Our Successes

Brent and Crystal Fernung have been involved in the Thoroughbred Horse industry for over 40 years. The Fernungs moved to Florida in 1976 and began working as a groom and receptionist respectively on a prominent thoroughbred farm. Over the next eight years, Brent progressed through the farm hierarchy, starting as a barn foreman promoting to broodmare manager and finally farm manager of the 1,000 acre facility, while Crystal learned the intricacies of managing a horse farm office as well as studying pedigree research. The Fernungs ventured out on their own in 1989 and started Journeyman Bloodstock with a handful of horses on a 30 acre leased farm.

The Fernungs are sole owners of Journeyman Bloodstock Services Inc., a full service operation that sits on 250 acres and is home to over 200 head of horses. Journeyman Bloodstock’s state of the art stallion facility and 2500 square foot office is perhaps the finest stallion operation in Florida. The farm consists of numerous barns and includes a sales division, training division and broodmare, weanling and yearling division. The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company is the leading two-year old in training sales company in the world, outperforming older, more established companies in that regard such as Fasig-Tipton Co., Keeneland and Barretts. In fact, OBS gross sales for in-training horses total more than all other sale companies combined! It also houses a world class training center where Journeyman two-year olds complete their training after the initial breaking period at the farm. The Fernungs have owned a share in OBS since 1993 and Brent has been a member of the Board of Directors for most of the past decade.

While developing the business and their own reputation as consummate horsemen, Brent and Crystal have both been active in civic affairs associated to the thoroughbred industry. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors at OBS, Brent is also President of Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ & Owners’ Association (FTBOA) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Ocala Thoroughbred Racing Association. Crystal currently serves as chair of the Equine Alliance of Marion County and works closely with the Tourism and Development Council and the Ocala Community Foundation to promote tourism through the equine industry while also serving on the Ocala Farm Ministry Board. The Fernungs have one daughter Casey Fernung Bradford. Casey and her husband Garrett Bradford live in Atlanta, Georgia where Casey is partner in the Jones Day Law firm and Garrett is an Assistant US Attorney.

The following posts will introduce you to some of our success stories.

The Right Horses


Among the Fernungs’ numerous success stories is Eileen’s Moment. Brent purchased Eileen’s Moment, the dam of Lil E. Tee just months before that horse won the 1992 Kentucky Derby (G1). In 2001, Fernung as agent for Cloverleaf Farm, purchased the mare I’ll Get Along. I’ll Get Along’s weanling of that…

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Looking Back

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1988 Stallion Show Over 600 people attended Southland Farm’s Third Annual Stallion Show on Super Bowl Sunday. Sunshine and mild temperatures enhanced the festivities and made it a pleasant social outing for everyone before the long hours and hard work of foaling and breeding season begins… To read more, click…

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