Akindale is TCA's Charity of the Month!

Thanks to the great people at the Thoroughbred Charities of America for naming Akindale their Charity of the Month! They write: 

In 2006, Thoroughbred owner John Hettinger dedicated 1,000 acres of his farm to a permanent haven for retired Thoroughbreds. Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue (ATBR) in Pawling, New York, is Hettinger’s living legacy and a paradigm of Thoroughbred aftercare.

On any given day, ATBR is home to over 150 horses. Some of these horses are in training for a new career, while others will live out the remainder of their days at Akindale. To combat the rising number of horses in need ATBR is intensifying its search for permanent adopters. Executive director Erin Pfister says adopters must realize that horse adoptions are long-term commitments. 

Read the rest at their site! Thanks to TCA for all their support--we couldn't do what we do without them.

Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue Receives Grants from Blue Horse Charities and TCA

Pawling, NY - Blue Horse Charities and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) are thoroughbred aftercare funding organizations designed to assist non-profit thoroughbred rescue groups who are working to improve the lives of thoroughbred racehorses. Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue is proud to announce that both groups have awarded grants to ATBR for 2013. These funds will be used to assist in ATBR's efforts to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome retired thoroughbreds. 

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“All my best friends have four legs.” John Hettinger’s vision at Akindale Farm and Thoroughbred Rescue

Published: Teresa Genaro's The Brooklyn Backstretch

By Teresa Genaro

A year ago this month, multiple stakes winner Stud Muffin was on a farm just outside Saratoga, resting up for a fall racing campaign. Then eight years old, he hadn’t hit the winner’s circle in 2012. He raced twice more last year, non-competitively, and it was clear that his best racing days were behind him.

Callmetony, who at 11 years old was the very definition of “hard-knocking gelding,” was also winless in 2012. Unlike Stud Muffin, he’d never won a stakes race, but he did amass over $660,000 in earnings in his career. Stud Muffin earned just a little more, nearly $67,200.

Two geldings. Two winners. Two racers whose old bones and muscles were slowing down.

And by the end of 2012, they had something else in common: they’d both found a new home at Akindale Farm in Pawling, New York. READ MORE...

Akindale Farm provides life after racing

 Stud Muffin arrives at Akindale

Stud Muffin arrives at Akindale

Published: The Saratogian

By Teresa Genaro @BklynBckstretch

A year ago this month, multiple stakes winner Stud Muffin was on a farm just outside Saratoga, resting up for a fall racing campaign. Then eight years old, he hadn’t hit the winner’s circle in 2012. He raced twice more last year, non-competitively, and it was clear that his best racing days were behind him. READ MORE...

New York horsemen form Take The Lead, a Thoroughbred retirement program

Published DRF.com

By David Grening

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Horses based at New York Racing Association tracks who are no longer able to race but could be trained for second careers now have a place to go.

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association on Friday announced the creation of “Take The Lead,” a retirement program for Thoroughbreds stabled at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.

Take The Lead will partner with four established aftercare facilities that will provide rehabilitation and retraining for horses that are ready to begin second careers. READ MORE...

At Akindale, Dignity in Retirement

Published The Rail, The New York Times Racing Column

By ALEX BROWN

Last week, as part of my travel with my book, I had the opportunity to visit Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, a part of Akindale Farm, in Pawling, N.Y. Akindale Farm is owned by the estate of John Hettinger. I had heard of A.T.B.R. and its strong reputation among horse rescues. That, though, did not prepare me for my visit. READ MORE...