Pulling back the curtains on the life of a horse trainer in New Jersey is the goal of an online video series called ‘Fika with Jonas,’ which debuted on YouTube on March 1.
‘Fika’ is the Swedish word for a coffee break, and Swedish-born trainer Jonas Czernyson is the star of what will be a monthly series produced by Cody Bach Productions.
"We were overwhelmed with the response when we posted the first episode," said Christine Czernyson, wife of Jonas and the person who oversees social media for ‘Team JC Stable,’ the ‘nom de racecourse’ of the couple's training operations.
The first episode was filmed at the Czernysons' Millstream Farm, which covers 78 acres in Allentown, NJ. Millstream Farm has eight broodmares soon to deliver in New Jersey and another five in Kentucky.
Bach, whose late father, Ole, was one of the premier bloodstock agents, provided the hosting duties on the first video. Cody asked Jonas questions collected from Facebook and Twitter followers, including how he came to the United States, his family background, how he met Christine and his typical daily schedule.
Subsequent episodes will include the ‘view from the sulky,’ while training some of the premier trotters in North America at Winners Training Center in Chesterfield, NJ.
"We hope to release a new video on the first of each month," said Christine, who oversees the broodmares and babies at the farm. "We invite people to send us questions through the Team JC Stable page on Facebook, @teamjcstable on Twitter or by email at [email protected].
(Team JC Stable)