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Old Friends news   Retired TBs -Past and Present

Started 7/21/15 by gerchgo; 153325 views.
lindawilbe

From: lindawilbe

1/25/16

Thanks for the link.

Thank goodness no people or horses were hurt!

Linda J.

Northeast Philly

gerchgo

From: gerchgo

1/28/16

Good news!

A fire at Old Friends destroyed an 8-stall Hospital Barn. No horses were lost or injured.

GEORGETOWN, KY - JANUARY 28, 2016 - On January 24, 2016, fire destroyed a "hospital" barn at the Old Friends farm in Georgetown, KY. Old Friends is a retirement sanctuary for more than 150 Thoroughbreds, including such racetrack heroes as Silver Charm, Sarava, Alphabet Soup, War Emblem and Game On Dude.

Today, Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen announced that Fasig-Tipton, through its subsidiary Blue Horse Charities, has donated $50,000 towards the rebuilding of this structure, which in the future will be known as "The John Hettinger Memorial Barn".

"Blue Horse Charities was conceived and created by John Hettinger," noted Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, "during the time of his family's ownership of the company. We are delighted that Old Friends will name the new barn in John's honor."

"John Hettinger's commitment to caring for Thoroughbreds in retirement was unparalleled," said Blowen. "I remember many years ago sitting on John's porch in Saratoga discussing what we needed to do to protect these retired racehorses. I think he would have loved Old Friends as much as we love him. Blue Horse's $50,000 donation is like hitting the Pick 6 without even buying a ticket!"

Blowen noted that all of the donations received will go to re-building a new, fire-safe hospital barn and also to updating and fire-proofing the larger, main barn on the organization's property.

Derby132

From: Derby132

1/28/16

Oh I love that they are naming this after John Hettinger.  He founded my favorite horse rescue charity - Akindale Farm.

LindaVA3

From: LindaVA3

1/28/16

That's awesome news!

cigarello

From: cigarello

1/28/16

http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s-paddock/hettinger-a-man-who-loved-horses/

 Please read this article written when Mr. Hettinger passed away in 2010. He was a friend to horses and fought hard against slaughter.

I am happy they are paying tribute to this great horse loving wonderful man by naming the barn/hospital after him.

Derby132

From: Derby132

1/28/16

I have read this, years ago.  This is a great time to post it again though.  He was passionate about stopping horse slaughter and providing for Thoroughbreds in need.

Amy (1pony)
Staff

From: Amy (1pony)

1/28/16

This is great news!!

lindawilbe

From: lindawilbe

1/30/16

I was relieved no horse was lost or injured. wonderful news to read about Fasig-Tipton, through its subsidiary Blue Horse Charities is going to aid in rebuilding.

Thanks so much for the article.

Linda J.

Northeast Philly

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