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
The Bits & Bytes Farm Bareback Challenge . . .
Gertjan Van Roekel (Big Money) challenged Rachael Roberts (Broadway
Joe) to a Bareback Gambler's Choice jumping competition at Bits &
Bytes Farm. Both horses are former Bits & Bytes Farm sale horses
who currently board and train at the farm. Both Gertjan and Rachael
have gotten the jumping bug and a challenge was issued. The rules
were no saddles (grab strap allowed), two minutes to jump the course,
only the fences cleared clean gather points. The fences can be jumped
in any order - as many times as desired. Each fence had an assigned
point value from 10 to 30 points.
The challenge drew visitors from as far away as North Carolina, Lake
Lanier and even Atlanta! The rider's tension mounted as the crowd
relaxed on the "Meg & Mary Jo Grubbs patio" (owner's
of former Bits & Bytes Farm sale horse Lylle) under the sun umbrella
drinking wine and eating cheese and crackers provided by "Friend
of Bits & Bytes Farm" Linda Ross.
Kasee with the "Official Timer"
Andy, Gloria, Christy and Linda under the sun umbrella.
Three photographers (two digital still cameras and one video camera)
documented the event. Our official scorer was Leighton Price owner
of MacTavish (formerly known as Te Conquistar). Our official timer,
Andy, came down directly from the Biltmore
Estate (where he cares for former Bits & Bytes Farm horse
Fame). Marc and Gloria Coleman (Fame's mom and Dad) joined us for
the day along with friend Christy Tucker and trainer Kasee Trefzger.
And the winner is . . . Rachael Roberts riding the "Prettiest
Horse in the Barn" Broadway Joe!
It was a close finish but Rachael was able to gather more points
within the the time allowed. The winning scores were: Rachael Roberts
150 and Gertjan van Roekel 120 points. A great time was had by all!
Thanks for the laughs.
Rachael Roberts shows her winning form over
a three foot coop. The only thing missing in this photo is the saddle.
Photo by Marc Coleman.
Gertjan and Big Money with looks of determination.
- Photo by Marc Coleman.
Rachael Roberts and former Bits & Bytes
Farm sale horse - Broadway Joe showing off their winning form.
Gloria caught cheating on Fame!
Gloria could not pass up the opportunity to try Fame's
half brother Secret during her visit to the farm! Gloria, friend Christy
and trainer Kasee all rode and jumped with Secret. Gloria's husband
Marc declared that Secret has the same sweet face and eye as Fame
and has some of the same personality traits. The consensus was that
Secret is a sweet horse that will make someone a great partner as
Fame is to Gloria.
Gloria caught cheating on Fame - riding Fame's
half brother, Secret!
"What a sweet,
gentle boy he is! He is sure to steal the heart of someone soon! "
- Gloria Coleman
Call or come by for a visit
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!