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An Unexpected Journey Written by JOANN GUIDRY Photography by ISABELLE RAMIREZ

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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.