Happy New Year everyone!
We have quite a bit to tell you since our last update.
The great news is that Kelly will be returning in 2012 as Yard Manager, and Harri will be rejoining the team as Ride Leader and Breaker and Trainer of young horses. All the usual helpers will also be around, it’s great to keep as much of a successful team together as possible. Bryony will be with us a bit more – it’s her resolution to ride Ace more this year. Joey and Alex will still be touring New Zealand for most of the season but we hope to see them in the autumn.
Our riding dates for 2012 have been set, we begin on Saturday 31st March and ride through until Sunday 4th November, so do give us a call or an email to get booked in. Watch our bookings page for when 2012 prices are added.
The horses are all safely tucked up in their winter homes, enjoying being pampered. Tom has the few horses remaining on the farm stabled or in barns, away from the wind and the rain which has been battering the valley recently. When weather allows some are being ridden, schooled and broken in.
New Year’s Eve saw some very imaginative fancy dress costumes from those at the farm and the bunk barn. Court Farm and friends (including Harri and family, Kelly and Nick, Claire, Lex etc) decided to be an army of brown Antz that invaded the pub! Annabel and Jamie were very green grasshoppers. Cressy and Katie were angels, what else? The bunk barn crew with Karen and Paula all dressed up to the theme of Dances, and others in the Half Moon had to guess what they were e.g. Karen in a POLKA dot dress, Paula with several tin cans attached to her (CAN CAN) along with many other clever costumes including the Mashed Potato, the Locomotion and the Jitterbug. The prize for the best costume of the night went to Karen’s other half Chris, who went for the full monty and dressed as The Black Swan (Google it if you haven’t see it) with the full Natalie Portman hair, make up, tights and tutu. Well done Chris (and his styling team)!
The next morning several brave souls jumped in to the river off the Bugle Bridge to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, there were many still-brown Antz going in as well as others who were rewarded with a cup of hot mulled wine from Cordelia. The Duck race was over in the blink of an eye as the river was running so quickly. The New Year’s Day river jump and duck race is a long running tradition in the valley that raises money for an exceptional cause and it’s a pleasure to support it.
Don’t forget we have our Facebook Page up and running so if you have any of our horses over the winter do keep us updated on them and remember to put any photos up of your rides with us. We look forward to seeing everyone in the spring.
With love from Karen and everyone at Court Farm.