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Jennie Brannigan

November 5, 2009

A Waiting Game

Horses are heartbreaking aren't they? Everybody hears or talks about tales of this all the time. The stories of, “I know this one horse that...” circulate around barns all over the country no matter what discipline you do.

I appreciate the people who have reached out and shared their own stories. I think these incidences can bond people together. No matter what level or sport you and your horse do, everyone still sits in the same waiting room.

October 30, 2009

A Good Day For Cooper

Hope this message finds everyone well. It is amazing how many people seem to be reading this to keep up with Cooper, and I really appreciate that. I have gotten quite a few emails and messages that, to be honest, have made me cry. (I seem to be a little emotional these days.)

October 28, 2009

A New Appreciation

Cooper continues to struggle through the challenges that colic surgery is putting him through. I got a call from Cooper’s vet at New Bolton Center today telling me that she had good news and bad news.

The good news is that Cooper is really looking good, and that his temperature has returned to normal. But the bad news is that Cooper has tested positive for an initial Salmonella test today. He has to have three negative cultures for it to be deemed that this is a false alarm.

October 25, 2009

Cooper Is Not Out Of The Woods Yet

Waking up this morning wasn't easy. It's funny when you wake up, and there are those few moments when you’re not really up, and you forget the problems in your life. It's weird walking into the barn and not seeing Cooper in his stall. I keep looking for him in his pasture when I'm hacking.

October 22, 2009

Cooper And Jennie Need Our Help

Jennie Brannigan’s talented international three-day event horse Cooper had an unfortunate accident during the show jumping phase of the Fair Hill International three-day event on October 18, 2009. The resulting injury required surgery on his tendon and a subsequent colic surgery. The goal is a full recovery, but the expenses for these procedures are daunting, and insurance will not cover everything.

October 21, 2009

An Update On Cooper

I think the ups and downs of horses are something that we all know about. We either learn before getting into the sport or shortly after. Any rider or trainer is willing to hand out stories of horses that have died or come back from awful situations.

October 9, 2009

A Dip In The Water Jump

It has been quite the busy past week preparing for Fair Hill and competing at the Morven Park Horse Trials. I am currently in Middleburg at the training sessions with Capt. Mark Phillips this week. Morven had its ups and downs with Cooper finishing third in the advanced and looking ready for Fair Hill.

Cambalda unfortunately had quite the spill cross-country when he misjudged the landing on the backside of a jump re-entering the water. He was jumping around like a champ too, so I was quite upset about this.

September 29, 2009

Toughing It Out

Here I sit again in the airport waiting for a flight to Vermont, where I am picking up a bigger truck to haul my huge trailer. Seems to be the only free time I have these days!

The past two weeks have been busy as Plantation Field Horse Trials and CIC were on, and we are getting ready for Fair Hill.

Plantation went really well, and Phillip won the three-star on Jan Byyny's horse, Inmidair. I like to call him "Little Sid" because he reminds me of Jan's other horse Syd Kent because of the way he jumps!

September 16, 2009

Good Times At The AECs

Hello all!

Well the whirlwind of competing and traveling all over the place continued at the American Eventing Championships this weekend. It was a really fun event! Though the weekend had its ups and downs, I have to say that I learned a bit and had a wonderful time!

September 8, 2009

Burghley Report

I'm sitting in the airport in Boston right now, waiting for my 5:30 am flight to get back to the barn to ride, and I'm feeling very, very lucky. This weekend was amazing and not just because Phillip was incredible (Milo as well). I learned so much being at the event and was in awe of how big it was!

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