J. Fred Arnold Jr., a Kentucky Veterinarian of the Year, died April 6 in Lexington. He was 80.
A Georgia native, Arnold began his practice in Central Kentucky in 1958. He served as a member of the team that selected horses for inclusion in the Keeneland sales and was on the board of directors of the Gluck Equine Research Center, the Kentucky Drug Council, and the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners.
Arnold also served as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and was honored with the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association's Veterinarian of the Year award in 1987 and the organization's Distinguished Service Award in 1992.
As a breeder, Arnold bred the stakes-winning half-brothers Militron and Military Menace in partnership.The former scored his big win in the 1989 Cherry Hill Mile Stakes (gr. III) at Garden State Park.
In addition, Arnold was a retired Air Force pilot who saw action in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
Arnold's survivors include his wife of 55 years, Joy, and sons Fred III and Walter.