Top thoroughbred finds loving home

Kevin Atkinson and Pam Hollingworth with "Mr. Macgoldrick
Kevin Atkinson and Pam Hollingworth with "Mr. Macgoldrick

A TOP thoroughbred has moved to a safe and loving new home in the region after being retired from racing.

Mister McGoldrick, who won over £400,000 throughout his career, is now based at a 37-acre yard at Hanging Grimston, near Stamford Bridge, rented by New Beginnings, which looks after retired race horses.

The community interest company, which works like a charity organisation, is run only by directors Kevin Atkinson and Pam Hollingworth, who also have full-time jobs.

It aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for ex-racehorses to be rehabilitated and re-homed after they have retired from racing.

However, Mister McGoldrick, which was previously based at stables in Bingley, West Yorkshire, where he was trained by Sue Smith, is one horse New Beginnings will not be letting go.

Mr Atkinson said: “We’re very proud. We have ridden him out a couple of times and he is fantastic. He is lovely and very well natured. Very honest.

“He won’t be going anywhere. He will be staying with us for the rest of his days.

“He will show life after racing for these horses.”

To show the public there is a life for horses after racing and to raise funds for the work it does, New Beginnings takes its horses to race meetings at various courses.

Mr Atkinson said Mister McGoldrick, retired at the end of last year, will be a “flagship” for New Beginnings at meetings.

The 15-year-old’s impressive career record includes 15 wins from 91 races. He was runner-up four times and finished third on 15 occasions.

New Beginnings, which now has 17 horses altogether, was established in 2010 and was originally based at a five-acre site in Yapham.

It gets its horses “in better physical and mental shape so they are safe to ride,” according to Mr Atkinson.

The horses that are loaned out by the company go on to do all different disciplines, including dressage and show jumping.

Its stables are based on land owned by Lord Halifax.