August for Team Sommerville was a bit quieter with James wanting to cut down on horses and focus more on his others.
At the start of August we had a new addition to the family. Lucinda’s sister, Amelia, had a beautiful baby girl named Camilla. She was born healthy and happy, and both mother and baby are doing very well. I think she has a lot of fans! Especially Valerie Cornes (Grandma), I am not sure she will be able to stay away!
Next on calendar was Andrew’s (Lucinda’s father) birthday. We had a lovely meal at the Carpenters Arms and celebrated in style!
We have also had a few new arrivals; Bramble a lovely 10-year-old mare. She has competed at Novice level and her first outing will be with James at Richmond Horse Trials. Another being a horse called Gii, he is a seven-year-old and a project to see if James and Gii can get on famously and develop a great partnership. Gii is a little nervous and has a lot to do to build up his foundations to move onto the next step in competing.
Talent was prepping also for Blair Castle International Horse Trials, he was running in the CCI3*. Lots of trips to the gallops was on the agenda and also a trip to Somerford Park in the OI for a prep run.
At Somerford Park, Talent did a lovely test of 26.8, and a brilliant double clear to show he was ready and rearing to go to his next big run. James aimed for steady run to establish some breaks in the cross country phase.
It was then onto packing and prepping Talent for his final run of 2018. With Talent all packed up and ready for the road we all headed up to Scotland for Blair Castle International Horse Trials. It took us around five and half hours to get to Blair, but it was a very good run and the traffic was good the whole way. Once we got there Talent had a nice walk about and got settled ready for the next day. We were stabled next to our Strzegom team mates; Team Oakden, Gemma and Eilidh!
Our week was already looking good, with good friends about. Talent had trot up at 4.30pm on the Wednesday, so early morning he was fed, lead out and lunged. Around midday James gave him a school as he was on to do his test on Thursday. Talent sailed through the trot up and James could take Talent for some arena familiarisation in the main arena ready for their test on the Thursday.
Their dressage wasn’t until 3.45pm, so the morning consisted of Lucinda giving Talent a quick lunge followed by James having a ride out. Talent was then prepped and turnedout ready for show time! Talent did a beautiful and accurate test to score a 33 in the CCI3*. This good mark put them straight into fifth place going into cross country.
Friday, we had a day off so James and Talent had a hack around the Blair estate and a chilled day to make sure Talent was rested and ready for the cross country.
On Saturday, cross country day, Talent was very keen and excited to get going, the ground was good and the weather had also stayed very good all day. Talent and James did an amazing cross country round taking all the direct routes and finished with just a couple of time faults, maintaining their good fifth position overnight going into the showjumping phase.
On Sunday Talent felt amazing and passed the morning trot up with full colours but then had a horribly long wait all day for show jumping at 5pm.
The rain was awful on Sunday making the ground very boggy and slippery, Talent being Talent still jumped a lovely round to maintain his fifth and final position in the CCI3*.
Talent will now be on his winter holidays after an amazing 2018 season, with a Badminton double clear and a Nations Cup competition under his belt he has done us so proud and we are truly blessed to have such a special horse.
Next up will be Richmond, Allerton and a few more events to finish our 2018 season off.
Until next time… KEEP FEEDING FIBRE-BEET!