Updates from our listing of the 25 Special Horses!
October 18, 2010 - Artic Vic is available for resale
Artic Vic was purchased by Jennifer Keyser in 2005. He is now available for resale due to time constraints in college.
From Jennifer: These past 5 years have been wonderful. Artic Vic has been a great companion. He is very sweet, and a pleasure to ride. He is very eager to please and a wonderful horse. I was even able to bring Arctic Vic with me to college for two years now. Unfortunately, as a junior in college I now do not have the time to devote to Arctic Vic that he really deserves. I have attached recent photos of Arctic Vic so that you can see how he has grown. I really need help finding a better home for Arctic Vic. If you can please help me, I would greatly appreciate it.
March 1, 2009 - Flame aka "Skinny" has two new moms!
Congratulations Heather and Brianna Lucca of Memphis,
June 1, 2008 - Finder's Chance has been purchased by Jim Schimdhammer
of Knoxville, TN.
February 10, 2008 - Hollywood Vic has a mom!
January 28, 2008 - Hollywood Vic is available for sale and may
be tried in the Atlanta, GA area! He is still Prospect Horse priced
and he would make an awesome dressage horse!
Hollywood Vic would make
a great dressage horse. January 8, 2008
September 16, 2007 - Updates on two of our 25 Special horses.
Brett - WOW!
Brett has filled out and become a gorgeous horse.
Brett in September 2006 at Bits & Bytes
Brett in November 2005.
August 2007 - Skinny aka Flame is for sale again. Come see him
at Bits & Bytes Farm!
Flame is a wonderful and gentle horse who is looking for a new
mom to show with. Come take Flame Boyant aka "Skinny" for
a test ride. He is now at Bits & Bytes Farm.
aka Flame summer 2007. Click here to
see him when he was so skinny in November 2005.
Congratulations to Cheryl Sharp on the purchase
of Acanthium aka "Andy"
who was one of our 25 Special Horses.
Acanthium aka "Andy"
Acanthium aka "Andy"
May 20, 2007
Vicky Vicky Vicky May 2007. What a difference a little time and care
Suzie Maewon is sadly
offered for sale. May 2006
March 2007 Update
Vicky Vicky Vicky
Elizabeth had a chance to meet Vicky Vicky Vicky and even got to ride her in the forest on a recent visit to Florida.
"Vicky's" mom Robin also demonstrated some of the natural horsemanship techniques she uses to train her horses. Click here to see Vicky Vicky Vicky's Success Stories.
Vicky Vicky Vicky can be ridden with just a halter after the training she has received by her mom Robin Cannizzaro, DVM.
"Pretty" (aka Tater) and her mom Halliea cleaned up at a recent horse show in Atlanta, GA.
"Pretty" aka Tater
Tater did fantastically at a recent horse show in Atlanta. She and her mom hadn't jumped in almost six months, so when they went to the show we had to play a little catch up. She is such a good girl. Click here to read "Pretty's" Success Stories.
Political Pull had his first trip away from the farm. It was time for him to get over being afraid to cross water. Elizabeth took him to Dawson Forest in North Georgia for a trail ride with Knight Villain, Brewster and Joe Bear. It took a lead from Brewster to get "Pull" into the water but once he learned it was not too deep he willing trotted through the creek to the other side.
Thistle and Eddy's Departure
Thistle and Eddy found a new home!
Thistle's and her life-long buddy Eddy's Departure have found a new home. We home their new family will keep their Success Stories updated.
Thistle is still beautiful and rideable at 19.
There will be restrictions on reselling these horses. They must be kept together. Both horses are totally sound and can be ridden. They are both 19 years old. Thistle can still carry a foal.
Eddy's Departure - January 2007
Click here for new photos of both horses. They are kind and gentle and would make great pets and riding horses for a family.
"Skinny" - November 2005 See his photo from July 2006 below.
Our poor little "Skinny" aka Flame has grown, put on weight, learned to jump and has found a special mom. He earned the most improved and his buyer Jessica Hughes deserves a special award herself. She took on the smallest, skinnest and most in need horse of the 25 Special Horses. She nursed him back to health, trained him and found a him permenant owner who would love him and use him to his full potential in the show arena.
Flame is super quiet and laid back and he will jump anything. He should make super children's/adult amateur horse. He is quiet enough for intermediate child. He has been to several horse shows and was always in the ribbons. Jessica has sold Flame a 14 yr old girl who just loves him. Her name is Sara Seivers of Rutherfordton, NC. Click here to read more about Flame.
Pretty aka "Tater" at the Imtiaz Anees clinic at Bits & Bytes Farm in October 2006
Pretty is now known as "Tater". Her owner originally purchase her to train and resell but has now decided to keep her because she is so special. Click here to read about their past year.
Noshrinking Violet and her owner Leslie. October 2006
It is with great sadness that we have to share the news that Noshrinking Violet aka "Nellie" had to be put down. "Nellie" was put down in early January. She'd been not feeling well for a while and had colic symptoms. The vet was out several times, including for "Pooky" with colic symptoms also. "Pooky" got better immediately, but Nellie didn't.
We also lost Violet Maewon. This is from her mom Kate Helms:
I regret to say that Vi was euthanized December 1st, 2006 due to the infirmities of old age and some (likely) racing-related injuries that were aggravated by her reintroduction into light work. Dr. Megan made sure her passing was peaceful with strong sedatives and she was surrounded by lots of family and friends as well. It was heart wrenching, but the right decision to make for Vi. There is no burden greater that comes with horse ownership (or any other pet for that matter) than having to make this decision.
April 2006 - Some more background on our Special Horses
Joe is an amazing trainer and caretaker.When his horses are in training they're dappled and fit and ready to go. No drugs, just love and a way of knowing what each horse needs. He treats them all as the individuals they are.
He also hates to lose....When he ran Thistle and she was beaten by Artic Vicky he claimed Vicky the next time she ran. She and Violet Maewon, they were his "Foundation Mares".They all have different personalities...Thistle the aristocrat, "Vicky", a little cranky and Violet a bit of a loner.
As a one man operation with not a lot of capital, Joe did an amazing job breeding the girls.The stud fees were always a bargain and they might not have had great performance records for various reasons, but they all had bloodlines that were a perfect match for each mare. Every one of their babies that ran won....He ran two of Thistle's kids, (one passed and one now a pony at the track),on the same day and they both won! (Most Always A Lady is their little sister). That was the same year he had Artic Vic, Uproariously Vicky and Susie Maewon. "Vic" was pretty flighty and nervous and strong willed...kind in the stall but a real handful on the track. He won in spite of himself but look at him now! Joe is so proud of him!
Vicky Vicky Vicky is a lot like her big brother so I'm sure great things will come from her too). Uproariously Vicky is all business...loves to eat and loves to be busy...she can be cranky at times but if you ignored her she comes around.
Susie Maewon, aka "Shawshank Susie" has always been my favorite! Kind and unassuming, patiently working the latch on her stall...she loves a body massage now and then. I really think she's exactly where she belongs now. Joe and I always said she needs a young girl to spoil her!
Bad Hombre. . .He was so tall and lanky as a three year old that when he would canter he would sometimes cross his legs and fall. Then he'd get up, look around as if to say, "Who did that?", shake himself off and continue. He never hurt himself or anyone else.
Noshrinking Violet is just the opposite of her name, I think, but such a cutie with that white face. She was pretty shy and not really into the whole racing scene. I'll bet she's a happy girl now!
I don't know much about the rest of Joe's horses. He had some surgeries and wasn't at the track and then I moved to California. We still talk about once a month, though.
Again, God Bless you and your organization for what you do and God Bless all the people that have these wonderful horses for giving them the same love and affection that Joe did...He loves them sooo much!
March 2006 - Some background on our Special Horses
As I've been sitting here, reading "Success Stories," I am weeping tears of happiness for Joe and his horses.
I've known Joe for a very long time and have never met anyone who loves their animals more than he does.I've been living in California for 5 years and don't see Joe but talk with him often about this process he's had to go through. It was so hard for him to let those horses go but when I talked to him tonight he was a "Proud Papa," telling me all about his kids' accomplishments!
We talked about my favorites, (I'm their Auntie Korinn), and I could feel their personalities when reading their success stories... Artic Vic,aka "Goofball" Thistle,who was so beautiful she took my breath away the first time I saw her, and Susie Maewon,(I called her "Shawshank Susie" because she would escape from her stall at the racetrack once in a while)....
At the end of our conversation, he directed me to your website and I'm so glad he did! All the love and care he gave his "kids" has paid off in ways we never dreamed and this story has such a happy ending! God bless you for making that possible for him, the new owners, and all the other people involved in your wonderful organization.
Love and Blessings,
Santa Rosa, California
We have found homes for most of our 25 Special Horses! Watch for a updates. Political Pull , Finder's Chance and Brett came to Bits & Bytes Farm for training in July. Finder's Chance will soon be available for sale. Brett has already found a new mom and he is living in Virginia.
Political Pull is in training at Bits & Bytes Farm.
Click here to read about the first group
coming to Georgia and meet their new owners. Click here to read part two.
My Gal Gussy Academy Award~He Named Me Katie - Nicknamed "Darling" 2003 ---- It's a filly! Click here to see more photos! My Gal Gussy is under contract.
"Darling's" foster mom has nickname the filly Dottie because of the spot in her blaze! Here is what she has to say.
Mom and filly are doing well. "Darling" is a WONDERFUL mom. She is very attentive and loving.
She lets me mess with the baby without too much fuss.
"Darling" passed her vet checkup
yesterday with flying colors.
Mom and baby are currently in foster care but will be available in the future.
Four year olds - Now gelded, registered and
in race training.
My Boy Vic Academy Award~Artic Vicky formerly known as "Chap" 2003
Acanthium Academy Award~Thistle
- formerly known as "Andy" 2003
Now at Bits & Bytes Farm!!!
Pull by Flight Forty Nine~Thistle - 1999 Click here to
see his pedigree. In training at Bits & Bytes
Chance by Canvas~Finders Girl - 2000 Click here to
see his pedigree. SOLD!
Violet Maewon "Skinny"2002 -SOLD!
Still running at the track
Uproariously Vicky by Native Uproar~Artic Vicky - 1998 Currently racing at Beulah Park, OH. She is listed on the CANTER Ohio Web site for $2500. Please contact us if you purchase her.
These Special Horses Have Found New Homes - SOLD! THANK YOU!
Reward aka "Brett by Flight Forty
Nine~Finders Girl - 2002 Finder's Reward would
have been his registered name - Read his Success Stories here. SOLD!
My Sparky Boy 6, by Native Uproar~Violet Maewon - SOLD!
Most Always A Lady by Flight Forty Nine~Thistle 2000 - SOLD!
Viva Vicky by Academy Award~Artic Vicky 2001 - SOLD!
Suzie Maewon by Lens~Violet Maewon 1996 - SOLD!
Artic Vicky by Briartic~Smart Vick - 1987 - At a rescue group but available. Call for information. Briartic, Nearctic, Nearco. This is a broodmare!
Violet Maewon by Pocket Park~Racy Diplomat - 1987 -
Thistle by Louisiana Slew~Yarrow -1988 - SOLD!
Finders Girl by Buckfinder~Namemesomething -1995 Deceased.
Vicky Vicky Vicky by Northern Park~Artic Vicky - 2000 SOLD!
Me Katie by Buckfinder~Namemesomething - 1997 -
Noshrinking Violet by
Flight Forty Nine~Violet Maewon -1999 -
Eddy's Departure by Mr. Angus ~ Etchen -1988 - SOLD!
Artic Vic by
Lens~Artic Vicky - 1997 -
Bad Hombre by Lens~Namemesomething -1998
colt Academy Award~Thistle - dark bay - Nicknamed "Josh" - 2002 SOLD!
Award~Artic Vicky - 2004 - SOLD!
filly Academy Award~He Named Me Katie "Pretty" 2002- SOLD! Read the update from her new mom.
Violet Maewon "Skinny"2002 -
Brett is now in training with his new owner in Virginia.
"Skinny" now known as Flame Boyant - July 17, 2006. "Skinny" is ready to start his new career as a hunter/jumper and he is available for sale.
Maewon and Ben after a quick trim of her feet.
"Pretty" and Halliea Milner. "Pretty" renamed Tater Tot has been trained and is now for sale.
Kate Helms with My Sparky Boy.
Ben Helms with Thistle
Violet Maewon and Kate Helms. Voilet passed away in December 2006.
Laura and "Josh" and Noshrinking
Violet with Laura's daughter Leslie.
Watch our Prospect page to get a preview
of what might be coming to Bits & Bytes Farm.
Call Elizabeth Wood to discuss getting a prospect horse. If you would
rather not buy direct off the track, watch our horses
for sale page for horses we have trained. We know their
personalities and talents.