Tryon, NC – November 3, 2014 – Throughout the summer, Eirin Bruheim of Norway successfully competed all over Europe, but now the amateur rider has returned to her home base in the United States to work closely with her talented string of horses. This month, she traveled to Tryon, North Carolina, to compete for two weeks during their Fall Horse Shows and check out the growing equestrian center.
“The facility at Tryon looks so good and my horses enjoyed it,” noted Bruheim. “The stalls are all close to the rings, spacious and with wide isles. The paths have proper footing between the stalls and the rings. Not to mention how great it was for spectators.”
“My brother loves going to shows but does not love all the walking on dirt paths with the horses, but this show is so spectator friendly as well with separate human walkways and all the relevant areas being close and connected,” she continued. “He could watch me in one ring and turn around and walk a few steps to see me in the big ring. I was very pleased with how it looks now – I can’t imagine how it will be when it’s done!”
Bruheim brought four horses to compete, including her first grand prix mount from her junior years, who is making his return to the ring after a long hiatus. Bruheim and Cicero 75 took home blue ribbons in the Low and Training Jumper classes and eventually moved up to the 1.20m Open Jumpers.
“I couldn’t be more excited to have my best friend back competing – it’s like we haven’t missed a day,” she explained. “He started with the 0.85m and ended at 1.20m and had some great clear rounds.”
|Eirin Bruheim and NLF Favorite. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.|
Bruheim was also successful with her other mounts, competing in the $25,000 Grand Prix and the $50,000 Grand Prix each week. During the first week, she and NLF Favorite captured the third place award in the $25,000 Grand Prix after completing a fantastic double clear effort. NLF Billy on Show and NLF Newsflash also earned good ribbons throughout the two weeks in the Open Jumper divisions.
“NLF Favorite was good as always,” smiled Bruheim. “She is getting some valuable mileage in the ring and really settling down into the show life well. NLF Billy On Show was so energetic and ready to start showing. It was nice to see that the break gave him his fire back. NLF Newsflash stepped up for some bigger classes, and he jumped great. The break was good for him. These big Irish horses need a lot of flatwork, and it showed how much it helped him in the ring.”
Now Bruheim and her horses will return to Texas for a well-deserved rest after a long year. Nordic Lights Farm will make the trip to Wellington, Florida, for the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival to begin gearing up for the show season again.
Nordic Lights Farm is a 70-acre establishment located in Tomball, Texas, 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.