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, completing their first CCI4* together. After being named to as Alternates to the US Team for the Pan American Games and being named to the USEF High Performance Summer/Fall Training List, Jennie and Ping won the CIC3* at Great Meadow and came in 2nd in the Richland Park CIC3*!
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.
Catalina aka “Cat”
Catalina is a 2003 Oldenburg Mare owned by Jennie’s good friend Candace Kircher. Jennie has recently taken over the ride from Candace who previously rode the mare through the two-star level. Jennie and Catalina are off to an excellent start together, placing 6th in the Open Intermediate at Fair Hill International and winning the huge CIC2* divison at Richland Park on their dressage score!
Cool As Ice aka “Cassie”
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.
Cassie began her eventing career in 2013, quickly progressing to Training level and finishing in the top three at multiple events. In 2014, Cassie started off the season with a win in the Training division at Ocala Horse Properties Winter HT, finishing on her dressage score. She then moved up to Preliminary and 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 moved up to Intermediate at the beginning of 2015, finishing 7th at the Ocala Horse Properties Festival of Eventing. She proceeded to add several top placings at the level to her resume, including 4th place at Fair Hill, 3rd at Plantation Field, and 4th at Millbrook Horse Trials. They then contested the CIC2* at Richland Park, placing 12th. Jennie is very excited to have the ride on this talented horse!
Class Century aka “Class”
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 steadily progressed from being a very difficult ex-racehorse to a willing, eager to please partner who earned multiple wins at Training level at the beginning of his career as an eventer, 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.
Glamour Girl aka “Luna”
The newest member of the Gardner family, Luna was purchased from Mike and Cherye Huber. A product of their breeding program, Luna was born in 2011 out of their Sportsfield Maisie Grey and by the stallion Sandro Hit. Jennie saw Luna hacking by at Rocking Horse in January 2015 and fell in love with her movement and athleticism. Luna joined the team in February and has quickly become a barn favorite with her sweet personality and hilarious antics! She has successfully begun her eventing career with Jennie, placing 2nd in the Novice at Fair Hill and 2nd again in the Novice at Horse Park of New Jersey.
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 Gardners.
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, Bella added several top placings to her resume at the Preliminary level and moved up to the Intermediate level with top results, including a 3rd place finish at the Virginia Horse Trials. In 2015 I Bella competed in her in first FEI event, the CIC1* at Richland Park, placing 9th on her dressage score.
Mixed Blessing aka “Dare”
Dare is a homebred of the Gardners’ that came to Jennie as a sale horse, and proved to be so talented that Jennie decided to keep him. This 2009 16.3h dark bay Thoroughbred gelding (Partner’s Hero x Amazing Truth, by Proud Truth) is very sweet and easy to be around in the barn, and Jennie is excited to see what the future has in store for this young and talented horse! In 2014 Dare won his first Novice event on his dressage score of 27.8 and added several more top-5 finishes to his record. He also competed in the Young Event Horse series, winning the Five-Year-Old division at Surefire HT and at Greystone Farm.
Dare continued to excel in 2015, earning several top placings at Training level, including a win at Fair Hill on a score of 20.0. He moved up to Preliminary at the Flora Lea Horse Trials, placing 4th in his first attempt at the level, followed soon after by a 7th place finish at Plantation Field, a 4th place finish at the Horse Park of New Jersey, and a 4th place at South Farm Horse Trials. He competed in his first CCI1* at Rebecca Farm, finishing in 6th in a very competitive field.
Stella Artois aka “Toddie”
Stella Artois, known as Toddie, is a 2008 17 hand Thoroughbred/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 2014 earning several top finishes at the level, including 1st place 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 moved up to Preliminary in 2015, earning a win at Rocking Horse Winter I HT and 7th place at Millbrook Horse Trials. Toddie and Jennie competed in the Richland Park CIC1*, placing 6th! The future is certainly a bright one for this mare and Jennie looks to growing their partnership together.
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 won the 2015 $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 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 before moving up to Training level. Komik has racked up a score of top finishes at Training level this season, including a 2nd place at Rocking Horse, 5th place at The Fork, 2nd place at Fair Hill, 3rd place at Flora Lea, 5th place at Plantation Field, 3rd place at the Horse Park of New Jersey, and 2nd place at South Farm.
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 aka “Neville”
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 has proven to be a talented competitor with several wins through Training level with Nikki. When Nikki returned to school, the Lendls sent Neville 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.