About New Start

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New Start was created in 2013 by the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolence and Protective Association (PA HBPA).

New Start's mission is to work with our foster farms to find qualified homes for horses that have been retired from racing at Penn National Race Course.

The program is funded by a $10 dues assessment on each race starter at Penn National along with donations. Horses that race or train at Penn National are eligible for the program if they meet New Start's requirements.

The horses leave the track and are placed with one of our foster farms. The foster farms receive from New Start a one-time donation per horse to cover expenses while they seek a qualified adopter for the horse. Both adopters and foster farms must fulfill New Start's application requirements and provide New Start with periodic updates on the condition of the 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.

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

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

Contact Information

New Start
Lauren Zagnit, Program Coordinator
717.645.6615
fax: 717.469.0240

PA HBPA
PO Box 88
Grantville, PA 17028
717.469.2970
fax: 717.469.0240