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 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 3 at multiple events. In 2014, Cassie started off the season with a win at the Ocala Horse Properties Winter II HT, finishing on her dressage score, and earned multiple additional top 5 placings at the Preliminary level. She won the Open Preliminary divisions at both the New Jersey Horse Park and Richland Park, and finished 9th in the CIC1* division at Morven Park. 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 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. 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.
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.
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 then successfully moved up to Training level, winning the Training division at the Maryland Horse Trials.
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.
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 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 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.
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! 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!
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.