Summer 2011 update

It has been an action packed few weeks with lots of lovely events.  Stella, our former yard manager got married to fiancé Simon, their friends and family gathered in their lovely garden to celebrate with a barbecue – congratulations to them.  Then we had the Llanthony show.  A day of mixed weather, some very heavy downpours that sent everyone scurrying for cover and some warm sunshine.  It was a busy day with an action packed schedule, all the usual entertainments were present, with a new sideshow, the Llanthony Pony Plop!  Basically you have to guess where Barney the very cute pony leaves a present in a numbered grid, and if you get the right square the prize is yours (the entry money not Barney’s contribution)!  The fell runners had a good race again, with a young Charlie Sapwell (aged 15) running with the seniors for the first time and coming in a very respectable 10 minutes behind the winner, a serious club runner.  Watch out for Charlie in the future – he has already had offers to join clubs local to Llanthony, the only problem is that he lives in Kent.  The Beer Race was as usual a great spectacle with the Dukes of Essex winning again. The Monmouthshire Hunt attracted much support with their display of horses and hounds and the gymkhana and rodeo had lots of entries.  Show Jumping took place all day and the showing classes were very popular, as the Assistant Secretaries (me and Paula) booking in the entries in the tent will testify.

A week later it was another wedding, this time our very own Bryony and Steve.  Preparations took place all week (and a long time before) with an army of helpers laying tables, making jewellery, printing orders of service, rolling meatballs, pressing burgers, baking foccacia, creating flower arrangements and decorations to name just a few of the many tasks for completion.  There was a simple but touching ceremony in a packed St David’s chapel, bubbles, canapés and photos in the Abbey grounds, and a reception in a beautifully decorated marquee in the Abbey Field.  Bryony looked stunning in an oyster pearl and deep red dress and the weather was kind, the rain kindly waited until everyone was under cover before lightly showering.  An evening barbecue was laid on for guests, but for the daytime guests Cressy’s wonderfully cured cider ham and Llanthony beef was delicious.  There was dancing to a live band who were very popular and once again the Abbey was floodlit in the evening.  With a full moon making an appearance the effect was truly magical – especially when the happy couple walked down the field at the end of the evening and over the fairy lit steps into the Abbey Hotel to whoops and cheers from the crowd in the marquee.  It was a truly special day for a very special couple and I know all our readers will be very happy for them both.

Riding continues for the rest of the summer holidays and right through now until the end of October, so do give us a call to book in.

With love from Karen and all at Court Farm.

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