Cambalda, aka “Ping”
Cambalda, otherwise known as Ping in the barn, is a bay Irish gelding and quite a character. Ping had a stellar year in 2009, winning the Intermediate division at the AECs & ranking 5th overall on the USEA Intermediate leaderboard.
2010 also proved to be a highly successful year for Jennie and Cambalda. Jennie was ranked in the Top 10 on the Rider of the Year Leaderboard and she and Cambalda were named to the 2010 Developing Rider List. Ping also rose through the ranks to top out the USEA/Smartpak Horse of The Year Leaderboard as Horse of the Year.
Ping continued to garner top finishes in 2011 and 2012 at the Advanced level, winning the CIC3* at The Fork, taking 2nd at Richland and 3rd at Jersey Fresh! Together Jennie and Ping were named to the 2013 USEF High Performance list and were also named as featured riders for Rolex 2013. They additionally put forth a 2nd place finish at the Plantation CIC3* in a heavily contested field of top horses and riders. In 2014, Jennie and Ping placed 9th at the Red Hills CIC3*, an impressive 3rd at The Fork CIC3*, and won both the Advanced at Richland Park and at Plantation Field! Jennie and Ping appeared at Rolex and had a terrific cross-country round together. Jennie and Ping rounded out the 2014 season by winning the Fair Hill International CCI3* and being named the National CCI3* Champions! Ping was the 10th ranked Horse of the Year overall in 2014.
Jennie and Ping were invited to compete in the inaugural $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase, where they started their 2015 season by placing 4th among a field of seasoned competitors. They carried this momentum on to Red Hills International where they placed 3rd in the CIC3*, and then went on win The Fork CIC3*! Jennie and Ping returned to Rolex again where they placed 31st.
Everyone at Brannigan Eventing looks forward to seeing where the future will take this world class star. Many thanks go to the whole crew at TPF and to “Ping’s” owners, Tim and Nina Gardner, for making this horse so remarkable.
As Cool As Ice, aka “Cassie”
As Cool As Ice, known as Cassie is a 2008, 16.2 hand Thoroughbred/Holsteiner mare. Cassie, who was bred and is still owned by Beth Battel is by Cicera’s Icewater, the stallion who David O’Connor competed through the upper levels, and out of a lovely mare named Ice Queen. Cassie is a very careful jumper with stunning gaits and an eager to please attitude.
In 2013, Cassie moved up to the Training level, finishing in the top three at multiple events. In 2014, Cassie started off the season with a win at the Ocala Horse Properties Winter HT, finishing on her dressage score. She went on to win the Open Preliminary divisions at both the New Jersey Horse Park and Richland Park, and finished 9th in the CIC1* at Morven Park. The pair started off the 2015 season with at 6th place finish in the Open Preliminary division at the Ocala Horse Properties Winter HT, and moved up to Intermediate at the Ocala Horse Properties Festival of Eventing, finishing in 7th place. Jennie is very excited to have the ride on this young prospect and looks forward to seeing her career take shape.
Class Century (Century City x Class Swing, by Class Secret) came to Jennie as a failed steeplechase horse in need of a new direction. Class has steadily progressed from being a very difficult ex-racehorse to a willing, eager to please partner who has multiple wins at Training level, including Richland Park in 2014 and the Rocking Horse Winter II HT in 2015. Jennie and Class participated in the Fall 2014 Retired Racehorse Challenge Finals as a showcase participant. In Michael Matz’s Vintage Farm race tack, they proved how far Class has come as they jumped cross-country jumps on the track at Pimlico. Class made a successful move up to the Preliminary level at Rocking Horse in the spring of 2015 to the delight of his devoted owner Nina Gardner and the whole team.
I Bella, aka “Bella”
I Bella was purchased by Nina and Tim Gardner for Jennie after Tamra Smith spotted her being ridden by top show jumper Ashlee Bond. Ashlee competed this stunning 16 hand dutch holsteiner mare through the 1.30m jumpers prior to selling her to the Gardner’s.
Bella is by the stallion Indoctro and out of Southern Girl, who Ashlee rode to the Grand Prix level. She is a world class jumper with a great disposition and made her eventing debut with Jennie in 2013. In 2014 I Bella added several top placings to her resume and recently moved up to the Intermediate level with top results, including a 3rd place finish at the Virginia Horse Trials.
Linford, aka “Liam”
Linford, or Liam as he is more affectionately called, is a 2009 Gelding who was imported from Germany after being found with help from Phillip Kolossa. Owned by Jennie’s friend Candace Kircher, this horse is schooled far beyond his years and has a great mind to go along with his endless talent. Jennie feels very fortunate to be competing Liam for Candace and is confident that he is a world class horse. Liam’s super jump and willingness to learn make the future very exciting for this talented youngster. At the start of the 2014 season, Liam placed first finishing on his dressage score of 20 in the Novice division at Ocala Horse Properties, and then successfully moved up to Training level, winning the Training division at the Maryland Horse Trials. Liam won his first horse trials of 2015, leading the Training division wire-to-wire on a score of 28.9 at the Ocala Horse Properties Winter HT. He won again at Rocking Horse, finishing on a score of 19.1! He went on to finish 3rd in Training division at the Ocala Horse Properties Festival of Eventing.
Mixed Blessing, aka “Dare”
Dare is a homebred of the Gardners’ that came to Jennie as a sale horse. This 2009 16.3h dark bay TB gelding (Partner’s Hero x Amazing Truth, by Proud Truth) proved to be exceptionally talented, winning his first Novice event on his dressage score of 27.8 and adding several more top-5 finishes to his record. He also competed in the Young Event Horse series during 2014, winning the Five-Year-Old division at Surefire HT and at Greystone Farm. Dare continued to excel at the beginning of 2015, winning the Novice division at the Ocala Winter I HT and the Training division at the Ocala Winter II HT. He also placed 3rd in the Training division at the Rocking Horse Winter I HT, 5th place on a 28 Rocking Horse Winter II HT, 4th place in the Open Training at the Rocking Horse Winter III HT, and 3rd place in the Training at The Fork. Sweet and easy to be around in the barn, Jennie is excited to see what the future has in store for this young and talented horse!
Stella Artois, aka “Toddie”
Stella Artois, known as Toddie is a 2008 17 hand TB/Hanoverian mare. Toddie is a stunning dark bay who was imported from Germany by Beth Battel and Jennie. Thanks to Phillip Kolossa, Kelli Temple, and Kara Angulo for helping to find this stunning mare. Toddie competed at the Training level in 2013 and has gotten better and better with each outing. The future is certainly a bright one for this mare and Jennie looks to growing their partnership together. In 2014 they earned a 1st place finish in the Open Training at Poplar Place, as well as 1st place at MCTA, 1st place at Virginia Horse Trials and 3rd place at Buck’s County Horse Park. Jennie and Toddie started off the 2015 season with a 2nd place finish in the Open Training division at the Ocala Winter I HT, followed by a win in the Preliminary Horse division at Rocking Horse Winter I HT.
Vamor is a 2003, 15.3 hand dutch gelding by Marlon and out of an Indoctro mare who is owned by Patricia Brannigan. He is a great mover, and very careful jumper. This talented horse was started and ridden through the CIC3* level by Scott Keach and won at the 1.40m level jumpers. Since Jennie has taken over the ride on Vamor, he has added several titles to his already decorated resume, including the Plantation Bareback Challenge champion in 2009. Vamor competed through the Intermediate level with Jennie and was ridden by Jennie’s working student, Jackie. Jennie took the ride back when Jackie headed off to school and looks forward to continuing Vamor’s career with him.
Vamor and Jennie started off the 2015 seaons by winning the $15,000 Eventing Prix Invitational with a flawless clean round!
TwilightsLastGleam, aka “Komik”
Owned by the Gardners, Komik is a 2010 16.2h unraced chestnut Thoroughbred gelding by National Anthem and out of Royal Child, by Northern Baby. Komik is a lovely mover with three excellent gaits and an impressive jump. In 2014, Komik has placed 1st at the Novice level at the Maryland HT, New Jersey Horse Park HT and Buck’s County Horse Park HT with Jennie in the tack, and was named the Reserve Champion of the 4-year-old Young Event Horse East Coast Championships at Fair Hill! Komik started off the 2015 season with a wire-to-wire win in the Novice Division at the Ocala Horse Properties Winter II HT, and came 2nd in the Training Horse division at Rocking Horse in Feburary. They also placed 5th in the Training division at The Fork.
Sweet and easy to be around in the barn and very honest to the jumps, Komik has quickly become a favorite. Jennie is excited to see what this young talent has in store for the future!
Woodstock’s Little Nev
Woodstock’s Little Nev (Luftikus x One Lucky One, by Saucy Token) was originally sourced from the track by Ryan Wood and was purchased by Nikki and Samantha Lendl for Nikki to ride. Standing a diminutive 15.2 hands, this handsome chestnut Thoroughbred gelding more than makes up for his lack of height with three fantastic gaits and an incredible, correct, and scopey jump. Neville proved himself a talented competitor with several wins through Training level with Nikki. When Nikki returned to school, the Lendls sent Nev to Jennie to continue the talented young horse’s career. Neville moved up to Preliminary in the spring of 2014 and Jennie looks forward to seeing Neville’s career take shape.
A Tribute to Cooper
As many people know, Cooper suffered an injury during his stadium round at Fair Hill International, which required surgery, then an unfortunate colic surgery and further complications with laminitis. During the month of December 2009, Jennie had to make the difficult decision to humanely euthanize Cooper. He was a remarkable partner & his presence is missed everyday.
Jennie and the athletic grey gelding took the eventing world by storm, racking up a near flawless record and creating a fairytale partnership. They won an astounding nineteen events, were awarded Adequan USEA Intermediate Gold Cup Champions in 2008 and Reserve Gold Cup Champions in 2009, CCI2* individual and team gold medal winners at the 2008 NAJYRC, and were named to the USEF High Performance List. They also received the prestigious Jacqueline Mars Training Grant, allowing them the opportunity to travel to England to compete in the Bramham CCI3*. Jennie also ranked alongside the top riders in the USA, placing 2nd on the 2009 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Leaderboard on her amazing partner, Cooper.
Read more about Jennie and Coop’s journey together on their blog.
Everyone who was touched by Cooper will miss him tremendously. Thank you to the entire eventing community, SCES, all of her supporters and sponsors, as well as those who donated and her friends for supporting Jennie and Cooper.