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December 14, 2009

Goodbye Cooper

I’ve been told that I picked a really tough sport to make a living in a couple of times…I remember once was at Bramham after I had a run out on cross-country.

The most recent time was when Phillip gave me a hug after Cooper got injured at Fair Hill this fall. The past few months have been an emotional roller coaster for me, but far more important is what I have put Cooper through in an effort to save him.

If you’ve read my blogs then you know most of what has happened to my amazing horse. Cooper has jumped through every hurdle and then some to get better, but the road has been rocky, and we’ve had every set back imaginable.

The decision was made today after weeks of ups and downs and continued complications that to continue to attempt to save Cooper at this point would be for my own mental well being.

Cooper wouldn’t have a chance at having a humane quality of life if we continued on the same path. I will always know that we did everything we could do for him.

Thank you to everyone that has supported him and me. He was a champion, and I hope that he will be remembered for what he was and could be. I didn’t deserve Cooper, and what he gave me in four years was more than any other horse ever could and will...

No horse will ever replace Cooper...although I don’t think I need to say that.

Thank you,
Jennie

Brannigan Eventing...

NancyR
5 years 1 week ago
Cooper
I am so sad to hear of your terrible loss. You don't know me, but I am one of probably many who have been following your partnership through the media. That beautiful horse with his showhunter... Read More
davignport (not verified)
5 years 1 week ago
I am so sorry to hear about
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Cooper.  You did everything you could for him and made the decision that was best for him.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and Cooper. Read More

Comments

pheller
5 years 2 weeks ago

Cooper

I just had to put my event horse down from a very bad case of colic.  It happened hard and fast and my only consulation was that he was going to brighter pastures with no pain.  My heart goes out to you and I know there will always be a special place in your heart for Cooper and he will not be forgotten. 

ashley1069
5 years 2 weeks ago

Hey Jennie,    As soon as I

Hey Jennie,

   As soon as I read this it broke my heart and I know your heart must be completely broken right now. The first time I met you Jennie, I had doubts about somebody younger than me helping me with my horse issues. I very quickly changed my mind and realized that you where one of the most gifted and humble riders I had ever met. I am so sorry for your loss and cried as soon as I heard about it! I know it has to be so hard on you.  I realize that this horse was beyond specail to you.  Just watching your record together  he had me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was next for you two.  I just hope that you continue on and don't let this stop your momentum. You definately deserved a horse like him! You will never have another horse that is just like him, but other talented horses need your gift so please continue on!  I am so sorry for your loss. I have choosen eventing as a career myself and I too completely understand the extreme highs and lows,  I hope your low does not keep you low for too long.  I feel as though the greatest honor to those that are no longer with us is showing the strength that they have given us and living life to the fullest in memory of them!

     Ashley

 

davignport
5 years 1 week ago

I am so sorry to hear about

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Cooper.  You did everything you could for him and made the decision that was best for him.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and Cooper.

NancyR
5 years 1 week ago

Cooper

I am so sad to hear of your terrible loss. You don't know me, but I am one of probably many who have been following your partnership through the media. That beautiful horse with his showhunter jumping style and his talented young rider. You both had an incredible record and rose to each new occasion so well. It was refreshing to see a bright new pair coming on the horizon. I was looking forward to seeing you representing our country as a USET member. We mourn his loss with you.