Ohio Veterinarian’s Son Confirms 52 Thoroughbreds Rehomed

The 52 Ohio Thoroughbreds that gained notoriety via Facebook three weeks ago after their owner’s death have been placed in good homes, confirmed Dan Stearns, the owner’s son. A friend of the owner had turned to social media to disperse the herd.

The 52 Ohio Thoroughbreds that gained notoriety three weeks ago after their owner's death have "all been placed in good homes," confirmed Dan Stearns, the son of the horses' owner. The horses, owned by Daniel C. Stearns, DVM, claimed the attention of social media users worldwide when a friend of the veterinarian took to the Internet to help disperse the herd. The message Lynn Boggs posted on Facebook spread quickly, and all of the horses were rehomed within a week.

According to the son, his father had been breeding and racing Thoroughbreds since 1950. He was also for a long time the oldest living owner racing horses at Thistledown Racetrack in Cleveland.

"He raced and bred right up until the end," Dan Stearns said. "In fact, he had a winner the day after he died."

In addition to his racing and breeding operation, the late veterinarian owned a practice for nearly 62 years. Emily Taylor, a veterinary assistant at the clinic, worked with Dr. Stearns for eight years and refers to him as her

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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