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
Thank you everyone for helping rescue Thoroughbreds!
everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you."
It is always amazing to me how God works through us all. Wednesday
night September 16, 2004 we received an e-mail from a fan of our Web
site. Lauren sent me an e-mail with a posting from CANTER
New England, a rescue organization, who was asking for help to place
117 Thoroughbreds that were stabled at the Northampton Fairgrounds
in North Hampton, MA.
These horses were at risk of going to the killers. Many of the trainers
there purchased horses solely to race at the fair. Other horses were
at the end of successful racing careers but were getting too old/tired
to keep racing. Some would go back to racing at other tracks after
the meet but for many it was to be their final race and maybe their
final days on this earth. Enter CANTER. (See their Mission
Statement in the sidebar.)
We called Ellen, at CANTER
NE, and asked if we could post the information on our
Web site. She was happy for us to do that. She said that some horses
had already gone to the killers but that if the trainers could see
that there was a market for their horses they might not be so quick
to ship them off to the killers. Not all trainers send their horses
to auction at the end of their careers but some do. There were many
"at risk" horses at the fair that needed new careers after
On Thursday morning , we posted a page of information with a direct
link to the CANTER NE Northampton horses for sale. In four days we
had over three hundred visitors to the page! In the middle or our
preparations for hurricane Ivan, the calls started coming in asking
for help choosing horses and arranging transportation. As Ivan's winds
picked up, so did the phone calls and e-mails. We only had until Monday
to place as many horses as possible!
Fence line damage from hurricane Ivan.
Janet Salem of Patchwork Farm
down the road from us told me about Stacey Emory
Farms in Ocala Florida. Stacey was the real hero of the
day because she stepped up to the plate and arranged for a six horse
trailer to come south. Later she arranged for temporary stabling for
some of the horses while arranging for TWO more trailers to pick them
Janet found herself a horse and Stacey bought three! Stacey had a
truck and trailer standing by on Saturday morning waiting for Ivan's
rain to let up (it had passed us and flooded the barns at Northampton
Fairgrounds canceling the racing and adding more pressure to the situation).
Six horses were loaded - three for Stacey, Janet's horse, another
horse for Chris Braxton of Melbourne, FL and our "find of the
day" - Wiseguy's Out.
The truck and trailer pulled out just as Ivan blew away . Our driver,
Kevin Cadd, had clear driving all night to arrive Sunday afternoon
in Georgia. Who can say that God did not plan that?
Another neighbor, Jennifer Crafton, stopped by
Bits & Bytes Farm to strategize on how to get a horse. Jennifer
was quick enough to get Town Meeting. Another friend Leah Urban, of
Saddle of Cobb riding club, passed the info on to her members. I received
a phone call from Saddle Up Cobb member Kerry Thomas.
We discussed the horses and Kerry bought #116 from the CANTER site!!
Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm Linda Ross passed the info on to her
NEDA friends up north (New England Dressage Association). We were
told by one owner that there were a hundred buyers walking the track
Saturday morning we received a call from Michael Wuolukka
Paradise Farms in Macon, Georgia. He had been busy helping
horses that had evacuated, to his farm from Florida, during hurricane
Ivan and he just saw our message on the Web site. He was worried he
was too late to help. Thanks again go to Stacey for arranging more
transportation and a place to keep the horses allowing Michael to
buy FOUR horses! YEAH!!!!! His horses will come down this week with
Jennifer's and Kerry's as well as some horses going to Virginia and
The out pouring of love for these horses was incredible. THANK YOU
to everyone who saw our page and passed it on. Not often do we get
a tally of our good deeds but this time we have a partial listing
of our success.
If you were able to get a horse after finding the info on our Web
site, please share your story with us.
Here is a report from the CANTER NE Web
Click here for a list
of the horses sold.
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!