Board of Directors
President and Treasurer
Changing Leads founder Ali Goodrich has had a passion for thoroughbred racehorses for as long as she can remember. As a young girl, she studied bloodlines, memorized Beyer Speed Figures, and played endless rounds of Thorough-Bucks where she always had the winning stable. In 2011, Ali realized her childhood ambitions when she became a partner in Team Valor International with her first purchase, a yearling bay colt named Asunder. Since then, she has added to her roster and is often seen at the rail, cheering her horses on.
Ali has been involved with numerous philanthropic endeavors, and Changing Leads is a natural extension of those interests. Offering these magnificent thoroughbreds a second chance after their racing days are over is both fulfilling and rewarding, and seeing the horses adapt to their new lives - complete with rolls in the mud and new barn buddies - makes every effort worthwhile. And that first racehorse - known as Sunny around the barn - was the first horse in the program and the true inspiration for Changing Leads.
Vice President and Secretary
Third-generation horsewoman Kirstin Murphy has spent her entire life around horses. As a member of the New Jersey Region Pony Club, she grew up competing in events and participating in fox hunts, while assuming the responsibilities of caring for her own ponies. Kirstin later took her competitive skills and moved into the hunter ring, where her winning ways made her a standout among her peers. She has trained countless green horses and riders, leading them to numerous year-end titles in both Louisiana and Alabama. Most recently, she has produced Alabama year-end series champions and reserve champions in the 2'3", 2'6", and 3' hunters, Adult hunters, Adult equitation, and the JR/Amateur Medal class.
As impressive as these credentials are, it is Kirstin's love and admiration for the horses themselves that truly shine through, and one needs only to see the interaction with her equine pupils to understand why she arrives at the barn each day, happy and eager to begin her daily duties.
After running her first cross-country course as a pony clubber at the tender age of 8, Jessica Prescott has been hooked on eventing ever since. She competed all over the Southeast throughout her childhood and teen years, participating in the United States Eventing Association's Young Rider program through preliminary level with her OTTB, Smokin' Joe. Jessica's involvement with horses continued at Clemson University, where she helped found the Clemson Intercollegiate Eventing Team while working toward a bachelor's degree in marketing, with a minor in animal & veterinary science. With her diploma in hand, she headed off to graduate school at the University of South Carolina, earning a master's degree in mass communication. She went on to become a marketing manager with action-sports company Confluence Outdoor, where she developed integrated marketing strategies and managed teams for a variety of global kayaking brands.
Jessica's love and admiration for thoroughbreds sprang from the incredible heart and work ethic of her first OTTB, and her passion for these amazing horses continues today. She currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina, with her family. This dedicated horsewoman still enjoys competing in eventing and dressage and volunteers riding the Changing Leads horses at Cross-Country Farm regularly.