Irish Morning Mist - SOLD! to Alison Brigham
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.
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
Contact Julie by e-mail:
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.
September 23, 2008
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.
Julie Buddemeyer Magruder
May 15, 2008 - Irish Arrrives at Julie's
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.
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
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
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.
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
May 20, 2007
Irish Morning Mist & Megan Brown- May
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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
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 clinic at Bits & Bytes Farm
September 24, 2006
Irish Morning Mist places FIRST in the 3'3" jumpers - September 24, 2006
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.
June 21, 2006
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!
June 15, 2006
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!
March 8, 2006
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.
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!
January 7, 2006
Irish Morning Mist and Megan Brown taking the corner jump. January 2006
December 23, 2005 Irish Gets a New Mom!
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.
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,
P.S. Thanks to all the barn members at B&B also who have helped and supported Irish and I through this whole process!
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 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 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.
Irish Morning Mist and with his Megan Brown.
- November 5, 2005
Marie and Irish - September 4, 2005
May 22, 2005
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. - 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 (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.
Irish Morning Mist and Dr. Rachel Black.