Team Sommerville Update – May

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May started off very well for the team heading off to a local event, Richmond Horse Trails. We went all three days starting off with the Intermediate horses on the Friday. Talent was running in the OI, he did a good dressage of 29.1 with a fantastic double clear inside the time xc with just one time fault in the show jumping finishing on a 30.1 to take the win in the OI section.
Altaskin Jack was competing in his first Intermediate, he was such a good boy, he did a 35 dressage, clear showjumping however a technical disagreement with the buzzer going after James had started led to an elimination. However, James was allowed to continue to cross country running HC and they flew around.
The Saturday we had two BE90 runners going HC. Hooch was a very good boy getting the best dressage in his section, scoring a 29.8 with a clear showjumping but a cheeky disagreement at the water led to 20 penalties in the cross country. Sandro Time (Junior) was a superstar in his first event, floating around the dressage arena to get a 17.8 and a whizzed around for a double clear.
Sunday was a good day for Shadow Inspector finishing third in the BE100 posting another good dressage with an unfortunate rail but good cross country. New boy, Prince, flew around also having a silly rail but posted a positive test of 31 and finished tenth.
Next stop was Aston Le Walls with Altaskin Jack in the Intermediate. A stylish cross country inside the time and a good test of 33.9. He is showing a lot of talent, however an unfortunate rail put them in tenth place.
After Aston it was then off to Chatsworth International. Talent ran in the Advanced after missing his run at Belton. Talent has been on good form and keeps getting better in his dressage posting a 31.3 score. In the showjumping he just tickled a rail at the last but jumped so well over a huge track and with a very big atmosphere. The cross country was then causing lots of problems and not many people were getting to the finish line. Talent however loved every second of it, flying around, trusting James at every fence to just keep going to come home with 9.6 time faults to finish on a 44.9 and claiming sixth place!
It was then time to go off to Cumbria again, this time to Warwick Hall. It was a fantastic day for all. James and the team came away with first, second and third placings in the BE100 sections.
Shadow Inspector was the winner posting a 17.5 test and super double clear. Prince came second getting a 22.3 test and also a double clear. Master Ramiro ran in the other BE100 section finishing third on a 19.8 test and also another double clear. Sandro Time ran in the BE90 HC producing another fantastic dressage of 18.8 and a beautiful double clear.
Next up was Houghton International with Talent in the CIC***, a prep run before Bramham. Talent posted a new PB dressage score of 49.3. He has grown up so much, listening to James and working together. It was the showjumping phase on the Saturday, Talent flew around making it all look so easy, maybe spending too much time in the air getting that annoying 1 time fault.
Cross country day was on Sunday for us. Talent was very excited first thing and raring to go. The cross country was causing a lot of problems. However for our little Talent it posed no threat as he flew around like it was a pre novice, taking all of the tricky combinations in his stride. We went a little steadier as we did plan it to be only a prep run, Talent still did very well to come 26th out of 99 starters in a Nation’s Cup section. We are so thrilled and now looking forward to Bramham.
The team are all looking forward to see Talent compete in his first CCI*** at Bramham International in June! So until then keep on feeding your Fibre-Beet!!
Feeding Tips:
Talent our top horse on the yard can be a very fussy eater! Especially at three-day-events he is so wrapped up in his work and what is going on around him. We have tried all sorts of things however the only thing to keep him taking in those vital nutrients and energy is Fibre-Beet! We feed our Fibre-Beet warm and he finds it a lot more appetizing with his dry feed. With the warm smell of the fibre he can also smell a touch of Molasses that we add to make it sweet!