New Beginnings became a charity in January 2016 (Registered Charity number 1165357) having been a Community Interest Company for six years.

The ‘passion’ behind New Beginnings is to provide a safe supportive environment for former racehorses to adapt and learn new skills after they have finished their first career in racing. They are offered a “Life past the Post’’.

Since its inception the priority for New Beginnings has been, and always will be, the welfare of our horses and those horses that are looking for a safe and secure home.

New Beginnings is a registered Charity who retrain and re-home former racehorses.

There are around 14,000 racehorses in training in Great Britain with approximately four to five thousand leaving the sport each year. Some of the successful ones go to stud to breed the next generation of racehorses, some go racing abroad, but due to the fantastic versatility of the thoroughbred, many go on to be successfully retrained to go into eventing, dressage, showing, polo or to be a hunter or a hack. 

But what happens to the ones that are quirky or difficult, or fall on hard times later in life? This is where New Beginnings steps in. 

We bring in horses straight from racing or more often from private post racing homes where for whatever reason the owner can no longer look after them. At New Beginnings we also assist the RoR (Retraining of Racehorses) through their ‘Vulnerable Horse Scheme’ to provide care, compassion and stability for the most vulnerable former racehorses that need that extra help and understanding. 

We always have a waiting list of horses to come in, but, we will never turn away a horse that is in desperate need of the care that we offer. 

At New Beginnings we never sell our horses, but once they are ready to be re-homed we look for forever loan home. This enables us to guarantee security for the rest of the horse’s natural life. We offer a safe and secure ‘Life Past the Post’. 

We are now in our tenth year and have grown in both expertise and experience to offer each and every horse that comes to us the security that they need and deserve. Our journey started with just a few acres and a few horses but our passion for thoroughbreds, determination and tenacity has helped us grow into an established retraining and rehoming centre, the only one of its kind in the North East, with 30 horses in our care at any one time and a reputation that we are proud of. 




Find out more about the humans
behind the horses

Who we are

Providing a safe and secure environment
for former racehorses

What we do

Our essential
support network

Patrons & Trustees

Our retraining methodology
and success stories

How we do it

Retraining of Racehorses


The Grange on the Halifax Estate
offers us superb facilities


Getting to the track is a great opportunity
to showcase the work we do