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The Road to Badminton with James Sommerville Eventing!


At the beginning of April out first run was Norton Disney for the horses. On the lorry we had Shadow Inspector, Bally Louis and VSS Mission Impossible.

Shadow Inspector was running in the Novice, he posted a very good test of 29.5, with a double clear he finished up in 2nd place. VSS Mission Impossible also was running in the novice, he did a lovely test to score a pb of 27.5 with a double clear to also come in 2nd place. Bally Louis was on top form for his first event of the season, scoring an amazing 15.3 test with a double clear to also come in 2nd!!

Next up was Burnham Market, we took along Rapide GII in the CIC** and Talent in the CIC***.

Pele (Rapide GII) posted a disappointing test, however more than made up for it with a very good xc run and just an unfortunate pole in a large testing show jumping track.

Talent did a lovely test, showing much improvement, however with a couple of small mistakes near the end let himself down a little. Talent being Talent however whizzed around the jumping phases, making the track look all so easy.

Next for James was a lot of teaching at clinics over three days, at Doncaster and then Sommerford park, so at home us girls had to keep ticking the horses over, making sure they were all happy and well.

The next lorry trip out for the team was Kelsall Hill with Bally Louis, Shadow Inspector and VSS Mission Impossible. Bally Louis posted another good test of 25.3 with a fab double clear coming in 4th position - this horse is showing great consistency in his work in all three phases.

VSS Mission was very excited to be back out, showing a bit of enthusiasm in his dressage, however he jumped another brilliant double clear in the novice so all has been forgiven! Star of the day was Shadow Inspector clinching a win for team Sommerville in the novice with a 29 dressage and a classy double clear!

On the Monday Talent enjoyed a dressage lesson with the one and only Christopher Bartle, running through his Badminton test and polishing up his work, for those all-important top marks!

Talent on the run up to Badminton has been doing his gallop work and lots of flat work. James has also been very creative attempting on recreating some of the cross country fences in the arena at home, Talent has been finding it all great fun, looking of form and ready for his CCI**** debut.
Next up was Dalston Green at the end of April. Carlanstown Monbeg was running in the BE90. He is a beautiful 5 year old we have who has just started his eventing career, Buster did a brilliant 29.3 test, an unfortunate rail but fantastic xc round, showing a lot of promise for the future.

Master Ramiro got a run in the BE100, he posted a fantastic 26.3 with a clear showjumping looking at a win, but cheeky Rocky had a small glance off at a fence, picking up 20 penalties, it is still early days with this super horse, lots more to come from him!!

Star of the day was Bally Louis, Lou Lou as we like to call him did a beautiful dressage of 25.5, sailed around his jumping to pick up a win in the BE100 section.
After Dalston the team at home started the packing for the up and coming Badminton horse trials, the team and Talent are all ready to set off on Tuesday morning!!

** update ** James and Talent posted a respectable dressage score on day 1, and are raring to go xc on Saturday!