December was a month of horses heading back into work and all getting clipped out ready to start fitness work. We do a lot of hacking when we bring them back into work, it is great for fitness and leg conditioning trotting along the roads.
All of the horses look amazing after their holidays due to their amazing feed which includes Fibre-Beet to provid them with the best diet.
Over December we had to prepare our very sad goodbye’s to Shadow Inspector who has a fabulous new home in California, USA! Shadow Inspector has been an amazing partner to James, we’ve had him since a little three-year-old. We wish him and his new owners all the luck in the world, we know they are going to enjoy their new partnership greatly.
Chief (Shadow Inspector) has worked up to Intermediate level with Team Sommerville, he has always been so honest and such a talented horse, producing many placings and double clears.
Another horse we have to say a sad farewell to is, VSS Mission Impossible (Tom). Tom won’t be going too far though, and it is lovely that we will always get to see him. Tom has also been a wonderful horse, he joined us at the beginning of 2017 and has had numerous wins and placings at novice and CCI* level. Proving to be a real asset to our team over the 2017 season.
We have enjoyed some wonderful Christmas celebrations in December. Lovely lunches and dinner parties. However, come Christmas day James decided to surprise and make Christmas day a wonderful day for Lucinda.