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December 20, 2014 - What a great
session with Strom today with Melanie. Worked on a lot of canter lateral work.
He is sitting and working so nicely. I had to remember my left and right as well
as follow some really quick instructions. Shoulder in to Travers to volte to
half volte to shoulder in to travers and changes of directions really quickly.
You couldn't wipe the smile off my face.
November 28, 2014 - Monty had a rider on him for the 3rd
time. First time walking around on his own with a rider. This is one
cool cucumber. Lunges with side reins.
November 15, 2014 - Prospect's
Bravestrom at the Tom Dvorak clinic at Dreamcatcher Equestrian.
Worked on refining the collected 3rd level canter, collected trot, collected
walk and trot lateral work. Improving the straightness in the
collected canter was a focus as well.
November 17, 2014 - We woke up to a
very snowy morning and Britannia was the first take a nice roll in the white
November 1, 2014 - very pleased
how well Britannia handled herself at her first clinic today with Julie
Watchhorn. Only the 6th time off property and 6th trailer ride. She was a
little up but settled under saddle and we really enjoyed ourselves. She was very
happy to be home and back to her herd though. Odin came with us and was such a
good boy. Thank you to the Stonehaven family for inviting us and making us feel
October 21,2014 - Now after 6 solid months of under
saddle work -Britannia is really coming along. So pleased with her
October 21, 2014 -Today we did a Bounce
Jump Grid with the girls. At the end of the session the boys switched
horses for the first time ever.
October 2, 2014 - Odin - the guardian
September 30, 2014 - Prospect' Belmont through the Jump Chute
September 30, 2014 - a pic of Strom as
he goes through the chute again.
September 30, 2014 - Another session
through the jump chute for Prospect's Britannia.
September 15, 2014- Monty went for a walk about
for the first time with a rider. Stephen did a great job and Monty took it all
in stride without any issues.
September 12, 2014 - This was Jump Chute Week. We
set up the Chute and everyone had a bit of a run through - some pics and videos
of the fun.
Monty was the first to go through the
chute. Easy session for the 3 yr old.
Next to go was Britannia - she loved it so
much she just kept going round and round. Had to stop her to raise the
The Dressage Horse Bravestrom thought
Jumping was a lot of fun, like his daughter, he continued to go round and round.
Next through the Chute was Prospect's Free Spirit - No effort and a beautiful
jump is what this 6 year old is bred for and it shows.
Not to be undone - Lilly was the star of the chute -
jumping over 4' in the wide oxer and exhibiting an incredible jump and love of
Even little Emma got into the Jump Chute action.
August 31, 2014 - Dreamcrest
Prospect's Lillian and Stephen - Some
great moments in dressage produced a test with some 7's and the nicest I have
seen Lilly and Stephen all season - all be it a tough judge, a very spirited
warmupand a few tough moments. Stadium on the grass at Dreamcrest saw a
very twisty course that Sally Sanisbury put together and was handled to
perfection by Lilly and Stephen - producing one of the few clear
rounds. Ian Robert's Pretraining Cross Country course was the toughest we
had ever seen and many riders were commenting on the challenge ahead. Very
few clear rounds cross country - Stephen and Lilly ate the course for breakfast
and even with some trotting came through 2 seconds too fast but with fantastic
form and no jumping faults - placing them 13th out of a tough field of 26 to
finish off their Pretraining Season. While dressage still needs a more
consistent base, they are definitely ready to tackle training.
Mitchell and Prospect's Free Spirit at
Dreamcrest. Allie was a distracted young 6 yr old throughout dressage
- something maturity and exposure are sure to work out in the future. Some
beautiful moments and definite improvement from the last test. Stadium as
handled well with only one rail and they handled the challenging cross country
course very well with only a round out at the ditch - even still making perfect
time. Seems ditches are something that they need to work on but form is a
beautiful thing to watch when it comes to this mare. The pair finished
17th out of 26 in a tough field.
August 29, 2014 - Kawartha Lakes
Dressage Gold Show -We had our last Gold show of the season on Friday - with
some of the toughest judges known to man. This was our third show at Level 3 -
Strom was a good boy, we had definite progress in our work, especially our
extended canter - we got a 7 for that - he was very exuberant and I wasn't sure
I could get him back. We had great changes in the warmup - he stole one in the
ring, a couple were late-but at least he didn't steal them and we got one -
Yeah!!! His extensions were good and we got some 7's on both tests. Last Gold
show for us for the season - now we will work hard to rock level 3 next year. We
are getting really nice controlled changes at home and we also got a 7 for our
shoulder in. It's a bit of a balancing act for me still with the half halts in
the canter - too much and not enough leg and he will trot, not enough half halt
and he steals the changes because he knows they are coming. Placed 4th and
August 24 2014 - Lanes End Horse
Interesting day for Allie and Mitch at
Lanes End. Best dressage so far and a good stadium - a bit fast. XC was a bit
fast - I think we may have to work on that. She was a bit strong.
Stephen and Lilly had a very exciting
cross country at Lanes End today. After jump 14 the left stirrup broke - so
jumps 15, 16 a and b, 17, the water, jump 18 and the finish were done with only
one stirrup. Stephen had little leverage to set Lilly up and it was all he could
do to stay still and trust her to do her job - which she did - you can see the
stirrup flying in the pictures. They also had a good dressage test - with a 8.
Finished with a 7th.
August 22, 2014
Monty had another lunge session today -
starting to come together nicely. Very accepting of the tack. Side reins shall
be introduced soon. At the end of the session we had a beginning mounting
session. First time at the mounting block and first time with some weight on his
back. Stephen even at on him for a few minutes. He still has a lot of growing to
do but he is coming along nicely.
August 17, 2014
Glad to report that Britannia and I had
a very successful day for her first show. So proud of my 4 year old girl to
handle her first show as well as she did. Only the 4th time off property . She
trailered great – getting on and off 4 times, took an early morning walk to
check things out, warmed up in the indoor arena and was really relaxed despite
all the strange horses running around.
The rings were really sloppy but she waited patiently to go in. This was the
first time seeing a dressage ring with letter stands. She was a little up but
listened and was very steerable in her first test. We scored a very respectable
Going into our second test required the monumental feat of going through huge
puddles to get to the ring and even bigger wet patches inside the ring. At this
point I think the day was becoming a bit much as we needed to stop and jump each
puddle (not required movements in the test) and while I received the comment of
skillfully ridden, we finished with 46%.
I am very proud of my baby girl. She never neighed during the tests and other
than some inconsiderate person causing a spook, she behaved like a professional.
I am so excited to be bringing her along.
Brit was very happy to be home and ran out to the herd screaming her
accomplishments for all to hear-either that or she was complaining about what
she was subjected to today.
August 13, 2014
Some great pics of Trent - our 4 1/2
month old surprise Colt
August 4, 2014- Schooling at John
Hobsons - Good for Allie and it likes like her groove is back. Mitchell was very
happy with her progress. Lilly was unstoppable and an absolute star.
Stephen is feeling very proud of the team they have become. The water was
nice and cooling.
July 26, 2014- Grandview Horse Trials.
Stephen and Lilly had their best dressage yet - with a few 7's, one rail in
stadium and a beautiful if faster than PT Time cross country.
Unfortunately the time was too fast and forgot the rule about walking at the end
and a walk across the finish line caused 15 faults. However,
confidence is high and an upgrade to training is in the near future.
July 26, 2014 - Grandview was the first
event for Allie and Mitchell this year. Allie was a little unfocused
in dressage but one rail in Stadium and 2 runouts in cross country at least saw
a completed event. A work in progress for this 6 yr old mare.
The Boys having some downtime before Cross Country.
2014 - Strom and I had a great day at The Cornerstone Gold Dressage Show. He
was so good today both inside and outside the ring. I am so happy. We got some
7's, improved our scores, got some decent changes in the ring this time and
qualified for the gold champs. As 51 yr old Ammie showing my very big homebred
7 yr old at Level 3 is a challenge that is bringing a dream to life. I am just
so proud of th...e
journey we are taking. While I credit all our coaches along the way, I really
want to thank Melanie Pais for giving us all the encouragement and insights to
compete at this level. Our progress these last several months has been amazing
and so much fun. Sorry there are no pics yet- have to wait until I get the CD.
July 3, 2014 - Monty, discovered in the
barn after a storm -- he took every blanket and saddle pad down during his
escapade in the barn after he escaped from his stall
Prospect's Lillian at Dreamcrest - June
22, 2014 - I am so proud of Stephen and Lilly. They are becoming such a great
team. She was so calm today. They got three 7's on their dressage test -
including on their canter circle, a picture perfect stadium - even Ian shouted -
great round Stephen - and a very good xc - a branch contributed to a run out but
other than that it was great and they still made optimum time - which means that
Lilly easily has the gallop for upper levels. Their xc was completed in a
June 17 2014 - Britannia had a very
busy day yesterday. She had a really good workout at Dreamcrest with her third
time jumping and her first crosscountry -here are a couple pics from the
end of cross country - she was getting tired but did great and got into the
water too. Video too.
Level 3 Debut at Cornerstone Gold
Dressage Show at Caledon Equestrian Park - June 7, 2014 - Bravestrom and I had a
great day at the Spring Dressage show. He was really great. We had great flying
changes in the warmup but blew some of them in the tests. But this was our first
time at level 3- we got some 6's, some 6.5's in our first testand we were one of
the few AA's showing at Level 3. Very happy with my homebred 7 yr old. Lots of
room for improvement. Our Test 2 saw some 7's along with some mistakes but
still pleased. We scored 54 and 53 -not bad for the first time at this
level and at a Gold Show. He was relaxed the whole day. A big
thank you to Stephen Hall for all his help and fantastic pictures.
May 31, 2014 - Britannia is progressing
really nicely and I am really enjoying it. Today was her second ride
without lunging, a very forward trot and canter transitions both ways including
one complete 20 metre circle, along with a longer hack around the property.
May 29, 2014 - Prospect's Belmont - as
a 3 yr old - Starting his education as a horse - Looking a lot like his dad
May 18, 2014 - Prospect's Britannia had
a busy week - first clipping, first real bath, first trailer rides and first off
property - Lunging and Walking Videos
May 18, 2014 - Counter Canter to Flying Change at
Lee Tubman Clinic
May 19, 2014 - Lilly and Stephen
schooling at Dreamcrest today.
May 19, 2014 - Allie and Mitchell
schooling at Dreamcrest today.
I am so proud of Bravestrom - 2 days of
a Lee Tubman clinic and he was fantastic - worked on elements to improve our
flying changes and it really did work - flying changes on cue with balance in
the canter before and after. I am so excited to show at Palgrave in 3 weeks.
May 17, 2014 - Day one of the Lee
Tubman clinic went really well. Strom was very very good and we had some real
progress on our counter-canter and had good flying changes. Afterwards a
nice hack around the property.
April 28, 2014 - Riding 4 yr old
Prospect's Britannia - she had 2 weeks off because I was ill, but didn't miss a
beat and we had our second canter transition.
Our 4 yr old Prospect's Britannia is
turning into a real beauty. April 11,2014 - first time out in the summer
March 29, 2014 - Odin and Trent finally
meet and Odin gets to see where his blankets are
Some videos of Trent's first
adventure into the arena on March 25, 2014
March 24 and 25, 2014
We welcomed Emma's son - Trent on March
24, 2014 at 8:30 pm. Emma came in for dinner at 6:30 with some
wax and by the time we came out after volleyball Trent was being cleaned up by
his mommy. He is a leggy bay colt with a small white star and dash on his
nose with some white on both front feet. Definitely Prospect coloring.
On his first full day he was visited by the Vet and explored the Arena with his
March 12, 2014 - horrible snow storm
March 9, 2014 - Beautiful day for a
Hack with Strom
February 6, 2014 - Christina Handley
visited Prospect today for a photo shoot - here are a couple preliminary pics
with some interesting affects.
January 18, 2014 - Emma's belly is
Some Face pictures of the young ones
taken at the beginning of January, 2014 our homebred now 3 yr old Belmont
and his full sister Britannia - now 4 yr old homebred.