Monday, Apr. 15, 2024

Blogger Jennie Brannigan



I sat yesterday reading Sinead Halpin’s latest Chronicle blog and was quite impressed and inspired by what she wrote. My heart broke for her when I found out a few days ago that she lost her dad suddenly. I can't imagine what she's going through. The timing of reading that and then her dad passing is just devastating. 

Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda, aka "Ping,"
on their way to winning the inaugural Land
Rover Great Meadow CIC***.

I know it's been quite a while since I've blogged, and to be honest there are so many things I'd like to share with you all that it's a little bit overwhelming to think about where to start.

It's hard to say what the most special part of a memory is when every part of it is something you’ll remember for forever... And it's great when it's one that memory is a good one, but with horses and life there are a fair few that are the other variety... The not-so-good ones. They say you need to experience those bad ones to appreciate the good, and I would say from my personal experience thus far in life that that statement is true.

I was lucky, at a young age, to get a job working under show jumper Susie Hutchison, a woman who had a profound effect on my riding career and life.

I remember going to work for her at Indio, Thermal, Showpark and a lot of other venues in Southern California. I very honestly was completely out of my depth and at first quite overwhelmed by the experiences, but I grew to love the scene of it all and truly enjoyed jumping the young horses for her.


One year ago I was driving down to Florida feeling pretty kicked down after Fair Hill. Everything was changing. I was a little nervous leaving True Prospect Farm, to say the least, and I was just about to start off training with Scott Keach to focus on my show jumping. I was definitely at a crossroads in my life.

As always, time seems to get away from me in between blogs... To be honest, I feel as though some time needed to pass after Rolex, after feeling a bit kicked down, and I needed something new to talk about!

I’ve been pondering quite a bit lately all that’s gone on in between: What happened with America at the WEG, running my own business, and keeping good goals for my top horses going into the fall.

I know this blog is most definitely overdue, as I realize it has been a month since Rolex and my, shall we say, “interesting” go there.

This means I have approximately 11 months to think up the most exciting way I can get eliminated in the show jumping there next year. I don’t think many people can say their first two trips to Rolex have been as interesting as mine have been!

Jennie's first ride on Ibella since

Well I have to say, there’s been quite a bit of change and exciting things that’ve happened in the pre-season here in Ocala.

As I sit here in sunny Florida looking out the window at how incredible Scotty Keach and Matt Flynn’s farms are, I’m feeling very grateful and lucky that I just spent the day riding horses and caring for them, and that this is considered my work.



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