Ex-racehorses enjoy a busy summer with New Beginnings

One of New Beginnings' ex-racehorses Harry watches the action at York Racecourse
One of New Beginnings' ex-racehorses Harry watches the action at York Racecourse
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Equine charity New Beginnings has enjoyed a busy summer, showcasing some of the former racehorses that it cares for around the region.

New Beginnings is a community interest company which aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for ex-racehorses to be rehabilitated, re-trained and re-homed after they have retired from racing.

The not for profit charitable organisation offers former racehorses a life past the post.

Last month New Beginnings got involved with the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival.

The Festival showcased a week of Yorkshire racing and racing events and with all nine of Yorkshire’s racecourses working together over the nine days of the Festival, provided a chance for racing fans to enjoy top class sport at a wide variety of venues.

For the second year New Beginnings were nominated as the festival’s charitable organisation.

New Beginnings’ Pam Hollingsworth said: “This is the highlight of our year and a fantastic opportunity for us to raise our profile and much-needed funding.

“July has been a very busy but enjoyable month where we have attended many Yorkshire racecourses and had the opportunity to talk to thousands of people about New Beginnings.

“Our week started on Saturday July 20 at Ripon Racecourse where we took the former Yorkshire steeplechasing legend Mister McGoldrick or ‘Mac’ as he is affectionately known.

“Mac had his 10 minutes of glory when he took centre stage in the parade ring where he was watched by hundreds of people many of whom had followed his illustrious career.”

Team New Beginnings were on hand around the various venues to talk to racegoers, owners and trainers to promote and to promote the charity’s work and reinforce the opportunities available to racehorses when they have finished their careers in racing.

Pam added: “We moved on to Beverley racecourse where we took a steeplechasing hero Golden Hello lovingly known as Harry and his pony companion Meg to stand and meet the racing public.

“Harry and Meg were available to be stroked and to allow racegoers to get up close to experience the sheer pleasure of being around horses.”

The New Beginnings tour then took the team to Wetherby where there was an open day at the racecourse and behind the scenes tours of the areas of the course you cannot usually access.

Pam continued: “Once again Mac paraded at his favourite course and did us proud.

“Next we headed further north to Catterick where the magnificent Harry and Meg were again in attendance to meet the racegoers. before we travelled to the evening meeting at Doncaster where once again Mac proved he could still hold an audience.

“Thirsk was our lovely venue on Friday where the weather was kind and the racing public even kinder

“Our final weekend saw us at York on Saturday with Harry and Meg where there was a record crowd.

“The festival drew to a magnificent close at Pontefract racecourse”.

Throughout the week the charity made TV appearances on ‘At the Races’ and ‘Racing UK’.

They were also heard daily on ‘Yorkshire Radio’ and interviewed everyday by the voices of Go Racing In Yorkshire, Graham Orange or Simon Mapletoft.

Pam added: “It was a very positive opportunity to talk about our work and commitment to our horses.”