Brooke Somers recently gained her trainer's license with Racing NSW, an achievement that is the culmination of a wide-ranging and accomplished equestrian career. Starting out in showing, she won Champion Junior Girl Rider at the Sydney Royal and EA Junior Rider of the Year, before heading overseas to train with British showjumping great Graham Fletcher and Peter Charles, who won Olympic showjumping gold at London 2012.
Arriving back in Australia, Brooke's first taste of racing came riding track work for the likes Gai Waterhouse and Bart Cummings, time she wisely used to soak up every detail of top training methods. She subsequently founded Somerstone Thoroughbreds with partner Mark Stoneham, which she combines alongside her love of eventing.
Brooke's racehorse training philosophy is very much grounded in her diverse equestrian. “My passion is to give them a well-rounded education, which includes basic dressage and jumping, because it makes a more balanced, stronger racehorse,” explains. While her immediate goal is to train some metropolitan race winners, Brooke's long-term vision is to inspire other trainers to share her philosophy in order to help horses reach their full potential and find new careers after racing.
“The thoroughbred is the king of horses,” Brooke says. “We ask so much of racehorses and they never fail to give us their best, so we owe them a life after racing.”
Brooke partners with Toptac to represent Noble Outfitters, Carr & Day & Martin and ePro. “The Noble Outfitters Balance Riding Tights are so comfortable and practical,” she says. “I wear them for everything from track work to riding dressage in my Kieffer saddle.”
Brooke loves ePro Glow Oil for getting thoroughbreds into condition for race preparation and recommends Equimist coat care products by Carr & Day & Martin for keeping sticky seeds and grasses off her horses during spring and summer.