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
It was bay day at the fox hunt: Big Money
with Marie, Brewster with Barry and Wiseguy's Out with Elizabeth enjoying
the Shakerag Hounds Opening Meet - October 23, 2004. Wiseguy's Out
is our newest Thoroughbred off-the-track. He finished second in his
last race on September 17, 2004! Photo by Ed Matthews.
Shakerag Hounds Opening Meet 2004
It was the perfect fall day for the sixty-first annual Shakerag Hounds
Opening Meet. Three bay horses from Bits & Bytes Farm had the
pleasure of riding to the hounds - Big Money with Marie van Roekel,
Brew This with Barry and our newest horse Wiseguy's Out with Elizabeth.
All three horses were well behaved and performed beautifully.
Brewster (Barry) and Big Money (Marie) at
the Shakerag Hounds Opening Meet.
The day started out with a stirrup cup and the blessing of
the hounds and horses. Then, it was off to the huntsman's horn
for three hours of enjoyment watching the hounds work.
Two former and two current
Bits & Bytes Farm off-the-track Thoroughbreds attended the
Shakerag Hounds fox hunt.
Swell Bell at the race track in 2002
and at the fox hunt above in 2004.
There were over seventy-five riders followed by the tally-ho wagons
carrying another seventy-five people. It was a fantastic day to be
out in the fresh air and enjoying the riders, horses and fall colors.
Brewster, Swell Bell and Big Money.
Former Bits & Bytes Farm horse Big Money
and mom Marie at the blessing of the horses and hounds. Former Bits
& Bytes Farm horse Swell Bell is in the background with Charles.
At the end of the day we enjoyed a catered hunt breakfast that satisfied
everyone's hunger. I think we can say a great time was had by all
- riders and spectators alike.
Photo by Marie van Roekel
Fall Comes to Bits & Bytes Farm
Thanks to the van Roekels (Marie and Gertjan) it is starting to look
like Fall around our farm. Our resident artist, Marie, carved the
Bits & Bytes Farm logo into - not one but - two great pumpkins!
They also spruced up our arena with new silk flowers and two scary
Pumpkin carved by Marie van Roekel.
We like to keep it interesting for the horses in the arena. Our horses
are exposed to all kinds of "spooky" things from cats hiding
in coops, to football teams and whistles on the dark school grounds
to scare crows on fences. We feel it is an important part of their
training to see new obstacles and so we keep it interesting by changing
out the fences and decorating them for the season. Thank you Marie
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!