Combining over 100 years of management and excellence in California and nationwide racing, John Harris’s Harris Farms and the Johnston’s household’s Previous English Rancho are becoming a member of forces to maintain California racing and breeding robust.
Stallions to now all be situated on the Harris Farms facility close to I-5 about halfway between the Bay Space and the Los Angeles space embody Acclamation, Clubhouse Trip, Desert Code, Jeranimo, Lakerville, Majestic Harbor, Mr. Huge, Prospect Park, Smiling Tiger, Tamarando, and Vronsky. Each farms make the most of over 700 irrigated acres or irrigated pasture for boarding of broodmares in addition to stallions, and the event of yearlings.
Jonny Hilvers, the final supervisor of Previous English Rancho for eight years will turn out to be common supervisor of the newly mixed entity. Hilvers, 33, a Sanger native, is the grandson of well-liked California proprietor and breeder, Buddy Johnston and great-grandson of Elwood “The Pie Man” Johnston, the founding father of Previous English Rancho, a dominant drive in California racing and breeding for many years.
Harris Farms proprietor John Harris, a 1965 graduate of the College of California at Davis is a farmer, a cattleman, a beef processor, a restaurateur, and an enthusiastic proprietor and breeder of Thoroughbreds in California for over 50 years. He has been a member of The Jockey Membership since 1984, nonetheless serves on the California Thoroughbred Breeders Affiliation Board and is a former chairman. He was inducted into the CTBA Corridor of Fame in 2008. He’s additionally a outstanding proprietor and breeder, having bred quite a few California champions and Grade 1 winners Alphabet Kisses and Value of Freedom. Though breeding predominantly to race, he has bought a number of sale-toppers in current California yearling and 2-year-old gross sales. Harris was chairman of Bay Meadows Racing Affiliation within the mid-1990s.
Dave McGlothlin, who began managing Harris breeding inventory in 1981, will stay as a marketing consultant. Per Antonsen, farm coach for a few years will proceed in that position. At Harris Farms, he was key within the early coaching of champions Tiznow and California Chrome, and lots of different California champions.
Raul Rosas, a 30-plus-year horseman who has dealt with all the highest Harris stallions stays at Harris Farms as stallion supervisor.
Dr. Jeanne Bowers Lepore, a graduate of the Veterinary Faculty of the College of California at Davis has been a well-respected veterinarian for a few years, and has overseen Harris Farms equine well being since 1997. She is assisted by her affiliate Dr. Virginia Hernandez, in addition to newly-arrived Kristen Phillips and Ana Celdran.
Debbie Sue Winick will stay as workplace supervisor and buyer relations specialist. Debbie is a former paymaster of handbags at Bay Meadows and was an government assistant at California Thoroughbred Breeders Affiliation. Laurie Brown, a key participant for Harris for the final a number of years, manages the River Ranch operation close to Sanger, assisted by Lindsay Miller. Patricia Langden is foaling supervisor and assists with gross sales preps, in addition to total equine well being points.
John Harris commented, “I really feel extremely blessed to have such a advantageous group of individuals come along with the widespread aim of manufacturing Thoroughbreds that may compete on the very prime ranges. Now that the drought is behind us, and by including further pastures, we may give horses extra room and expansive grass pastures to develop up on, whereas nonetheless having many smaller sized paddocks as choices for numerous wants.
“I need to have the most effective facility, the most effective dietary and well being applications, the most effective folks, and essentially the most promising stallion roster in California,” Harris continued. “We need to be valued as a spot to lift prime horses. Jonny Hilvers will probably be a key ingredient to all the mutual success I envision. He brings us strong management and sensible excellence, and represents a brand new technology to assist lead California ahead”.
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