Team Sommerville Update – October

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The end of the season has come far too quickly we feel for Team Sommerville. We had two events left in October, Bishop Burton and Norton Disney. The yard felt very odd with half of the horses starting their holidays and the last three preparing for their final events.
First up was Bishop Burton College for Shadow Soldier (Fruity). Fruity was running in the Novice section for his final event. James and Fruity began the day with a lovely dressage of 30.5, showing off a lot more in his lateral work and suppleness throughout the test. The pair then continued the day to fly around both the show jumping and cross country phases with two clears and finishing on their dressage score. Fruity finished second overall, a fantastic result for this lovely six-year-old. Fruity during the latter end of the season has improved so much, taking on all the challenges in his stride. His show jumping has improved greatly and he is so much more confident in the ring.
The team then had a weekend off, we take this time with fewer horses in work to start introducing the babies to their education. We currently have two four-year-olds in being broken in this winter. Both being very exciting prospects and showing great promise even in the early stages of their work. We like to play with them at home whilst they are four instead of taking them out competing, just to let them grow up and furnish, giving some time. However, all horses are different and some can take on more work at a young age.
Buster (Carlanstown Monbeg) is progressing very well, he is beginning to show great maturity over a fence and on the flat he is developing more balance and self-carriage.

A new horse of ours, Ellie, is also beginning her education. She is at the stage of being long reined, lunging under the saddle and is becoming comfortable with James having a sit on and a walk about. Developing a good trusting relationship with her and making her understanding of the basics is so important at this stage as it is the building blocks to further her education.

Our next event of the month was Norton Disney and the team’s final event of 2016! Shadow Inspector (Chief) and Master Ramiro (Rocky) were teaming up on the journey out. Chief again was an absolute dream, he performed another beautiful test, scoring a 27. Chief, this season, has stepped into eventing with such an impressive attitude, always consistent and showing so much talent. He flew around another Novice track with ease and a double clear inside the time finishing second just 0.2 penalties behind the leader. A touch frustrating!!
Master Ramiro ran in the BE100 for his final event. Rocky has always found the dressage his strong point, with such amazing movement and correct tests his marks shine on his record. This time he scored an impressive 24 in his dressage and flew around with ease posting a double clear with no penalties to add. Rocky, like his best buddy, was placed second.
We’ve had some very good results all season for our fantastic horses. We are so proud when they all go and behave so well at events and show off their talents, showing everyone exactly why we know they are so special.

We thank all our sponsors and owners this season for their amazing continued support, as well as our fantastic team at home!! Especially Mabel Crampton our second rider and groom, who is by our side on the long tiring days but still arriving to work with enthusiasm and a smile… well after her first coffee!!

Also, a big thank you to my long-standing head girl and partner Lucinda Cornes, for the endless hours of care she puts in for our horses. She has endless amounts of love for every horse… But also for putting up with me too!
Over the winter our team will be enjoying a well-deserved break, taking a few quiet weeks, as we start work with the next generation of young horses. So, we’ll be progressing with the baby horses and making sure the others behave on their holidays and keeping them warm!!
We also have a few exciting days with demos showcasing our amazing boys and girls. James will be teaching at a few clinics here and there and we have a trip to Ireland in the diary over November for us to go and see if there is any new talent at the sales.
But most of all we’ll be enjoying a good lay in and the Sunday dinners we normally miss during the busy eventing season!