most of which never knew existed prior to her having them. Unfortunately society as a whole/majority has become a disposable society, Once things "wear out" or can no longer do the job they originally do are thrown away as you would garbage. Miss Bev knows and is proving the worth of all the horses in her care, even if all they can do is return the love they are given. I truly hope that BFF, via Miss Bev, is around for a long, long time and that others learn from her example.
My Daughter and I help out Miss Bev when we can and I must say that in the 20+ years I worked in the horse industry I never saw a barn/farm as well run and maintained and animals as happy and healthy as those that are with Miss Bev. We are happy to help out when and where we can, and in doing so I am hoping that I am teaching my daughter with the help of Miss Bev that it is always better to give than to receive. By giving our time and my skills I hope to see Miss Bev and Bright Futures Farm, continue on their mission for many years to come.
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Several years ago as I was searching the web I came across Bright Futures Farm. At the time I was just getting back into riding but was not in any position to own my own horse. I used to check their website on a weekly basis to see what horses were available, which had been adopted, and any that needed funding for special needs. At any time that I had a little money I could give, I would donate or would make a purchase from Bright Futures (Christmas cards for example) to help the horses. Even though I had never met Bev Dee or any of her horses I felt a special connection to them. Ironically, one day I was looking at pictures of two very beautiful Gelderlander horses Zorro and Ziezo and noticed that a girl in the photo was a girl that rode at the barn I was taking lessons from. The next time I saw her mother I asked if that was her daughter in the photo and it was! They had fostered a horse from Bev several years prior and had always kept in touch with her and the horses. It was at this time that we decided to make a trip to Bright Futures together, so I could finally meet Bev and see first hand the wonderful things she does for horses in need. I will never forget the day I met Bev and saw first hand what an amazing woman she is, taking on such obstacles to save every horse she was able to. Her heart is golden! Fast forward a few years... Bev had asked me and our mutual friend to help her one day to seize 3 horses from a woman who had been fostering them for her. She found that this woman was not giving the horses proper care and had actually sold one of the horses to a boarder. (The sale of a forster or adopted horse is prohibited!) So we made the trip and seized the horses without incidcent. The woman faced charges and was convicted. That day I met "Roscoe" a gorgeous Warmblood whom after returning home and deep though I decided it was time for me to have a horse of my own, and he would be the one. Instead of adopting him however, I wanted to help Bev as much as I could and decided to foster him until he was ready for adoption. The plan was to continue to do this, working with horses to get them ready for adoption. Roscoe was not with me long, maybe a month at the most, and was adopted to a great family. It was time to choose my next foster. The day that we traveled to Bright Futures to pick up Roscoe, my trainer at the time rode one of the other horses that had been seized. He was a big grey off-track thoroughbred named Charm. Skinny at the time due to the poor care of the prior woman, out of shape and a bit on the "crazy" side, lol. Well, as I thought about him, I decided he would be the next project horse, and this one would be a major challange! I brought him home and quickly realized he had a mind of his own - the kind that said "make me!" when you asked him to do something he didn't want to. Not a month later a family had inquired about Charm for their 12 year old daughter and I informed Bev, he'd likely hurt a child and he needed more work. Again, I simply planned on working with him to make him attractive to someone looking to adopt, but then I looked into his pedigree. Sire - Darn That Alarm, Grand-Sire - Jig Time. Wait a minute, Jig Time? He must be related to a racehorse my father owned years ago named Jog Time. And he was... Jig Time was the Sire to Jog Time! I was in possession of my dad's former horse's nephew! He was family! That was that... I must adopt him myself! Just over two years later now and I still have Charm, he is an amazing horse, very athletic and still very bull-headed. He has made me a better rider, and a better person, testing my patience each day! I could never had done any of this without Bev and Bright Futures! She takes the horses that no one wants, or no one feels they have use for, and finds them the perfect fit - the perfect family. Without Bev my Charmie would have likely ended up at a slaughter house because his racing days were over. She gives every ounce of her time to care for these horses; the most selfless person I have met in my entire life! I hate that I can't do more for her financially because no one deserves happiness more than she does. She has given up her life for Bright Futures and is determined to continue her work no matter what. As I sit here and type I realize how grateful I am to have her as a friend, many people should be so lucky!
For several years I was a donor to Bright Futures Farm. I would browse over the pictures of the horses who needed homes, wishing I could some day adopt one of my own. It was amazing how from time to time I would see some of the same horses returning because the people who had adopted them had changed their minds or simply no longer had thee funds to care for them anymore. Bev Dee is so dedicated to her cause, she will never turn away one of her horses, I was amazed at that. She really stands by that statement. If for any reason they can no longer be cared for she takes them back.
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