Welcome to Bits & Bytes Farm on the Web. Take a virtual tour
of the farm and see the beautiful thoroughbreds
we have for sale. Follow their training and learn how we bring
them from racetrack to a new career in the show ring, fox hunting
All of these Thoroughbreds are off-the-track
and enjoying new careers with their owners at Bits & Bytes Farm. All
the riders are riding bareback!
2005 Fourth of July Games
Holidays mean picnics and games for the gang at Bits & Bytes
Farm. It doesn't take too much encouragement to get everyone to participate.
Marie was in charge of organizing the day - both the games and the
food. Everyone was given their food assignments and told to turn
out in red, white and blue. We had so many great things to eat we
needed to have more guests to eat it all!
Marie, Sally, Barry, Angela, Kimberly and Lauren enjoy our picnic.
One more reason we needed more
guests, was to be our photographer and videographer. Fortunately,
our newest boarder Kriston Glushko (Austin's
Wolf - our prospect who came home with us two weeks
ago) brought her husband, Dennis, AKA
"The Wallet". I guess he wanted to see for himself just
what he bought himself in for. He did double duty grilling ribs and
videotaping the day's festivities which started out with a group
photo of the off-the-track Thoroughbreds who were about to participate
in the games.
Kriston Glushko on Austin's Wolf. "Wolfie"
has been off-the-track for just a few weeks now.
Honoring Marie's request to turn out in red, white and blue our
Canadian friend Lise Matte went all out. She bought red, white and
blue water based paint and painted her horse Fort
Mason with both
stars and stripes and the Canadian flag with the help of our Dutch
warmblood import - Gertjan.
Gertjan assists Lise in painting Fort Mason
while Fort Mason stands without being tied the entire time.
painted Grayboo. Roll over the image for a closeup of her artwork.
Getting into the patriotic spirit, Elizabeth and Kimberly (our
newest Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm) painted two more horses -
Heather's Best and Grayboo.
Marie and Gertjan made custom T-shirts to represent their horses
names. Can you guess which horses they are riding? Answer at the
bottom of the page.
The first game of the day was "Ride-a-Buck" but to make it interesting
we rode with ten dollar bills - winner takes all!
Paula and Joe Bear practiced riding bareback
for weeks but to no avail.
On lookers enjoyed the whole thing while laughing
The competition got exciting as more and more ten dollar bills
went sailing to the ground until there were just two riders left
- Lise on Fort Mason and Elizabeth on Heather's
was about to let their money slide out so it was decided to ask
them to jump.
Lise Matte and Fort Mason were co-winners
in the "Ride-a-Buck" game.
Four rounds later with the jump getting higher it was called a
draw. The winning prize money will be donated to a rescue organization
to help feed and care for an injured ex racer.
Elizabeth and Heather's Best were co-winners
in the "Ride-a-Buck" game.
The next game was Musical Chairs. The riders ride around grain
sacks (one less sack than riders) and jump off their horses when
the music stops. They must lead their horses into the area where
the grain sacks are. One rider is eliminated each time. A poor choice
of music for the first song sent riders jumping off their horses
only to be snapped back to reality when their horses did not follow
them to the sacks.
Musical chairs on horseback provided many laughs.
On lookers enjoyed the contests while laughing
hysterically. Competition was tough here as well with Sarah, Sally
and Elisa vying to win. Elisa (our trainer) was handicapped by
having to ride a green horse (Charlie)
bareback. The lack of saddle turned out to be an advantage as she
would jump off while moving in the correct direction. Sally and Cloned
Colony gave her a good fight, but in the end Charlie and
Elisa were declared the winners.
Charlie was ridden bareback by Elisa for the Musical Chairs game.
At the end of the day, twelve off-the-track Thoroughbreds had competed
in fun games - painted and adorned with silly hats and ribbons. The
games included: Ride-a-Buck, Musical Chairs, Simon Sez and the Water
Race. Not one spooked or got out of control - even during the bareback
Ride-a-Buck class or the Musical Chairs. Not one rider fell off
or got hurt - except from laughing too hard. One horse has been off-the-track
for less than a month and another for less then three months. Only
one of the riders is a professional. Several riders have
only owned their off-the-track Thoroughbred for a short time. Do try
this at home. It is great fun -- especially with a Thoroughbred!
Call or come by for a visit
Please call us to discuss which horse might be the best match for
you based on riding skill, experience and equine personality. We do
not send out videos because it is important to match the personality
of the horse with the personality of the rider. We are matchmakers,
not horse brokers. We have horses in a wide price range. Call
us to discuss prices or to schedule an appointment.
We'd love to have you come meet all of our horses--we know that it
will be worth your time. Just bring peppermints!
Answer: Two Thumbs Up and Big Money.