From horseback riding to web development to real estate, Tami Bobo has done it all.
After her parents’ divorce, Bobo decided to stay in Ocala, Florida to plant roots for her future. She was 17 years old when her daughter was born. She was a single working mother, riding and showing Arabian horses for another Ocala farm.
She saved money and started buying Quarter Horses that most people didn't want. Some were problem horses or horses that weren't yet broken or fit to ride. She would train and resell, usually for a modest profit.She was confident in her ability to work with horses, make them better, and make a little bit of money turning them around. In time, the quality of the horses she bought and sold got better.
Bobo knew she needed a backup plan in the chance she was injured which led her to combine her knowledge of horses and web development. She bought dozens of computer domain names and resold them to area businesses. These earnings allowed her to make the transition from Quarter Horses to Thoroughbreds. By the time she switched to Thoroughbreds, Bobo said she was finally financially secure and enjoyed a good reputation in the Quarter Horse business.
Take Charge Indy and numerous successful horses have graced the halls of Bobo’s barn, and all for the same reason. Bobo’s love of the horse has provided her a gift to see the horses as individuals, leading to her success in the industry.
Bobo expanded to real estate with the proceeds from the Thoroughbred industry. She has used Farm Credit of Florida each step of the way with her real estate transactions.
“With Farm Credit of Florida, you don’t pay documentary stamps or intangible taxes. The savings from these is substantial,” Bobo said. “Farm Credit is very easy to work with. Once you establish yourself with Farm Credit, they are always there to help you, support you, and promote you. That’s what I love about Farm Credit. With conventional banking, you’re a number. There is no personal connection like there is with Farm Credit of Florida. It’s just easier and workable.”