It will be a first Badminton and four-star for British rider James Sommerville (29) who is based near York in North Yorkshire. Since 2002 James has been a professional rider.
James began his competitive career in the Pony Club (York and Ainsty). He did work experience with Yorkshire based British team rider Nicola Wilson and after leaving school was stable jockey for Chris McGrann before moving to Oliver Townend’s yard as a working pupil. He then returned home to set up his own ten-box yard.
James contested his first three-star in 2010 with Pipeband with who he was 8th in the U-25 championship at Bramham 2012. That year winning the CIC1* at Aske with Talent.
James trains with Christopher Bartle
Talent owned by the rider, is an 11-year-old Dutch-bred gelding. He is jumping bred by the international showjumper Eurocommerce Toulouse out of a mare by the leading jumping sire Concorde. He was acquired from Astrid Bolton as a four-year-old and has been produced by James. He is described as ‘talented and equally quirky’. In 2012 the pair was fourth in the BE six-year-old championship at Osberton and the following year 10th in the seven-year-old championship CCI2*. Last year they were 11th in their first three-star three-day at Bramham.
16.0hh , bay , gelding
Sire Eurocommerce Toulouse
Dam Rozelina (Concorde)
Breeder Ms Astrid Bolton
Mrs Jennifer Sommerville, Grafton, N. Yorks