Scottsville, VA, USA
Donations given in Eleanor's memory will be held pending the establishment by Christine and Andrew Brennan of a scholarship fund in Eleanor's name for rising equestrians. Checks can be made out to St. Anne's Parish with a memoranda note "Eleanor Brennan" and sent to The Treasurer, St. Anne's Parish, PO Box 337, Scottsville, VA, 24590.
Eleanor was born September 10, 1986 in the Surrey, England, to Christine and Andrew, their beloved first born daughter, and first grandchild of John and Dorothy Durman and Sally and Michael Brennan.
Eleanor lived in Wimbledon, London for her early years and was schooled at St. Andrew's Montessori and the Ursuline Convent. She moved with her family to Albemarle County in the fall of 1997 where she happily attended St. Anne's-Belfield through ninth grade. She also joined Mountain Skyline Pony club which guided and consolidated her passion for horses and riding. Through her final high school years she attended Tandem Friends School which she loved.
Before her high school graduation she was already riding professionally as an event rider and relocated to England with her horse, Bailey Zwei. She spent the next three years competing at the highest level in her sport and working for and with many gifted coaches including those from the US, British and Australian Olympic teams. She was able to spend time with her loving grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and godparents and develop many new friendships.
In July 2007 she decided to return to her family and friends in Virginia bringing with her two event horses and her Jack Russell terrier Zipper. She was busy setting up her training and teaching business out of Albemarle's Plain Dealing Farm where she had first been taught at world class level.
Eleanor Brennan died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall on cross-country at the Florida International 3-Day Event and Ocala Fall Horse Trials in Ocala, Florida. Her horse, Mister Barnabus, was also fatally injured.
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