Jennie Brannigan never could have imagined she’d be donning jockey silks and goggles, but nevertheless, on March 21, she found herself in the baby blue colors of Welcome Here Farm as she headed to the starting line of the W.C. Jackson Training Flat race at the Aiken Spring Steeplechase in Aiken, S.C., on a horse she’s known for the last two years, Where’s The Beef.
You might not even know you were looking at Ballynoecastle RM if you saw him walk past you at an event, but the plain bay Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ramiro B—Ballyvaldon Natalie, Blue Laser) has an impressive resume with his longtime rider, Buck Davidson.
Lisa Barry's pretty familiar with big events—she's groomed at some of the biggest.
For many years, Barry picked up extra cash by grooming for friends at three-days like the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, Bromont International (Quebec) and The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International (Md.). She was working for the O'Connor Event Team when she met Canadian four-star rider Jessica Phoenix in 2007. Phoenix came to train with the O’Connors before the Pan Amerian Games (Brazil), and the two hit it off.
One of Boyd Martin’s top four-star partners and Phillip Dutton's 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games mount, Trading Aces, has a new job this year after being sold to junior rider Alexandra Pielet to show in the equitation ring. Pielet, a winning pony hunter rider, trains with Timmy Kees and Molly Ashe Cawley.
Cadiz, a 15-year-old Spanish-bred gelding ridden by French eventer Donatien Schauly, was euthanized two days after he suffered from a fall on cross-country at the Fontainebleau Horse Trials (France) on March 6.
Schauly was not injured, but Cadiz (El Mesto—Adonna, Nocturn) was euthanized due to “complications related to swelling of the spinal cord,” according to Cavadeos.
You can’t miss Jodie Stowell as she heads out of the start box on cross-country, whether it’s on her novice level leopard Appaloosa Island Fever or her preliminary packer Appaloosa/Thoroughbred Comet II.
The amateur rider has a penchant for the colorful breed and she’s ticking off her goals one by one with both, on her own no less, as she balances competing with her day job as a small animal veterinarian.
You might not have bet on Czechmate to win the CIC*** at Red Hills this weekend based on the entry list, but the 9-year-old Czech Warmblood stepped up to the plate for Lauren Kieffer and came home with the win in his first CIC*** after jumping a double clear round over Fuzzy Mayo’s show jumping track.
“He’s just always been a really competitive horse, but it’s certainly nice when five years later he’s still doing it,” said Kieffer, who’s brought “Czechy” along since he was 4 for owners Courtney and Kylie Ramsay.
All 21 horses in the CIC*** passed the final horse inspection this morning. Because Red Hills returned to the traditional format this year, riders had to jog their horses in front of the ground jury, which was made up of Gretchen Butts, Mark Weissbecker and Marilyn Payne.
In the CIC**, Marilyn Little withdrew RF Tabasco overnight due to a lost shoe on cross-country. They were sitting in second place.
In the CIC*, Jennie Brannigan withdrew Cool As Ice, who was in seventh place.