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February 14, 2010

A Snowstorm In Aiken

Not the kind of weather I expected in Aiken.

So the past week or so I have been slammed busy, but I am excited that all the horses are going really well.

Sporting Days was last weekend, and I had three horses competing there. I was quite sick over the event, so I really appreciated the great help that I had there including Kelley Merrett and Jean Marie who gave me a hand at the event. 

Walkabout did his first prelim/training and really jumped around well. He’s quite keen on doing his job, and as he gets more experienced I am excited to see what comes of him. He won on his dressage score, which was quite exciting for him and his owners B&O Sporthorses. I look forward to taking him preliminary at Paradise!

Chasing Dreams came back with a great start and won the open novice division and seems more than ready to go training level. He is a lovely horse that I am excited about.

I jumped him with Phillip this week, and he was fantastic. I think he could be a great show jumper as well, and I am excited for him to move up next weekend at Paradise Horse Trials.

Another horse bred by Beth Battel, Roosevelt, made his debut as an event horse and ended up tied for second in the novice division. He was lovely and seemed to really enjoy the cross-country and has such great jumping technique. 

Shockingly, we got hammered with snow here in Aiken, which really wasn’t that thrilling to me. I am including some pics of us getting ready for Pine Top in the snow!

I also had the pleasure of teaching Lee Lee Jones how to braid for Pine Top, and I don’t think she was thrilled that she had to braid, and then we unbraided everything when we thought the show would be postponed. It was pretty funny that dressage ended up getting put on. 

Hope everyone is well! 

Jennie 

Brannigan Eventing...