As Cool As Ice, “aka Cassie”
As Cool As Ice, known as Cassie is a 2008, 16.2 hand TB/Holsteiner mare. Cassie, who was bred and is still owned by Beth Battel is out of Cicera’s Icewater, the stallion who David O’Connor competed through the upper levels, and 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 3 at multiple events. Cassie started off the 2014 season with a win at the Ocala Horse Properties Winter II HT, finishing on her dressage, and since then has earned multiple top 5 placings at the Preliminary level. Jennie is very excited to have the ride on this young prospect and looks forward to seeing her career take shape.
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 AEC’s & ranking 5th overall on the USEA Intermediate leaderboard.
2010 also proved to be highly successful year for Jennie & her partnership with Cambalda. The USEA named Jennie to the Top 10 Rider List and Cambalda was named to the 2010 Developing Rider List, and he rose through the ranks to top out the USEA/Smartpak Horse of The Year.
Ping continued to garner top finishes in 2011 and 2012 at the Advanced level Winning the CIC 3* at the Fork, taking second 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 have already placed 9th at the Red Hills CIC3* and an impressive 3rd at The Fork CIC3*! Jennie and Ping appeared at Rolex and had a terrific cross country round together. 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 & Nina Gardner, for making this horse so remarkable.
Gambado, “aka Hot Rod”
Gambado is a 2006, Thoroughbred, Chestnut by Diamond K out of Its a Great Landing who was bred by owner Cheryl Gamboney. Consistently in the ribbons, Gambado is a pleasure to ride with a classic gallop and lovely mind. Jennie feels fortunate to have the ride on this talented horse and looks forward to seeing what is ahead as he continues to move up the levels. Gambado successfully began his 2014 season at Rocking Horse, with a second place finish in the training division and has since continued his success.
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 meter 30 jumpers prior to selling her to the Gardner’s.
Bella is out of the Stallion Indoctro and the mare Southern Girl who Ashlee rode to the Grand Prix level. She is a world class jumper with a great disposition, making her eventing debut with Jennie in 2013. In 2014, I Bella has added several top placings to her resume and recently moved up to the Intermediate level with top results.
Indie is a 2004 Dutch warmblood with a great mind and wonderful gaits owned by Nina and Tim Gardner. He has an amazing personality as well as plenty of talent, quickly moving up through the levels with ease and impressive results.
Indie always puts down a competitive dressage test, has plenty of jump to spare. He finished 3rd in his first CCI2* at the end of the 2012 season and at the start of the 2014 season, won the CIC2* at Poplar Place! Indie continues to show he is skilled in all three phases and Jennie looks forward to continuing her partnership with this horse.
Helmet Cam from Stuart HT
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 has successfully moved up to training level.
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 training level in 2013 and seems to get better and better with each outing. The future is certainly a bright one for this mare and Jennie will look to grow their partnership together in 2014 which started off great with a first place finish in the Open Training at Poplar Place.
Jennie is very excited to announce that she will be doing Embryo Transfer with Stella, breeding her to the stallion Royaldik this year.
Vamor is a 2003, 15.3 hand dutch gelding out of Marlon and 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 meter 40 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 has competed through the Intermediate level with Jennie and was ridden by Jennie’s working student Jackie for most of the 2013 season. She recently took the ride back as Jackie headed off to school and looks forward to continuing Vamor’s career with him.
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.
During the past few years, Jennie, 22, 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 this year’s USEF High Performance B 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 & Cooper during this difficult time.