Jennie Brannigan is recovering at the University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, after falling from FE Lifestyle on cross-country at the Cloud 11-Gavilan North LLC Carolina Interntional on March 23.
Brannigan fell at the coffin, fence 7, on Ian Stark’s course. FE Lifestyle was uninjured.
She’d fallen from Twilightslastgleam on cross-country at the second-to-last fence, a skinny, earlier in the day in the open intermediate division.
Brannigan, 31, has brought Tim and Nina Gardner’s 9-year-old German Sport Horse gelding (Leo Von Faelz-Berina A, Brandenburger) from the CCI2*-S level to advanced. They completed their first advanced with no cross-country jump penalties a Red Hills (Florida) two weeks prior. The CCI4*-S was Brannigan’s first FEI-level competition back after serving a year suspension for an anti-doping case.
Brannigan’s friend, fellow five-star rider Hannah Sue Burnett, released the following statement:
“Jennie sustained several fractures to her jaw when she fell from FE Lifestyle on cross-country in the 4* at Carolina International. She had surgery Sunday morning to correct some of the damage and is currently recuperating at the hospital. Her team of doctors are planning her return home in the next few days to continue her recovery. She would like to thank everyone for their concern and kind words.”