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Three years since her rescue from the slaughter pipeline, Brightly Shining continues to win ribbons and championships.

One man’s ‘trash’ keeps winning the treasure

In only three short years, a filly once so scared she reared and thrashed like a wild animal in her auction-house stall, now dazzles as she prances in show rings and horse shows, winning ribbons, clinching championships, and earning the enduring love of the old-timey horseman who saved her. “This horse, I don’t know, she’s one in a million,” says Maryland-based owner Mike Keech. Keech took a chance on Brightly Shining in 2013, stepping up to buy her at the Thurmont Auction when all other auction-goers ran from the whirling dervish kicking up such a fuss. But from the moment Keech threw […]