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. Jennie is very excited to have the ride on this young prospect thanks to Beth, and looks forward to seeing her develop and mature during the 2013 season.
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. 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 is new to Brannigan Eventing and 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, recently making her eventing debut with Jennie in 2013 successfully!
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 recently finished 3rd in his first CCI2* at the end of the 2012 season and Jennie looks forward to competing him Advanced in 2013.
Indie and Jennie just came off a CIC 2* win at Red Hills!
Helmet Cam from Stuart HT
Right Above It, “aka Carter”
Right Above It, or Carter as he is known around the barn is a 2008 16.3 hand imported Irish Sport Horse who was found and imported by Flynn Sport Horses through Carol Gees Fernhill Sport Horses in Ireland.
Jennie purchased carter from Matt Flynn through the help of Nina and Tim Gardner who own this exciting young horse. Carter has it all, he is a big mover, with a great attitude who loves his job. He will compete at the Novice and Training levels this season and looks to be a big time horse in the years to come.
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 will be ridden by Jennie’s working student Jackie for most of the 2013 season. Jennie looks forward to watching these two compete, and plans to take the ride on Vamor back when Jackie leaves for school in the fall.
Walkabout, “aka Will”
Walkabout, or Will as he is known around the barn, is a 2001 thoroughbred who had solid results at the Intermediate & 2* Levels in 2010 before moving up to Advanced during the 2011 season where he was 2nd and 5th at his first 2 starts at the level! In 2012 he continued to perform well, completing two CIC3* events and should be in top form for 2013.
Will is all heart and loves every challenge put in front of him. When unsure he often gives out more effort than is needed and is bold as well as careful. Will has the heart and gallop to be a true competitor.
With the support of his owners B&O Sporthorses, Jennie is excited to see what the future holds for this horse.
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.