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
Fort Mason has been adopted by his favorite "Friend
of Bits & Bytes Farm" -Lise Matt! Fort Mason is a very special
horse and a "true rescue" that Elizabeth adopted from New
Vocations. He has been with us for four years and will
continue to stay at our farm. Fort Mason will always have a home here
and now he has two special moms - Elizabeth and Lise. Congratulations
Fort Mason with Barry, Alex and Lise.
Marie van Roekel's husband Gertjan has really caught the riding bug
(see the Backback Challenge page).
So, when Marie could not get enough ride time on Big
Money she purchased her own special horse - Two
Thumbs Up. He looks a lot like Big Money and he is almost
17 hands. Big enough for them both to ride - if Marie will let Gertjan
on him! Congratulations Marie.
Two Thumbs Up and mom Marie.
Elizabeth found Two Thumbs up when she picked up Joe Kelly's Tune.
The two horses shared the same trainer. Both horses came in with dapples
all over them - a sure sign of a well cared for horse. Thumbs was
going to go up on the Prospect Horses' page but Marie grabbed him
first. Smart move Marie. This boy is a beauty and a bargain as she
bought him directly from his trainer.
If you are working with a limited budget and have the skills to train
a horse off-the-track please give us a call. We can help you find
your special horse.
Seven TBs from Bits & Bytes Farm attended the Shakerag Poker
Fortified with pastries from Henris Bakery (provided by Marie and
Gertjan), we loaded seven horses onto two trailers and headed for
hunt country early Saturday morning. What a beautiful morning with
just a brief shower before the sun came out.
Fort Mason, MacTavish, Joe Bear, Secret, Big
Money and Brewster. - photographer's tripod services by Lucky.
We were greeted at the Shakerag Hounds Clubhouse by old friends from
Shamrock Hounds - Anne Holdgrafer and Guido Deutschler, "Friend
of Bits & Bytes Farm - Darrith Russell and many current members
of the Shakerag Hounds hunt club including organizers Jean and Sandra
Carnet. Fox hunting offers that wonderful feeling of friendship that
crosses all boundaries of distance and time. Surrounded by friends
we set off on horseback in search of the best poker hand and a few
Gertjan and Big Money take the big coop.
Big Money and Lucky really enjoyed the jumping the coops and the
steps. At one point, we had all seven horses galloping across a huge
hay field. Some of the riders experienced their first taste of galloping
a race horse. The horse drops down and flattens out of a canter and
into a gallop. All the horses slowed down when asked and it made for
an exhilarating ride. Gertjan, Leighton and Lise are still grinning.
These kind of events help us to prepare the horses for sale and to
let us know how they will act out of the arena and in a group. All
our horses passed the test with flying colors. Yahoo! Let's go again.
Fort Mason, Secret,
Brewster, Joe Bear and MacTavish
Call or come by for a visit
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!