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Triple Crown Hopeful’s Owner Donates to Atlanta Stable
Family with a Stake in Justify Retires “Moose” to Flying Change Equine Therapy
Atlanta, June 9, 2018 — One of the owners of potential Triple Crown racing champion Justify has tapped a local stable with a unique story to retire a special horse. Registered as Thunder Moccasin and affectionately known as “Moose,” the 15-year-old former show horse has been donated by Mary Jane Glasscock Kirkpatrick to retire to Vinings-based Flying Change Equine Therapy. Kirkpatrick’s family owns a stake in Justify through the Starlight Racing group. Atlanta resident Kirkpatrick is a renowned horsewoman, riding and showing the 2014 Saddlebred Champion of the Year.
DRAFT QUOTE “We are thrilled to donate Moose to Flying Change,” Kirkpatrick noted. “Flying Change is known for not only rescuing many of its horses and foals, but for the way its therapy horses can help to heal hurting children and restore veterans with PTSD. We are happy Moose will have a good home where he can help others.”
The Glasscock family’s support of Flying Change highlights the efforts of the Atlanta-based, internationally recognized program that serves Atlanta schools, courts and agencies by providing outpatient behavioral healthcare through equine assisted psychotherapy.
“We believe strongly in assisting the horse industry through retirement and foal adoption,” said Flying Change’s executive director, Lissa Corcoran. “We are grateful for Mary Jane and the Glasscock family’s confidence in our therapy and work. The veterans we work with will be especially interested to meet Moose as he transitions into therapy work.”
Derby and Preakness winner Justify is owned in part by C. Edward Glasscock, the chairman emeritus of Frost Brown Todd, a Louisville law firm. Glasscock is Kirkpatrick’s father. Glasscock acquired a stake in Justify earlier this year through Starlight Racing. Justify will compete to become thoroughbred racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.
About Flying Change Equine Therapy
Founded in 1996, Flying Change Equine Therapy pioneered one of the nation’s first equine assisted growth and learning programs and is recognized internationally as a leader that partners rescued and retired horses in therapy with children, teens, adults and families. In addition to the wide range of therapy services provided to the community through its two metro-Atlanta locations, Flying Change has dedicated itself to rescuing unwanted foals and retired sport-horses. Flying Change also hosts workshops and training, as well as consulting nationally and internationally in program development.