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Jennie Brannigan

April 17, 2012

Baby Indie: Grown Into His Big Boy Britches

Well, things have really been happening at TPF lately, with the big move back home to Pennsylvania. And in the meantime, we competed at The Fork Horse Trials, which was, in keeping with the current theme of my spring, a good and bad weekend for me!

I ran Indie in the intermediate, and I really have to say, with how he started this spring—a little green and rough—I am beyond impressed with how he’s improved. He really stepped up to the plate at The Fork this past weekend.

March 14, 2012

Another Up-And-Down Stay In Aiken

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve gotten back on my computer and updated my blog for everyone at the Chronicle.

The action in Aiken has obviously been in full gear here for a while, and it’s been a real rollercoaster for me to say the least. Some ups and downs have happened since I’ve been here with the TPF crew, as No Objection got hurt in the field and is having to have some time off. It really bummed me out, but what can you do? He still has a chance of getting to the Bromont CCI*** (Quebec) this spring, so we'll see.

January 24, 2012

A Toad, $10,000 And A Terrible Road Trip

Well, the past week has been a bit of an exciting one for me, as I had some "unforeseen complications," to put it mildly, during what was supposed to be a routine trip to Ocala, Fla., and then on to Wellington for the PRO DerbyCross.

January 12, 2012

January Means Cross Training And DerbyCross

Well, things are starting to heat up here at True Prospect Farm, as we’re getting ready to head down to Aiken. 

I was lucky to have a clinic recently with show jumper Lane Clarke, who flew out to help me and all of my amazing students last weekend as a good kick-off to the 2012 season. We were all impressed with the level of enthusiasm and attention to detail that Lane had when coaching all of us, and he helped me on all my horses, from a 4-year-old up to my advanced horses.

December 5, 2011

On Vacation... At A Horse Show

I had an interesting week down in Wellington, Fla., for my winter vacation, and I have to say that although it was a very horsey vacation, I think it was the best break I’ve yet to have.

November 14, 2011

Season's End: Not On Cloud 9, But Probably Better For It

Well, the season has come to its end, and everyone is writing about the year they’ve had in Eventingland. This time last year I was on Cloud 9 after the season that Cambalda had!

Even though there were more lows thrown into the mix this year, there’s been a lot more growth for me this season. With the addition of Arianna and Jackie to the team, life has become so much less stressful for me, and I know my horses are in tip-top shape. They give me so much more time to focus on the riding and teaching now that I really trust that they know the program and my horses.

November 3, 2011

My Pride And Joy

Well, a lot has happened since I wrote my last blog! The end of the season is fast approaching, and there have been some exciting happenings at TPF and for the Brannigan eventing team.

One of the most exciting things is the addition of No Objection to my upper level line-up, and I’m thrilled to have the ride on this amazing horse. Nina and Tim Gardner, who are the most amazing supporters, are the proud new owners of “Ben” (AKA No Objection), and I was thrilled when he ended on his dressage score at Chattahoochee Hills to come third in the CCI** there. 

October 6, 2011

Keep On Keepin' On

Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive in the loss of my grandfather. All the kind words really mean a lot to me, and I am so lucky to have so many amazing people that have been so supportive.

Though it was good to go home and see my family and friends (who are like family to me), it was nice to come back home and get back into the swing of the program at TPF— that’s really what makes me feel the best.

September 26, 2011

Remembering My Grandfather

I seem to find myself in front of a computer when something upsets me, and I’ve found that writing this blog has, ironically, helped me through some highs and lows. So today I just wanted to take a moment to write about a person who has been an amazing role model in my life. To be honest with you, without his support, I surely wouldn’t have the riding career on which I have started to embark.

September 22, 2011

The Biggest Jump Of My Life—And Sans Saddle, To Boot

Well, it was an interesting weekend at the Plantation Field Horse Trials in our hometown of Unionville, Pa. I had a down but also had some good ups as well.

I took an unfortunate fall in the preliminary division on a young horse doing his first event at that level. The coffin caught us out when I was trying to ride him pretty aggressively to get the job done.

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