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Our favorite part of the Shamrock Hounds Hunter Pace was galloping in the open fields.

Our favorite part of the Shamrock Hounds Hunter Pace was galloping in the open fields.

Irish Morning Mist - September 24, 2006

Irish Morning Mist - September 24, 2006

Irish Morning Mist - September 24, 2006

Irish Morning Mist - September 24, 2006

Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown in their dressage test at Oxer Farm November 20, 2005

Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown in their dressage test at Oxer Farm November 20, 2005

Megan Brown on Irish Morning Mist with her groom Marie van Roekel looking on. November 12, 2005

Megan Brown on Irish Morning Mist with her groom Marie van Roekel looking on. November 12, 2005

Irish Morning Mist finished in second place at his first combined training competition. Irish is a Thoroughbred horse for sale at Bits & Bytes Farm.

May 2005 - Irish Morning Mist finishes second at his first combined training competition!

Irish Morning Mist is a Thoroughbred Horse For Sale at Bits & Bytes Farm.

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Irish Morning Mist - May 2005

Irish Morning Mist - May 2005

Irish Morning Mist is
For Sale
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Irish Morning Mist - SOLD! to Alison Brigham

Irish Morning Mist - May 20, 2007

November 2, 2008 - SOLD!

Irish Morning Mist was purchased by Alison Brigham of Maine! Congratulations on the purchase of this beautiful horse! Alison bought her first Bits & Bytes Farm horse, Judging Dreams, off our Prospect Horses For Sale page. She trained him and sold him to a wonderful young girl and used the money to purchase Irish Morning Mist. We look forward to lots of great new Success Stories which will continue on our new Web site: www.OTTBSuccessStories.com

October 10, 2008 - Irish is sadly offered for sale to a great home.

Elizabeth,

I have finally come to the conclusion that I need to sell Irish, and I would appreciate if you could list him for sale on the site. I thought Megan was going to purchase him back from me, she really wanted him back, but that has miserably fallen through. Due to my fimily circustances it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to ride, so the sooner he goes the better. I’m not asking very much for him, just what I paid. Please let me know if you know of anyone suitable that would be interested. He is doing really well, but does require a confident rider and someone not intimidated by his “silly” moments. He is not priced much more than some of your nicer prospect horses. This is really hard for me and a difficult decision, I would like to see him go to a really nice home.

Thanks,
Julie Magruder

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Elizabeth's Note: Irish Morning Mist is a very talented horse who needs a confident rider to bring out he best in him. Please contact Julie for more information and pricing. He is located in Frederick, MD. Please feel free to contact me for his background. Everyone who has ever been around this horse has fallen under his spell. He is a very special horse who needs to be loved and enjoyed.

OTTB - Irish Morning Mist is sadly offered for sale in Maryland. October 2008

September 23, 2008

Elizabeth,

Well, there is good news and there is bad news. Its rather interesting your timing for emailing me, because I was planning to email you this week. The good news is that Irish is doing fabulous. We have worked through the majority of his issues, he still spooks here and there, but it is a TON better and he gets over it a lot quicker. He is my little jumping machine and really enjoys our jumping work. His barn/ground manners are perfect now and really, besides spooking here and there (and being a bit silly now and again), he is the perfect horse and I feel like we really have something together.

Now for the bad news. I have a family situation and riding will not be an option and Irish can’t sit around the pasture waiting for me to have time to ride him. It breaks my heart because Irish truly is MY horse. The thought of selling him makes me burst into tears, but I don’t see another option. I would rather sell Irish before I HAVE to sell him to make sure he goes to the right person. You and Megan know Irish even better than I, and we all know that Irish requires a very special person with the patience and commitment to building a true relationship with him. He has to KNOW you before he will do anything for you and I am rather confident that any new owner will have to go through the same “test of wills” that Irish put me through. Once past that, he is a pretty easy horse. I’m not ready for you to post him for sale on the site, I just can’t face that yet. But if you know of someone suitable (preferably a rider with experience and really soft hands) please keep Irish in mind as an option. I actually feel like I am betraying him.

Megan, I’m so sorry, we both went through a lot for me to get Irish and get him to the point he is at with me now. Please know that this is unexpected and I purchased him with full intent on being his forever owner.

Sadly,
Julie Buddemeyer Magruder

May 15, 2008 - Irish Arrrives at Julie's

Elizabeth,

Irish arrived late last Friday night! I have been meaning to send you an update, but am waiting on some pictures! He is doing great, I absolutely love him. I think he is the perfect horse for me.

He is settling in nicely, still very interested in all the other horses as he is not part of the herd yet. Those are really the only times he is pushy with me, when there is another horse and he wants to say “hi” to them. But he is learning pretty quickly that he doesn’t move his feet unless I tell him to. A lot of backing up and standing still! I’ve ridden him twice now, he learned about the indoor yesterday, and all things considered, did pretty good!

All of his gaits are very smooth and comfortable riding, I will have my first jumping lesson on him next week. We are still feeling each other out, but we have all the time in the world to get to know each other! I learned yesterday that if he spooks at something its because he’s being silly, he’s not really scared. If I push him through it he’s fine. If I stop him or go slower, it almost confirms that whatever it was he found spooky, really was something of concern.

I have taken your advice and not really tried to be “friends” with him, but am trying to establish myself as the “boss.” All in all, I think we are doing great together. I have some great pictures of Roo that I need to send to you too! Irish is so big, I have to stand on a step to tighten the girth, and I’m 5’8”!

Julie Buddemeyer Magruder

April 20, 2008

Irish Morning Mist has been SOLD! He was purchased by Weatherford's mom. Congratulations to Julie Buddemeyer of Frederick, Maryland! We expect to have even more Success Stories about our boy Irish!

April 17, 2008

Hey E,

Well life has been tough lately. Irish is now up for immediate sale at a significantly reduced price. So if you or if you know of anyone who would be interested please let me know. I would love if you put a thing up on his page for me. I have had a unfortunate accident and have torn my knee and am no longer able to ride. It hurts too bad. He is show ready and jumping better then ever - no refusals and has even gone clean on cross country jumps. He jumps perfectly square now (has gotten plenty of compliments from the "A" trainer at the farm about his form). He is so light in your hands and he never comes above the bit. I hope you can help me find a good immediate home for him. This is a great opportunity for someone to get the best horse out there. I would like him to be sold by the end of the month. I can't have him sitting around and I can't work as much with my knee injured so money is tight.

Thanks,
Megan

July 1, 2007

Irish has been leased while Megan goes to school.

June 12, 2007

Irish Morning Mist is sadly being offered for sale by his mom Megan Brown. She is heading off to college and lacks the resources to keep him and attend college. She is looking for someone who will love him as much as she loves him. "Irish" is very talented and gorgeous! He is as big as a warmblood and he is often mistaken for one. "Irish" is covered with dapples on his dark bay coat.

May 20, 2007

Irish Morning Mist & Megan Brown- May 20, 2007

Irish Morning Mist & Megan Brown- May 20, 2007
Irish Morning Mist & Megan Brown- May 20, 2007

April 16, 2007 - Irish wins a Blue Ribbon in the Open Hunter Division and two Red Ribbons for Jumpers!!! Irish is a real Hunter/Jumper.

Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown at the Shamrock Hounds Pony Club hunter pace - March 24, 2007

ANOTHER UPDATE! Irish and I attended a show this past weekend and did great! We did a Open Hunter division and came out with a third on our first jumping round, a first on the second one, and a fourth in the flat! Not bad for our first hunters! I think he is leaning more to the call of the hunters. He loves the relaxed pace and does not seem to be bothered by the other horses in the ring with him. The dressage training has helped a lot with his head set also! He was very steady and did not come above the bit once.

We also did three jumper classes in the show. He got uncomfortable with the pressure of having to pick up the pace so we got a DQ in the first round. By the second round he began to understand his job and we placed second. The third round was our best round with AMAZING roll backs and a good time. We managed to come in second also and I was very pleased. He is still learning and now all he will need is miles. His ground behavior was very good and he loved meeting all the horses.

Till next time!
Megan and Irish

March 26, 2007

Well it’s finally time to do an update on my big boy! There hasn’t been much to say till now! Elizabeth and Barry took me to a Hunter Pace for my birthday with Irish and he was amazing! We have had a lot of spooking issues in the past and work ethic issues, yet those fences are starting to be hurtled (literally!).

Irish Morning Mist and Pride of the Fox at the Shamrock Hounds Pony Club hunter pace - March 24, 2007
Irish Morning Mist and Pride of the Fox at the Shamrock Hounds Pony Club hunter pace.

When we got to the facility Irish was a bit moody and did not want to stay still. Once I got on he was ready to go! When our group was called to start Irish got a little frisky and threw a few kicks while we picked up the trot and started on our 2 ½ hour ride.

Irish Morning Mist at the Shamrock Hounds Pony Club Hunter Pace. March 24, 2007

Once we got on the trail Irish began enjoying him self and started to settle very nicely. When we came up to the first coop he just jumped it as if it was nothing! I was very proud of him! All the jumps on the facility did not seem to bother him at all! Maybe I do have a cross-country machine?

Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown at the Shamrock Pony Club hunter pace - March 24, 2007

Brewster, Irish Morning Mist and Pride of the Fox at the Shamrock Hounds Pony Club hunter pace - March 24, 2007
Brewster, Irish Morning Mist and Pride of the Fox at the Shamrock Hounds Pony Club hunter pace - March 24, 2007

I believe my favorite part of the trip was the open fields. I have never let Irish stretch out in the gallop, but since the fields where so big and you didn’t have to worry about turning or stopping, I did. I am still not sure who had more fun!! I was laughing and smiling the entire time! I believe Irish enjoyed the freedom to just run! His stride is so big and he is so powerful it’s amazing!

Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown at the Shamrock Pony Club hunter pace - March 24, 2007

Once we got pack to the trailers he was very quiet while we all un-tacked and loaded up. I have never been so proud of my big boy. All of our hard training and multiple ground work sessions are paying off! I am excited and impressed to see how quickly he is learning and growing up. Expect great things from us in the future! This is only the beginning!

Megan and Irish

Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown at the Shamrock Pony Club hunter pace - March 24, 2007

November 18, 2006

OTTB - Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown at Bits & Bytes Farm. November 18, 2006
Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown at Bits & Bytes Farm. November 18, 2006

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

Irish morning Mist and Megan Brown at the Imtiaz Anees clicnic at Bits & Bytes Farm
Irish morning Mist and Megan Brown at the Imtiaz Anees clinic at Bits & Bytes Farm

September 24, 2006

Irish Morning Mist places FIRST in the 3'3" jumpers - September 24, 2006
Irish Morning Mist places FIRST in the 3'3" jumpers - September 24, 2006

Hey Elizabeth!

Well this weekend was very successful with Irish. We did have some mistakes in the jumping but every time he was improving. He's now galloping between the jumps in the jumpers and starting to understand the game. We ended up just doing the morning jumpers and came out with a first in 3'3" with a time of 43 seconds, third in another 3'3", and third in 3'.I'm very proud of him and think he will only improve.

Thanks,
Megan
Irish Morning Mist - September 24, 2006

June 21, 2006

Hey Elizabeth!

BIG break through with Irish! Today was the first time I took him over cross country since that time before I bought him. He galloped straight up to the first jump and just flew over it like it was nothing!!! He galloping the courses with no hesitation! I'm SOOO PROUD of him! He's not rushing or getting nervous jumping them. Just very calm and approaching them like he has been doing it all of his life! The course was only two feet but I haven't been as happy with him as I was today! I'll have my mom take some pics next time! Hope things are going well!

Thanks!
Megan

June 15, 2006

Hey Elizabeth!

Just wanted to give you a quick update on Irish. He has been coming along well and is currently jumping about 4'5" with ease. His dressage is coming along also. He's still learning the meaning of work and that its not play time. However, we no longer have our temper tantrums anymore so that's a big step we accomplished. He is looking really good and we are planning on going to a show soon. I hope to have him ready to start fully competing in the fall. We will see what happens. I will send pictures soon!

Thanks,
Megan

March 8, 2006

Hey Elizabeth,
Irish is doing really well! I have been having about two lessons or more a week and he is coming along soooo fast! He has become really quiet under saddle and started to learn the meaning of "work" and that its fun! We have been schooling grids of about 3'6" and he's been taking them like a champ. Our last grid we did was six jumps set up to test Irish's ability to maneuver. It was a one stride then bounce for the remainder of the jumps. It was tough for both of us but we got it! Were planning on taking him to some shows soon and we will be starting off at training level. I'll also be making a video of him soon and i will send it over to the farm so you can see how he's doing yourself.

Irish Monring Mist - March 12, 2006

He loves it at the new farm and even has dapples now! He's turning into the horse that I think no one thought he would! I'm really excited for his future. I took a quick picture of him in the cross ties the other night before my lesson and have attached it. He was being his goofy self like always and every time i went to put the camera up he would lay his ears back! I don't think he likes pictures! hahaha.. Hope everything is well!

Thanks,
Megan

January 7, 2006

Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown taking the corner jump. January 2006
Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown taking the corner jump. January 2006

December 23, 2005 Irish Gets a New Mom!

Megan Brown and Irish Morning Mist - December 23, 2005

Congratulations Megan Brown!!!

We are very proud of you!

Megan has been Irish's special friend for several months. She was finally able to purchase him, for herself, as a Christmas present. We are very proud of Megan for all the hard work and training that she has put into Irish.

From Megan . . .

When I first saw Irish I knew he was the horse I wanted. I fell in love with his annoying "pranks" he likes to do while I'm riding him. I love his personality. When I found out he was WAY out of my price range I was devastated! Living with a single mom, having the horse of my dreams was close to impossible. However, I was determined to figure out a way to get him. When I started talking to my mom about him she was very much against the subject. I was determined though to have him as my own. I sold my horse and put my new truck (that I had just purchased ) up for sale to prove to my mom that I was serious. When my mom saw how determined I was and that I wasn't going to give up she began to support me.

Irish Morning Mist and Megan take a "Victory Ride".

Elizabeth was a great help throughout the whole four month battle on trying to buy and train Irish. She helped me with him when I rode and helped me at shows. She gave me great advice and encouragement and I don't think I could of done it with out her and her wonderful husband Barry. This experience has proven to me that if I put my mind to something I want and its meant to be, that it will happen.

I'm going to continue to keep and train Irish at B&B and am excited about our future together.

Thanks and Merry Christmas,

Megan

P.S. Thanks to all the barn members at B&B also who have helped and supported Irish and I through this whole process! 

November 2005

Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown in their dressage test at Oxer Farm November 20, 2005
Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown in their dressage test at Oxer Farm November 20, 2005

Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown at Oxer Farm November 20, 2005
Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown at Oxer Farm November 20, 2005

Irish competes at a Horse Show Ventures show and places 4th. November 12, 2005
Irish competes at a Horse Show Ventures show and places 4th. November 12, 2005

Irish competes at a Horse Show Ventures show and places 4th. November 12, 2005
Irish competes with Megan Brown at a Horse Show Ventures show and places 4th. November 12, 2005

Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown compete in jumper classes. November 2005
Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown compete in jumper classes and place fourth with a clean round!

Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown compete in jumper classes and place fourth with a clean round!
Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown at the Horse Show Ventures Show. November 12, 2005

Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown, schooling cross country fences at Oxer Farm. November 6, 2005
Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown, schooling cross country fences at Oxer Farm.

Irish Morning Mist - November 5, 2005
Irish Morning Mist and with his Megan Brown. - November 5, 2005

September 2005

Marie and Irish Morning Mist - September 4, 2005
Marie and Irish - September 4, 2005

May 22, 2005

Irish Morning Mist finishes second at his first combined training competition.
Irish Morning Mist finishes second at his first combined training competition. Photo by Jan Collins.

Irish Morning Mist competed in his first combined training event at Big Bear Farm in Pine Mountain, GA. He was first after dressage and finished second at the end of the event. A muddy red roll top scared all the horses except one - the horse that beat Irish for first place. A great big thanks to Bits & Bytes Farm boarder Jan Collins for taking these beautiful photos. Jan's daughter Mandy finished third on her horse Trey.

Irish Morning Mist is a Thoroughbred Horse for sale at Bits & Byes Farm.
Irish Morning Mist is a Thoroughbred Horse for sale at Bits & Byes Farm. - May 2005 Photo by Jan Collins.

Trainer Elisa Wallace was very proud of Irish. He is being competed for his owner Dr. Rachel Black while he is at Bits & Bytes Farm to be resold. His mom just does not have the time to show him and Irish has the talent that deserves to be shown. Irish Morning Mist is an un raced Thoroughbred Horse for Sale at Bits & Bytes Farm.

Irish Morning Mist has the talent for dressage, eventing and the hunter ring.

Te Conquistar (aka Mactavish) and Irish Morning Mist were both winners at the Big Bear Horse Trials.

Te Conquistar (aka Mactavish) and Irish Morning Mist were both winners at the Big Bear Horse Trials.
Irish Morning Mist (with trainer Elisa Wallace) was first after dressage and finished second at the end of the event. Te Conquistare (aka Mactavish) finished fourth at the same event.

March 2004

Irish Morning Mist and his mom.
Irish Morning Mist and Dr. Rachel Black.


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