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Jennie Brannigan

July 13, 2009

Jennie Explores A Career As Camp Counselor

Well this week began with a jump-start because the Phillip Dutton Eventing Academy was on. As soon as I got off my flight from teaching in California, Boyd and I raced back to the barn. I threw some riding clothes on and ventured out to our cross-country field to teach about cross-country position. This all went quite well, and I met my new friend Cherie who is also doing a blog about Big Phil’s camp. http://cheriegetsduttonized.blogspot.com/

July 9, 2009

A Brief Trip Home To California

Since I have been back from England, I've pushed things back into a high gear trying to move on and learn from the experience. I've been gaining a few clients and am enjoying keeping very busy.

June 16, 2009

A Learning Experience At Bramham

Hello Everyone,

I leave from England to come home today, and I have to say that I am a fair bit down and out. Cooper has been so amazing all weekend, and I rode a not very good line on the cross-country, so he had a glance-off at a skinny brush jump. He was really fantastic though, and I am so proud of him. 

June 12, 2009

A Dressage Day To Make Everyone Proud

I was walking up to the dressage arena today and looking at all the tents and people around, and I had a bit of a think. I said to myself, "Wow. How many millions of hours have gone into getting to this point? How many great teachers and coaches have I had?" 

But most of all I thought, "I have an amazing horse who deserves to be here, and I hope that I can ride him the best I can to prove how special he is."

June 11, 2009

The Beginning Of Bramham

So I have arrived at Bramham, and it is seriously unreal—much like most of this trip has been! Sara and Becky arrived safely, and we are all doing well! Cooper had his first few rides and has gone great. I have seen a lot of the legends of our sport today and even had Mark Todd sitting in David's lorry while we all had a drink. I mean seriously, how cool is that? To be around the absolute legends of our sport...wow.

June 9, 2009

The Last Gallop Before Bramham

Hello everyone from Maizey Manor!
 
I had my final gallop yesterday, and I have to say that the gallop was even more unreal than the one I did last week. What a hill...I think Cooper was really happy when he was done with that. I took a ton of pics and hope that you can tell how big the hill was from them.
 
The Greens have been really awesome, and Jacky is a seriously good cook. I also have found a new found love of the game of cricket, and David has the biggest TV I have ever seen...

June 7, 2009

Leaving Aston

Well I am on to Maizey Manor (David Green's) and then to Bramham. Sandy and Mark's lorry is really amazing, and I am including pics of it! The past two days have been going really well, and I am excited to get to the event but will definitely miss Aston Farm.
 

June 6, 2009

Galloping At Barbury Castle

Hello everyone from the continued adventures in England.
 
The past couple days have been fun, and I had a great jumping lesson with Mark on Cooper as well as getting to jump a couple of his young horses. We have really been working on my position with coming into a jump and staying more with the horse. I tend to get behind and "drive" Cooper because I know that he is going to spook, but I then end up using my seat too much and not going with him enough. I feel as though I am really grasping the concept!

June 5, 2009

A Serious Dressage Session And A Great Night Out

Hello from Day 2 in England,
 

June 3, 2009

Cooper Meets The Killer Sheep; I Meet Michael Jackson

Hello everyone, from my first whole day in England!

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