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Introduction to Team Equistaff

Serita Hult © Mary K. Thomas Moving to Ocala in the early 80’s Mary was interested in becoming a farm...
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Introduction to Team Equistaff

Meet team equistaff

With grass roots beginnings in what is now knows as The Horse Capital of the World, the inception of the the first equestrian staffing agency, Equistaff, Inc. happened in 1982.  Founder and President, Mary K. Thomas, saw a need for quality equestrian employees in all aspects of equine businesses when she arrived in Ocala, FL at the young age of 22 to being managing a horse farm. Now a vastly successful business, Equistaff is able to go back to where it all started – the barn. Team Equistaff is a string of Thoroughbred race horses owned solely or syndicated in part by Equistaff, among other owners.  New owners should check out the seminars offered prior to the Breeders Cup in LA –

Mary K. Thomas, Owner

Mary's love for horses has always been found on the racetrack. Since moving to Ocala so many years ago, she has found herself in and out of the horse world. She is happiest when she is able to provide a horse a happy life.

Gerald Bennett, Trainer

A native of Nova Scocia and owner of The Winning Stables, Gerald has been training Thoroughbred's since 1974. In December 2018, the Paulick Report cited he had 3,757 victories. Gerald winters in Florida and summers in Delaware.

Our Horses


Barn name: Dona
Purchased at the OBS June 2019 sale, this filly is out of a Bandini mare, sired by Chitu, which has lineage back to A.P Indy. She is currently training with Gerald Bennett of The Winning Stables in Delaware. Last worked 4 furlongs in 50.4 placing 22 out of 53.

The Goddess Lyssa

Barn Name: Brownie
Purchased at the OBS June 2019 sale, this filly is out of a Distorted Humor mare, sired by Fury Kapcori out of Horse of the Year and leading sire Tiznow. She recently returned to training in Delaware and will be ready for the Tampa Bay meet.

Little ms broadway

Barn Name: Fancy
Purchased privately in June 2019 from Craig Wheeler Thoroughbreds, this filly is out of a Medaglia d'Oro mare, sired by champion of the Grade 1 stakes Breeders' Cup Sprint, Big Drama. She is currently training with Gerald Bennett of The Winning Stables in Delaware with a recent work at 4 furlongs in 50 placing 5 out of 10. Saturday she will run her very first race at Delaware Park - Race 11 for Maiden Fillies going 5.1/2 furlongs. Good Luck!

West Side Warrior

Barn Name: Warrior
Purchased at the OBS April 2019 sale, this gelding is out of West Side Dancer, a Mr. Prospector mare and sired by the Grade Stakes winning Millionaire and son of Unbridled's Song, Liam's Map. He is currently in training with Gerald Bennett of The Winning Stables in Delaware. He worked Sept 14, 2019 at Delaware Park working 4 furlongs in 49 and was 5th our to 35 that breezed that day. Warrior received his tattoo recently and will be ready to run soon. Go Warrior.

Free Dancer

Barn Name: Danny
Purchased at the OBS March 2019 sale, this colt is out of Sainted Dancer and sired by Canadian Horse of the Year and Grade Stakes winning Millionaire, Uncaptured. Placing third in his first start, we are looking for more in his next race.

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