Team Sommerville Eventing June News

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Exciting month of June
The beginning of June was all about Talent again!! Talent, Jack and Pele went to Bishop Burton in the Intermediate sections. They all had fab runs, Jack came away with a 9th and Pele came away with a 7th. Talent pulled out the stops again having a fantastic performance, flying around being the only horse inside the time placing 1st in the OI. A fantastic prep run for the oncoming Bramham horse trials.
Next up was Altaskin Jack making a trip over to Ireland for Tattersalls International. Jack ran in the CCI**. Jack stepped up to the plate and did a good dressage with a brilliant double clear inside the time to finish inside the top 20 in a big class!

Onward to Bramham the week after for Team Sommerville with top boy Talent in the CCI***. Talent on the Wednesday had a brilliant prep run lesson with Christopher Bartle and then onwards to Bramham to get settled in and trotted up on the Wednesday afternoon. As soon as Talent saw the crowds on the Wednesday at the trot up he knew he was at a big party! He was very excited to be on home ground. Talent was put down to be the last of the CCI*** dressage on the Thursday. He was more than ready posting a brilliant score of 48.6. A personal best for Talent. He was so settled and happy with his work. After the dressage their score had them in the top 20 going into cross country.
Cross country day was on the Saturday. It was rather wet, however this suits Talent. It caused a fair share of problems and was a brilliant Ian Stark track, testing the horse and rider. Making it a real competition! Talent flew around, this being his favourite phase!! Obviously showing every one over the British Horse Feeds fence, exactly what provides him with such amazing condition and fuel for his job!
Talent completed the gruelling course clear with just 4.4 time faults to lie in 9th place after the cross country phase. He felt very excited much to Lucinda’s joy to try and keep him quiet and settled.
Sunday morning came and Talent flew through the trot up, onto the show jumping. It was very nerve wracking with being so close to the top 10 last year for James to finish in the top 10. Talent had an unfortunate rail, however was among many horses who also had a few rails, this amazingly moved Talen and James up to 7th place!! A fantastic result for all the team!!
Come Monday morning the team received some very exciting news that Talent and James had been selected to compete for Great Britain in the Nations Cup in The Plains, America.

This was James first GB senior team call up. However Talent put his all into Bramham and was so fantastic, he was a little tired and sore afterwards. With Talent being such a special horse we did not want to push him to compete and travel such a long way, not feeling his best. So we saved him for another day. He has such a big future we like to think we made a good decision. He is however now feeling extremely well again after a short break and back to running rings around Lucinda!!

The Team were then onto Catton Park. It was not our best event with a few errors… being VSS Mission Impossible bit broke across the country with James having to ….attempt to pull up!! NIGHTMARE!
Onto a slightly better Aske horse trials for the team. Rapide Gii put in another solid Intermediate performance with a good dressage of 33 with a double clear to come 6th. Bally Louis had another fantastic run putting in another win in the novice also!!
The team head onto Buckminster, Aston Le Walls and Burgham for the younger horses..
Until then keep feeding FIBRE BEET!! #FEEDTHEBEST