Nordic Lights Farm continued their success at the Winter Equestrian Festival during Week VIII, as Peter Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm took top honors once again in the hunter ring. Pletcher and the eight-year-old Holsteiner gelding garnered the High Performance Working Hunter Reserve Championship after competing in the division for the first time this year.
Stepping up the challenge easily, Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm won both the High Performance Working Hunter Handy class and Stake class, executing flawless rounds during the competitive division. They also nabbed a third place ribbon to take home the reserve championship title at the end of the week.
“NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm feels great, especially since he has been focusing on the Junior Hunters this year,” explained Pletcher. “This was his first time doing the High Performance this year. Once he realized the jumps were bigger again he was awesome, I was thrilled with his performance.”
Pletcher continued, “His jumper background comes into play a little bit during the handy rounds. He’s a quiet horse and he can turn very sharply and make great inside turns, and stay very smooth. Doing the derby events has paid off a lot with that because you get a lot of practice at the highest level of competition for the High Performance horses.”
Nordic Lights Farm will continue to showcase their mounts during Winter Equestrian Festival, using this wonderful opportunity to sharpen their skills and gain invaluable experience in the ring. They will then continue to the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and the Spring Gathering Horse Show, where Pletcher will once again take the reins to compete in the USHJA International Hunter Derby.
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.
Photo Credit: Peter Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm earned the High Performance Working Hunter reserve championship. Photo By: SportFot. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.