We maintain a team of talented and dedicated individuals with many years of experience in the industry. We continually strive to engage our employees in a team-oriented atmosphere because we believe a cohesive team that is encouraged and innovative is the best way to achieve our standards. Through our team’s dedication, expertise, and experience, we offer a unique and trusted asset to our clients and owners in the thoroughbred industry.
Brent Fernung, Owner
Brent Fernung has been involved in the Florida Thoroughbred industry for 35 years. Beginning in the mid seventies, Fernung held management positions with Lasater Farm, Southland Farms and Sylvan Crest Stud. In 1989, he and his wife, Crystal, established Journeyman Bloodstock and have operated that concern ever since.
Between October of 2000 and July of 2007, Fernung also held the position of General Manager of CloverLeaf Farms II. During his tenure with Cloverleaf, Fernung attained success in the sales ring both buying and selling horses.
For Cloverleaf, he purchased the dams of graded stakes winners Crown of Thorns, Bsharpsonata, Backtalk, and Diva Delite among others. In 2001 Fernung purchased the mare, I’ll Get Along for Cloverlearf for the price of $130,000. Her weanling that year was future Kentucky Derby champion, Smarty Jones. Fernung sold I’ll Get Along as agent for Cloverleaf in November of 2004 for five million dollars, making her the highest priced mare to sell in public auction that year. Earlier in his career, Fernung had purchased Eileen’s Moment, the dam of 1992 Kentucky Derby winner Lil E. Tee, also prior to that horse winning the Derby giving him the rarest of doubles.
Fernung has prepared numerous graded stakes winners for the races including Crown of Thorns, Bsharpsonata, and Grade one winner, You. Fernung’s success extends equally into stallion management. Congrats, the leading first crop sire of 2010, and Wildcat Heir, North America’s leading 2nd crop sire in 2010, both began their career’s under Fernung’s management.
Fernung currently serves as first vice president on the board of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeder’s and Owner’s Association, is a member of the board of directors of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company and is an Executive Committee member of the Ocala Thoroughbred Racing Association. He was named the 2004 Florida Farm Manager of the Year.
Crystal Fernung, Owner
A lifelong horsewoman, Crystal Fernung has been active in the Florida Thoroughbred industry for 30 years. Her early experiences included positions with Lasater Farm in research and pedigree. In 1989, she and husband Brent established their Journeyman Bloodstock Services Inc. and she has served as vice president of that company since that time.
Crystal was involved with Brent in the purchases and sales of Eileen’s Moment, the dam of 1991 Kentucky Derby winner Lil E. Tee, and I’ll Get Along, the dam of 2004 Kentucky Derby/Preakness Stakes winner Smarty Jones. As Vice President and Business Manager for Journeyman Bloodstock Services, Inc., Crystal is responsible for all facets of the office management.
Brent Fernung says, “Crystal is the glue that holds the whole farm together, She is great in the office and has a great eye for a horse.”
Crystal currently serves as chair of the Equine Alliance of Marion County and host, along with her co-chair a weekly radio show called Horse Sense. She also serves on the Marion County Equine Advisory Board.
“To have a family business and a true love for what you do is a blessing.” says Crystal.
Peggy Yost, CFO
Peggy Yost has been involved in the horse industry for over 30 years. Her expertise in accounting, office and business management in the horse industry began in the late 1970s, working for quarter horse owner, Melvin Hatley and at that time, quarter horse trainer, D. Wayne Lukas. Peggy continued her tenure in the thoroughbred horse industry with D. Wayne Lukas through 2000 and carried forward her career working for Padua Stables and Adena Springs, respectively, through 2008.
Peggy joined the Journeyman Bloodstock Team in August 2015 in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer.
“Peggy is an invaluable asset to us with her financial and equine background,” says Crystal Fernung. ”We are very blessed and excited to have her join our team.”
Lucio Servin, Stallion Manager
Lucio Servin worked with Brent Fernung at Cloverleaf Farms II for several years before moving on to Journeyman Stud when the former farm closed down. At Cloverleaf and later at Journeyman, Servin worked as a stallion groom before moving into the position of breeding shed foreman for the 2010 breeding season.
“Lucio has developed a full grasp of the intricacies of running a breeding shed, which can be a dangerous place for both men and horses,” said Fernung. “He has good instincts as well as being a superb handler of stallions. It’s been a pleasure to see him mature and learn on the job.”
William B. Russell, D.V.M.
Graduated from the University of Georgia in 1989. Joined Peterson & Smith in 1989 as an intern and became a partner in 1993. IVAS Board Certified in acupuncture. Member of AAEP since 1989; Member of OBS Arbitration Panel and Detention Barn. Specialties: training and racehorse medicine, lameness, acupuncture, reproduction, and pediatrics.
“Bill isn’t just our veterinarian, he is an intricate part of our team” says Brent Fernung