Hometown: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Jennie Brannigan, a native of Illinois, attributes her success to the accomplished people she has trained with and to her fantastic group of horses. Early in her career, Brannigan worked for Allison Springer, jumping great Susie Hutchinson, and Mike Winter. In 2009, Brannigan joined Phillip Dutton who mentored her as she rose through the ranks of eventing to her current success as a trainer, rider, and coach. In 2013, Brannigan struck out on her own to establish Brannigan Eventing in West Grove, Pa.
Brannigan entered the event world with a splash in 2006. With her partner Cooper, she won nine out of ten events at the intermediate level in 2007-2008 and was atop the 2008 Adequan/USEA Gold Cup leader board.
In 2008, Brannigan and Cooper represented California at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Riders Championships presented by Gotham North where they won both Team and Individual Gold medals. The pair continued their winning ways throughout 2009 and were bright stars on the international eventing horizon. Tragedy struck at the Fair Hill International event in 2009, and Brannigan ultimately had to euthanize Cooper.
Bolstered by the personal strength and tenacity she exhibits in her riding, Brannigan persevered in the eventing world. In 2010, she partnered with Cambalda to wins at the Fair Hill CIC2*, Jersey Fresh CCI2*, Plantation Field CIC3*, and Galway Downs CCI3*. For his successes, Cambalda was named 2010 USEA Eventing Horse of the Year.
In 2011, Brannigan and Cambalda continued to forge a successful partnership with a win at The Fork CIC3* and top placings at Jersey Fresh and Richland Park.
Brannigan competed many horses to top placings in 2012 and 2013, including No Objection, Walkabout, Indie, and her accomplished partner, Cambalda. She finished with top placings at major events in the U.S., including Plantation Field, Jersey Fresh, The Fork, and Red Hills.
In 2014, Brannigan competed her mounts Henry and Indie to wins in the CIC2* at The Fork and at Red Hills. In October, the culmination of her hard work came with an emotional victory with Cambalda in the CCI3* at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International/USEF National Three-Star Eventing Championship where the pair was also named the USEF Eventing Developing Rider National Champions
Their momentum has carried Brannigan and Cambalda to a stellar beginning in 2015 with a third-place finish in the Red Hills CIC3* and a win at The Fork CIC3*. At the inaugural Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan, the pair claimed top honors in the CIC3*.
Brannigan runs a successful training and coaching business in West Grove, Pa. Her second love is racing as she gallops horses in the morning and has competed in flat races.