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Johnny Bear: Horse of a Lifetime for Brjnas

Ashlee Brnjas started riding hunters but now she trains world-class racehorses like Johnny Bear who is running in the 2018 Pattison Canadian International.

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By: Susan Stafford-Pooley |

Ashlee Brjnas, trainer for Johnny Bear, a seven-year-old chestnut gelding, will have the opportunity to show her skills at the $800,000 Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 13.

Although “JB” had a late start, winning his first race in December of his three-year-old season, his career began to take off as a six-year-old. He has won eight races in 40 career starts, with $689,265 in purses so far.

Bred by Tall Oaks Farm and purchased as a yearling in 2012 by John Brjnas’s Colebrook Farms and Danny Dion’s Bear Stables, Ashlee Brjnas was given the job of training JB by her father, John Brjnas. Brjnas says JB’s chill personality makes him friendly, kind and easy to train, and credits his rider, groom and crew for these attributes. This Canadian Thoroughbred article details Brjnas’s career as a trainer, her first stakes victory and on training Johnny Bear.

Read the full article on Canadian Thoroughbred.