The 2010 riding and trekking season drew to a close with wonderful weather and some lovely rides.
The horses have now all gone to their winter homes. Hartpury College have yet again had a number of our horses to help teach the students a thing or two, this year they have; Duchess, Aroha, Ace, Seren, Gossip, Monty, Bramble and Queenie, let’s hope the horses and students have a fun and productive time. Holme Lacy College are looking after Cracker and Brandy, Cracker is already making lots of friends and proving his worth, and it’s Brandy’s first time away from home so good luck to her. Fortune, Whiskey, Warrior, Murphy and Sparks are living near Paula under the watchful eye of Emily. Lady and Morwyn have returned to Carolyn and Inca for the third or fourth time where they get very well looked after. Bo and Kitty have also gone to private homes that we hope work well and are enjoyed by all. Some of our young horses are spending the winter out on the Sussex Downs at Church Farm, Coombes, with Grannie, Auntie and Uncle Passmore. The rest of the horses stay here and make Tom get out of bed every morning to shovel poo and lug feed sacks around.!!
The chickens have a wonderfully luxurious new house for the winter to keep them warm and cosy – Tom is hoping the egg supply will continue – Oh no wait, it has already dried up, damn!
Harri has started work again at the local racing yard while still searching for the apprenticeship she needs to complete her farriery training. Kelly has gone back to uni, Joey and Alex will be working the winter ski season in Italy. We hope to see them all next year.
Everybody had a great time at the Annual Show Dinner and Dance held on bonfire night, a great way for staff and friends to finish off the season in outfits that we don’t recognise each other in!
The next day was a day of fun and games. Organised into teams with Cressy captaining the Pinks, Bryony leading the Purples, Tom’s team was Sunshine Yellow, and Annabel was captain for the Brown team. Colour coded hoodies embroidered and printed with a great design showing all the different things we have done throughout the year – show jumping, rodeoing, canoeing, climbing, galloping on the beach, 4X4ing plus the cats and chickens also featured – a great souvenir of the season. Challenges included Mega Crazy Golf, obstacle races in the manege, blindfolded, tied together, egg and spoon, all sorts! Lunch and dinner in the farmhouse kept us all going through the day and then we had quizzes in the pub in the evening, quiz mastered skilfully by Harri and Bryony.
And so the valley quietens now for the winter months. Our next planned event in the valley is New Year celebrations, with our fancy dress in the Half Moon and the charity River Jump the next morning, everyone and anyone is welcome to attend….but be warned….it’s COLD.!!
Everyone at Llanthony Riding and Trekking and Court Farm wish you a very happy and healthy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing you next season.
Love from everyone at Court Farm (and from those who have temporarily left us)
Karen and Tom x