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Happy Easter from Bits & Bytes Farm

Elizabeth poses next to our beautifully decorated fences in her Easter bonnet provided by Sally Thomas and Cloned Colony.

 

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Fort Mason and Lise

Lise Matte decorates Fort Mason with flowers and ribbons for the Easter parade.

Kramer checks out Fort Mason's flower power tail

Fort Mason ran 96 races and never once did he have ribbons in his tail! Kramer checks out the decorations on his big brother.

 

 

Gertjan, Sally and June

Gertjan, Sally and June (on Firefly) in the Easter parade.

 

Our Boy Darcy and Barry navigate the noodle gate easily.

Our Boy Darcy and Barry navigate the noodle gate easily.

 

Lise, Dana and Jordon watch the jumping competition.

Lise, Dana and Jordon watch the jumping competition.

 

Paula and Irish competed in the jumping competition.

Paula and Irish competed in the jumping competition.

Paula and Irish.

Paula and Irish.

 

 

 

Marie and Two Thumbs

Marie not only organized the event - she competed in it too! A great big thank you goes out to this multi-talented young woman.

 

 

Paula rode Joe Bear and Irish in the jumping competition.

Paula and Joe Bear in the jumping competition.

 

 

Jordon

Jordon worked up an appetite chasing down eggs for Elizabeth in the woods.

 

 

Paula

Paula taking a well deserved break after organizing the jumping competition, setting the course and riding two horses! Thank you for all your work to make this event a success!

 

 

Gertjan and Linda

Gertjan and Linda sample the picnic.

 

Happy Easter

Happy Easter from Bits & Bytes Farm.

 

 

Darrith, Elizabeth and Lise celebrate a successful and fun day!

Darrith, Elizabeth and Lise toast Marie and Paula and everyone who made this such a successful and fun day!

 

 

 

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Easter at Bits & Bytes Farm

Happy Easter!

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
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.

Color Coordinated Cloned Colony and mom Sally.
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.
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.

All the dollar stores and party stores were searched for just the right decorations for the jumps

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, Sally and Elizabeth
Barry and Darcy search for Easter eggs in the back pastures.

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.
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.
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
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
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
Gertjan and Big Money

Barry rode his rocking horse Our Boy Darcy and made it look easy.

Barry and Our Boy Darcy
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 picnic.

Marie and Two Thumbs Up
Marie and Two Thumbs Up


Marie enjoys our picnic after weeks of preparation for this fantastic event.
Marie enjoys our picnic after weeks of preparation.


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