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Jennie Brannigan

August 2, 2011

Three More Goodbyes

Things have been good and busy the last couple weeks since the Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials. A lot of training and fitness work has been going on, and I’ve actually sold two more of my horses in training, which is always exciting, but it’s sad when they leave!

July 20, 2011

Post-Stuart Spontaneous Combustion

Well, it was quite a contrasting weekend for me at Stuart this year compared to last year. We took around the same amount of horses, but Phillip decided not to run his upper level horses cross-country, which made the weekend a lot more doable. Coupled with the fact that my amazing working student Arianna was there and had things completely under control, the weekend was great.

July 14, 2011

A 48-Hour Record

Well, the summer eventing season is rolling on, and things are moving at a hard and fast pace here at TPF! I originally had seven rides entered in the Maryland Horse Trails this weekend, with Wauwinet (Wyatt) moving up to preliminary, but I’m excited to say that this number dropped down to six when Wyatt found himself a fabulous new home at Birch Hill Farm in Vermont!

I know he’ll be very happy with his new life, and his new owner will enjoy him very much. I’m sure Karen Lorenzo will be missing him very much, since she imported him from Germany as a 2-year-old.

June 30, 2011

Oh The Times, They Are A'Changin'

Well it was good to be back in the States, and we wasted no time getting back into the competition ring. I had four horses entered at, as I call her, Big J.B.’s (A.K.A. Jan Byyny’s) Surefire Horse Trials this past weekend near Middleburg, Va. I always look forward to this event and Morven Park because they’re so close to Middleburg, where a lot of my old friends are. But unfortunately the weather is always super hot in Middleburg this time of year.

June 22, 2011

It Was Time For A Little Adversity

Well, I have to say that I’m terribly disappointed about the outcome of Luhmuhlen, as you would expect.

I was so happy with how Ping went on the flat; even though the arena blew down before the dressage and it unnerved him a little bit, we got our groove back a couple of movements in and then really went for it a bit more in the ring.

June 14, 2011

A First Four-Star, A Second Chance In Europe

Well things are getting underway here at Luhmuhlen, and I have to say that I’ve been a little hesitant to write any blogs due to the fact that everyone here is in some sort of blog war with each other.

I’m choosing to opt out on the whole situation. And I’d like to say that’s because I’m focusing on other things, but in reality, I just have no chance whatsoever against the likes of Nat and Kelley, since their blogs are far more entertaining than mine have ever been.

June 6, 2011

Boyd’s Colors Are Back, From Maryland To Germany

I hear it more and more these days—“Horses will break your heart.” 

I’d say with some experience that yes, that statement is very, very true. But what most also know and don’t really talk about quite as often is that riding and competing these unbelievable animals really helps you heal as well. So when everyone at TPF and Windurra USA set off to compete this past weekend at Waredaca in Maryland, I knew that it would be the first step on a long road of recovery, especially for Boyd and Woodzy.

June 2, 2011

Our Family Is Stronger And Closer

At 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, a fire destroyed Boyd Martin’s barn at Phillip Dutton's True Prospect Farm in West Grove, Pa. Six horses died and many others were injured.

Three years ago I had the opportunity to come to True Prospect Farm, and needless to say, coming here has changed my life. Little by little I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know the Duttons, the Martins, Ryan Wood, Caitlin Silliman, and last but not least Lillian Heard.

May 27, 2011

Walkabout's Out

Well the time has been passing on since I wrote my last blog after The Fork Horse Trials in North Carolina in April—I know it’s been way too long!

After The Fork we had the Fair Hill Spring Horse Trials (Md.) which was a busy but fun weekend, with Walkabout coming second in the advanced and Indie winning the preliminary. Dreamboat also had a good go in the training, coming in fourth, and I’m so pleased with how he’s coming along.

April 18, 2011

Looks Like We're Headed To Luhmuhlen!

Well it’s now been a week since I’ve been back in Pennsylvania, and I’m very happy to be back home. All the ponies are happy to be back too, and they’re looking very well. I was really glad to get back to all the young ones and am looking forward to Fair Hill this weekend, where my rides keep changing! Looks like it will be a fun and exciting weekend!  

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