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
Holidays are another reason for the "Friends of Bits & Bytes
Farm" to get together and celebrate. God has brought us together
as a group to help ex-race horses to find new homes. On Easter we
celebrate Jesus' triumph over death. At the farm we are also celebrating
the new life of these beautiful ex-racers. In a way, it is a triumph
over death for them as well. Race horses, and especially geldings,
do not have much chance at life after racing unless someone gives
them a chance and some new career skills. That is our mission at Bits
& Bytes Farm.
Barry, Sally and Elizabeth
When it comes to training these ex-race horses, it is not all grid
work and jumping exercises. There are many ways to train horses and
no one says you can't have fun while training. For Easter, boarders
Marie, Gertjan and Paula and "Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm"
Linda Ross went all out decorating the jumps and building an obstacle
course. While we had a great time riding the courses, the horses learned
not to be spooked by five foot rabbits and baskets of Easter eggs.
Sally Thomas as really raised the dress code
for the barn. Here she is with "Color Coordinated Cloned Colony".
Aka Senor CC.
The day started with an Easter parade of Thoroughbreds decorated
for the holiday. How many of you who own a horse of another breed
would put flowers in your horse's tail and bunny ears on yourself
and not worry about spooking the horse?
Chouette Player learned to be ridden sidesaddle
for the Easter egg hunt.
Elizabeth put a sidesaddle on Chouette Player for the first time.
They went into the woods for a mounted Easter egg hunt after she was
challenged by Sally to ride sidesaddle. Sally provided Elizabeth's
colorful Easter bonnet as an incentive.
It was a combined effort of everyone at the farm to pull off this
big event. Mandy, Jessica and Marie hid over 90 eggs in the woods
and in the back pastures. Marie, Sally, Angela, Rob and many others
painted fences for weeks to get ready. All the dollar stores and party
stores were searched for just the right decorations for the jumps.
Click here to see more photos of our
jumps at Bits & Bytes Farm.
Barry and Darcy search for Easter eggs in the
The competition was fierce as Barry and Darcy, along with Gertjan
and Big Money headed through the woods and into the pastures where
it was rumored there were the most eggs hidden. Lise and Fort Mason
looked under every log in the woods to find their eggs. Jordy and
his mom Dana helped set up and Jordy was Elizabeth's footman for the
Easter egg hunt. He was quick to find the eggs and give them to Elizabeth
so that she would not have to dismount from her sidesaddle.
Lise and Fort Mason looked under every log
in the woods to find their eggs.
Marie and Paula wanted everyone to be able to participate, so a non
jumping obstacle course was also set up. Mandy and Rachael's moms,
Jan and June, stole their daughters' horses so that they could compete
in the contest while their daughter's were off watching Bits &
Bytes Farm trainer Elise Wallace compete in a combined training event.
Jan and Trey competed in the obstacle course.
The obstacle course was ridden by all. We had abridge crossing, tire
weaving, backing, a halt box, a maze, pole bending and the rabbit
barrel race. The best obstacle was the noodle gate. See the photo
in the sidebar. The horses had to push through the noodles without
spooking to get the full point value of the obstacle. Every horse
went over every obstacle! Most on the first and all by the second
attempt. This is a good test of their training.
Paula and Joe Bear
The jumpers decided to start the fences at the 2'6" height.
Even Marie's horse Two Thumbs Up (who has just started jumping) sailed
over the fences.
Marie and Two Thumbs Up
Of course, Gertjan and Big Money and Paula on Joe Bear were in a
hot contest. Joe Bear won in the end but it was exciting. Paula had
the advantage of riding two horses - Joe Bear and Irish.
Gertjan and Big Money
Barry rode his rocking horse Our Boy Darcy and made it look easy.
Barry and Our Boy Darcy
We finished a great day of celebration with a feast provided by all
in attendance! It is not a Bits & Bytes Farm outing without a
Marie and Two Thumbs Up
Marie enjoys our picnic after weeks of preparation for this fantastic