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Bright Futures Farm

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  • EIN 25-1856756
  • (724) 496-4960
  • 238 Old Franklin Pike Cochranton PA 16314 USA

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Accept retired horses that are no longer used for racing and work with several loca famlies interested in first time ownership of horses with classes in care feeding maintenance nutrition and safety

Programs: Operations of rescue horse farm

Community Stories

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Crystal25

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

MBolinger

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with Bev Dee and Bright Futures Farm for over eight years. She is truly dedicated to rescuing and finding these wonderful creatures safe and happy homes.

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William24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Denise43

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Adrienne S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Kristi T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Majela Urbay

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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1 DawnH

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Ashley17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Theresa G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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