Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue


Services: Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Adoption

Location: Pawling, NY

Founded: 2006

Website: akindale.org

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Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 130


Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue 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 operates a Reinventing Racehorses program that has rehabilitated, retrained, and re-homed hundreds of Thoroughbreds. Thoroughbreds come to Akindale from various tracks through private trainers and owners, as well as from aftercare programs such as Beyond the Wire and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association’s Take the Lead program.

All our horses are evaluated upon arrival and either enter our rehab program or are given 60 days off to let down and 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 horses are prepared to be adopted for all levels and disciplines, from trail, to beginner, to professional prospects.

John Hettinger always wanted to ensure that the horses he bred had sanctuary for life. Therefore, the farm is also home to 115 permanently retired Thoroughbreds, who are living out their days in grass pastures. These horses, while not suitable for riding, are available for adoption through a companionship program.

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 115 retirees living in our sanctuary.

Success Stories from Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue


Crazed – Bred in Maryland and campaigned on the east coast, Crazed retired from racing sound and ready for a second career. Read more >>


Tizno – Love at first ride. This NYTHA Take The Lead program grad makes the leap into a new life with adopter Bernadette Graham. Read more >> 

Pardner and Wire Me Rockin

Pardner and Wire Me Rockin – Two OTTBs who faced challenges before being assisted by MidAtlantic Horse Rescue and Akindale Horse Rescue but are now living the good life. Read more >>



Callmetony – This warhorse closed out his racing career in the claiming ranks at age 11 and began a new life in the show ring. Read more >>


Evening Attire with his portrait

Evening Attire – This multiple graded stakes winner racked up earnings of more than $2.9 million in his 69 career starts before becoming a resident of Akindale. Read more >>