Llanthony Show 2010

For all of you who were at the show and wanted to know how Harri is doing after coming off badly in the rodeo – she’s OK.  She has a broken left collar bone but was released from hospital that evening after being flown to Cardiff from the show field on Saturday afternoon.  She’s in good spirits and tells me she is looking forward to finding a position as farrier’s apprentice to continue her training as soon as she is better.  Its all hands to the pump now on the trekking yard while she’s out of action for a few weeks.  We all send our love for a speedy recovery.
The rest of show day was great – the weather finally picked up in the afternoon after a damp morning and a large crowd of visitors enjoyed all the other attractions; a carriage driving display, gymkhana, beer race, fell running, children’s’ races, decorated floats, fancy dress, the list goes on!
Despite the Brecon Show date now clashing with ours after they changed a few years ago we still managed to attract many top competitors in the showing classes.  To see pictures from the show go to www.Copperphoto.co.uk where you can order photos.  The next show event is the annual dinner and dance fundraiser in November.
Love from Karen and all at Court Farm.

Summer 2010

School is out and the summer holidays are in full swing, the campsite is getting full and there are lots of people around enjoying the beautiful countryside around Llanthony.  We have welcomed some new additions to the yard recently, Tom now owns four hens, all different breeds and all very friendly and beautiful – more importantly they provide lots of eggs to keep up the guides’ energy levels!

It’s the Llanthony Valley and District Show on Saturday 7th August where there will be lots of fun for the whole family – the local community holds this annual event at Court Farm which showcases the best the valley can offer.  There are livestock and showing classes for horses, a produce tent where there are prizes for flowers, vegetables, eggs and all sorts of arts and crafts, show jumping, gymkhana, children’s races, a fell running race, dog shows and races, pony rodeo (for the very brave!) and lots more to see and do.  Why not take time to visit the ice cream van, the beer tent and the fish & chip van, it’s all really yummy!

Join us on Saturday but allow plenty of time to get here as the road in to the valley will be busy!

Love from Karen and all at Court Farm

Annabel and Jamie’s Wedding

Saturday the 10th of July dawned bright, dry and fine, perfect for the wedding of the year, the decade, even the century!  Yes of course it was the special day for Annabel and Jamie, the childhood sweethearts who tied the knot in the tiny St David’s Chapel at Llanthony in front of their nearest and dearest family and friends.  The bride was stunning in an Oyster Pearl dress with gorgeous train and carrying freshly picked local flowers.  Jamie was handsome and smart in a grey morning suit, with bridesmaids, best men and ushers all looking wonderfully co-ordinated.  The church was filled with flowers and candles and after a simple ceremony the happy couple were showered with rose petal confetti.  A wonderful reception followed in the marquee in the Abbey Field (after champers and fantastic home made canapés in the Priory grounds – well done Cressy, Cordelia and your wonderful team of helpers).  When the side of the marquee was taken down the panoramic view of the Priory ruins was revealed to gasps of wonderment at the stunning view.  Evening guests then joined in with music and dancing late into the night, even Colin was kicking up his legs to the strains of ‘Ol Blue Eyes singing New York New York!  A fabulous day for all was rounded off with the magnificent sight of the Priory floodlit against the dark sky, giving the late night revellers one of the most amazing sights the valley can provide.

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Windsor-Medley, from everyone at Court Farm and beyond, here’s hoping you have a fabulous honeymoon in St Lucia and we look forward to seeing you at the show on 7th August!

Love Karen and everyone at Court Farm

July 2010

Well the longest day has come and gone, and finally we get some gorgeous weather! Bright and sunny, and hot enough to take the horses for a welcome paddle and a splash in the river at the end of the day, which they love. The horses are all now super fit (a few are still a bit fat too!) and have shiny glossy coats.

We have welcomed a new guide for the summer to help for the holidays – Kelly has got straight into the swing of things, learning the different routes, and like Joey is riding as many of the horses as possible to get to know them and choose her favourite! Kelly is from a farming background, has working at riding centres previously and is currently studying Outdoor Education at university, so she is with us until the end of the holidays.

Maestro and Erehwon have both undertaken their first treks after some intensive training and “baby-rides” out with Tom and Harri, both these youngsters are taking to it very well. Bonnie is coming along really well too along with all the other regulars.

Cressy and Katie have been out and about in Cressy’s new lorry to more Le Trec events, doing very well with Flame and Ace, they can go further afield now as the lorry has living accommodation. And of course it’s blue to go with their very own colour scheme of “That Blue Pair”.

“Bryony-and-Tom Fest” happened recently with all sorts of activities organised including group rides, a fancy dress party and barbecue and a cake decorating competition. The fancy dress theme was Disney and all the costumes were made with great care and innovation, especially Joey as Buzz Lightyear! There were Peter Pans, Tinkerbells, Captain Hook, Cruella de Ville (X2), several very spotty Dalmatians, Mary Poppins, Belle, Aladdin and the Genie plus magic carpet, Pocahontas and many many more. The faces of the bemused campers walking by were great! Some even remembered us from the previous years.

Of course the main event of the summer is Annabel and Jamie’s wedding – preparations enter the final phase now ready for the big day coming up very soon. Everyone is really looking forward to the day itself, the day after the wedding (hangovers permitting) is given over for games at the happy couple’s request. Anyway, I will be there to make a photographic record of the whole thing alongside Katie with her video camera.

Summer holidays are approaching fast when we are expecting to be busy, remember to book up well in advance for treks and hacks to avoid disappointment. Oh, and remember plenty of sun cream!

Love from Karen and all at Court Farm.

2010 season underway

The 2010 season has successfully started and has been underway for a little over a month now, all is running smoothly, and all the horses are fit and very well.

We are excited to announce Joey as a new member of our team this season. Joey has spent the winter working the ski season in Les Gets, the French Alps. She also has experience as a Ranch guide in Los Monetesinos in Spain, and has worked as an instructor for PGL in Shropshire. Welcome to Joey.

Also welcome to all 4 of our Llanthony babies 2010, with Cobalt as proud father to 3 of them:

Chilli has a chestnut sabino blanket spot filly,

Africa and Libro have a smart bay colt – name still to be decided,

Rio has a perfect mini-me, she’s been called Daisy,

And last but no means least little Willow has had a black based sabino, leopard spot colt,

They are all very gorgeous, you simply must come and visit to see them playing in the field.

Otherwise view the gallery page and see some pictures of them.

As the valley gets greener and greener we anticipate more visitors and riders for the May Bank Holiday and on into the summer, let’s hope that the weather is on our side this year – fingers crossed.

If you are holidaying in the area and want inspiration for other acitivites after your ride here then the Brecon Beacon’s National Park website is a great place to start http://www.breconbeacons.org/

Look forward to seeing you soon…

Bryony and all at Llanthony Riding and Trekking