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Thoroughbred Advocacy Retraining & Placement (TARP)

ABOUT US

Bright Futures Farm is a trusted, well-respected 501(c)(3) equine charity

in our sixteenth year of helping horses in need.

OUR MISSION: Our mission began in 2000, saving horses of all breeds from abuse, neglect, and slaughter. We have rescued horses from near death, starvation, abuse and neglect, and we have assisted owners who have reached out for help for their beloved steeds when they can no longer care for them. Every horse, upon arrival at our facility, is examined by a skilled volunteer, and then by our veterinarian. ​Based upon our veterinarian’s findings, we begin a plan for rehab (if necessary) with the ultimate goal being a healthy horse that will find a new, forever home through our adoption program. Every horse that is determined to be ride-able is vetted as if we were doing a pre-purchase exam. Riding horses are evaluated under saddle and reschooled (if needed) for new careers. In 2015 we established our T​ARP ​Program (Thoroughbred Advocacy, Retraining & Placement). We work with trainers and owners at area racetracks to find homes for Thoroughbreds when they are done racing. All Thoroughbreds coming off the track (i.e. Off Track Thoroughbreds or OTTB’s) are sent to one of our professional trainers for training for specific disciplines. They are then offered for adoption.

 

Our founder, Bev Dee, also volunteers for CANTER Pennsylvania a​nd works with owners, trainers, and the HBPA a​t Presque Isle Downs ​Racetrack in Erie PA during racing season. She takes video and photos of horses that are coming off the track and need new homes. She knows that Bright Futures Farm can’t take them all, and has found this to be a gratifying way to help more Thoroughbreds. Bright Futures Farm ​also provides ​permanent sanctuary t​o elderly and disabled horses that have often been callously discarded because they were too old and no longer useful, and there are currently 14 horses in ​permanent residence ​at our Cochranton, PA farm.

 

Bright Futures Farm i​s proud to be accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (w​ww.thoroughbredaftercare.org) ​and we ​have been awarded the Guidestar Gold Seal, which demonstrates our commitment to transparency. Guidestar (www.guidestar.org) is the premier source for up to date, accurate information about charities across the country. Network for Good i​s a well-known and trusted fundraising platform for charities, and you will find many testimonials for Bright Futures Farm on their site, www.networkforgood.org.

 

We operate strictly by the book and always with the goal of putting the welfare of our horses first. Our horses are regularly examined and treated by veterinarians, farriers, and equine dentists, and are fed top-quality hay and feed, including Southern States and Purina. Our horses are also given chiropractic treatments, acupuncture and massage therapy as needed.

THE STORY OF BRITE

In 2000, Bright Futures Farm began with one horse - Brite Decision, a Thoroughbred ex-racer who literally ran his heart out for his owners time and again. Saving him was the best decision Bev Dee ever made.

When Bev saw Brite for the first time, he walked slowly, limping and unsteady, from the back of his stall to greet her. Despite his obvious pain, he was gentle and friendly. Bev connected with him immediately, and knew that there was something special about this beautiful, pitiful horse. When she asked the woman who ran the rescue about him, she was told that two veterinarians had recommended euthanasia because he was in such desperately poor health. Bev asked if she could adopt Brite to try and save him, and to her surprise, the woman simply said, "take him."

 

Bev knew that there was no guarantee that Brite would survive, but she wanted to help the sweet horse that had captured her heart. She immediately took Brite home. She made an emergency call to the vet, and found out that Brite had several hairline fractures of sesamoid bones that had healed, and founder in both front feet. Brite's prognosis was questionable, but Bev was determined to give it a try. After 36 long months of care and rehabilitation, Brite was finally healed enough to be able to live comfortably.

 

Today, Brite Decision is happy, healthy and sound, and is the heart and soul of the rescue efforts at Bright Futures Farm. He is always kind, never complains, and will happily do whatever is asked of him. He even babysits new horses at the rescue like a doting uncle—almost like he knows it's his job to help the new horses heal and grow strong again. "Brite Decision" was the best decision Bev Dee ever made, and he is the sole reason that she founded Bright (Brite) Futures Farm. Fourteen happy years later, Brite remains the inspiration to save other neglected, abused and at-risk horses at Bright Futures Farm.

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TRUSTED AND VERIFIED

Bright Futures Farm is a a stellar, accredited, non-profit equine charity with a fifteen year history

of transparency and fiscal responsibility. Contrary to popular belief, Bright Futures Farm receives no funding from

state or federal agencies - we solely rely on YOU for support. Please consider making a one-time donation to help us

save horses in need or provide a recurring monthly sponsorship for one of our permanent residents.

Bright Futures Farm is Accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and focuses on providing a life after racing to Thoroughbred racehorses by providing training and helping them find a new home and career.

Bright Futures Farm has achieved Gold status

with GuideStar, the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Bright Futures Farm's Gold status confirms our legitimacy, reputation, finances, and governance.

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Each month we depend on tax-deductible donations, sponsorships and grants. We know that our honestly and transparency is the foundation of your support. You can verify our financials, and read testimonials from other donors by clicking the link for GuideStar and Network for Good. We have been Verified by The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and are Accredited by The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (click the links to see our status). Both credentials required a thorough interview and on-site inspection of our facility, the animals in our care, and our financials by independent equine professionals, and an independent equine veterinarian. Click on the “Credentials/Testimonials” tab on the left to read more about our certification, ratings and testimonials.

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