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John Hettinger Passed Away Today......   Horse Rescue Issues

Started 9/6/08 by BevStrauss; 50 views.

From: BevStrauss


What a truly great man- he was kind and committed to ending slaughter and taking care of our thoroughbreds at the end of their careers. Our thoughts are with his family and everyone at Akindale.........

John Hettinger, a horse advocate, horse owner, and former chairman of the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, died Saturday morning at his Akindale Farm in Pawling, N.Y., following a lengthy illness. He was 74.

Hettinger spent the latter half of his life heavily involved in horse racing, taking over his family's Akindale Farm in 1973 and expanding the property to 800 acres from 55 acres. As an owner, Hettinger campaigned such stakes winners as Chase the Dream, Genuine Regret, Jazzing Around, Lady D'Accord, Move It Now, Prospector's Flag, Stacked Pack, and Sir Wimborne. Hettinger's biggest victory came in the 1989 Long Island Handicap with Warfie.

In 1991, Hettinger helped revive Fasig-Tipton, North America's oldest Thoroughbred auction company, personally supplying 40 percent of the firm's $6 million capitalization plan. He supplied another $1.2 million from trusts benefiting his sons, James and William.

Hettinger, a member of the board of trustees of the New York Racing Association, became an outspoken opponent of horse slaughter and founded Blue Horse Charities, which was designed to help abolish the mistreatment of horses and raise money for adoption and retirement programs.

Hettinger is survived by his wife Betty, sons James and William, and grandchildren Caroline, Charles, and Lilly.

Funeral arrangements are private.

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From: MaryAinMI


Truly a man whose life became his argument - he has left a grand, grand legacy in Blue Horse Charities and in his outspoken opposition to horse slaughter.

From: Guest


"Most of my best friends have four legs"  - John Hettinger

Winner of the Eclipse Award of Merit in 2000, Hettinger was an outspoken opponent of horse slaughter and founded Blue Horse Charities to abolish the mistreatment of horses and to set up adoption for many after their racing careers were over. - the Blood Horse

Blue Horse Charities:

Rest in peace, Mr Hettinger, and thank you.