Akindale strives to uphold the values and mission instilled by our founder John Hettinger when it was created in 2006. The 325 acre farm in Pawling, NY is dedicated to the care of retired Thoroughbred racehorses and the continuation of transitioning Thoroughbreds to second careers.
Akindale is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that accepts tax-deductible donations to help cover the costs of care for the 130-plus Thoroughbreds in its care. Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of our horses, whether it is a one-time cash donation, material donation, or a long-term sponsorship of one of the 120 retirees living in our sanctuary.
Akindale operates a “Reinventing Racehorses” program that has rehabilitated, retrained, and re-homed hundreds of Thoroughbreds. Thoroughbreds are sourced from various tracks through private trainers and owners, along with aftercare programs such as Beyond the Wire and New York Horsemans Take the Lead programs.
All of our horses are evaluated upon arrival and either enter our rehab program or are given 60 days off to enjoy being a horse. Once ready, they enter our retraining program. We pride ourselves in making sure all our horses have a great foundation to stand upon and each match is perfect. Our quality horses ready to be adopted for all levels and disciplines from trail, to beginner, to professional prospects.
An Outstanding Promise
John Hettinger always wanted to ensure that the horses he bred had sanctuary for life. Therefore, the farm is also home to 120 permanently retired Throughbreds, who are living out their days in grass pastures. These horses while not suitable for riding are available through a companionship program.