Jennie Brannigan is a young, up and coming international eventer who works out of Phillip Dutton’s barn in Pennsylvania. Jennie is a delight to work with and is well liked in the eventing world. Jennie is one of the new rotating co-hosts of the Eventing Radio Show and we will carry her tips here on Horse Tip Daily as well…
Jennie Brannigan grew up in Galena, Illinois, originally riding a variety of horses under the instruction of Jane McGirk. Jennie became interested in eventing at age 13 when she became a working student for Allison Springer. Eventually Springer went on to work for Karen and David O’Connor riding their young horses, before starting her own business; Jennie headed to California where she worked for Natalie Rooney-Pitts, who happened to be pregnant at the time. This gave Jennie the opportunity to ride many of Rooney-Pitts’ clients’ horses.
Later Jennie worked for acclaimed show jumper Susie Hutchinson, where she developed as a rider and a horsewoman while she improved her show jumping skills under the watchful eye of one of show jumping’s greats.
Balancing show jumping with competing her advanced event horse Kozmo proved a challenge, squeezing in events around her jumping schedule. When Mike Winter sent Jennie a text message asking if she would like to work for him while his wife Emma was in England, Jennie jumped at the opportunity to follow her eventing dreams.
The timing was ideal so she packed her things and made the move to Georgia. Emma Winter was out of the country for several months, during which Jennie rode horses and taught lessons at the Winters’ Wayfarer Eventing in Newnan, Georgia.
Within the past year, Jennie has had a lot of press regarding her exciting rise to the top on Cooper, her current Advanced horse. She purchased Cooper in July, 2006 as a four-year-old from Kelli McMullen-Temple when the gelding had only competed at beginner novice level. After bringing him carefully up the ranks she and Cooper won nine out of ten events at intermediate level in the 2007-2008 eventing season, placing them firmly at the top of the 2008 Adequan/USEA Gold Cup Leader Board. The jewel in their crown was bringing home team and individual gold from the 2008 NAJYRC in Parker, Colorado.
Moving on to her next opportunity, Jennie is working for Olympic team member Phillip Dutton at True Prospect Farm in West Grove, Pennsylvania. Jennie is accepting horses and students in training and can be contacted by email to schedule an appointment.
Type of Tips:
Training and Grooming
You can visit Boyd’s website at www.branniganeventing.com.
Hear Jennie co-hosting on the Eventing Radio Show.