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OTTB Fame For a Day enjoys going to hunter paces with his mom Gloria Coleman.

Fame For a Day enjoys going to hunter paces with his mom Gloria Coleman.

 

 


Thank you for this site......It so inspires me to become not only a better rider, but a more humble human being. I love reading these amazing stories of chance, luck, love, passion, commitment, and God's amazing grace. Bits & Bytes Farm "Success Stories" is a best seller in my mind. We had such a great time at the clinic! I wish that we could live closer because Marc and I feel that our true horse family is at Bits & Bytes Farm! - Gloria Coleman

 

OTTB Fame For a Day with his mom Gloria Coleman.

OTTB - Fame For a Day with his mom Gloria Coleman.

 

Happy Birthday Fame for a Day! April 7, 2007

Happy Birthday Fame for a Day! April 7, 2007

Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman attended our clinic with Imtiaz Anees. October 7, 2006

Fame For a Day and Gloria at an Imtiaz Anees clinic at Bits & Bytes Farm. October 2006.

Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman attended our clinic with Imtiaz Anees. October 7, 2006

Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman attended our clinic with Imtiaz Anees. October 7, 2006

Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman. October 2005

Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman enjoying a quiet ride in the woods. October 2005

Fame for a Day and mom Gloria - May 2005

Fame for a Day and mom Gloria - May 2005

Gloria did not even know how to canter when she bought Fame. Now she is cantering and jumping! What a wonderful pair.

Fame for a Day and mom Gloria - May 2005

Fame for a Day and mom Gloria - May 2005

 

Fame for a Day - May 2005

Fame turned three at our farm. Now he is five and well over 17 hands and starting to round out! He has just gotten prettier and prettier.

 

Fame for a Day - May 2005

Fame for a Day - May 2005

 

 

 

 

Fame for a Day an Gloria at a clinic at the Biltmore Estates.

Fame and Gloria enjoyed a clinic at the Biltmore Estate. January 2005.

 

Fame for a Day and groom Marc

Fame's and Gloria's groom Marc lends a hand at the clinic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fame snuggles with mom Gloria at the Biltmore Estate Stables.

Fame snuggles with mom Gloria at the Biltmore Estate Stables. January 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flooded paddocks at the Biltmore Estate.

September 2004 - Flooded paddocks at the Biltmore Estate. This was Fame's paddock.

 

 

Fame and Gloria

April 2003 - Fame and Gloria on the trails.

 

 

 

 

 

Fame and Gloria learning to jump.

Summer 2003 - Fame and Gloria learning to jump.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fame as a two year old.

This is a photo of Fame in March 2003 as a two year old about to turn three in April.

Click here to see Fame for a Day's original sales photos.

Listen to "Fame" sing his birthday song. He turned three while at our farm.

Fame for a Day was purchased by Gloria Coleman in April 2003.

Fame for a Day was purchased by Gloria Coleman in April 2003.

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Fame for a Day - Four years of Success Stories!

Gloria, Fame For a Day and Marc Coleman. November 2007

November 11, 2007

Elizabeth,

I hope that you and Barry are doing well! Marc and I are finally settled in our new house and enoying the beautiful fall weather. Fame is doing great as you can see from the pictures and we are having a lot of fun on the trails and in the ring. We have gone to a few hunter paces this year and Fame just loves them. He's such a good boy!

OTTB Fame For a Day enjoys going to hunter paces with his mom Gloria Coleman.

I get to see Lea Mueller at the barn and she seems so happy with "Taken Chances". She brought in some pictures of him last week and he is very handsome! He reminds me a lot of Fame when he was that age. Enjoy the pictures and come see us!

Take Care,
Gloria, Marc, and Fame

Elizabeth's Note: Thank you to Glori and Fame For a Day for four years of Success Stories! We encourage all buyers to keep in touch so that we know our horses are being loved and enjoyed. Shame on the buyers who are not staying in touch! We want to be able to help if things are not going well. We also want to know if a horse has passed away. We have made a promise to the sellers of our horses that we will make sure they always have a good home. Help us to fullfill our promise - PLEASE stay in touch!

OTTB Fame For a Day has learned to jump and does hunter paces.

April 7, 2007 - Fame Turns Seven!

Happy Birthday Fame for a Day! April 7, 2007

Elizabeth,
Being that Fame's seventh birthday is tomorrow (Happy Easter), I thought I would send you some picture of his birthday party that was held today!

Linda Brown made a carrot cake for Fame for a Day's birthday party.
Linda Brown made a carrot cake for Fame for a Day's birthday party.

His party was very intimate and hosted by his surrogate mother, Linda Brown, who exercises him on the days I cannot get out to the barn. The one special perk about Linda.....she's a professional chef! She made Fame and all of us the most amazing carrot cake with cream cheese icing in celebration of Fame's "Big Number Seven".

Linda Brown made a carrot cake for Fame for a Day's birthday party.

We had such fun despite the extremely cold temperatures. We all managed to eat cake in the barn as we shook with numbness.....party hats included!

Fame for a Day and mom, Gloria Coleman. April 7, 2007
Fame for a Day and mom, Gloria Coleman. April 7, 2007

I cannot believe that four years has passed since I purchased him from Bits & Bytes Farm. I still remember the day I met him like it was yesterday! He was a gangly, ALMOST three year old, and he tore the button off my brand new jacket! I still have that jacket and refuse to ever dispose of it. I could write a novel about our times together over the past five years and all the confidence and love he has given me. He is without a doubt the best purchase I have ever made in my life....my best buddy! Thank You!

Fame for a Day wears his birthday hat.
Fame for a Day wears his birthday hat.

I will send more pictures of us riding soon. We are attending a clinic next weekend with a clinician from Tryon and I am really looking forward to it. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know we are all doing great and wanted to share some pictures.

Love,
Gloria, Marc, and Fame

January 4, 2007

Elizabeth,
Just an update on Fame's Chiropractic visit.

It went very well and the chiropractor felt that he was is very good shape to have never been adjusted. After checking him out thoroughly, he only had to make minor adjustments to neck and shoulder area. You were right about the stretching as the chiropractor told me to only do it for about 5 - 10 minutes at a time to prevent soreness. He also gave me a lesson on how to properly stretch Fame in order to prevent any unnecessary strain. The stretches that I have been doing over the past several weeks have made a huge difference.

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for your input over the telephone a few nights ago. I plan on having Fame on a schedule with the chiropractor based on his training levels from here on out.

Regards!
Gloria

Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman at the Imtiaz Anees clinic at Bits & Bytes Farm.
Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman at the Imtiaz Anees clinic at Bits & Bytes Farm.

December 13, 2006

Barry & Elizabeth,

I just wanted to wish you both a very "Merry Christmas". I hope that you both are doing well during this hectic time of year and that all the "boys" are good too.

Fame and I went to a hunter pace this weekend and we came in sixth place. Being that I attended just to get Fame out and about to see some beautiful winter scenery, I was shocked when we ended up coming in sixth place! He was such a good boy too....but he always is.

Take care and know that Marc and I are thinking of you both. Hopefully when we get our house finished this spring, you all can come spend a weekend with us. I would love nothing more!

God Bless & Merry Christmas!
Gloria, Marc, & Fame Coleman

October 13, 2006

Christy, Marc, and I have talked about the clinic for days on end and now we can't seem to stay off the site! I think we should make this an annual event. I loved meeting Niki, Linnea, Hailey, Morgan, Paula and everyone else. You are so right...there was a buzz in the air that day that no one could explain! Christy and I declared on the way home that it was the best weekend that we have had in years! We are still buzzing and are not sure when we will come down.

But in all honesty, the energy was positive because EVERYONE that attended this clinic truly loves their horses. The day was not about ribbons, it was not a competition, but rather a gathering of people who have one thing in common...Thank you for being the match maker that you are! The compliments flowed between all who attended because we all knew where our horses had came from....some from the fields almost starved to death, and some from the track. During the clinic all we noticed was each other and the progress that each individual had made with their horses. Now that's some positive energy!

--Gloria

October 12, 2006

Elizabeth,
I have decided to "pass the torch" to Niki Rawls and So Romeo for being the epitome of the "Perfect Match". I read their Success Story tonight and had to wipe the tears from my eyes. You are right, she does feel the same about Romeo as I do about Fame. There was a lot of passion and DEEP appreciation for Romeo with every line she wrote. He will never be a piece of sporting equipment, but a piece of her soul....of who she is, just as Fame is to me. To me, that is the definition of "The Perfect Match". Just like Niki said that she knew Romeo was the one when she met him, I knew Fame was "the one" when I met him! I didn't even know how to ride when I met Fame, but something deep within me said that he was the one. You were so right about him too! How did you know....???? I suppose I will never understand, but THANK YOU!! Since the day I met him, I have always trusted my heart to guide my decisions.

I'm keeping my eye on Niki and Romeo and look forward to more of their successes!

Thank you for this site......It so inspires me to become not only a better rider, but a more humble human being. I love reading these amazing stories of chance, luck, love, passion, commitment, and God's amazing grace. Bits & Bytes Farm "Success Stories" is a best seller in my mind. We had such a great time at the clinic! I wish that we could live closer because Marc and I feel that our true horse family is at Bits & Bytes Farm!

Love... For All You & Barry Do,
Gloria Coleman

October 7, 2006 - Clinic with Imtiaz Anees at Bits & Bytes Farm

Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman attended our clinic with Imtiaz Anees. October 7, 2006
Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman attended our clinic with Imtiaz Anees. October 7, 2006

Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman attended our clinic with Imtiaz Anees. October 7, 2006
Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman attended our clinic with Imtiaz Anees. October 7, 2006

Elizabeth's Note: Gloria and Fame were both inexperience when they became a "Perfect Match" made at Bits & Bytes Farm back in December 2003. They are the pair responsible for the Success Stories on this site. Gloria has been wonderful with her updates and we decided that we should share her successes on the Bits & Byte Farm Web site. We are so proud of how far Gloria and Fame for a Day have come in their training. We hope that all our horse sales are as successful as this one. Hats off to Gloria Coleman and Fame for a Day!

August 28, 2006

Fame4Day - North Carolina vanity license plate

Elizabeth,

I wanted to let you know that I am letting the world know how much I love my HUGE, HANDSOME thoroughbred. This is such a great conversation piece. So many people ask me, "Fame For A Day?" "What does that mean?" I am always happy to go into great detail about Fame For A Day as he is my favorite subject! Enjoy the picture!

Love,
Gloria & Fame

P.S. Fame for a Day got second place in his very first show two weekends ago! He's my hero! I will send more pictures soon!

Elizabeth's Note: Both Fame and Gloria were green when they came together. Fame was very quiet and easy to handle - even at three years of age - when Gloria purchased him. We knew they were a "Perfect Match". They have both learned together under the close supervision of a good trainer.

July 29, 2006

Elizabeth,

I never thought that I would be sending this e-mail to you, but Fame loves to jump. The higher, the better. Kasee rode him in a training ride this past Thursday. Being that she is so considerate of our wishes during our lessons, I requested that we challenge him a bit more over some jumps. The cross rail jumps just seem to bore him more and more here lately. Well, we literally "Raised the bar" and he got soooo excited!

OTTB success stories.

I am taking him to a schooling show on August 19th. Be prepared for some more photos of my AWESOME boy! Enjoy the pics. of my trainer (now Mrs. Kasee Trefgzer-Sluder...she and Andy married in May) riding Mr. Fame!.

Love,
Gloria

Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman.
Gloria purchased Fame for a Day in April 2003.

March 31 2006

Hey Elizabeth,
It was so good to hear from you! Fame is doing awesome!

Since the February 27th e-mail (post hunter pace), Fame and I have been jumping courses! It is so exciting! We started out in a lesson about two weeks ago just jumping a few lines, then Kasee challenged me to do a course that she had set up. Fame looked like a pro. We completed the course at what I thought was perfection!

When we finished the course, Kasee had cold chills all over body. We are unstoppable now. He is going to be such a nice hunter (those are the words from Kasee as well).

Fame was purchased as a three year old by Gloria.

I hope that you and Barry are doing well. Hopefully we will come down soon. I am in the market for the perfect trailer for my boy. If you have any suggestions, please inform me. I think a 7"6 is going to be our best bet being that Fame is such a big boy (over 17 hands now). I would certainly appreciate your input.

Love,
Gloria & Fame

February 27, 2006

Dear Elizabeth & Barry,
I hope that this note finds the both of you doing well! I wanted to send you some pictures of Fame and I at our very first hunter pace.

Fame and Gloria at the Hunter Pace with her trainer Kasee.

This weekend Kasee, my trainer, was nice enough to invite us to join her at a hunter pace at Clemson University. This pace was hosted by C.U.'s equestrian team. I was very excited, and not to mention, a bit nervous, to see how my boy was going to perform during this event. Needless to say, he was AWESOME and very BRAVE!

Fame and Gloria at the Hunter Pace.

The course was much to be desired due to some rain showers the night before and there were some daunting obstacles to get through. During the first three minutes of the pace, we encountered a very narrow bridge and then a crossing that was a drop off into a small river with an immediate climb up narrow steps that were made of railroad cross ties. Whew, Fame did not flinch! He was steady and quiet. We went on for a while and we got to experience our first "wide open" gallops in several massive fields. My baby boy can flat out run! Fame loved it! He gave out a few "Wheeee, this is so much fun Mommy" bucks. It was a sheer blast. I know that we have not had this much fun in our time together. I am high on life right now! Thank you so much for such an amazing animal (I know I tell you both that all the time, but I mean it from the pit of my soul). Enjoy the pictures! Lots of Love!
Gloria, Marc, & Fame

October 2005

Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman. October 2005
Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman. October 2005

August 2005

Fame and Steffie's Hope have become good friends. Steffie's Hope was purchased as a Bits & Bytes Farm Prospect Horse directly from the trainer. They board together in North Carolina..

 

Fame and Steffie's Hope.

May 9, 2005

Fame for a Day and mom Gloria - May 2005

Hi Elizabeth!

I just wanted to send you some photos of Fame and me being that I have not in a while. We are doing great out at Encore and love it! Fame is in a HUGE paddock with two other horses that he became fast friends with. The owners of Encore Stables are wonderful and are working very hard at making their facility one of the best in our area. Our new dressage arena (indoor) is awesome and they are starting on the outdoor arena as we speak. Fame is loving his new home and al the TLC he is receiving (so is his mom). We have a really nice field that has some jumps and Fame and I love cantering around and jumping them. Our training is paying off.

As you can tell by the photos, I am officially completed with school!! I'm so excited! The first thing Marc and I did after graduation ceremonies was run straight to the barn to love on Fame! I could not have made it through school without my two sweet boys (Marc and Fame). They both kept me sane as I worked full-time and plugged away at my studies. I love the men in my life!

Gloria and Fame graduate!
Thanks For All Your Love and Support,

Fame for a Day in Gloria's graduation cap.

Thanks For All Your Love and Support,
Gloria, Marc, and Fame

We are very proud of Gloria for her commitment to her studies both at college and at the stables. It just goes to prove that patience and hard work have their rewards.

CONGRATULATIONS GLORIA!!!!

We are very proud of all your accomplishments.

January 19, 2005

Elizabeth,
I just wanted you to know that I just had the most amazing lesson on Fame today!! The clinic has made a world of difference for everyone involved.

Fame is making transitions so smoothly and without hardly any effort. He is "up" and really stretching his legs out during the trot and canter. His walk is very nice as well! I just had to share this with you because I am so excited! Thank you! Thank you! for my boy!

I just wanted to let you know that the "Dynamic Duo" had a GREAT day today in the hopes that it will put a smile on your face and know that there are people who are out there who are very grateful for the work that you do!

Lot of Love,
Gloria & Fame

January 14, 2005

What a wonderful weekend Fame and I had at the clinic! The trainer was absolutely wonderful and we learned a lot. I had some issues with Fame not wanting to go forward for a few weeks now. Chuck, the trainer from Lake Erie College, solved them in about ten minutes. I rode him with a dressage whip, which helped me keep him going whenever he would slow down when I didn't want him to. He now has the most wonderful walk, trot, and canter now.

Fame for a Day an Gloria at a clinic at the Biltmore Estates.
Fame for a Day an Gloria at a clinic at the Biltmore Estates.

He was also showing off a bit in the arena by performing flying lead changes. If he picked up the wrong lead, Fame would usually correct himself before I would even have the chance to do so! It was a wonderful weekend!!

We are hoping that he will come back to the Biltmore in the near future. The beauty of this clinic is that Chuck concentrated on each individual riders needs. I have been in clinics where the clinicians focus on a specific job (jumping, dressage, etc.) This was very nice and exactly what many of the students at BEEC needed and wanted.

I hope that you enjoy the photos of my boy! He is becoming such a nice horse, in more ways that one! I am also sooo glad that I purchased a baby instead of an older horse because I get such a sense of accomplishment everyday with Fame as we BOTH progress through our journey together. Marc Is beaming with pride after this weekend and actually getting to see the progress that Fame and I have made ( or maybe he is just happy that his money is being well spend)! Hope that you all had a wonderful weekend...we sure did! The results I got in this clinic was probably the best birthday present I have ever received in my life!

Lot of Love,
Gloria, Marc, and Fame

January 2005

Dear Elizabeth,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ( yes, it's a bit late)!! I hope that you and Barry had a wonderful holiday season. We sure did, although it was a quite hectic.

Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman.
Fame for a Day and mom Gloria Coleman. January 2005.

I know that you think that Fame and I have fallen off the edge of the world, but we have NOT!! We are still going strong and working hard (about four days a week along with Kasee riding Fame once a week). He looks so good because he is finally getting out of his awkward colt stage and looking more like a handsome strong thoroughbred. Yes, he has filled out more and his legs are not getting in the way of his progress in the arena (hee hee). It is amazing how much Mr. Fame has matured over the past year both physically and mentally.

Fame snuggles with his dad Marc too!
Fame a.k.a. "The Famous Snuggler" snuggles with dad Marc Coleman as well! January 2005.

We will be participating in a clinic on January 15th and 16th and I am very much looking forward to it. This clinic has been organized by Kasee. Her trainer from Ohio (Lake Erie College) will coming to the Biltmore to give students private instruction. Fame and I have signed up for both days of the clinic!

Fame has come a long way in almost 24 months and I am so proud of him ( not to mention myself too). He has taught me so much and I am grateful that I have had such a young horse to have the patience to deal with ME! He has never once demonstrated anger toward me.

You were right, he is the horse for me!! I know that many people thought I was crazy for buying such a young horse as a novice rider, but we have proven them wrong time and time again! I will be getting out of school in six weeks and I plan on dedicating 100% of my time to Mr. Fame.

Former Bits & Bytes Farm horse,  Fame for a Day and Gloria Coleman.

Over the past year we have been working hard on ground manners and basic exercises in the arena and on the trail and it has paid off. I think now that Fame is technically five years old, it is time to get really serious. Look out world, here we come!!! Thank you for you wonderful web site...it inspires me to keep striving to reach my goals and love my horse like no other horse has ever been loved.

Lot of Love,
Gloria, Marc, & Fame (a.k.a. "The Famous Snuggler")

September 2004

Fame and Gloria survey the damage done by the hurricanes to the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC

Fame and Gloria survey the damage done by the hurricanes to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Fame lives at the Biltmore Estate. They lost their paddocks (including Fame's) along the river and the flood waters carried away all the jumps in the lower arena. Fortunately, all the horses were fine.

Flooding at the Biltmore Estate
Flood waters came almost up to the barn.

December 2003

Fame for a Day and mom Gloria

One of our favorite horses lives up to his name. Fame is living the life of the rich and "FAMEous" at the Biltmore Estate stable in Asheville, NC. Fame for a Day was purchased last spring by Gloria and Mark Coleman. Gloria was a beginner rider at the time and Fame was a green, just turned three year old. (Hear Fame sing his birthday tune on his photo pages.) Fame and mom Gloria are featured in the Biltmore Estate Equestrian Center Winter 2004 newsletter.

Fame and Gloria are FAMEous!
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How beautiful Fame is now that he has filled out. He just keeps getting prettier every day. Gloria tells us she is totally in love with this boy and her husband is not even upset. As a matter of fact, Mark is taking riding lessons in the hope that Gloria will allow him to ride Fame one day. Don't worry Mark, we can get you your own horse when you are ready. We know where Fame's brother is . . .

Fame for a Day
Fame and Gloria in December at the Biltmore Estates where they board and train.

A note from Gloria:

Hi Elizabeth,

We had a wonderful trip in to visit with our parents for the holidays, EXCEPT, we had to come home a day early so I could see the baby!

He was so good today in the outdoor arena (again, it was a real nice, calm day). I rode him for a while in the outdoor arena before Cathy drove down to give me my lesson and Fame was so steady, listened well to all that I asked of him, and was dead quiet. He was such a good boy for our lesson as well.

He has learned so much in the past couple of months. He is becoming much more balanced and is responding so well to his training. It still amazes me that, since I've had him, I've NEVER had to catch him in his paddock. Today, he saw me walking towards his paddock and he made a bee-line for me! He melts my heart (especially when I've not seen him in a few days). I know that I will never be without Mr. Fame! Cathy rode him a few times while I was out of town and said that he was really good. THAT'S MY BOY!!

I am sending you some photos that we took the day that we left to go out of town. Of course, I had to go see Fame before we left and also get photos for his Grandparents to see (Ha!) I hope that you will be able to notice a difference in his weight and muscle tone compared to the last photos that you viewed of him. These photos depict Fame's sweet nature and how he follows Marc and I around his paddock. When I'm outside with him, he never leaves my side.

Enjoy these photos and have a Merry Christmas!!
Marc and Gloria


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