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We've come a long way since the Swycaffer family homesteaded 180-plus acres for a cattle ranch in Ballena, California, in the early days of the area in San Diego County now occupied by Ballena Vista Farm! Today, the more than 220- acre showplace is one of the most beautiful and successful Thoroughbred operations on the West Coast. Click here for our photos.

Ballena Vista Farm boasts a world-class facility and showcases a superb stallion roster with the 2019 addition of I'll Have Another, leading the California’s leading sires  list by  number of winners ( with California foals running) in 2018. Completing the roster are Eddington and stallion Texas Ryano, graded winner.  First Texas Ryano's first crop will be foaled in 2019 and Conquest Farenheit is standing his first year.

I'll Have Another raced at the top level, winning both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness stakes in 2012, he was undefeated at age 3 and the Eclipse Champion 3 year old male, earning over #2.6 million. As a sire he has 3 crops of racing age with 90% starter to foals and 56% winners to foals

Eddington,  a grade I-winning son of Unbridled, was represented  in 2018 by Cal-Bred stakes winner Tap the Wire. He has sired millionaire Secret Circle, a grade I-placed dual graded stakes winner of 2012, as well as the two-time grade II winner Brushed by a Star who is grade I placed . Eddington’s ten crops of racing age have earned more than $20.7 million and have average earnings of over $64,968.

Ballena Vista Farm encompasses more than 220 acres consisting of pastures irrigated by numerous fresh-water wells and individual paddocks (grass or dry) of varying sizes, all with wood four-rail fencing and V-mesh wire for safety. There is also a quarter-mile training track with a starting gate and a six-horse Claydon indoor exerciser to help meet all your equine needs.

New for the 2013 breeding season is a state-of-the-art breeding complex, including an eight-stall stallion barn, adjoining grass turn-outs, covered round pen, laboratory, and a breeding shed to accommodate the high standards of excellence required by our resident stallions. Additional pastures are being added in the upcoming year.

Ballena Vista has at its helm Miguel (Mike) Jimenez, whose career spans 25-plus years in the California industry. Mike has assembled a team of industry professionals: Becky Ocampo (Office Manager); Jeanne Davis (Sales and Marketing); Charro Moran(Broodmare Manager); Juan Hernandez (Stallion Manager); and Marcelino Gordillo (Facilities Manager). Together the team has more than 100 years of hands-on Thoroughbred experience.

We pride ourselves on providing the best possible care for mares and foals, breaking and training of young horses, sales preparation and rehabilitation of injured horses. There are personnel available around the clock for constant supervision of your equine athletes. In depth and meticulous attention is given to every detail of our equine residents and Ballena Vista Farm stands by its motto “Integrity, Commitment, Compassion . . . It’s All Here.”