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Pierre Esquirol: Alberta’s Man with a Plan

From the moment he could spell his name, Pierre Esquirol has been a man with a plan. At age six, the Saskatchewan-born “farm boy” sold garden vegetables he grew himself. At 14, he had a herd of 400 hogs that he traded about for cash, and at 26, he bought five thoroughbred broodmares. So, don’t feel awkward if you have thought Esquirol, a prominent breeder and yearling sale consignor in his home province and Alberta, is a lot older than he actually is. “I get that all the time,” said Esquirol, 50. “I started in the business at a young age in Saskatchewan. I was a silent partner with my brother Eddie on my first racehorse when I was 14.” Esquirol’s 160-acre thoroughbred stallion station and breeding farm in Ryley, AB is the result of many years in a business he loves and wants to see thrive. He has been…

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