Team Sommerville Eventing September Update

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Wrapping up to the end of the season for Team Sommerville, and we are now looking into September and October. We are on a home run to the horses’ holidays and hopefully a quieter winter period.

At the start of September, it was quiet with Dalston Green being cancelled. James headed to Ireland to find some new talent for the next coming season. We also plan to head to the Monart and Goresbridge GO for GOLD sales in November.

Next up was lesson with Chris Mcgran with some of our ponies heading towards Allerton Park and Osberton. We thoroughly enjoy having Chris on the yard unravelling pearls of wisdom to all of the team, on and off a horse… he is your go to man!

A quick trip to the gallops also was in order to set up the horses ready for Osberton to run across the country…at speed!! We gallop at a track around the corner from our yard. Very useful to get to and great for the horses to run on a surface. All horses were in fantastic order coping with the pace very well and having ‘enough left in the tank’.

Next up for the team was Allerton Park…..which did not go to plan. With horrendous weather we withdrew almost every horse after their dressage. So, from having 8 horses running, many just had a run through their tests to prepare for Osberton. We decided to withdraw as the ground was not good enough in our eyes and better to save our horses for another day to run in better conditions. With it being closer to the end of the season I have eased off on their work.

Next week was another quiet week for Team Sommerville, reports from Ballindenisk being a ‘bottomless bog’ we decided to keep our precious Talent at home and save him for bigger and better things. He has proved himself plenty enough around 3* tracks.

With the colder weather approaching it has been clipping season for Lucie…. She has been very busy using our new fantastic clipperman clippers. Making sure everyone has the best haircuts on the block, however all the help goes to Fibre beet and GAIN with their perfect diets. With correct feeding they all look the picture of health with beautiful coats and looking the right weight.

Osberton International Horse Trials was upon us, so Lucie and James packed themselves up and away with five.Bally Louis in the CCI*, Shadow Inspector also in the CCI* and also VSS Mission Impossible. Altaskin Jack was running in the CCI2* and Tulsa in the four-year-old class.

Shadow Inspector and VSS Mission Impossible did lovely tests to score a respectable 50. Bally Louis did a beautiful test, however harshly marked to score a 54 as well as Altaskin Jack in the CCI2*.
Tulsa did a very nice test to score a 33, and a brill show jumping just rolling a silly rail. However he was fantastic in such a big atmosphere for a very young horse. His cross country was fantastic again not looking at anything and being bold and brave across the country.

Cross country day was on the Saturday and all Team Sommerville horses showed to be the top boys all flying around clear! Star of Saturday was Altaskin Jack flying around seven seconds inside the time on a very tough CCI2* track.

Next up was show jumping, all boys were up for the challenge, after some heavy rain the ground was quite cut up. Despite this Shadow Inspector did a brill round with just one rail down to finish up in 28th out of over 100 starters. VSS Mission Impossible and Altaskin Jack were top boys both doing fantastic clear rounds! Tom finishing in 20th in the CCI* with well over 100 starters and Altaskin Jack came an amazing 16th out of around 100 starters as well.

All of the Team are looking forward to our winter break after the last few events in October…..Until next time KEEP FEEDING FIBRE BEET!