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June 4, 2010

A Whirlwind Of Activity At Waredaca

This is Beth Battel's 3-year-old that I will be riding in the young event horse classes next year. Photo by Jennie Brannigan.

This past weekend was quite a busy one for me and for everyone at True Prospect Farm. I rode seven at the Waredaca Horse Trials in Maryland, which kept me busy, but it was quite a good weekend for me.

On Saturday, Walkabout competed in his second intermediate horse trials. He posted a 31 in the dressage, which I was quite happy with, and ended up coming in sixth out of 24 horses in the division.

I am thrilled with how he is coming along, especially on the flat and his rideability on course. If he continues to improve the way he has been, I think he will really be a special one.

I also had the pleasure of riding Ronald Zabala-Goetschel’s horse Che Prima Donna Z in the training level, and she came second ending on a 28 dressage score. She was an absolute pleasure to ride and looks to be the real deal as well.

I rode three horses of Nina Gardner’s over the weekend. Catching Melody placed third in her first event and scored an impressive 29 in the dressage. Paprika was second in her novice division as well, and they all had such lovely attitudes about everything.

I also rode Beth Battel’s mare Thalia in her first event back with me this season, and she finished fourth in a big novice division. This mare has a small step but a big heart and is really, really fun and agile to ride.

I had another good go on Suzanne Kloud’s horse Zoom Zoom. He finished second in a competitive novice division. I’ve enjoyed watching this horse grow since he first came off the track, and I’ve had the pleasure of helping bring him along since then. It’s has been so fun to watch him continue to improve. 

On Monday I kept things rolling by driving to New Jersey to teach a one-day clinic at Beth Battel’s barn—Footlight Farm.

I tried my new boots from Wise Equestrian, which came in on Saturday, and I wore a pair on Sunday at the horse show. I rode in the new brown pair at the clinic on Monday and was impressed with how well they fit and how comfortable they were. I absolutely love them!

This week should be busy as well with me riding four horses at the Plantation Field Horse Trials on Saturday. It will be Indie’s first event! I also will have the pleasure of judging the dressage on the starter trial on Sunday!

I will keep everyone informed...

Thanks for reading,
Jennie 

Brannigan Eventing...

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