May 2016 - Off & Running
Written by Cheryl Erpelding
Saturday, 30 April 2016 19:42

Jennifer Wooten’s Trinity Eventing is off to a fantastic season.

by Cheryl Erpelding

Since having her first child last July, veteran eventer Jennifer Wooten has been itching to get back onto the competitive circuit. From her training bases in Santa Ynez and Agoura, she is bringing a promising crop of students along with her and her Trinity Eventing team is off to a terrific start this season. Outings at Galway Downs and Twin Rivers last month loaded up the program’s ribbon string with rosettes and more are projected through the year.

At Galway, Jennifer took home the blue ribbon in the CIC1* on her dressage score on Ballingoway Ginger, owned by Jordyn Horwitz. Her 42.3 score remained the one to beat with scores over 70% from both dressage judges.

Double clean in the show jumping and clear on cross-country meant no one could catch them. Jennifer has only been partnered with Ginger since January 2016. The mare was brought along by Olympic-bound Lauren Billys and Jennifer is thrilled with the mare’s continued improvement and performance.

Jennifer showed Kathryn Johnson’s Eduardo in the Open Preliminary B class. She is also very happy with “Ed’s” progress as he had made a huge improvement from his last event and had only time faults added to his impressive dressage score of 33.9 to finish his second Preliminary outing of the season. Having just moved up to Prelim this past March, Ed is figuring out the new level and gaining more confidence every outing.

Jennifer’s students, Kelsey Holmes, Katherine Hill, Avery Noblitt and Katie Boydston, also had excellent rides at Galway.

Kelsey Holmes competed her two horses, Heart of Gold SE, aka “Sofia,” and NZB The Chosen One, aka “Squid,” in the CIC1*. She had solid rides on both horses, finishing up in fourth place with Sofia and in seventh with Squid.

These finishes put her as the first and second placed Young Rider in the very large FEI division. Jennifer first brought Sofia along for breeder Rose Sullivan and felt the mare would be a good match for Kelsey when Squid was sidelined by an injury a few years ago. The trainer has since helped Kelsey bring Sofia onto the next levels, and is especially proud of the results the young pair is getting.

Katherine Hill rode her own Wings of Fire, aka “Kasey,” in the Jr. Training, where she did a super job figuring out her new horse and the new level. They had a particularly strong finish with their double clean cross-country round.
Avery Noblitt rode in the Jr. Novice class aboard her own Amy Z. Avery and Amy had their personal best dressage test, followed by two solid jumping rounds to finish up in sixth place. This pair debuted at Training Level at Twin Rivers.

Katie Boydston and her mare, Can Do Calico, aka “Callie,” are gaining more confidence at the Novice level with every event. The pair competed in the Jr. Novice, where they had a solid dressage test and two grearet double clean jumping rounds to finish just outside of the top 10 in their very competitive class of more than 20.

Twin Rivers was a perfect example of how you have to respect the ebb and flow of competition and always demonstrate good sportsmanship when the chips are down. Kelsey Holmes on NZB The Chosen One successfully completed the CCI 1* in 5th place. Avery Noblett and Connie Ganter conquered the very competitive Training divisions.

The Good Witch Era

Jennifer has been hooked on eventing since her early Pony Club days. She trained her top event mare The Good Witch, owned by Daisy Tognazzini, to the Advanced level and they were repeatedly the highest placed American pair at the 4* level when they competed abroad. Successful finishes include second at the Galway Downs World Cup Qualifier, which earned her a trip to the 2006 World Cup in Sweden and an 18th placing.

In 2007 Jennifer placed 11th at the Pau, France CCI****, being the youngest and highest-placed American to compete. In 2008 Jennifer was shortlisted for the 2008 Olympic Team. In 2009 they represented the U.S. at the Burghley CCI**** in England and earned a second place at the Rebecca Farm World Cup Qualifier. In 2010 they were the highest placed American at the Luhmuhlen CCI**** in Germany and won the Adequan Gold Cup year-end championship trophy.

In 2011 Jennifer and The Good Witch competed in their final CCI**** at Badminton, ending an amazing international eventing career.

Dedicated to her horses, students and family, Jennifer prides herself on being successful in managing her clients’ goals, expectations, competition and training schedules, as well as the horses’ health, well-being, training and competition schedules.

Her husband, Andres Macouzet DVM, is a huge asset to her team as he is one of the veterinarians for the Santa Lucia Farm in Santa Ynez and specializes in lameness and sports medicine. In addition to their busy careers, they are the proud parents of their 9 month old son Santiago Macouzet, who may one day follow in his parents foot steps.

Jennifer currently trains out of two locations – Trinity Farm North in Santa Ynez and Trinity Farm South at the Malibu Creek Equestrian Center in Agoura. The Santa Ynez facility has a 30-stall barn, jumping arena, dressage court, small cross-country field and turn outs. The Agoura facility currently has a few openings at the 20-acre farm, with a 25-stall barn, a private arena, and use of a large covered arena.

Jennifer is a United States Eventing Association Instructor’s Certification Program Level III Instructor – which reflects that she has three past or current students who compete competently at Intermediate, CIC** and/or CCI**.

For more information on Jennifer Wooten and Trinity Eventing visit her website or call 805-588-7600.