Old Friends President Michael Blowen was appreciative of the support provided by Fasig-Tipton’s Blue Horse Charities, who donated $50,000 that will be used to rebuild a hospital barn at the retirement farm in Georgetown, Kentucky.
A fire destroyed the hospital barn on January 24th that’s home to 150 retired Thoroughbreds. The rebuilt structure will be given the moniker of the “John Hettinger Memorial Barn.”
“Blue Horse Charities was conceived and created by John Hettinger during the time of his family’s ownership of the company,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “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,” continued 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!”
In addition to using the $50,000 donation to rebuild a newer and fire-safe hospital barn, portions of the proceeds will be earmarked to updating and renovating the main barn on the farm’s property and ensuring that is is fire-proof as well.
Some of the more noteworthy and familiar retired Thoroughbreds that call Old Friends home includes Silver Charm, Game On Dude, Sarava, War Emblem, and Alphabet Soup.