New Start is the retired racehorse re-homing program of the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolence and Protective Association (PA HBPA).

We give our horses a new start on their second career.

New Start Alumni in action at the Thoroughbred Makeover

Horsemen Helping Horses get a New Start

New Start is a committee of horsemen and veterinary professionals dedicated to providing retired thoroughbred racehorses with a new start on a second career.

New Start's mission is to place our racehorses, who have been retired from Penn National Race Course, with trusted foster farms who will then adopt out the horses to caring, knowledgeable horse people who can provide safe, enduring homes with suitable care, shelter and paddock space.

We expect adopters to know a thoroughbred requires daily care, plenty of food, and occasional veterinary treatment. Thoroughbreds may also require special handling as they transition to life off the track.

Thoroughbreds are known for their speed and intelligence. Once their racing days are over they are willing pupils for retraining in a number of disciplines including but not limited to: showing; combined training; jumping; dressage; or just being a companion horse.

New Start's committee members represent decades of experience training and caring for thoroughbreds. They can provide guidance, reassurance and answers to questions about adopting a racehorse.

The program is funded by a fee paid by the owners of all horses who start in a race at Penn National Race Course. A horse is eligible for New Start's program if the owner and the horse meet minimum requirements.

For more information about New Start contact Lauren Zagnit, Program Coordinator, at 717-645-6615.

News of New Start

  • Not So Silver, winner of Barrel Racing Division

    Thoroughbred Makeover Results
    New Start's Not So Silver Wins Barrel Racing Division

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  • $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover

    Penn National Leads the way
    Has most retired horses named to the Thoroughbred Makeover

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  • Thoroughbred Incentive Program

    Thoroughbred Incentive Program
    Non-Competition Award Applications Available

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  • IFAR Logo

    IFAR Conference
    Advocates for equine aftercare emphasized owner responsibility and humane treatment
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  • Rescued from a Kill Pen
    New Start bails a horse from Shippensburg kill pen

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  • Zoetis donates to New Start
    Penn Vet wins raffle, picks New Start for prize

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  • New Start

    New Start
    Announces final 2016 statistics

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  • The Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium

    Retired Racehorse Project
    2017 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium set for October 5 - 8

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  • Thoroughbred Incentive Program

    Thoroughbred Incentive Program
    Increases Shows and Offerings in 2017
    New Start horses eligible for program

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  • Pasture pets and companion animals available

    Pasture pets and companion animals available

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  • New Start Graduate Back Alley Tales

    Become a foster farm for New Start and reap the rewards.

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Thank You, Donors

New Start appreciates the generous financial support of the following donors:

Our Donors

  • Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association
  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
  • Cross Road Tack Shop
  • Pennsylvania Amateur Horseman's Association
  • High Hopes Stable
  • Unionville Equine Associates, P.C.
  • Zoetis