An Unexpected Journey Written by JOANN GUIDRY Photography by ISABELLE RAMIREZ
nlike most in her profession, Crystal Fernung was not a horse-crazy kid. There was no ﬁrst pony, no riding lessons. And yet over the course of four decades, Crystal and her husband, Brent, who didn’t have a horse-based childhood either, have gone from young horse grooms to leading Florida thoroughbred breeders. For the past ﬁve years, the Fernungs have been among the top 10 Florida breeders, recording earnings of more than $1.5 million in 2018.