'Life past the post'

About New Beginnings


New Beginnings is a Registered Charity, our registered charity number is 1165357.
The passion behind New Beginnings is to provide a safe and supportive environment for former racehorses to adapt and learn new skills after they have finished their first career in racing. We offer them a “Life past the Post”.

The Charity is run by Kevin Atkinson and Pam Hollingworth and we are passionate about thoroughbreds and their welfare. We have both loved and been involved with horses for over 40 years. We currently have over 20 horses in our care with great warriors and legends including Golden Hello, Mister McGoldrick, Nanton, Red Wine, Advanced, Ginger’s Lad, Benbyas, Nasharra, Demolition and many others, not as well known, but just as worthy.

New Beginnings started in February 2010 and since then we have come a long way. Having out grown the original yard at Pocklington where we had six acres of grass land, we now rent an equestrian yard at Hanging Grimston. This gives us 37 acres of post and rail paddocks, stables, an outdoor ménage and a round pen, which allows us to bring the horses back into work in a safe and controlled environment.

On the 29th January 2016 New Beginnings became a Registered Charity.

Throughout the years our priority has always been and will continue to be, the welfare of our horses and those horses that are looking for a safe and secure home.

Through fund raising and donations we work hard to secure income to provide stability for these former racehorses that may otherwise have an insecure future. But New Beginnings is not a sanctuary, our intention is to re-train and re-home as many suitable former racers as we can. Our horses are ‘loaned’ to long term forever homes but will always return to New Beginnings if circumstances change, guaranteeing a secure future for these horses as they will never be sold.

All horses that come to New Beginnings are assessed and a rehabilitation program is planned. Initially, horses are usually turned away in groups to allow them to relax and settle and enjoy equine company and often learn social skills by becoming part of a small herd. This helps them to adjust to their lifestyle change which is often quite stressful for them. Once the horse shows signs of being relaxed and being ready to start work again, their re-training will start.

Re-training usually starts with join up, long lining and ground work, followed by ridden work at each individual horses own pace. This builds their confidence and allows the horses to develop physically and mentally, often highlighting their personal strengths i.e. a flair for dressage or jumping or a confident hack. This process can take weeks, months or sometimes longer, but we do not rush the horses. We endeavour to work with each individual horse at its own pace within its own comfort zone. Our aim is to produce horses that can easily move into new disciplines and be successfully re-homed. New Beginnings commits to look after every horse for the rest of their natural lives.

We’re not trying to change the world but for every horse that becomes a New Beginnings horse, it’s world will change forever.

"As a small breeder of thoroughbreds and an owner of racehorses I am proud to be a Patron of New Beginnings. As a horsewoman myself, I can fully endorse the care and empathy shown to these magnificent horses. The dedication, passion and commitment given by Pam and Kevin to the welfare of all the horses in their care is second to none. The Racing Industry is lucky to have their support."

The Countess of Halifax

"Amazing organisation with so much passion for what they do. They add so much to our racecourse wider experience of racing."

York Racecourse

"Great cause. Hopefully race goers will support as they should."

M & J Wormald

"Wonderful work by genuine people – Tell your friends about them!"

B & C Turner

"Great to see horses so well looked after. Best of luck for your future development."

P Gill

"Absolutely excellent set up with very enthusiastic, knowledgeable people."

J Gibb