About Bonnie Heath Farm
Due to development of the old farm, Bonnie and Kim have relocated to acreage off Highway 225A in northwest Marion county. The new farm encompasses 78 rolling acres of lush bahia, and bermuda grass in large well shaded pastures, where horses benefit from the added exercise space, limestone enriched soil and water, and ideal climate year around. This exercise space and rolling land are what makes the Bonnie Heath horses sound, confident winners. These are the same qualities of the old farm.
Owners: Bonnie Heath, III, & Kim Heath
Bonnie and Kim combined their experience in the Thoroughbred industry. Bonnie was raised on the old farm, working, riding and playing on the property until responsibilities carried him elsewhere. Although he was away from the farm, he kept involved in racing with Scott and Diane Dudley and with his love of handicapping; he never strayed too far from his roots.
Kim, as a horse crazy little girl, saved her lunch money for riding on the weekends. The nearest horses to her Jacksonville suburb were a 45-minute drive. Her attachment to all things horsey led her to jobs in the business while in college at University Of Florida, finally requiring her to relocate to Ocala in 1977. Her experience in training, broodmares, yearlings, bloodstock sales, veterinary assistance, and stallions, set her up for her future at Bonnie Heath Farm.
When Bonnie and Kim got together it was only natural to go forward with their passion for Thoroughbreds. They kept busy with racing, and pinhooking yearlings to two year olds until the time they were asked by Mr. and Mrs. Bonnie Heath, Sr. to take over operations at Bonnie Heath Farm in 1991. They turned the farm into a full service commercial operation, standing stallions, training, selling at auction, boarding, and foaling the family horses, and the horses of select clientele.
Farm Manager: : Ken Breitenbecker
Ken returns to Bonnie Heath Farm following stints at Cloverleaf Farm, and Journeyman Stud. The 1994, Farm Manager Of The Year, he has a “Who’s Who” resume. Ken spent 10 years as manager of Bonnie Heath Farm as we transformed from a private, to a commercial breeding operation in the ‘90’s. He is overseeing our operation now as a “breed to race and sell” farm.
Starting at Tartan Farm fresh out of school, Ken has experience in all aspects of a thoroughbred operation. He aced the Irish National Stud Breeding Management program at a young age.
We are very fortunate to have him.
Office Manager: Diane Levesque
After 25 years as a full charge bookkeeper in Rhode Island, 22 years as the same, and also office manager, for an accounting firm in Ocala that handles quite a bit of horse industry business, Diane has “retired” to Bonnie Heath Farm. Her wealth of knowledge and accuracy keeps the farm in the black and on the straight and narrow. Diane has amazing recall with all farm records.