Barbra Banke and her late husband Jess Jackson have built a legacy of family, hard work, and commitment to their passions. Banke's tenth place Derby finisher, Carpe Diem, did not race in the 2015 Preakness nor the 2015 Belmont Stakes. However, upon close examination, Banke, herself, should truly be called a "Triple Crown Winner.”
According to the Jackson Family Wines website, "The Jackson Family is as passionate about thoroughbred breeding and racing it is about wine." Cultivating excellence in both the wine industry and the equine world is, at its core, a pure quest, and one that Barbra Banke has, for all intents and purposes, mastered.
With stellar wineries spanning North America, Chile, Australia, France, Italy, and South Africa, the success that Jackson Family Wines have garnered in the thirty three years since its founding, is no surprise. 15 wines earned a score of 100 and were deemed a classic for Jess Jackson and, the now Chairwoman of Jackson Family Wines, Barbra Banke. The organization’s continued expansion is the embodiment of global investment and growth in the wine industry.
This family owned wine operation, follows the guiding principles of its founder, Jess Jackson. Family members are employed in positions at all levels of the organization and strive to foster a family enterprise that hand crafts wine of unparalleled quality, character, and intrigue. The ability of family to successfully work in harmony towards a common good is often a rarity in this day and age; however with Banke at the helm, this group is winning the race.
The Jacksons not only works toward success in their passion of wine making, but also in their commitment to social responsibility, while fostering the growth of community based organizations and sustainability.
In the world of horse racing, a graded and listed stakes winner is the equivalent of a highly rated wine. Barbra Banke’s Stonestreet farm has been home to more than 50 graded and listed stakes winners in merely ten years. The accomplishments of this breathtaking farm are all encompassing; touching the race track, the sales ring, and advocacy of proper future care of their regal thoroughbreds. Stonestreet Farm’s long list of notable horses includes Curlin, Rachel Alexandra, and most recently Carpe Diem, just to name a few.
Breeding and raising quality Thoroughbreds is the primary goal of Stonestreet, and“in 2008, they sold the top-priced yearling at the Keeneland September yearling sale.” In addition to welcoming these accomplished equine athletes to their breeding operation after successful careers, Banke is also commited to finding second careers for horses that are not suitable to participate in the breeding program. She supports these horses financially and pursues training and evaluation for the horses to become pleasure mounts or work with at-risk youth.
Barbra Banke successfully balances her passions, her business, and her family with a grace and commitment to excellence that is second to none. American Pharoah may have won the coveted Triple Crown of horse racing, but Banke is certainly a Triple Crown winner in life.
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by Paige Stover Hague, Esq. and Brielle Cotterman