The end of the year round-up
October Half Term week was our final week of riding for the 2011 season. The weather was great most of the time and there were some lovely rides in the late autumn sun, with fantastic views up and down the valley as it transformed to an Autumnal landscape, red, orange, yellow and brown. Its all change once again for Llanthony Riding and Trekking, as we said goodbye for a year to Joey and Alex, they are have now arrived in New Zealand for a year of backpacking and working their way around that beautiful country. Kelly also left us for Cornwall, taking her beloved Llanthony Erehwon (Bean) with her as she is now his very proud owner! We hope to see them all again soon and thank them very much for their hard work over the last two seasons.
We must also give our thanks to Claire, Lou and Lucy, who have helped throughout the summer and during our especially busy periods – good luck with all your studies, especially Claire at Cambridge University. Paula and I have also greatly enjoyed the season, meeting new customers and those of you who are regular riders with us, we’ve had some brilliant days out with you all! Tom has been working hard schooling youngsters and horses for sale and Bryony has been trekking occasionally while not at her full time job leading expeditions – she was of course very busy earlier in the year organising her wedding.
The trekking horses are now settled in their winter homes, some are at college again, others at their private homes or the other Passmore farm in Sussex where they will all be loved and looked after during the cold months ahead. The remaining staff and friends had a great time dancing the night away at the annual Llanthony Show Dinner and Dance. We were all intrigued about what Bryony and Cressy had got lined up for us the day after the dinner and dance this year. It turned out to be a fun and varied day. The morning was taken up with an Orienteering Treasure Hunt challenge around the farm – following the clues and a map without grid references – to collect numbers to make the final clue as to where there treasure was, teams were hampered by having at all times one team member blindfolded and another two attached at the legs! Then there were a multitude of games on the yard, again involving blindfolds (hang on there’s a theme emerging here) and much rolling around on the floor! After a lovely meal prepared by Cressy and her helpers we adjourned to the Half Moon for a very intense quiz. Honours were shared throughout the day but my team were the overall victors across the whole days’ activities.
Don’t forget there is more news and a photo gallery on our Facebook page (Llanthony Riding and Trekking) while things are quiet at the farm. If you have ridden with us this year and have photos of your day please do post them up for us to see!
Watch out for a new year update and then details of when we start to ride in 2012. Plus, out now in the local area and wider afield is a film called Resistance, starring Michael Sheen and Angela Riseborough, based on local author Owen Sheers’ book all about the Llanthony and Olchon Valleys in war time. Much of the filming was done locally with many people we know acting as extras! We will all try to get to see it over the next few weeks, its even showing in Birmingham!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year
Love from Karen and everyone at Llanthony Riding & Trekking and Court Farm.