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August 2, 2004

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Paran was trained by Elisa Wallace and owned by Chase New.

Congratulations to Kendall Dennis on her purchase of Paran. Paran is our newest boarder. He was trained by Elisa Wallace and formally owned by Chase New.






















Two Thumbs Up showing his dressage potential.

Two Thumbs Up showing off his dressage potential when asked by Marie to extend his trot on their first ride.






















RU Ready to Rumble and Lauren McKee

RU Ready to Rumble and Lauren McKee.


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.

More Horses SOLD!

If you see a horse you like, you better act fast! That's what Rosemarie Spillane did when she saw Joe Kelly's Tune on our Prospect page. After Elizabeth, she was one of the first to ride Joe Kelly's Tune. It was a match made in heaven. Rosemarie is a former "A" Pony Clubber so she knows a good horse when she sees one. She plans to continue Joe Kelly's training at our farm with the three "E" trainers: Elizabeth, Erika and Elisa.

Joe Kelly's Tune and new mom Rosemarie
Joe Kelly's Tune and new mom Rosemarie Spillane.

And another horse sold . . .

We have another horse match made at the farm. Congratulations to Kendall Dennis on the purchase of Paran! Paran is a Percheron/Thoroughbred cross who was a PMU baby like Firefly. Paran belonged to our very skilled and licensed farrier Chase New and was trained by Elisa Wallace. Kendall tried Ace's Angel first. She was not quite a match. Then she tried Secret and really liked him. But, when she got on Paran we knew she had found her special horse! What a lovely pair. They will grow up and learn together with the training from Elisa Wallace at Bits & Bytes Farm. Paran is our newest boarder and we want to welcome Kendall's mom Ellen and sister Morgan to our farm family.

Paran and Kendall Dennis
Paran and Kendall Dennis

And a training update on two Bits & Bytes Farm horses
and their new moms . . .

We are always being asked how hard it is to train a horse right off-the-track. The answer is, "It depends". If the horse is chosen wisely for temperament and soundness it can be a very easy transition.Marie van Roekel took a chance on getting Two Thumbs Up directly from the track based on Elizabeth's recommendation after she saw the horse. Elizabeth had bought Joe Kelly's Tune from the same trainer and she knew that he takes good care of his horses. As you can see from the photo below, he has lived up to his name -- Marie gives two thumbs up for Two Thumbs Up after her first ride -- less than one week after his last race.

Marie van Roekel and Two Thumbs Up

Marie's second ride on Two Thumbs Up was on our trails he remained calm and willing the whole time. This weekend she even started him over poles on the ground and cross rails. He seems to enjoy the work.

If you are ready to get a horse directly off-the-track call us. We are doing a trip on Friday August 6th.

RU Ready to Rumble and Lauren McKee have begun their eventing career together. Here is what Lauren has to say:

Hey! Just wanted to give you an update on Rumble. He is doing great. We're living in Lexington, KY now. Rumble did his first event in May at the beginner novice level and won!! We have since done 3 novice level events and have another one at the KY horsepark this weekend. He has turned out to be very bold and brave at new fences and loves to jump! He seems to love the water jumps and has not looked at one yet. I am having a great time with him. I have attached three pictures of us jumping. I hope things are going well there!

--Lauren McKee

Rumble and Lauren finished 8th out of 22 in the novice horse division. It was his toughest XC yet and he jumped clear. Click here to see the full results.

Rumble and Lauren McKee

RU Ready to Rumble was sold in November to Lauren McKee.

Lauren McKee and Rumble

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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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