Vessels Stallion Farm Sold
Located in Bonsall, California, the facility will be renamed Ocean Breeze Farm.
October 9, 2015
Daily Racing Form
Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall, California, has been sold to Ocean Breeze LLC, a private entity incorporated in Delaware.
According to a report in Daily Racing Form earlier this week, the facility will be renamed Ocean Breeze Ranch. Kevin Dickson, who managed the farm for the Vessels family, will remain with the property, which will not be a commercial enterprise in the short-term future.
Vessels Stallion Farm has been a leading Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred facility in Southern California since the 1980s. The farm was sold by the family of Frank “Scoop” Vessels III, who died in a private plane crash in 2010.
Quarter Horse stallions standing at the farm, including leading sire FDD Dynasty, were relocated to other farms following the death of Vessels. The Vessels family, led by Scoop’s late mother Mildred, built the Vessels Stallion Farm in the ranching community in northern San Diego County in the mid-1980s.
The Vessels family founded Los Alamitos Race Course, and had a established the original Vessels Stallion Farm adjacent to the racetrack in Cypress, California in the late 40's, until the operation was transferred to Bonsall. At one-time Vessels Stallion Farm was the home all-time leading Quarter Horse stallion, First Down Dash, who has since died.
The new facility is not expected to include Quarter Horses. According to DRF, Vessels will be selling the remainder of its Quarter Horse holdings at the Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale on October 29.
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