Lylle - Sadly Offered For Sale
Lylle is doing great. She placed 2nd in Open Beginner Novice at
Lumber River Horse Trials in NC this weekend. Her dressage is getting
better and she proved it with a score of 28.5. Dispite the hot weather,
she was fantastic on cross country and although a little tired at
the end of the weekend, she jumped well in stadium. She has one of
the best attitudes I have ever experienced with a Thoroughbred. She
is always happy to see her rider and willing to do a good job. Lylle
would be perfect for Pony Club or anyone who wants to event through
the lower levels. She is a beautiful girl to watch and loves attention.
We now have her for sale to a good home.
Let me know what you think.
I am experienced with TBs and eventing but I am new at selling
horses. Do you require compensation if Lylle is posted for sale on
your site? And I was also wondering if you ever take horses back
to your farm for resale in your program and what your fees are? I
am doing my best for Mary Jo but I will be moving at the end of the
summer so I am looking at other options if she does not sell within
the the next month or two.
Thank you and God bless
Lylle's trainer - Jennifer Buie
Elizabeth's Note: We will always help sell a horse that has been
purchased from Bits & Bytes Farm's Web site or farm. We do not ever
charge a fee for this service. We ask that our buyers keep up the
horse's Success Stories page so that there is a history of what the
horse has done since leaving the race track. I work full time at
our Web design business and we have horses that we are training for
resale here at the farm. We do not have the manpower to bring in
outside horses to resell. We are not a sales barn. Our Web site has
almost 1000 visitors each day so we do have an audience for any Thoroughbred
that becomes available for resale. We will also tell buyers about
any horses that are being resold and we will pass on the contact
information if we feel the buyer is a good match for the horse.
Lylle is an extremely nice horse and value priced for her
experience and calmness. I can recommend this horse to young riders.
Please contact Mary Jo Grubbs (
) or Jennifer Buie (
) for more information.
See many more photos of Lylle through the years on our sister
Web site: www.ottbs-online.com.
It was so good to see your name in my inbox! Lylle is still ours
and we have her at a barn right near us in training. The barn manager
had high hopes that we could sell her to some summer folks coming up
from Florida and points south. But nothing happened. But to be honest
with you.. this poor manager has had her hands full with running a barn
that can have up to 100+ horses come in for weekend boarding plus a
huge two week long horse-show. She is so busy doing her job, that she
really doesn't have the time to devote to selling Lylle.
Lylle is having a ball. She has a great time with the other horses,
eats endless hay and grass, gets new shoes every month, gets ridden a
few times a week by the trainer and is spoiled rotten by all the barn
help because they all love her.
Our main concern is we are heading into
fall and winter and soon no riding. The barn is not properly
winterized so we will need to move her by Thanksgiving. She is looking great
and riding well... and I know with all your contacts, you could sell
her to a good family. We just don't have the trainers and weather
to make this work here. It really is a six month sport.
I can send you pictures in the next few
days .. cause she really is a sweetie who deserves a loving family all
Take care and thank you for staying in touch.. Megg is in her
sophomore year and all of her friends have given up their horses
and have moved on to high school life!
my best to you and Barry and all those lucky four legged animals!
It has been a long time since we have been in touch.. however I
am one of your regular monthly hits on your website.. just to see what
you guys have been up to.. and lets say..ALOT! Wow, you are making a
huge difference! How exciting for both horse and man ( well, mostly
woman !). It is so neat to see it grow.
It has been three years since we met you and oh, if we only
lived elsewhere. We have lost our barn manager again and now we are
back to square one. This will be the 5th transition in less than three
years for Meg and Lylle and emotionally Meg is done. We are stuck at a
barn where they cannot use jumps, there is no trainer or trailer to go
elsewhere. So the time has come to move on. The new barn managers (
Bill and Corrine) are in their sixties and know horses so Lylle is
getting good care.. but she hasn't been ridden since winter... so it is
time to move on.
Corrine loves Lylle and has spoiled her.. we noticed
she is even buying the girl her own bag of peppermints. By contract
we needed to alert you and Robyn so that is what we are regretfully
doing at this time. Our initial game plan is to work with the daughter
of our new barn managers.. her name is Colette and she is originally
from the northeast so she has been in the horse world a long time in
all types of training, showing, for over 20 years. She has just taken
over another barn and has a following of Floridans who come up each
summer. She is actually looking for a Thoroughbred for one of her
client's teenage daughters. She too is very picky about who she works
with and also wants Lylle in a very good home... both she and her
mother are amazed at how smart Lylle is.. they both love her... and
they haven't even see her move in the ring!
This is our present plan.. we may move Lylle this weekend to a
barn cross town to be with Colette to start getting her back in shape.
We are expecting January type weather ,however, so I may delay it
another week until the weather stabilizes.
You are welcome to give us
any input.. we may try this locally but contact you after a month or
two is we are not in the right market. Good horses need to be down the
mountain where they can be ridden more regularly, winters are not
as severe, and access to shows, training, etc is more available.
But we have loved that girl so much.. she is the sweetest mare on
Thank you for your time.. let us know if we have your
blessings to continue.
Mary Jo Grubbs
Elizabeth's Note: It
is very difficult to find a good place to board. It is tough on horse
and rider alike to move from barn to barn. Each barn has it's own
personality and prejeduces. Meg was with all of her friends when
she got Lylle but now they have all split and some have gone away
from riding. Meg is moving on with her life as a teenager and Lylle
should have a chance to go to another young rider who has the time
and desire to love and care for her. Lylle is a calm and safe horse
who has great potential. If you are looking for a well trained horse
for under $15,000 please contact Mary Jo Grubbs (
) and see if Lylle
might be a match for your young rider.
We truly marvel at all you do ... you certainly
fill a 24 hour day four times over. You have truly made your
presence felt in this world.
Thank you for updating Lylle's page. I remember asking
you in your kitchen over a year ago "How will we know when we have found
the right horse?" You responded with such sincerity, "You will just
have shot over 1000 pictures this summer, but these three truly depict how
happy my girls are.
While you continue to work to improve the world in terms
of trainers, owners, and the safe retiring of each racehorse... here in
North Carolina, we want you to know you have truly changed our world
and we will be forever thankful.
We miss you guys and hope that whenever
your life settles down, you will come sit on our rocking chairs and
put your feet up!
Mary Jo and Meg
I have been playing with my new Mother's
day gift... a Cannon SLR. Be careful, I may inundate you with
photos. I love it!!!
On a sad note, we will be moving Lylle
and her girlfriend Socks to a new barn on Saturday. The stables
we have been at for 6 months just couldn't make a go of it.
So we are heading to a real nice (pricey.. yikes!) barn this
weekend. The trainer was a pony clubber as a kid and she grew
up in Ocala. She will be a perfect person to work with Meg
and Lylle. But Meg will miss the barn full of girls.
Hope you like these pictures of my girls.
Miss you both,
We have been celebrating Meg's
one year anniversary with her wonderful pal, Lylle. Thank
you so much for all the guidance you gave us during the process.
I have said before, it all started a year ago with me staring
at a blank computer screen saying a prayer that I would find
a web site or advertisement that would lead to a knowledgeable,
kind person. Twenty minutes later, I came across a link to your
web site, and within thirty days, we were blessed with not
only Lylle but a life long friendship with you and
wish we all lived closer so we could join in all the fun
at Bits and Bytes Farm.
One year anniversary for Lylle and Meg.
Here are some
photos from a month ago ... doesn't Lylle look fancy? She
is such a quick learner and the people at Pony Club thinks she
and Meg make a great pair. How true!
will send pictures from next month's eventing rally ... Lylle's
first with the Pony Club. Just wanted
you to know how things are going... hope you, Barry, the
all the horses are well and enjoying this wonderful spring
be in touch.
Jo and Meg
We are surviving our first winter
in the mountains, but boy, it has been a challenge. We have
had quite a bit of ice, some snow, winds that just shake the house,
and lots of snow days from school. The progress on the new
barn is real slow... so the girls have had to endure barn life
with no bathroom, heat, limited electricity, and crowded conditions
in the indoor ring. We believe the end is in sight ... but
it has been a bit trying the last two months.
a brighter note.. Lylle thinks she is at camp. She
is having the time of her life.. rolling in mud, playing
with the other mares, and fashionably wearing one of her
day we had snow, we took Lylle out to see it . She was
apprehensive at first.. but then, had a ball racing from one
end of the paddock to the next.
Here are some cute
pictures of how our Florida girl enjoyed her first exposure
to snow. I think
she looks like a rodeo queen.
it hasn't been all play lately, since we have been
working with a trainer on her flat work. Will send you
some of those pictures when we all thaw out. I
have a new digital camera so hopefully the next pictures
will be clearer.
I continue to watch your web site and just last Saturday
when we were at Pony Club, another Mom said... Oh,
she's a Bits and Bytes horse. Her family went to see
your farm a year ago while they were at Big Canoe.
sure do miss you and Barry and really hope when
this summer's heat hits Georgia.. you will com escape to the
mountains with us.
I must thank you for all your guidance with
Lylle .. she is Meg's dependable friend when she needs love, her brave
companion when she is trying something new.. and her thrilling partner
on the initial excursion on the cross country course this past weekend.
It was a first for the both of them.. but the
thrill will be remembered for a long time. Here are some of the photos
... many are blurry because this Mom's hand's were shaking as she
watched her girls go flying over the jumps. Truly the water jumps
were the favorite.. both going in and out of the cold muddy water.
Hope you are staying healthy during this very
busy season ...
I will be in touch..
Lylle was a Horse For Sale at Bits & Bytes Farm in 2003