Team Sommerville Eventing January Update

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With the New Year upon us, the team and horses have notched things up a gear with preparations for the looming 2017 season! We’re all very excited about the new season as we have a fantastic string of horses and more on the way.
All of the horses have been doing a lot of hacking out, working on their fitness. After that a lot of the older horses have been doing lots of schooling work and slowly bringing them into their jump work – which they’ve found extremely exciting! We love that start of the year where they are all clipped, a little chubby and feeling very well – although it means James has a lot of work on his hands making them realise they have to focus and get down to business!
James managed to get away from the madness for a day at the start of the month to ride for our new owners Fairlight Stud. James travelled to ride Sir Shutterfly and Jonkers Metyo at a stallion show at Bury Farm. James adores riding both stallions, they both have amazing power but also very charming too!

James also enjoyed some publicity this month with an article in the Yorkshire Post catching up on our plans for the season, and looking forwards to an exciting year with Talent.
James made his annual trip to BETA trade fair in Birmingham in January, where he enjoyed a good catch up with everyone and had a look at all of the fantastic new products for 2017. We also had a new arrival in January as we welcomed Tom, aka VSS Mission Impossible, owned by Mr and Mrs Whitney. Tom has previously evented up to novice level and has recently been doing very well as a showjumper. Tom will be looking towards coming out eventing again this season with James as his pilot! He has a super jump, so we are all extremely excited to get him out and about to see him progress up the levels.
Master Ramiro and Altaskin Jack showed off their skills recently in a Demo at Farm View Equestrian near Harrogate. Both horses worked very well, especially considering how excited they were to be out and about! Rocky worked on the flat and showed off his beautiful paces, and luckily we had our great friends Country Pursuit Images come along to take some beautiful pictures.
Jack did what he does best by showing off his scope in the jumping phase, demonstrating how to alter paces between two fences, which all helps with every phase learning control and length of stride.
In February we will be continuing fitness work, progressing onto canter work, more jumping and xc schooling. James will be seeing some exciting new furry faces in the yard with a few still left to come back. The young ones will begin to get out and about, which will be exciting for both rider and horse!

Until then…stay warm and dry!

Tom settling in well