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BRIGHT FUTURES FARM
November 26, 2012

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!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Board Member

BRIGHT FUTURES FARM
February 7, 2011

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

Finally, i have been able to odopt my own horse from Bright Futures and it was the most pleasant experience! Bev is very detailed and thorough in her checking to verify a person is qualified to adopt and care for the horses she has rescued. Making sure you are able to care for them, are keeping them in a safe environment, with prior vet and farrier care as well. She is a true angel to the rescue world!

Ways to make it better...

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

Help her more financially!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

I had donated prior

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I adopted a horse.

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