Jennifer Wooten and Good Witch, Team Trinity, selected to compete for Olympics short list

Jennifer Wooten and Good Witch, Team Trinity, selected to compete for Olympics short list

 

Buellton’s Jennifer Wooten and her equine companion, The Good Witch, were notified last week that they qualified for the short list of the 2008 Olympics Team that will compete at the XXIX Olympiad equestrian events in Hong Kong. Wooten was formerly an alternate on the short list and is very excited about her selection.

Wooten and Good Witch will travel to The Plains, Va., June 23 for a week and a half for team training for the summer Eventing Olympics with 13 other horse-rider teams, training with Captain Mark Phillips, former Olympic gold-medal-winning horseman and past member of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards who was the first husband of England’s Princess Anne.

 

Out of 13 “A-team” finalists, the short list selections will be announced on July 15. The final short list will consist of eight rider-horse teams, of which five will compete as an Olympic team and three will be alternates.

Wooten began riding at the Pony Club and continued as a rider and trainer in her youth at Flag Is Up Farm, a thoroughbred training facility in Buellton.

As a pair, Wooten and Good Witch now are ranked 17th in the United States and 33rd in the world, and Good Witch is the top-ranking mare in the United States. 

 

“The Witch’s owners and local residents Donn and Daisy Tognazzini have been very supportive over the past seven years – my success is their success! My parents, Buellton residents George and Nancy Robinson, friend Diane Pleshner-Steele and fiancee Rob Dafoe have also stood by my side as well as many other generous and thoughtful fans whom in time will share in my childhood dream come true,” said Wooten.

The Tognazzinis purchased The Good Witch for Wooten to compete on and are part of Wooten’s family of supporters on “Team Trinity,” a name that Wooten coined to reflect three-day competitions that include the three disciplines of dressage, show jumping and cross-country.

“They have supported my goal from the very beginning and I can’t thank them enough for giving me a chance to ride such a fabulous horse,” said Wooten.

 

Wooten and The Good Witch placed at the advanced and three-star level and placed second at the Galway Downs CIC in March of 2006, took third at the CIC hosted at Galway in March 2007, placed 14th of 50 at the Three Star at Jersey Fresh, competed at Blenheim Palace and qualified in Pau, France last October to be included in the Olympic event.

To raise travel and other expenses for the Olympics, Wooten is selling blue denim caps with “The Good Witch” in writing on the front, and “Jennifer Wooten 2008” and the Olympic rings monogrammed on the back, which are available at her website http://www.jenniferwooten.com. “The Good Witch” hat sales from my website will help offset the cost of making this final leg towards the Olympic team,” said Wooten.

Wooten also welcomes corporate sponsors for her team’s Olympic event. She may be reached at (805) 588-7600 or you may e-mail her directly from her website. Wooten is also offering a horserider’s jumping clinic June 14 at the Trinity Ranch.

 

Visit her website for details on the clinic to be held at Rancho La Purisima in Buellton.