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September 26, 2012

Nordic Lights Farm Proves Clear And Consistent At American Gold Cup And Princeton Show Jumping

Nordic Lights Farm has completed two more shows under the tutelage of Olympic Gold Medalist Chris Kappler, showcasing clear rounds and earning top ribbons. During the American Gold Cup, Eirin Bruheim was in top form aboard Cicero 75 and Tackeray, eventually placing third and seventh in the 1.30m Open Jumpers respectively. The next week during Princeton Show Jumping, she showed Tackeray to a fourth place finish in the $10,000 Princeton Welcome Stake.

The American Gold Cup was held at the prestigious Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. Bruheim kicked off the week in the 1.30m Open Jumpers, where a double clear effort led to the third place honors with Circero 75. She was also double clear with her second mount Tackeray, clocking in just a touch slower for the seventh place honors. Later that week Bruheim and Tackery tackled the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, where they advanced to the jump-off, and with just a single rail, took home the seventh place award. Bruheim also continued to show NLF Trans Atlantic in Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, having consistent rounds with her veteran mount.

"The American Gold Cup was a fantastic show," expressed Bruheim. "I really liked the facility and the level of competition was very high. It only our second show back following my arm injury and it felt so good. Cicero jumped great and felt like he was ready to move up with me at the next show. Tackeray and Cicero both felt nice and energetic. NLF Trans Atlantic was so game and is really enjoying showing again. It was so much fun and I really enjoyed it."

The next week, the team from Nordic Lights Farm traveled to Princeton, NJ, for the Princeton Show Jumping Horse Show. Once again Bruheim was on point. She and Tackeray were the first to compete in the $10,000 Princeton Welcome Stake and managed to capture the fourth place title. Later that week, they showed in the $30,000 Grand Prix of Princeton and placed eighth with just a single knockdown. Cicero 75 also competed during the prestigious events, marking his return to the grand prix ring.

"The Princeton Classic was held at a nice, new show grounds and the footing was excellent," stated Bruheim. "Cicero 75 and Tackeray did well early in the week, so we set our sights on the Welcome Stake and the Grand Prix, where they were both really good. NLF Trans Atlantic was super and he felt really good in all his classes this week. Lastly, we brought my sisters old horse Jessika to the show and did some Low Jumpers. She was amazing with clear rounds in every class, so she feels ready to move up soon."

Bruheim also showed NLF Trans Atlantic during the week, placing fifth in the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic, as well as seventh in the $2,500 1.30m Jumpers. While Bruheim's sister Lene is away at college, she has taken the reins of Jessika, who earned three second place ribbons in the Performance Jumpers with solid efforts in the ring.

Now Nordic Lights Farm willcontinue to create a base in New Jersey with Chris Kappler Inc and compete during the third week of the Princeton Show Jumping Horse Show, before heading south to the Winter Equestrian Festival for the winter.

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 19-year-old Eirin Bruheim and 17-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.