Top eventer Jennie Brannigan answers reader questions about riding, life and her “fab hair.”
Top: Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda at Plantation Field. Photo by Jenni Autry.
From Jenni via Eventing Nation:
Welcome to Burning Questions, the new EN series where you tell us what you want to ask your favorite rider and we get you the answers. Today’s questions for Jennie Brannigan were submitted in this post. Have questions for a rider? Post in the comments below or email [email protected] with who and what you’d ask!
1. How does Jennie Brannigan always seems to be having a fab hair day?
Jennie: “I take this as a huge compliment because I always think my hair is a little out of control. I do wear a hair net every day, and I’m lucky to have good bloodlines, I guess, because my hair is thick and curly. To be honest, I don’t actually wash every day, and that really helps!”
2. If you didn’t work with horses, what profession would you pursue?
Jennie: “If I didn’t work with horses, I would love something involving snowboarding for a living … Some sort of media-based job in the industry would be amazing! I love extreme sports.”
3. Was there a pivotal moment that made you decide you wanted to make a living in eventing?
Jennie: “Deciding to become an event rider for a living was a funny thing for me because I always loved horses but noticed at a young age the lifestyle looked tough, and some of the older professional women seemed to have sacrificed a lot personally to get there as far as family and such. The bug still got me as a late teen!”
4. If you could watch another eventer ride for the day, who would it be?
Jennie: “If I could be around another event rider for the day, I would definitely want to be around Mary King. She seems to have it all and is friendly and happy. She was grooming for herself at Luhmühlen the first year I was there, and you can tell she’s so happy to be eventing. I love and admire that.”
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