Next Level Eventing has had a very busy past few weeks filled with lots of traveling, competing, and learning. Heather and Tamie have been competing on both sides of the country, and Mackenna recently traveled to England to make it a global affair for NLE.
To kick off the month, Heather had a successful weekend at the Galway Downs Spring Horse Trials, where she rode Katie Yozamp’s Wishbone in the Open Preliminary division to a fantastic top eight finish. She also rode Lucy Hawes’s Frysk Lok in the Open Novice division and after scoring a superb 27.8 in the dressage phase, had two educational jump rounds with this promising young horse to close out the weekend on a positive note.
Mackenna also competed at the Galway Downs Horse Trials, which served as her final event on home turf before she traveled overseas with Landioso. She contested the Open Preliminary with Peggy Moore’s Graceland’s Liebling and Kyrie McRoy’s Cheval de Tonnerre, who finished in 6th, and rode Judith McSwain’s Fleeceworks Ghost and Kaitlin Vosseller’s Graceland’s Lenox in Open Novice to 3rd and 9th place finishes respectively. It was a stellar weekend for both Mackenna and Heather and the perfect send off before Mackenna and Landioso left for England last week.
While Mackenna and Heather held down the fort at home, Tamie traveled east to contest the Jersey Fresh International Three Day Event. She kicked off the week with a fantastic dressage test on Kevin Baumgardner’s Wembley, scoring a 45.9 to give them the overnight lead in the CCI3* division. She had an equally impressive test on the West Coast Dempsey Syndicate’s Dempsey in the CIC3* division, scoring a 45.7.
Unfortunately, Wembley wasn’t feeling quite like himself after dressage, and Tamie made the decision to withdraw him before cross country in order to be sure he feels 100% before tackling their next competition together. However, Tamie and Dempsey did brave the very wet cross country day, finishing well despite the difficult conditions and following it on Sunday with a solid show jumping round to take home a top 8 finish in the large and competitive division! Tamie was thrilled with him and was so excited to see his maturity bloom over the week.
After Jersey Fresh, Tamie remained out east to aim her horses for the Bromont CCI. She has been using the time in Pennsylvania to get some valuable training hours at the many incredible facilities nearby, including lessons with Olympian Phillip Dutton. She wants to send Heather and everyone back home a huge thank you for keeping everything running smoothly in her absence. It truly takes a village, and Tamie, Heather, and Mackenna are so grateful for theirs.
This weekend, however, Tamie will head back west to compete several of her other horses at the Woodside Horse Trials along with Heather. Heather will be riding in the Advanced division with the Team Express Group LLC’s Charlie Tango, and Tamie will be riding Judith McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal in the same division. Heather will also be riding Lucy Hawes’s Frysk Lok in the Open Novice division. Tamie has three rides in the Open Intermediate division, Lucida LLC’s Glock Pullman, Sunsprite Warmbloods’s Sunsprite Syrius, and Katie Yozamp’s Wishbone. To cap off the busy weekend, Tamie will be riding Peggy Moore’s Graceland’s Liebling, Andrea Baxter’s Laguna Seca, and Katlin Vosseller’s The Hokuspocus in the prestigious Preliminary Challenge. Follow along with ride times and live scores here. It will be a busy weekend!