DOYLESTOWN, PA — The famous Hank the Horse, who is en route from Kentucky to New York City for an undisclosed event, will make a stop at his old stomping ground, Doylestown, on Monday.
Hank, who represents the Kentucky-based non-profit organization For Hank’s Sake as a brand ambassador, will be at Boro Park (Doyle and Broad) for a special homecoming Monday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m
The public is invited to greet Hank with a horse-like handshake. He’ll also ring his bell, stand on his platform, and maybe even bow to you.
Hank is accompanied by his mother and owner Tammi Regan, who bought Hank when he was three when she lived in Doylestown. Hank lived here on the lush grasslands of Bucks County for eight years before moving to the bluegrass state with Regan.
“I’m so excited. I’m taking Hank home. This is going to be a Hallmark moment,” Regan said. “My old friends call me. They knew me when I was struggling with coaches and they were told I never would become a trainer. Now my organization supports more than 100 rescue horses living on a 144-acre farm.”
Prior to Hank, Regan owned and operated the Polished Look Spa And Gift Boutique on State Street in downtown Doylestown for 15 years. She has also worked as a consultant in the day spa industry across the country.
Then she met Hank, a rescue horse who won her heart and inspired a new charitable foundation dedicated to rescuing neglected and unwanted horses, providing them loving care, rehabilitation and retraining for useful causes.
Regan saw a different side of Hank. While others thought he was a bad horse, she found him funny.
“I’ve been telling people I’m going to teach Hank to ring a bell. Hank will help children and people. I got, ‘Oh, he’ll never be more than a arena horse.’ He’s been classified as a dangerous horse,” Regan said. “Now look at him. A few weeks ago I had him at the University of Kentucky and Hank was strolling the halls of Taylor Hall.”
Hank’s training is based on his personality, his funniest, and his smarts, not anyway, she said. “We call him our 1400 pound toddler.”
For example, he likes to snag people’s hats. “So when we prepare it and play it, instead of a crying child, we get roaring laughter.”
In 2018, she relocated to Kentucky with Hank and a herd of rescuers, making a name for herself for her foundation in the state known for its love of horses and the Run of Roses.
Regan named her foundation after Hank, the organization’s first rescued horse and a Tennessee Walking Horse.
“Hank teaches us that as long as you have love and humility in your heart, you can recover from anything, no matter how bad things get,” Regan said
Hank the Horse has become the foundation’s symbol of hope and a beacon for all neglected animals. The small heart-shaped white fur beneath his forelock inspired the For Hank’s Sake logo.
“Hank makes people stronger, kinder, and teaches us to love deeper,” Regan said.
Hank has become a celebrity in Kentucky, with photos and stories that have appeared in newspapers and television shows of Hank ringing a Salvation Army cauldron, wearing a top hat, or checking out a book from the local library.
So it’s not surprising that a local television reporter from an ABC affiliate will be traveling with Regan and Hank in Kentucky to document the trip to New York and Hank’s great homecoming.
“Monday will be special. Coming home to see my friends who believed in me and Hank when no one else did is going to be awesome,” Regan said. “They thought Hank was funny. They thought I was funny with Hank. They’re all super excited to see us and Hank is super excited to come
“Doylestown is an equestrian community. It’s horse-centric, so it’s not uncommon to see horses outside of town, but in the middle of town to see a horse in a top hat or elf hat bringing cheers, hope, joy and laughter about as festive as you are can be achieved by using horses to empower people,” Regan said.
“Hank has a message of giving, of hope,” she said. “People counted him. He is now the second chance champion.”