Elizabeth shares her Thorougbred retraining stories with the Georgia
Bits & Bytes Farm Welcomes Georgia teachers
On June 27, 2007, Bits & Bytes Farm welcomed 20 Georgia teachers
from Cherokee and Pickens Counties to meet our Thoroughbreds
and learn how we retrain them for new careers as sport horses
and family pets.
Recently, Elizabeth was contacted by Shirley Powell of the Georgia
Farm Bureau to see if Bits & Bytes Farm would be available
to tour by Georgia teachers learning about agriculture in Georgia.
Elizabeth is never one to pass up an opportunity to educate the
public on the fate of Thoroughbreds who are no longer racing. She
jumped at the chance to have these educators learn about the
wonderful personalities of Thoroughbreds -- up close and
Teachers see Thoroughbreds in training for new careers
The tour of the farm included seeing the "Friends of Bits & Bytes
Farm" riding and training the Thoroughbred horses
for sale at the farm. Missy Miller
greeted our visitors at the barn door with Pride
of the Fox, a former race horse from Philadelphia
Park. The teachers gathered around "Foxy" while Elizabeth
explained the background and history of our farm.
Tamera Cunningham brought
D Song to meet the teachers. They learned
that even horses of good breeding are in need of a new career
after racing. Sing
D Song is the
son of Unbridled's
Song, whose stud fee in 2007 is $200,000! If he
had not been bought off-the-track with the help of Bits & Bytes
Farm, he may have ended up at auction and possibly even on a
table in France or Japan as dinner!
D Song is
the son of Unbridled's
Song, whose stud fee in 2007 is $200,000!
Another Cherokee County teacher, Karen Boysen, gave a demo with
her student, Samantha Lee, jumping
Era of Chanago in the arena.
Trainer, Karen Boysen gives a riding demo
to the Georgia teachers touring Bits & Bytes Farm. June 27, 2007
Karen is a "Friend of
Bits & Bytes Farm" and the resident trainer who teaches the "Friends"
how to ride and train the Thoroughbreds
for sale here at Bits
& Bytes Farm.
horse for sale, Era of Chanago, with young rider Samantha Lee.
After the riding demo, the tour moved to the barn to give the
teachers first hand contact with
each of the Thoroughbreds. Peppermints were given to each teacher
so they could see how gentle and kind Thoroughbreds are.
Each horse had his head out of the stall door ready to greet the
new visitors. We have lots of visitors to the farm and the horses
all know that they are the stars and they love to meet and greet
The teachers were given the
opportunity to have their questions answered. They were all
pleasantly surprised at how calm and sweet the Thoroughbreds
are. They could not believe that horses like these go to
slaughter every day because no one wants them any more.
Elizabeth concluded the tour by thanking our visitors for coming
to the farm to learn about the mission of Bits
& Bytes Farm. She
asked each one to consider donating to one of the many Thoroughbred
rescue sites listed on our Links page.
Each teacher was given a postcard with our Web address and mission
statement. We hope that they will pass on the knowledge they gained
at Bits & Bytes Farm to others who might either get a Thoroughbred
off-the-track or donate to a rescue organization.
Each teacher was given a postcard with our
Web address and Mission Statement. Postcard front (above)
and Mission Statement on the back. (below)
Elizabeth Wood is available to speak to your organization about
Retraining Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds.