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October 11th, 2016

Twist of Fate… a Story of Two Thoroughbred Horses

Thoroughbred horse, Do I Do at the race track

If it is meant to be it will be…

It was a busy week at my Web site design business and I was squeezing in horse sale calls between all the client work. It seems like there are either no calls or a whole bunch of horse calls. Each one takes me away from what provides the support for our family and our family of Thoroughbreds but, I feel our mission is worth the time. There were several long and in depth calls about the list of horses we currently have on the Web site. The prospect horse “Dew” was getting a lot of interest. Why is it that all of a sudden, everyone wants the SAME horse? I was pondering this when I got another call about “Dew” on Wednesday afternoon. “Dew” is a gorgeous dark bay, 16+ hand, Thoroughbred gelding – the type that everyone wants.Do I Do was a prospect horse on the Bits & Bytes Farm Web site in October 2016

The caller was extremely polite. She had read the information on the Web site before calling and she asked all the right questions — I wish more of the callers were like this. She had the skill and the resources to do right by one of our prospects. We discussed a few of the horses and “Dew” seemed to be the best match for the caller Ali.

Ali became worried when I mentioned that all of a sudden “Dew” was the horse I was getting the most calls about. She wanted some time to think over what we discussed and do some more homework. She worried that he might not be available the next afternoon when she could call back.

My comment to Ali, and to all potential buyers, was this, “He may or he may not be here tomorrow. If he is, then he is meant to be your horse. If he is not, there will be a better horse for you. There will always be too many Thoroughbreds looking for good homes. Take your time and make sure “Dew” is the horse for you.”

“He may or he may not be here tomorrow. If he is, then he is meant to be your horse. If he is not, there will be a better horse for you. “

We said we would talk tomorrow (Thursday) and I went back to my computer work. My thought was that this caller was like so many others and that she would not call back even after having a great discussion. I never worry about pushing a sale, instead, I pray that the horse will find the right buyer and then I leave it up to God to find the match.

Ali called back early Thursday morning. I guess she did not want to take the chance someone else would grab up HER horse. We went over the next steps to get the purchase process started for “Dew”. I also asked her to send me an email with her address in Tuscaloosa, AL for the Bill of Sale.

The wire transfer to purchase “Dew” went through on Thursday afternoon. We sent Ali the Deposit Confirmation and letting her know that her money was 100% refundable for any reason. We also included the pedigree and race records for Do I Do aka – our prospect “Dew”. She was to look over the information about “Dew” and even watch his races and then call our track partner Becky for even more detailed info. That evening Ali spoke with Becky to learn more about “Dew’s”  personality and background. If she liked what she heard, Becky would help her to get a vet check scheduled.

Former Thoroughbred race horse Alphanumeric's banner

Twist of fate…

I had gotten an email from another buyer, Angela Lenning, the week before letting us know that she would be competing at the Kentucky Horse Park at the Jump Start Horse Trials. She wanted to help promote our program and she asked if we could do up a banner for her horse Alphanumeric aka “Alphie”.  Angela purchased Alphanumeric in January 2015 from Bits & Bytes Farm as a Prospect Horse sold directly from the track. We were pleased to create a banner for Angela to display on “Alphie’s” stall. I waited for Angela and “Alphie” to get to the Kentucky Horse Park to post the story on our Facebook page. They arrived on Thursday and we posted photos from the Kentucky Horse Park with the banner on “Alphie’s” stall Friday morning – the first day of competition.

Former Thoroughbred race horse Alphanumeric competes in eventing at the Kentucky Horse Park

Another coincidence?…

Alphanumeric’s previous owner at the track, was the same Becky that Ali spoke with about “Dew”. Becky owns and trains Thoroughbreds at the track. She helps us find safe, sane and sound Thoroughbred horses from owners and trainers who also care about their horses’ well-being after racing. Becky loved “Alphie” when she had him in race training and has become friends with his new owner, Angela. So of course, Becky would get up early, to get her work done at the track, to get down to the Kentucky Horse Park to cheer on her former racehorse. She sent us photos of the banner on the stall and photos of “Alphie” competing in his dressage test. We were all excited. “Alphie” left the race track in January 2015 and now less than two years later, he is competing in the Open Preliminary Division at a horse trial back in Kentucky. He traveled from Tuscaloosa, AL where he lives and trains with Angela who is in school at the University of Alabama.

That is where the twist of fate comes in…

Becky sent me a text after the dressage test asking about having Angela take “Dew” back to Tuscaloosa. It took me a few seconds to put it all together. Ali, the potential buyer of  “Dew” was from…Tuscaloosa too!

Former Thoroughbred race horse Alphanumeric in his dressage classWhat a coincidence, or was it meant to be?

I texted back… “Have your forgotten that “Dew” needs to pass a vet check?”

Becky texted…”Scheduled for tomorrow morning (Saturday).”

When God has a plan to make something happen, nothing gets in the way.

We had a ride for him back to Tuscaloosa on Sunday if he could just pass the vet check! Praise the Lord!

And now, as Paul Harvey would say, “The rest of the story…”

Angela and Ali had never met. They talked on the phone and worked out a fee to get “Dew” – real name Do I Do, back to Tuscaloosa, AL. On Saturday morning as Alphanumeric was flying around the cross-country course, Do I Do passed his vet check with flying colors. Later that day, Ali and Angela talked again about the logistics and timing of the transportation. That is when Ali gave Angela the address of the barn she would board at in Tuscaloosa…Do I Do would be boarding at the same barn as Alphanumeric!

Was this meant to be? I think God had a plan and everything fell into place!

Alphanumeric and Do I Do - Thoroughbreds sold by Bits & Bytes Farm

I had prayed that “Dew” would find the right match. He did. Thank you, God!

 

Do I Do says good-bye to race owner and groom

Do I Do says good-bye to race owner and groom

Do I Do trailers home with former Bits & Bytes Farm prospect horse Alphanumeric

Do I Do trailers home with former Bits & Bytes Farm prospect horse Alphanumeric

Groom cries as favorite Thoroughbred leaves track for new sport horse career.

Groom cries as favorite Thoroughbred leaves track for new sport horse career.

Alphanumeric and Do I Do - Thoroughbreds sold by Bits & Bytes Farm

Angela Lenning and Alphanumeric (L) with Ali Kontos and Do I Do (R). The ladies board at the same farm in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Do I Do with his mom Ali Kontos

Do I Do with his mom Ali Kontos

Do I Do with his mom Ali Kontos

My favorite photo of Do I Do with his mom Ali Kontos

Do I Do with his mom Ali Kontos

Do I Do and Ali

 

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