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nugget of wisdom

16.3 chestnut gelding, born May 22, 2005 (Gold Fever -- Doctor Knows Best, by Dr. Blum)

Raced 38 times, 1 win, earned $31,967

Nugget of Wisdom came to us last fall with September Hero from Jack Wolferseder's farm, where both were trained and well-loved. September Hero got adopted shortly after he was here and Nugget ended up going south for the winter. He ended up getting Lyme disease after being shipped to SC and the treatment slowed his training down a little. He came back to New York in the spring ready to find his forever home. Karen came to see Nugget because she loved September so much that she owed it to him to see if his brother would fit her program. They took Nugget home and fell in love instantly. It is safe to say Nugget and September will once again live together for the rest of their lives. Keep up with them on Caer Avallach Farm's Facebook page!

Nugget was a favorite of our friend Sarah, who does some work on our website and fell in love with him. She says, "He's just such a sweet, lovable guy, so glad he's found a home where he'll be appreciated (and kept in treats!)" 

Helen's lady

Chestnut mare, born April 18, 2006 (Belong To Me--Ms. Jaguar Type, by Gilded Time)

Raced six times, earned $20,450 

Monika and her family came to adopt Helen's Lady and they have remained good friends to Akindale. Even though they couldn't take all our horses home, they come and visit and always leave treats for all of the horses. Helen's Lady has one of the best families! Monika writes:

"Three years ago we adopted Helen's Lady, aka "Rosemary." We were looking for a quiet horse for our children and she is exactly what we were looking for. She is a sweet, in your pocket type of mare. Rosemary has gone to gymkhanas and some local horse shows and she has been a star, trotting around barrels and weave poles like she had done it a hundred times before. We couldn't ask for a better family horse!"

The photographer is Monika Rohfeld.


Chestnut gelding, born March 30, 2006 (Speed Jaro -- Beauty and Style, by Two Punch)

Raced 27 times, 2 wins, earned $55,108

If BullyBullyBully looks familiar, it's because he was on the Animal Planet show Jockeys back in 2009. Trained by Kristin Mulhall and ridden by Chantal Sutherland, who both loved him and didn't want to give him up, he was claimed and began the precarious drop through the claiming ranks. He ended up at Mountaineer Park where he was running for $5,000. He finished last by 39 1/2 lengths. He arrived to us in the beginning of June 2013, the first day Heather got on him she loved him. He was smart and willing. His ankles limit him to light riding but that's good enough for his adopter Monique. He lives with her other older gelding and has the life he deserves. This picture is this summer sent to us by Monique.

Johannesburg Star

Bay gelding, born March 27, 2004 (Johannesburg -- Gammy's Alden, by John Alden)

Raced 13 times, stakes placed, earned $59,366

Johannesburg Star is coming up on his sixth year anniversary with his mom, Caitlyn, who wrote us a wonderful update we wanted to share with you! She writes:

"He's doing great. Since we last spoke, I actually bought a house with a barn just for him! Show barns just don't have the kind of care and attention that he needs and deserves. He has now all day grass in and out turnout, unlimited hay, and I got him his very own mini horse that he loves. And the plus is that I get to see him every minute of the day!! I can say he's truly happy here, and he whinnys to me all throughout the day to let me know he wants a refill on his hay. He also doesn't get ridden as seriously as we were doing at the other barns so he's super happy. What he needed was a stress free life and I think he now has it. Unfortunately last month he had his third colic surgery. He used to colic almost once a month at other barns so since we moved here two years ago he didn't have a single episode. Until May 1st, but I'm willing to do anything for him so he recovered great, and is back to himself now. He's really a trooper." 


Bay gelding, born March 9, 2007 (Invisible Ink -- Tis Willie Nellie, by Our Captain Willie)

Raced three times. 

Indiscernible, aka Willie, is doing great and recently completed his first recognized novice event with no jumping faults. Way to go Willie! And thank you so much, Ann, for the update. He looks amazing and happy!

September Hero

Chestnut Gelding, born March 6, 2000 (Hansel -- Doctor Knows Best, by Dr. Blum)

September was adopted last fall and has been a superstar. Truth is we didn't expect anything less from this guy! He had an amazing owner who always had his best interest at heart. His farm has a Facebook page that you can follow to see him from time to time.

Solvent, Volente, Oystershucker

Solvent, Chestnut Gelding, born March 13, 2004 (Banker's Gold -- Time for Faith, by Gilded Time)

Volente, Bay Gelding, born May 17, 2008 (Bandini -- So Long Dearie, by D'Accord) 

Oystershucker, Chestnut Gelding, born May 1, 2008 (Limehouse -- Glifter, by Glitterman)

As we celebrate Memorial Day this weekend I thought it was more than appropriate to use our new relationship with Saratoga War Horse as our success story. These are pictures of Solvent, Volente and Oystershucker during their first session. I am so glad these boys will help heal and make a difference. We are extremely proud of them. Thank you to Saratoga War Horse for coming to Akindale and picking these boys for your program!

All photos credits go to Saratoga War Horse.

Quick recovery

Bay Gelding, born February 25, 2008 (Yankee Gentleman -- Timely Quarrel, by Time for a Change) 

Raced 17 times, 2 firsts, earned $59,318

From Quick's new mom:

"Quick and I had our first lesson with my trainer, two-time-Olympian, Lendon Gray, today! He is an awesome horse! He has mended all of our hearts after the loss of a beloved horse. And he is a sweetheart and companion to my 26-year-old blind horse!

I believe that Quick is the horse that I have always dreamed of… He is smart, he is willing, he is safe, and he is beautiful! Lendon thought he was not only a sweet guy, but also a really nice dressage horse!

I am also so grateful for Akindale suggesting that we adopt our totally fabulous pony, Cinnamon! Everyone loves her beyond belief and I have started working with her on long lines to teach her to drive to give her a little job!

I have the horses at home and it is an honor to care for them, to have the opportunity to really have a deep relationship with them by not only enjoying riding, but by truly being their caretaker and the source of their love and entertainment!

They are absolutely a delight each and every day! So very grateful!

Sheila's Gold

Chestnut mare, born April 5, 2009 (Golden Missile -- She La Rose, by Belong To Me) 

Raced 6 times, earned $3586

This story comes to you from a local barn and some good friends! Heather Ward, owner of HW Dressage, came back to us for another horse after one of her clients took The Village Vicar. She instantly fell in love with Sheila's Gold. Sheila had been adopted and returned through no fault of her own. Heather saw so much potential in her; she wanted to take Sheila to her barn and see what she could do! Sheila proved her right and was everything Heather looked for in a horse: a sassy, firecracker chestnut mare. Most people run away from those characteristics, but not Heather! Heather's student Isabella has been riding Sheila and loves her just as much and she did a little write up for us:

"Sheila is a very special horse. Actually, to me she is one of the most special horses at the barn. Sheila is also very goofy, she is one fun horse to play around with but she does have her sassy mare moments. She is a joy to watch, her gaits are gorgeous, you can't not stop to watch her. Although she gets excited at times, she loves to jump. She has gotten pretty good at it too! Sheila is truly a one of a kind horse and I could not imagine my life without her. She has come such a long way and I could not be more proud of her." 

Sheila even has her own Facebook page under Sheila's Gold. Thank you, Heather, so much! We hope we can help fill your barn with many of our TBs!

Bank Me

Born March 19, 2000 (Bankbook -- White Alley, by Seclusive) 

21 starts, 1 win, earned $26,162

It was the year 2006 and in the fall. Winter was coming and the auctions were packed with horses. We saved 20 in one week and this handsome dude was one of them. Bank Me always reminded me of a Quarter Horse. He was so stocky, not your typical Thoroughbred. He was always overlooked and did have some trust issues. We were so patient with him and he learned to trust us and came around. It took us seven years to find the perfect family for Bank Me. And let me tell you patience was key in this story.

It was a long wait but Bank Me hit the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! He is so loved and gets spoiled every day. A day never goes by that he doesn't get his well deserved cookies and sometimes he even persuades Dawn into giving him a bucket of them. He rarely has to work and just lives his life as a pampered spoiled boy with his two brothers. Huge thanks to Lisa Molloy for finding his perfect family! Dawn Elisabeth Engen, we will forever be grateful to you for accepting Bank Me into your family and giving him the best life anyone could ask for.

Hot West

Born May 9, 2010 (Elusive Quality -- Xtra Heat, by Dixieland Heat)

We thought it would only be appropriate to share our story of Hot West. His mother Xtra Heat is a Hall Of Fame Finalist for this year! Hot West aka Ivan was adopted out from Virginia Beach with Lisa Molloy.

Here is his story from his dad:

"Well, I had a Hanoverian-Thoroughbred cross, hunter jumper, in high school, and ever since then, I've wanted to have another horse. Never seems to get out of your system. My journey with Hot West began on Christmas of 2013. I was in the process of finding a property where I could have horses in Charlotte, North Carolina. I found my dream place and at the same time started searching for a horse. I came across Akindale and Lisa Malloy and contacted her. She was so great to work with and she told me about three horses I might be interested in. She told me about Hot West and how he was built like a "tank." I looked him up on the website, and couldn't believe how beautiful he was. So I drove up to Suffolk, Virginia soon after. We looked at the other two horses first and I just wasn't feeling it with them. Then we went and got Hot West out of his stall. He nearly took my breath away. I saw that kind eye he has, that gorgeous face and physique. He casually walked over to me and put his head under my arm and just stood there. It was as though he picked me out and I just knew he was the one. I was so excited.

"Meanwhile, I was also purchasing that property and had him boarded close to my job so I could go see him after work. I renamed him Ivan. For the next year I worked hard on my place, fencing, putting in a barn, a run in shed, a round pen, a ring. And on Jan 2nd of this year, it was time to bring Ivan home. I had also bought a donkey named Floyd a couple months before so they could bond before moving them here. They became inseparable and are best friends. I designed the barn just for them and their stalls are side by side.

"We're working with a trainer now with a goal of eventually fox hunting. We have a lot of work to do but I don't regret my decision a bit. Ivan and I are bonding too and it's so great to have him and Floyd at home. He's a magnificent horse. Many, many thanks to Akindale. You guys provide a truly great service to horses and horse people!"


Grey gelding, born February 16, 2009

Raced 22 times, 2 wins, earned $90,914

Like I have said in posts before, we have met some awesome, generous people! Althea Roy is one of them. Althea is a dear friend to Akindale and all the horses here. If we ever needed a horse picked up or delivered, she is always there to do it, no matter what. Last spring Althea lost her boyfriend, Juan, in an accident at the track. Juan was a trainer as well, and he trained a horse named Potus. After Juan died, Althea placed Potus with us.

Potus had been hanging out and enjoying a break and was getting ready for spring to start being retrained. Althea was reading about the Retired Racehorse Project and decided she wanted to do it with her friend Rachel and Potus. She couldn't think of a better project that she could do in honor of Juan. Potus has his own Facebook page so please like and share it. Potus will head to the Finger Lakes region this month. We are so very proud of Althea and Potus and can't wait to see Potus in Kentucky in October.

The Village Vicar

Born May 6, 2003 (Vicar -- Buzz Buzz Buzz, by Well Decorated) 

Raced 35 times, 6 firsts, earned $222,684

The Village Vicar was a stallion in a direct to kill pen. He arrived with a sticker on both of his hips that took months to finally peel off. The stickers were meant to be permanent and never come off.

A note from Diana Baker who was involved in the saving of this beautiful boy:

"I got a call about a beautiful black stallion who had earned $222,000 on the track and was at a dealer's and headed to slaughter. I asked them to make sure he didn't ship. I said I'd find a way to save him. It was right around Barbaro's birthday so I was able to rally some support and get funds together to save him in memory of Barbaro. I had no place to send him but was able to get him quarantined, with a lot of help, of course. And then an angel in New York agreed to take him."

The Village Vicar aka Vic is living in North Salem and loving life. He belongs to a great family and has his own girl to give him all the attention he needs and deserves. He loves to jump and has a permanent future instead of being put on a truck and heading across the border.

What's Your Wish

Bay gelding, born April 2, 1998 (Metfield -- Debutante's Wish, by Raised Socially)

63 starts, 11 wins, graded stakes placed. 

I think of this story a lot and I still get tears thinking of it. We have met so many special people through the years and many of them have become close friends to us. Beverly Searle Strauss was a huge contributor to why we are here. She would talk with Mr Hettinger and they together would save many horses a week from New Holland (a huge kill auction in PA).

What's Your Wish was one of the saves. Bev had to leave him behind that Monday and it haunted her. The next day she called the kill buyer and brought Wish to Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue for a few days until he could get shipped to New York. Wish was with us for about a year. Bev would always check on him. She felt an instant connection with him and he was always on her mind. She had found a home for one of her personal horses and this meant she had a space available for the love of her life What's Your Wish! She called me up and we sent him home to her. They have competed a lot but now Wish just hangs at Bev's place and loves getting the gold treatment he so deserves. He is busy keeping the other horses in line and takes his job seriously!

Running made easy

Dark bay gelding, born March 4, 2007. (Wild West -- Warta, by Danzig)

12 starts, earned $2,612, last raced 2013

Today's story is about Running Made Easy aka Slim and his mom Brie. Brie writes: 

When I started writing this I had to remind myself of the horse that I got a little over a year ago. They had told me how he had to bribed out of his stall (he was afraid of the doors) and that he was very shy. When I first met Slim, "Running Made Easy," all I saw were the big inquisitive ears, sweet eyes and these huuuge shoulders that I instantly knew were made to be galloping cross country. He was so quiet and shy--when he got home it took him a while to come out of his shell and we took our time bringing him into work, yet every new challenge he met with honest, eager curiosity. This past year has honestly been one of the most fun years of my thirty-year riding experience. Training and competing Slim reminded me why I love this sport. He seemed to throughly enjoy everything we did and has grown into a total ham. Slim is also a total pet, there are required cuddle sessions everyday before/during/after work. He also fully adopted my dog as "his" dog. His best friend is a fellow Akindale alum, the two were able to go to most of the competitions this past year together. I was lucky enough to get Slim to several competitions this year and he successfully completed several beginner novice and novice levels. I'm looking forward to what the future holds for the two of us and am so grateful to have such an amazing creature in my life now. I cannot thank the wonderful team at Akindale enough for bringing Slim into my life!l


16 hand bay gelding born February 2, 2009 (Closing Argument – Vital Spark, by Miswaki)

11 starts, earned $21,642, last raced 2013

This week our story is about a horse named Inquest and a girl named Heather. Heather came to us through a very dear friend to Akindale. She was just getting back into riding and was looking for a quiet patient horse to help her get back to it. Since the day Inquest arrived we had found it hard to believe he was a racehorse. Speed was not his thing and the slower he could go, the better. He loved going on trail rides at HIS own pace. We love these two together and they will always be a special piece of Akindale's graduates' story.


16.1+ bay gelding, born April 4, 2010 (Tiznow - My Success, by A.P. Indy)

Raced once, 5/31/2013

 Patient came to us from NYTHA's program, Take the Lead, and he always put a smile on our faces. Thank you, Michelle, for the update. We are so happy for both of you!

From Michelle:

I adopted Patient Investor, a 4 year old, in October, a month and a half after I lost my horse to colic. I thought I needed to be patient and the right horse would come along. I called Heather about 2 weeks after I had lost my horse, saying "This is very hard to make this call so soon," but I didn't want to call her after several months had passed by and have her say, "If you had only called me a few weeks earlier I had a great horse but it just got adopted!"

I had time in the middle of September and had already gone on the Akindale site and seen Patient Investor. I asked Heather about him. She said, "Come over today and see and ride him."

I really liked him--flashy mover, handsome and kind of like a big dog who just wanted to crawl into your lap. Again I needed to be patient. Another person had been trying to come and see him for a month. Heather told me this person had first dibs on him since they had made an appointment a while ago. I just sat back and waited for the text saying they liked him and that I needed to keep looking, which I did, but I had my mind on PI (Patient Investor).

The text came--they did not want him. I took my good friend Margaret along and test rode him again. She said, "I think he is a good project for you." So I got him on trial for two weeks and did a lot in those two weeks. He was great, nothing seemed to bother him. Tarp on the ground, plywood, water, loading on the trailer. He really had not jumped at all, so in the woods one day with a friend we sailed over logs and stone walls. I said, "OK I'll take I'll keep him." So all the paperwork had been filled out. All they had to do was cash my check.

Oh yes, remember in the beginning, when I mentioned he was 4. Well, I have never had a young horse and I have been riding since I was 5. Patient Investor is the perfect name. I need to be very patient and invest a lot of time. So his name will remain as he came--Patient Investor aka PI.

Since getting him, I have referred two other people to Akindale who have found horses there. What a great place to get a horse!


Jackie and her paddock mate were Thoroughbred yearlings that were so malnourished they were the size of weanlings. Jackie developed pneumonia, which allowed the SPCA to go in and take her and her friend. Unfortunately her friend had to be euthanized due to being starved--her bones were growing crooked, even surgery couldn't help. But Jackie blossomed with us and grew up to be a tough, curious and willing girl! We are so proud of her and Sarah! Jackie couldn't have found a better partner than Sarah. Look at them now! 


15.3 bay gelding, born March 23, 2010

Raced 12 times, 2 wins, earned $50,761, last raced 1/16/2014

Scolfield was adopted from us at the end of July and is doing great! Here is a little update from his Mom:

"He is--without question--the nicest young horse that I've had the pleasure to re-school for the hunter/jumper world. All in all, while he's playful on ground while being tacked up (he seems to truly enjoy being 'held accountable,' actually,) he's been all-business in the ring with only a couple minor 'baby moments.' In fact, Scofield is also the barn favorite of our grounds manager, David, who calls him 'noble' and appreciates how good he is for turn-out and for mucking."

Photos by Colin McNamara


Bay mare, born January 24, 2004 (Crowning Storm - My Gal Groovy, by Groovy)

Raced 39 times, 4 wins, earned $32,693

Zippy Ziter and her young mom Amber. Zippy has been with Amber going on 3 years now, living in Long Island. But apparently she's a White Sox fan!


Dark bay gelding born April 26th, 2001 (Runaway Groom – Firey Comet, by Red Ransom)

Raced 85 times, with a record of 21-22-17. Earned $666,446. 

We thought Tony might stay with us forever, but he has found a new home--we miss him dearly! But the perfect match came along for him. Jean and her girls adore this boy and we could not have asked for a better home for this racing warrior. 

Read Tony's full story here!

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Bay gelding born March 30, 1998, (Unaccounted For - Sugar Gold, by Mr. Prospector)

Raced just twice. 

What A Prospect out hunting in November with his friends!


Dark Bay Gelding, born January 26, 1990 (Ankara - Silent Times, by Silent Screen)

23 starts, 3 firsts, 3 seconds & 8 thirds, earning $68,796

Norm is a fabulous story with a happy ending. Norm was brought to us early 2013 in poor condition. As an older gentleman, his future was uncertain. But Norm is proof that love and proper care will bring out the best in any horse. At the age of 23, Norm and his new mom Danielle K. (who is only 15) just brought home a 2nd place ribbon as division champs at the Fair Hill All Thoroughbred Show in MD, September 7th. Norm was a star in his 2 flat classes and then jumped a lovely clean round. We are very proud of Danielle and her trainer Charlotte for the fabulous job they have done with Norm. 


Dark Bay Gelding, born May 8, 2001 (Artax - Avichi, by Damascus)

30 starts, earning $17,251

Bart was bred here at Akindale Farm, and when we saw his racing career was winding down we did everything we could to secure his return to Akindale. After a long racing career, we gave Bart a well earned rest where he quickly became a fan favorite of everyone he met.

We knew Bart and Valerie were a perfect match the day they met! Val adopted Bart in 2011, he lives at our trainers Farm in New Milford, CT. Bart is currently in training to become an event horse. Attached are pictures of his very first Dressage show as well as a picture of him cross country schooling. Watch for this pair out eventing in 2015!