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
A Gift of Love from a Dad to his Daughter!
At Bits & Bytes Farm we like to think of ourselves as matchmakers
not horse sellers. We work very hard to make a match between horse
and rider. It is not always an easy task and sometimes we are not
always appreciated for the hard work we do to get these horses ready
for a new career. It all becomes worthwhile when we do make a match
and get to give a young girl the surprise of her life.
The story of Ace's Angel is a good one to illustrate just what hard
work goes into helping these horses and their new owners.
"Angel" came to us a year ago November in a package deal
with Lucky and Te
Conquistar (now known as Mactavish). We received a phone
call from a rescue group that needed help placing these three horses.
They were in eminent danger of being shipped off to auction because
the trainer was sick and was being forced from his rented farm due
to a change in ownership. We had a good horse friend check them out
and tell us that they were sound but in need of groceries.
We did a quick trip to Kentucky and picked up the three horses. Te
Conquistar quickly found a new mom in Leighton Price. She moved him
to a boarding facility near her home but later came back to board
with us at Bits & Bytes Farm. Lucky
has become one of Elizabeth's most favorite horses. He has a heart
that is all out with love and determination. Lucky will go anywhere
and jump anything.
Ace's Angel came in to the farm covered in a long coat
and lacking in energy. She was tired and run down.
"Angel" it seemed had a parasite problem which was addressed
with several types of wormer. She lost a great deal of weight during
this process and at one point we were afraid that we would have to
put her down because she would not eat and had lost so much weight.
Finally, after doing a five day "PowerPak" on her she began
eating and started to get better.
Ace's Angel November 2003 with her wooly winter
By springtime Ace's Angel lost her wooly winter coat and a beautiful
butterfly emerged in the shape of the most perfect little mare. Bits
& Bytes Farm friend Paula Gunnels began to take a special interest
in this talented horse. Paula comes to us by way of South Africa and
she has been riding for many years. Paula put her special touch on
"Angel" and got her doing wonderful dressage movements and
then started her over fences.
Ace's Angel with Paula in May 2004.
Ace's Angel and Paula schooling at Oxer Farm
- November 14, 2004.
Soon Paula and "Angel" could be seen jumping anything that
did not move. Both Ace's Angel and Paula proved to be brave and bold.
It is not an easy thing to put so much work into a horse only to
have someone buy it away from you. We always have mixed feelings.
We are relieved and happy that the horse is safe and will continue
with his/her training. We are also sad that we are not the ones who
will get to enjoy the successes. Seeing the happiness on a little
girl's face, because her dad could give her this most precious gift,
is the greatest reward we can receive. The money from each sale goes
right back into getting more horses off-the-track or to caring for
the ones who have not yet found that special someone. None of the
Friends of Bits & Bytes Farm are given a salary or money. They
do it for the love of the horses and for the people who will love
the horses we save. We could not do what we do, without them. Thank
you one and all!
Ace's Angel and her new family.
Ace's Angel gives Shelby her first ride at
her new home.
Willie & the Two Mares
There are many ways to buy a horse from us at Bits & Bytes Farm.
Some people watch to see what we bring home and wait for it to be
trained. Some people come with us to the track to find their special
horse and some people hire us to find that horse for them. That was
the case with Willie.
We were at the track in April to pick up Secret
-- we waited a year to get him. We had been asked by
a woman to find a big gray gelding that would be quiet enough to be
a trail horse. He did not have to be perfect (we love people like
that) but he needed to be big and kind. As we were going from barn
to barn to meet with our favorite trainers we spotted three gray horses
on a walker. We tracked down the trainer and zeroed in on Willie as
a potential match. There was one problem though. The trainer was still
wanting to run him a few more times.
Willie on the walker.
We spoke with Candice (the person who had asked us to find the gray)
and she said she could wait if we thought that that was a good horse.
In September, the gray horse, Willie became available but Candice's
mom was very ill. Candice decided to put her horse hunting on hold
to focus on her mom.
We had been waiting since July on another horse (Chouette
Player), who had been identified as a good prospect horse
for us at the same track.
Friend of Bits & Bytes Farm
and boarder, Marie found Chouette Player in
July when she picked up Two Thumbs Up -- who
we spotted on our April trip to pick up Secret. Whew! Are you
following the story? Can you tell that we are always watching
for good horses and they are worth the wait?
Anyway, Marie was picking up Two Thumbs and Willie was still not
available in July. So she took photos of Chouette Player for us. She
was told he would be available later in the season according to his
trainer who we had purchased Alaskan
Crown from. See the networking we do? You think this
Chouette Player became available in October. He was our October Prospect
One. No one wanted to take a chance on getting him directly off-the-track
so, when a stall opened up here with the sale of Ace's Angel, we brought
him in. (Just try to get him away from Elizabeth now.) Since we were
going to the track to get Chouette Player we checked in with Candice
to see if she wanted us to negotiate a price for Willie. She did.
We did. The rest is history. The photos of Willie were taken as he
stayed over at our farm. He was here only two days before he was picked
up and taken to Greenville, SC to be with his new mom Candice. She
is very happy with him.
Willie was presold before he even got to Bits
& Bytes Farm.
So what about the two gorgeous mares All
My Money and
Confirmed Countess you ask?
We have another wonderful contact in Macon who is working to find
these beautiful Thoroughbred mares good homes.
Michael and Lana Wuolukka own Hidden
Paradise Farms in Macon, Georgia. If you are interested
in these beautiful mares, and some other great geldings, give them
a call. We are their mentors in a new venture to help get even more
Thoroughbreds off-the-track. They are giving these horses a wonderful
place to recover and get some down time before beginning their new
lives. There are so many horses and so few people who are willing
to help. Thank the Lord for people like Michael and Lana Wuolukka.
the story of how we connected on their Web site.
All My Money and Confirmed Countess
You might have trouble getting Lana to let go of Confirmed Countess.
But then there have to be some rewards for what we do. (Lana, let's
do a trail ride with Countess and Chouette Player.) ;--)
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!