1/18/2014 Southeast: Beyond Pleasant

  • January 28, 2014
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Helen and Joe Barbazon step up for Florida at Pleasant Acres

by Michael Compton

Destiny, some believe, is not a matter of chance but of choice. For Joe and Helen Barbazon of Pleasant Acres Farm near Morriston, Fla., it’s a little bit of both.

Choice: After 30 years of breeding Thoroughbreds, the Barbazons have ushered in the New Year by opening a stallion division, Pleasant Acres Stallions, just down the road from their flagship farm. Keen to make a difference and encouraged by the bloodstock market’s recent resurgence, the Barbazons will stand seven stallions this year.

“When you talk to your clients and you keep hearing that there isn’t enough pedigree in Florida, we felt we had to grab the opportunity to bring more pedigree to the state,” said Helen. “We wanted to do something about it.”

Take action they did, bringing Treasure Beach, the first son of champion sire Galileo to stand in Florida to anchor their inaugural stallion roster.

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