America's Best Racing: Program Spotlight

Program Spotlight: Changing Leads

When a love of Thoroughbreds brought a group of women together at the racetrack, it was the start of an idea that has helped racehorses find second careers.

Changing Leads was started in 2014 when three Team Valor International horses with connections to Changing Leads President Ali Goodrich retired. She was part of the Team Valor ownership group for Asunder, who was the first racehorse she ever owned, while Meistersinger and Standing O were Team Valor horses she had been watching.

With the help of the Team Valor team, including Megan Jones who is also part of Changing Leads, the program was started.

“My original plan was to have [horse trainer] Kirstin Murphy retrain Asunder and Meistersinger as jumpers for the Murphys’ Longview Farms,” Goodrich said. “Then, after consulting with Brad Weisbord [with Team Valor at the time], and with the support of Barry Irwin, as well as a number of Team Valor partners, Megan and I set our sights on retiring and retaining Standing O. That’s when Megan, Kirstin and I realized we had a bigger mission, and everything fell into place. Shortly thereafter, Team Valor’s Lelaps severely bowed a tendon, and we knew that rehabilitation would be an important aspect."  Click here to keep reading.