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The Clubhouse Gate at Saratoga Racecourse

Elizabeth and Barry at Saratoga Race Course.

 

Barry at the world famous Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga, New York.

Barry at the world famous Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga, New York in front of the jockey wearing the colors of last year's Travers Stakes winner - Afleet Alex.

 

A post from under the club house at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga, NY consists of ornamental ironworks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A sign describing a typical steeplechase fence.

A sign at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame telling about steeplechase and timber fences.

Elizabeth in front of a Timber fence.

Can you imagine galloping full tilt over a timber fence like this?

 

 

 

 

 

Katie's friend Rachael at riding camp.

Katie's friend Rachael at riding camp.

 

 

 

 

 

Light Artillery is a Thoroughbred Horse sold by Bits & Bytes Farm.

Light Artillery and his new mom Kriston.

 

Light Artillery has gone to his new home.

Light Artillery has gone to his new home and everyone is happy.

 

Austin's Wolf

Austin's Wolf when he arrived at Bits & Bytes Farm.

 

 

Welcome to Bits & Bytes Farm

 

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 or eventing.

Iron work from Saratoga Race track in Saratoga, NY
Saratoga Race Course is one of the most historical and beautiful tracks in the country.

Elizabeth & Barry Take a Busman's Holiday

What does a Thoroughbred lover do on holiday? Why go to the track - of course! Barry and Elizabeth headed to New York and the world famous Saratoga Race Course to look over some very nice "Prospect Horses". Elizabeth and Barry enjoyed watching the horses work out while enjoying the extensive breakfast buffet track side with Elizabeth 's sisters.

Three sisters at the Saratoga Race Course.

Barry and Elizabeth then walked across the street to tour the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame to meet with two famous authors and buy signed copies of their books.

Raceday by Max Watman takes you on a tour of the greatest American tracks to meet legendary horses in their most exciting races. It is like a history lesson of who's who in the world of Thoroughbred racing and breeding. Max Watman was writing book reviews and features for the New York Sun when he scooped the Funny Cide story.

You'll feel like you were at track side during some of the most famous races ever. You won't want to put the book down and you'll be asking for a sequel. It's like sitting on the backside and chatting with the horsemen making history.

Order Raceday by Max Watman from Amazon.com.

We also had the pleasure of meeting Billy Valentine - author of Smarty Jones: Forever A Champion. We could sit for hours listening to him read from the book and then fill in the behind the scenes stories of what really was going on. Billy is a wonderful story teller who was working as a writer on the Fraser television show when he was introduced to Roy & Pat Chapman, owners of the great racehorse, Smarty Jones.

Billy’s message is one of hope, faith, and belief in the notion that if we remain open to the concept that all things in life are truly possible, the level of peace and success a person can achieve has no upper limit.

Order Smarty Jones: Forever A Champion by Billy Valentine from Amazon.com.

Elizabeth standing behind a typical steeplechase fence.

While at the museum, Elizabeth took the time to check out just how high a real steeplechase fence is. Her best boy, Heather's Best, is a former steeplechaser.

The steeplechase fence, also called a "national fence" consists of a steel frame stuffed with plastic "brush" at a height of 52 inches. Now Elizabeth understands why Heather's Best is so good at jumping the cross country fences!

Click on these links and take a mini vacation yourself!

Saratoga Race Course
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

Get Them Started Young!

Elizabeth has been told she is way beyond addiction when it comes to Thoroughbreds - she is now considered a "Pusher". When she found out her niece Katie was taking riding lessons it was only natural that she help outfit her properly. It was off to the tack shop for some shopping with the girls. Nieces Danielle and Sabrina were as excited as Katie to do a little shopping.

Nieces Sabrina, Danielle and Katie with Aunt Elizabeth shopping for horse "stuff".
Nieces Sabrina, Danielle and Katie with Aunt Elizabeth shopping for horse "stuff".

Katie is involved in "Horse Camp" and she is doing very well. We hope that all the nieces will come for a visit soon to our farm in the Atlanta, Georiga area.

Katie at horse camp in her new outfit.
Katie at horse camp in her new outfit.

Light Artillery Has Been Sold!

Kriston Glushko is the proud new mom of Light Artillery. She had purchased Austin's Wolf as a prospect horse but he did not get along with her two other horses - so a swap was made. Light Artillery gets along just fine with the other two horses and Kriston is happy with the substitution. It is important for us to make a good match for both the horse and the rider. Sometimes we need to try a different pairing to find the "perfect match". We always want to be sure the horse is also happy with the new home. Kriston was very happy with Wolfie but he was not happy with her other horses.

Austin's Wolf is a Thoroughbred Horse for Sale at Bits & Bytes Farm
Austin's Wolf is a Thoroughbred horse for sale at Bits & Bytes Farm.

Austin's Wolf aka "Wolfie" has great talent and should make an excellent eventer or even dressage prospect. Trainer Elisa Wallace says that "Wolfie" is one of the best movers in the barn. She should know as she has been training him since he arrived. "Wolfie" is only three and he already is broad and solid. He should mature close to 17 hands.

Call or come by for a visit - but please call first!

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!

 


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