What a weekend, what a team, and what an incredible start to the fall season. Last week, the entire Next Level Eventing team made the trek from their home base in California to Parker, Colorado, where the 2018 American Eventing Championships were being held. The Colorado Horse Park offered the perfect venue complete with difficult courses and gorgeous backdrops. After working hard all year and summer to not only get qualified but also become AEC ready, NLE came to play. Check out some incredible stats from their weekend to remember in Colorado.
In her five Advanced and CIC3* starts this year, Judith McSwain’s Fleeceworks Royal has yet to falter on cross country and has never finished outside the ribbons with Tamie in the irons. Her third place finish in the Advanced National Championships after winning the CIC3* at Rebecca Farm, just further cemented how special she is. Fleeceworks Royal will now be aimed for the CCI3* at Boekelo in the Netherlands where she will compete as part of the US Nation’s Cup Team.
Tamie on her weekend with Fleeceworks Royal: “Cross-country we just took it easy and at a good pace, and she was super over everything. I think today was her best show jumping. When I ride her well, she jumps beautifully and it finally clicked.”
Team NLE took home a whopping four National Championships! After Tamie and Heather dominated both the Advanced and Intermediate divisions, Tamie backed it up with a championship in the Preliminary and Novice Horse divisions. To just take home one championship is incredible but four is a huge feat. Congratulations to both the MB Group’s MB MaiStein for taking home to Novice crown and to Judith McSwain’s Fleeceworks Ghost for bringing home the Preliminary Championship.
Tamie on Fleeceworks Ghost: “Ghost is just a sweetheart. My daughter has been riding her and producing her. In the victory gallop, they even congratulated her, which was so exciting because she did all of the work! I just sat there on her, she’s just such a professional, so good and careful.”
The number of times Heather has piloted the Team Express Group’s Charlie Tango to an American Eventing Championship National Championship. They claimed the Preliminary crown in 2014, the Intermediate Championship in 2015, and the Intermediate championship once again this year to complete the hat trick. This is truly a special partnership and a special horse.
“He was great. I was a little rusty actually, I hadn’t ridden in three weeks because I threw my back out, but it all worked out in there. It was lovely to be in the International Ring here, and the course was lovely. He loves the crowd and the atmosphere so it went well.”
By winning the Advanced championship and earning the Adequan® USEA Advanced Gold Cup Final Champions and USEF National Advanced Champion title, Tamie and Alexandra Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn, and Eric Markell’s Mai Baum have now won both USEF National Advanced level crowns as they won the USEF National CCI3* Championship crown in 2015. It has been a long road since that title but Tamie was thrilled to have Mai Baum back in action.
“It just feels so good to be back on him. It’s emotional because it’s been a long road to get him back.”
One team. The entire NLE team had an amazing time at the National Championships. Their team spirit was evident throughout the weekend and if there was an award for the best cheering section, NLE would have won that too. Both Tamie and Heather feel so honored and privileged to have such a special team behind them and can’t thank everyone enough. Their results are just as much yours as they are theirs!
What do Heather and I have in common, well besides the matching helmet covers? We are both sporting our favorite C4 Belts. Heather and I love to mix and match our favorite designs to match what we are wearing! Can you spot the special design on mine?
I love this photo! Thank you so much to Coat Defense for keeping all of our horses looking amazing. Their powder is the best and the paste works wonders. We have never used anything quite like it or as effective. The best! Thank you to Sherry Stewart for the photo!