Eirin Bruheim and NLF Favorite. Photos by: Cansport.
Calgary, Alberta – June 19, 2014 – As the summer season heats up, the horses and riders of Nordic Lights Farm are too. Eirin Bruheim and her string of talented young jumpers got off to a great start at Spruce Meadows, a world-class competition, competing in the FEI classes. Bruheim jumped to two top-ten finishes on her mounts NLF Billy On Show and NLF Favorite.
Following two successful weeks at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, Nordic Lights Farm packed their bags and headed to Calgary, Alberta to compete at the legendary Spruce Meadows. Bruheim, an amateur rider, held her own against the sea of professionals and came home with many great finishes.
Although Bruheim is an experienced grand prix competitor who has represented Norway in many events over the years, she has recently focused her efforts on developing a new string of young jumpers. Before Old Salem, none of her young grand prix mounts had extensive experience showing on grass.
During the first week of Spruce Meadows, NLF Favorite and NLF Newsflash found success in the $40,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup. Both horses turned in double-clear rounds, a great accomplishment for two young horses new to competing at Spruce Meadows. NLF Favorite also finished the $33,500 Friends of the Meadows Jumper class on a single time fault. NLF Billy On Show jumped well in the $33,500 1.50m Westmoreland Cup, only lowering the height of one fence.
The following week, Bruheim and her horses stepped up their game again, riding to two top-ten finishes. NLF Billy On Show took sixth place in the $8,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup, while barn mate NLF Favorite earned eighth place in the $2,500 Friends of the Meadows Welcome. Bruheim also competed in her first ever jumper derby aboard NLF Favorite and NLF Newsflash and was successful with both mounts.
“We just finished our first two weeks at Spruce Meadows. I am so excited,” expressed a proud Bruheim. “All of my horses did the FEI division classes and are jumping unbelievably well. We placed well in most of the classes, and we are getting so much experience. I also rode a 6-year-old name Dora The Explorer in the 1.25m last week were we did not touch a jump in any class. Riding young ones who try so hard is a great experience. I look forward to the last weeks here and seeing where it takes me.”
Nordic Lights Farm will continue at Spruce Meadows before traveling to Europe, where they will compete in some of the Global Champions Tour events.
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.
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