This is the page where Elizabeth and Barry share training tips
and give updates on the horses currently in training at the farm.
Each weekend the boarders and the "Friends of Bits & Bytes
Farm" do a group training lesson either at the farm or on the
Why Gamble? Ride a Thoroughbred for a Good Cause
The "Friends of Bits and Bytes Farm" spent this weekend riding for
a good cause - The Georgia Department of Agriculture
Equine Rescue. Five Bits & Bytes Farm Thoroughbreds participated
at the Carl Bouckaert Poker Ride in Kingston, Georgia. The territory
is the former hunt country of Shamrock Hounds and the current home
of Kingston Downs, where the Atlanta Steeplechase is held.
Austin's Wolf with Barry and Joe Bear and
Paula Gunnels. - October 8, 2005
It was the very first outing for one of our three year-old babies
Wolf. You would have thought he had been on a several
dozen rides before - he was that calm. It is really not surprising
though, off-the-track Thoroughbreds have been exposed to a lot of excitement
and crowds. The poker ride was calm compared to the racetrack. Barry
enjoyed a great ride on him and feels that he could be taken to a fox
hunt without problems.
Elizabeth rode her "Special Reserve Horse - Heather's
Best". He earned
his name because he was on his "Best Behavior" the whole day. Heather
is a former steeplechaser so the coops and stone walls of the old Shamrock
Hounds hunting territory were inviting and easy for him. He was so
quiet while galloping that Elizabeth was able to catch some action
photos of Joe Bear and Paula galloping.
Elizabeth was able to catch some action photos
of Joe Bear and Paula galloping while she galloped alongside
on Heather's Best.
Joe Bear showed Paula he has many talents. He won Grand Champion
last weekend at a dressage show and this weekend he was quietly galloping
cross country with a group of riders ready to jump any fence put in front
Joe Bear and Austin's Wolf at Kingston Downs
- home of the Atlanta Steeplechase. The race track and finish line
are in the background.
Big Money and Gertjan with Two Thumbs Up and Marie behind.
Gertjan van Roekel brought his former Bits & Bytes Farm Horse for
Money and his wife Marie brought her former Bits & Bytes
Farm Prospect Horse, Two
Gertjan van Roekel and Big Money.
Marie van Roekel and Two Thumbs Up in hot pursuit of Guido.
Marie and Gertjan had a great time galloping
on chasing organizer and friend Guido Deutschler. Big
every fence like it was not even there! Marie proved to be the poker
champion of our group winning third place ($50) with her poker hand.
After the ride we put out a typical Bits & Bytes
Farm buffet spread
for all our "Friends". Many old and a even a few new friends stopped
by our trailers to visit and enjoy some good food.
Everyone is welcome at a Bits & Bytes Farm
tailgate buffet. Please stop by if you see our spread! We always have
enough food for our "Friends".
It was a great fall day for riding made even better by sharing a great
meal with our "Friends". Stop by and say hello the next time you see
our banner. There is always plenty of food and good fellowship to go