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Vessels Stallion Farm Changes Course

Leading farm charts a new direction.

By Richard Chamberlain
Q-Racing Journal
July 8, 2013

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Vessels Stallion Farm has long been one of the industry’s leading farms for standing stallions and breeding mares, annually ranking at or near the top in numerous statistical categories. However, in a change of focus, the farm at Bonsall, California, recently moved two of its top stallions to other locations and will be focusing on mares.

All American Futurity (G1) winner and a leading second-crop sire No Secrets Here will stand the 2014 breeding season at Royal Vista Ranches LLC near Wayne, Oklahoma, after returning from the Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Benny Rosset's Haras Flor Do Campo near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash is owned by the No Secrets Here Partnership, comprising of Rosset, Mauro and Marcos Zaborowsky/Haras Vista Verde in Sao Paulo and Royal Vista Ranches LLC/Vaughn & Jill Cook in Wayne, Oklahoma.

Two-time champion and leading third-crop sire FDD Dynasty will stand the 2014 season at Bob Moore Farms near Norman, Oklahoma.

“It’s no longer economically feasible for us to be in the stallion business,” said longtime Vessels farm manager Kevin Dickson. “We’re still in the horse business, and we’re going to stay in the horse business. But we’re going back to the mare business like we were forever.”

Vessels Stallion Farm is maintaining its share in a number of stallion syndicates, including those of First Down Dash, Mr Jess Perry, FDD Dynasty and others. The farm will continue to put those shares to use in its own program.

“We’ve got our own mares, and we’re probably going to be buying more mares at Ruidoso and Heritage Place,” Dickson said. “We’re going breed mares, raise babies and sell yearlings. We’re not going anywhere. The horse business has changed dramatically in recent years, and everybody has to look at different angles to make it in this industry. We’re staying in the horse business, but we’re taking a different angle.”