Wellington, FL – February 12, 2013 – Peter Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm made their 2013 debut in style during Week V of the prestigious Winter Equestrian Festival for Nordic Lights Farm. With smooth and flowing rounds, Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm topped the leader board in the CWD Performance Working 3’6″ Hunter division, and eventually nabbed the reserve championship honors. Meanwhile, Lauren Hough represented Nordic Lights Farm aboard Tackeray in the FEI Open Jumper events.
Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm closed out the 2012 season with a victory in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Final Chase Horse Show. During WEF V, the pair showcased their winning ways once again in the CWD Performance Working 3’6″ Hunter. After placing third over fences and in the handy, they went on to place second over fences the next day and win the stake class. Their top results led to the division’s reserve championship honors.
“It was good to have NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm showing again,” noted Pletcher. “He was super, and really good in the handy as always. I decided to do the 3’6″ Performance Hunters to keep him in shape. I’m going to show him during Hunter Week, because I would love to get him into the Hunter Spectacular. He does so well in those types of classes. After that we will be preparing for the derby at the end of season.”
Meanwhile in the International Ring, Olympian Lauren Hough, who was aboard Tackeray, represented Nordic Lights Farm. The duo competed in the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup and the $82,000 Adequan CSI 2* Grand Prix. The pair had just a single rail in each class, showing the way for a bright future.
“I am extremely grateful to the Bruheims for giving me the opportunity to ride Tackeray,” expressed Hough. “I was very pleased with his rounds last week. He is a Quick Star baby, which I am used to because of Quick Study. He really wants to please and he’s a winner.”
Amateur rider Eirin Bruheim recently begun training with Hough, and they are planning the road ahead. “Eirin is very dedicated and works really hard,” said Hough. “She has some big long and short term goals. This is all still new, so we are still planning and building her string to allow her to get to where she wants to go. Our goal for the summer is to get her feet wet in Europe at some 2* and Young Rider Shows. I have really enjoyed working with the family and I am excited for the future.”
Nordic Lights Farm will continue showing at the prestigious Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Bruheim and Hough will compete in the jumper divisions with their talented mounts, and Pletcher will return to the derby ring with NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm later in the season.
Nordic Lights Farm is a 70-acre establishment located in Tomball, TX, that was founded in 2007 by the Bruheim family to help further the equestrian goals of 20-year-old Eirin Bruheim and 18-year-old Lene Bruheim. Both girls have worked their way up through the ranks and are currently competing at the top levels in the hunter and jumper divisions aboard their incredible string of horses.
Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International