Back And Forth To Aiken

Jan 19, 2011 - 5:51 PM
Photo by Kat Netzler.

Greetings to everyone from lovely Aiken, S.C., where it is not as cold as I feared it was going to be.  

I’ve had quite a trip—from Wellington to Ocala to pick up horses for my friend, then to Aiken where I got in at 3 a.m, and then back to Pennsylvania the next morning to pick up six more horses. I got to Aiken yesterday late afternoon!

After three days on the road I am feeling a bit rough and a big thanks to all my friends who were on the phone with me the whole time keeping me awake.

One of my friends opened my eyes to technology. Apparently you can flat and jump horses while you’re on the phone with someone! I mean seriously that’s some amazing skill! Apparently there are some great hands free devices these days.

As I was driving, I was thinking, “Wow, Katie Prudent just told me that the eventers she’s taught actually have great eyes, but we need to focus more. And here I am sitting here driving and laughing at my friend who is jumping while on the phone.” Somehow I don’t think Katie would approve of that!

OK, on to what I really am writing this blog about…..cue the suspense thinking…duhn duhn duhn…

I’ve gone in partners with a lovely lady named Suzanne Kloud to buy yet another horse from Kelli Temple. He is a 4-year-old Thoroughbred-Hanoverian cross that we are naming Ollie, and he was on my rig on the final trip down from Pennsylvania. I rode him for the first time in Aiken today, and after a big trip across the pond and a couple weeks since we vetted him in a field, he was amazingly well behaved. (Yet another reason that I am happy I am wearing a helmet!)

Needless to say I am very excited and a big thank you to Suzanne for believing in me and becoming part of this young horse’s story.

Well I have grocery shopping and laundry to do so I better get going.

Brannigan Eventing


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