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Ikon and Beth clean up with the ribbons. -

Ikon and Beth won big at their first horse show in Knoxville, TN

Ikon and Beth visit Bits & Bytes Farm in December 2006

Ikon and Beth stopped by Bits & Bytes Farm on their way home from college. Ikon agreed to help Santa pull his sleigh so he donned the reindeer antlers.

Ikon and Beth - November 2006

Ikon and Beth - November 2006

Ikon and Beth - November 2006

Ikon and Beth - November 2006

Ikon and Beth

Ikon and Beth

Ikon and Jeff in the holiday spirit

Ikon and Jeff ( with his other daughter Beth) get into the holiday spirit. - Christmas 2004

Jeff's other daughter owns Got Um Smoke Um.

Ikon and dad Jeff

Ikon and dad Jeff.

Jeff and Ikon - October 2003

Beth's dad Jeff and Ikon - October 2003

Ikon was just three when he arrived at Bits & Btyes Farm in the fall of 2003.

Ikon was just three when he arrived at Bits & Btyes Farm in the fall of 2003. - September 2003

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Ikon - Almost three years of Success Stories!

Ikon and his mom Beth Macintire during a visit to Bits & Bytes Farm. December 18, 2006
Ikon and his mom Beth Macintire during a visit to Bits & Bytes Farm.

December 22, 2006

Dear Liz and Barry,

Thanks so much for letting us have a mini vacation at your beautiful farm. I know Smokey and Ikon were sad to leave!!! It was so much fun showing off our boys and getting to ride some of your TBs.

Smokey, Ikon and Knight getting into the Christmas spirit.
Amy/Smokey, Beth/Ikon and Tammy/Knight each check out the antlers on the others.

I remember when my dad first called me up and told me he had bought two ex-race horses right off the track. I thought he was going through a mid-life crisis and was going to kill himself!!

Ikon and his mom Beth Macintire during a visit to Bits & Bytes Farm over the Christmas holidays. December 18, 2006
Ikon and his mom Beth Macintire during a visit to Bits & Bytes Farm over the Christmas holidays. December 18, 2006

My view has totally changed. In the three years I have had Ikon (I sort of "borrowed" him from dad) he has turned out to be such a wonderful boy. After all his time at the track he is literally "bomb proof."

Ikon is an off-the-track Thoroughbred.

Our farrier came out last week and shod ike and Smokey. It was a really windy day and in the middle of ikon's shoeing one of the barn doors slammed shut. It was so loud that even I jumped but Ike didn't even move a muscle. The farrier then turned to me and said "Yep...he sure is broke". It was a great moment.

I will never get another horse that hasn't raced because it makes them so non-spooky!!

OTTBs are not wild or crazy.
Contrary to popular belief, OTTBs are not wild or crazy. Ikon and Got Um Smoke Um are typical of the kind of Thoroughbreds we get off-the-track.

I hope you and all your animals have a wonderful christmas. Amy, Smokey, Ikon, and I look forward to seeing you next month when we head back up to college.

Beth

December 1, 2006

Ikon and Beth Macintire.
Still in love after almost three years! Ikon has become a real part of the Macintire family with dad Jeff, sister Amy and even mom getting to ride Beth's horse.

Dear Liz,

Greetings from Cookeville! Amy said you would love to hear from Ikon and me so here we go!!

Ike and I have had another successful semester at college. Just this past week we both had an intense jump clinic from Michael Tokaruk and my BAY-by did wonderful. He was the youngest horse there but also the most talented!!

Ikon and Beth jumping on the farm.

Thoroughbreds are just so great!! His jumping is coming along so well and so is his dressage. We plan to kick-butt in a few dressage shows in the next year, he really has such potential. Though we haven't had time this semester for many shows I hope to go to a few events this Christmas break.

Amy and Smokey are chaperoning Ikon and I at our first event in Poplar Place this winter. I have a few candid shots of Ikon and me attached to this letter.

Sincerely,
Beth and Ikon Macintire

August 2005

Amy and Smokey have done so well...some of the jumps they go over are really big. The Monroe, NC cross country jumps for open Novice where not only big but so wide....like jumping a picnic table. We schooled at Pine Top to see how the training level jumps would be at the up coming events....he did all that they tried. They really are amazing (T'breds and the girls that jump them!).

Ikon and his mom Beth Macintire.

Beth has Ikon so well trained....he will jump anything and is now off his front end while cantering....he is still so eager to please and always wants to go go go! They all plan to go to several H-J shows and Amy to events in Franklina as well as River Glen in Knoxville and perhaps Pine Top this Fall.

Jeff

September 2005

Dear Liz,

Hi, this is Beth and Ike from Tennessee. The BAYby is all grown up but he is still as playful as he was as a three year-old. He has the whole herd cantering up to the barn for breakfast in the morning and my ex-racer is always in the lead. Ike enjoys being in college and due to his wonderful and sweet personality he is a barn favorite. We have been working hard on Dressage lately and Ikon is a natural. He is so willing to please and fast to pick up on new ideas and moves. He is such a wonderful boy!!! We have been to a few shows and Ike always cleans up in the ribbon department.

I sent you a picture from our first show last year in Knoxville. Look at all Ikon's ribbons!!! He was such a champ!!! Ikon and Smokey are still best friends and hang out in the pasture together. I will send you so more photos as soon as i can.

Beth Macintire and Ikon

December 2004

Ikon with dad Jeff - Christmas 2004

November 2004

Ikon and Jeff

Amy with Smokey and Ikon

Got Um Smoke Um and Ikon with Jeff's other daughter Amy who owns Got Um Smoke Um.

Spring 2004

Ikon and Jeff in competition.

 


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