Virginian Ashton Moynihan Succumbs to Cancer

From TDN — Ashton Moynihan, the funding director of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, passed away Friday fternoon, January 24, 2020 after a long battle with cancer.

(Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Photo)

Moynihan grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she graduated from Sweet Briar College. Her father, Harrison “Chief” Nesbit was a football player and then coach at the University of Virginia.

Her first job was selling advertising for an equine publication. Her love of horses led her to New York, where she worked for a Thoroughbred racing partnership, and finally to Lexington, Kentucky.

Moynihan worked at Fasig-Tipton for more than 15 years, running their Stallion Access seasons and shares, and scheduling yearling inspections. After taking several years off to raise two daughters, she joined the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

“Everybody who ever met Ashton thought she was one of the kindest, sweetest people that they’ve met,” said Darby Dan’s John Phillips, the president of the TAA. “Everybody adored her. She was thorough, professional, and utterly kind. Everyone loved her, and will deeply miss her.”

Said Fasig-Tipton’s Boyd Browning, “She was an extraordinary person who was loved by everyone who came in contact with her. She was passionate about Thoroughbred horses, passionate about Thoroughbred aftercare, and passionate about her family. She was a wonderful employee when she worked at Fasig-Tipton, charged with dealing with some of the biggest names in the industry, and her character was revealed when she decided it was more important to raise her family.”

Moynihan is survived by her two daughters, Madison and Emory.

Susan Finley has organized a GoFundMe page for the TAA on Moynihan’s behalf. The page can be accessed here.

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