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November 26, 2012

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November 26, 2012

This summer, my family and I had the opportunity to foster some of Bright Futures Farm's adoptable and permanent residents. This was truly one of the best decisions we have made and I can only hope to be able to do so again in the future. Bev works so hard to care for these magnificent animals and it truly was an honor to be entrusted with some of her geldings. She is extremely knowledgable in what she does and I feel as though I learned a lot from her in the months that we fostered. Her horses are very well cared for, and there is a passion for what she does that is truly inspiring and also humbling. I speak highly of this non-profit often -- really, to anyone who will listen, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a way to make a difference with these beautiful creatures.

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 26, 2012

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1 previous review
February 11, 2011

BFF takes wonderful care of their horses. They are a 501 charity. They pull horses out of neglectful situations and restored them to good health. Bev Dee sees the horses at her rescue as part of the ... more

November 26, 2012

Bev Dee always steps up for the horses. Her horses always look great and provides santuary for older ones

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 11, 2011

BFF takes wonderful care of their horses. They are a 501 charity. They pull horses out of neglectful situations and restored them to good health. Bev Dee sees the horses at her rescue as part of the family. Bev is an advocate for horses, she is very honest and caring person

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I have seen how horses that were in very bad shape improve

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing, better funding

November 26, 2012
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November 26, 2012
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I have known Bev Dee, the woman who founded Bright Futures Farm, for my entire life. When I hear the word integrity, I immediately think of Bev. Bev has the utmost integrity; she is generous beyond words; she is selfless; and she is the most credible person I have ever met. Bev founded Bright Futures Farm in 2000 after she found out about the dark side of Thoroughbred racing. Bright Futures Farm has been saving horses for the past twelve years and is one of only two facilities in the country that actively take elder stallions as permanent residents. Even with a full plate, caring for her elder parents, working close to full time, caring for the elder horses at Bright Futures Farm (the eldest is 35 years of age) AND having to locate a new facility to call home, Bev has still made time to fulfill a dying friend's wish and has recently created a foundation in her honor. Bev was able to launch that foundation on her friend's birthday, 11/24/12 with the help of a wonderfully generous designer, Laura Martin. Bev has taken in the horses no one else wants and provided them with a forever home and the care they need to stay healthy. To Bev, old does not equate to skinny. Old just means they need more attention, and at Bright Futures Farm, that is exactly what they get. Bright Futures Farm has earned the recognition of being a top-rated non profit! Sincerely, Dawn Hamilton

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 18, 2012

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October 18, 2012

I had the pleasure of meeting Bev and her barn full of loving horse this past weekend. I must say it was one of the cleanest barns, with some of the most amazing rehabbed horses I have ever seen. What Bev and the other helpers at her farm do to turn these animals around is amazing. It is clear as day that her heart and soul are with these horses and she goes above any beyond what most would. Bev would go without so that her animals could have. It's the people like her and rescues like hers that make this world a better place, for humans and animals. The horses she helps are blesses, and blessed are we for her to touch our lives. They deserve the donations/any help they can get. When you pull up.. you see that all money/efforts are for the animals..not like a lot of rescues now days. She is making a difference & I hope that people will continue to help fund her so she can keep on saving lives. Horses are helpless. I've been to the auctions.. and left crying. It is awful. What Bright Future Farms does is commendable. I hope they get the funds they need!

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October 16, 2012

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1 previous review
February 28, 2011

I have adopted the horse that has truly become one of my best friends. He was an ex-racehorse that did not prove himself a racetrack winner so was to be shipped off to his death until he was rescued b... more

October 16, 2012

I have nothing but the utmost respect for Bright Futures Farm and the owner/creator, Bev. She is an amzing person that is incredibly inspirational with all that she does for th sake of these animals. I have adopted the horse that has truly become one of my best friends. He was an ex-racehorse that did not prove himself a racetrack winner so he was to be shipped off to his death until he was rescued by Bright Futures Farm who saw his amazing potential. Bright Futures Farm is a wonderful rescue where I have not only found my dream horse but was also helped tremendously when trying to rescue another horse that was about to suffer the same fate had nothing been done. She found an adopter for him right away and he now has a happy life which could not have been possible without Bright Futures Farm. I would be more than happy to continue to help out there anytime!

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 28, 2011

I have adopted the horse that has truly become one of my best friends. He was an ex-racehorse that did not prove himself a racetrack winner so was to be shipped off to his death until he was rescued by Bright Futures Farm who saw his amazing potential. Bright Futures Farm is a wonderful rescue where I have not only found my dream horse but was also immensely helped when trying to rescue another horse that was about to suffer had nothing been done. She found an adopter for him right away and he now has a happy life which could not have been possible without Bright Futures Farm.

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Finding and adopting Commander, the happiness of my life, as well as rescuing Nick, a Quarter Horse that was quickly adopted through Bright Futures Farm.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make zero changes.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

Bright Futures does absolutely fabulous work. Bev truly puts her heart and soul into those horses and gives them the best life they possibly can have. A few people I know have horses that Bev has rescued, and she keeps up with them and asks how they're doing ALL the time. Any money donated to her goes directly to the horses. She lets you know exactly what your donation is used for also, which is nice to know especially when you're giving money. There is no one in this world I know who is more dedicated to saving the horses.

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Some of the horses she has saved have been at farms I have ridden at. They are truly incredible and, again, she keeps tabs on them to make sure they're living the best life possible.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to help her out with more volunteers and money so she could help more horses!

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I adopted a mare from Bright Futures Farm in 2003 by the name of Dexter's First Lady (Abby). She was a starvation case and was so weak that Bev had her slung up in a sling in her stall when I first met her. She was approximately 26 years old. I fell in love and agreed to adopt her if/when she was strong enough to travel. Bev brought her to my farm 3 weeks later on my birthday. Abby passed away a year and a half ago, but over the years I had her Bev and I stayed in touch, even after I moved cross-country from PA to KY. Bev even came to visit Abby. : ) Several months after Abby died, Bev told me about a TB mare rescued from the Sugarcreek auction in Ohio. She was in foal and needed a place to have her baby. I agreed to foster "Singing Breeze" and drove to Ohio to pick her up. As it turns out, this pretty little mare is a daughter of the great Affirmed and the dam of several racehorses who have earned respectable amounts of money. She was in foal to Stephen Got Even. It is unclear how she got to Sugarcreek. When I had her checked by my vet in KY, she had lost her foal. Not at all surprising, given the stress of the auction and the travel involved. Through the kindness and relentless networking of Bev and many others involved in horse rescue, she was bought off of the van headed to a Canadian slaughterhouse. Breezy is now my mare, no longer a foster. (Once again, I fell in love.) Over the years I have been happy to help Bright Futures however I can. Bev SUCCESSFULLY was able to bring charges against the woman who starved Abby using pictures and weight-tape measurements that I religiously reported monthly to Bright Futures. When Bev had a filly at a training center here in KY who needed to be photographed and examined, I was able to help out. That filly, Invisible Girl, now happily resides in OH. I have helped Bev procure the halters of famous horses for her fundraiser every year. When a gelding somehow related to Barbaro needed radiographs before being placed in a home, I radiographed him and got a vet to read the films for no charge. Even just today, I asked Bev to list a horse I know who is in need of a home. Within an hour, he had many hits on his page. What makes Bev and Bright Futures extraordinary in my eyes is her commitment to the whole rescue/adoption process. She carefully screens each adopter and follows up to be sure that the horse is being cared for properly. She networks with other groups and pools resources. She maintains strong relationships and looks for ways to improve her organization and provide funding. And, of course, she LOVES the animals in her care. She is passionate, hard-working, and selfless in her efforts. I believe that it is a testimony to her organization and herself that people such as myself who have adopted one (or two) of her horses continue to help and support her. If I had the money, I'd send her all I could...but like many of us, I need to feed my own four-legged babies! Please strongly consider Bright Futures Farm as the beneficiary of your award. It would go such a long way in helping them help our equine friends in need! Thank you!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life with my two mares, Abby and Breezy. I have also been able to see photos and updates of the horses that I helped place in new homes. I have visited Bright Futures and seen how the farm is run.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

send them a very large check!!! (Unfortunately I can't do that.)

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I have worked with Bright Futures on several occasions in assisting horses that have found themselves in precarious positions. They are always willing to step up and assist in whatever way they can, keeping the best interest of the horse in mind, always.

They are totally transparent,
forthright, and honest, and an asset to the community they serve, as well as the animals that they help.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Assisting with placement, training, and care of horses in need.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to find more volunteers, and explore more ways to fund the good work that they do.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

We are an adoptive family to a thoroughbred former race horse mare that had an injury to its hoof that ended its racing career. The glitz and glamour of the racing days is interesting to research but the real joy we have is the daily beauty and enjoyment of being able to care for and absolutely love such a fine horse. Her years of training and regimented racing career make her such a pleasure to have at our family farm. Bev and Bright Futures Farms have made our dream home and dream horse farm a reality. We are extremely happy to know that this horse that gave so much to so many will "not" be merely discounted and sent to slaughter or mistreated and abused in any way shape or form, but is now at her forever home and loved as she should be!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being able to adopt a fine ex-race horse mare that needs a home and tender loving care with a happy place she will always know as home!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none whatsoever

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

Bev Dee,Has helped countless horses from slaughter. I recall a particular rescue of hers inwhich a pregnant mare was about to be placed on a trailer already stuffed..over stuffed with other horses for the night mare trip to a Canada's Slaughterhouse. The dealer had no problem with putting her on board. She was to foal any day. Bev worked hard to raise money to buy her. Now the dealer tells her she could not buy her untill Monday when he would drive her to a action in New Holland. it shocked me to see his lack of compassion! Bev did bring the mare to Bright Futures farm and the mare gave birth just a few days later.Bev even sent me pictures of the new baby boy! I wish more enlightenment was brought to the public's eye on people such as Bright Futures Farms and Bev Dee for their dedication , hard work and countless hours of finding donations to save these horse's and the compassion she has.Are we not the care takers of this planet? The Hores is truly breathtaking and a uniquely complex and sensitive creatures. They have been deeply rooted as a symbol of American of strength and spirt. These magnificent creatures of noble do not deserve the senseless butchering they are getting. I thank GOD for people such as Bev Dee of ''Bright Futures Farms'' who are doing what ever they can on such a shoe string buget! God Bless them.Thank you Bev Dee. Suzanne Malless.

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Yes I've experienced personal results from my donations. Above is judt one of the stories!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

On their shoe string buget..don't think they would be able to do it but ,how wonderful to run a ad just how these poor horses go to slaughter but bright Futures Farms saves them from this inhumane death and gives these horse's a second chance to provide purposefull jobs .

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