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James sommerville


GB Nations Cup Team Member and International Event Rider James Sommerville is based near Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire. James produces horses through the grades from young and unbroken to Badminton and Burghley including representing Team GB on two occasions, on Nations Cup Teams. A regular at the biggest competitions and known best for his partnership with top horse Talent.

James has a reputation for the getting the best out of difficult/tricky to ride horses, making him an attractive choice of rider for prospective owners. James has a reputation for his ability to get the maximum performance out of any horse and to achieve the best possible results.

In the past couple of seasons, James has competed at a large number of different international events, giving James and his current sponsors’ great exposure, press and owners the chance to see their horses compete at the most prestigious events in the UK and overseas.


James’ long-term goal is to ride for Great Britain on a senior championship team and win a medal. Team Sommerville has incredible support and is based a stone’s throw away from our dealership, quite literally just up the road! It’s always nice to support local equestrian talents and here at ALX, we believe James is more than capable of achieving his goals!  We look forward to supporting Team Sommerville through their journey.

This 2021 season James has already achieved fantastic results. Aims for the rest of the season are to have Talent compete at Burgham International and contest either a 4 or 5 star long and the end of the season. Younger horses Altaskin Jack and Edison NJ contest classes at Allerton Park and 4 star. Global Ask make his international debut as well as establish himself at Intermediate. Team Sommerville Eventing are thrilled to be partnered with ALX.

  • Team Silver at Strzegom 2018 in the Nations Cup finishing 5th individually 

  • 33rd place Badminton International CCI***** 2019 with Talent Clear cross country

  • Talent competes in first Burghley International CCI***** 2019 Clear Cross Country

  • 34 Top ten placings including 11 First place victories 2019

  • Global Ask 2nd Aston-le-Walls International CCI**S