court farm stables
Court Farm Stables is a family run business with generations of experience, offering unrivalled facilities It boast many equine achievements.
Court Farm boasts two yards with capacity for 40 horses and over 100 acres of all year turn out, with exceptional schooling facilities including an Olympic size all weather arena, indoor school, show jumping and cross country fences.Their training facilities comprise of a four horse walker, schooling hurdles and fences and acres of grass gallops and riding tracks.
Autumn -Vaginia creeper on one of the stables
The Pond and back stream
Years ago the pond used to be filled with watercress! Today it is used for cooling horses when the temperature sores. The cold running water in the back stream is used as water therapy for injured animals. It shows good conservation. The pond is also used for watering horses in winter.
The Green Lane
Volunteers open up ancient
EQUESTRIANISM turned into another sort of hacking when Gwent riders strimmed and lopped a way through an historic trackway.
Since the middle ages or before a sunken road has run from the B4245 at Llanmartin northwards to the A48.
"Part of the trackway past the section that runs between my fields had degenerated into a wilderness" Mr Roger Lewis, owner of Court Farm livery stables said.
"For generations it has been open to people and horses but sadly, as well as being overgrown had become obstructed by rubbish.
"RThe girls who have horses at the stables recruited their friends, husbands and boyfriends who settowork with a will.
"Old tyres and tree stumps were dragged away and overgrowth and weeds lopped, chopped, strimmed and taken away in wheel barrows.
"Now considerably more of Green Lane has been opened up.
"Ultimately we would like to see it cleared right the way through to the A48."
Maintenance of the sunken road which for much of its length appears on the Ordnance Survey map as a footpath but over the years the right of way had become obstructed.
For over 10 years locals have been pressurising Newport Council as the highway authority to carry out the work but the council told them it could not afford the £10,000 required to carry out the work.
With the horse population increasing - there are thought to be several hundred within a few miles radius of Llanmartin - leisure riders are more and more forced onto roads.
Karen Busson, 22 of Allt-yr-Yn and who works at the National Statistics Office in Newport said she regularly rode her mares Rosie and Misty on the Langstone to Llanmartin Road at the southern end of the sunken lane.
"Once upon a time you could more or less rely on people slowing down for horse but those days seem to be disappearing" she said.
"The present speed limit is 60 miles an hour and although there are plans to make it 40 some riders feel they are taking their lives in their hands.
"If the Green Lane were to be re-opened for its entire length it would seperate horses from motor traffic as well as being a pleasant stroll for pedestrians.
"It was hard work clearing away all the rubbish and undergrowth but we feel as though we have achieved something."
Mr George Harper whose farm abutts the lane said "I'm pleased that a large part of the lane has been opened - there was all sorts of rubbish thrown in there.
My grandfather used to take corn up that lane to be milled over 100 years ago.
"In those days horses could ride along where the stream bed had been diverted where the old mill once was.
"I would like to see it opened all the way thgrough to the A48 just as it was in his day."
Local historian Richard Frame said the sunken trackway definitely goes back to the Middle ages and could be much older.
"For hundreds of years the feet of men and animals and cart wheels have cut down through right to the bedrock.
"As well as being a right of way it is like a linear nature reserve.
"These sunken roads are magical and mysterious places which add enormously to our quality of life just by being there.
"The volunteers have done a marvellous job.
"At the moment there is no clear way through but I would like to see it cleared right to the end and restored to its ancient splendour."
In 2017 the Green Lane was declared a bridle way. No motorised vehicles are allowed. The boundary at the top end has been fixed as the centre of the stream.