Prospect’s Britannia arrived at 5:45 am on April
10, 2010. This 10.hh strong, leggy, bay filly is by Prospect Equine
“Prospect’s Britannia” boasts two white back half socks, a small star and
This big filly’s dam is “Been
Jazzin” by Salut out of Been Thinkin and formerly owned by
Eventer Michele Mueller and was her main dressage horse trained to PSG.
“Taz” as she is known around the barn delivered her third filly with no
assistance and is again proving to be a wonderful mother.
“Prospect’s Britannia” is named in honour of the launch of Michele
Mueller’s bid for the 2012 Olympics in London, England.
Brit is halter trained, gets her feet trimmed
regularly by the farrier and is very social. We do call her our wild
child but is already exhibiting the traits of a top dressage or eventer in
all she does.
Prospect's Britannia - 2 yr old
CSHA Filly by Prospect's Bravestrom (Braveheart/Prospect's Atheana) out of
Been Jazzin (Salute/Been Thinkin) 16.2hh at 23 months old.
March 2013 - Britannia, at almost 3 years of age
and 17hh, has begun lunging, wearing a bridle and saddle. She is taking to
her new experiences like a pro.
April 28, 2013 - Prospect's
Britannia in the jump chute - first time as a 3 yr old - the last run was
the best - she was amazing and just flew over the jumps.
July 3, 2013 - Third time for a
rider on Britannia's back. Stands for the mounting block, lunging is
going well with immediate responses to the voice commands and sound cues
for gaits. Halts immediately and lunges with saddle and sidereins.
Walking with rider no issues at all - very calm and easy going. Also
stands in cross ties, started understanding stretches and stands in wash
July 24, 2013 - I am so excited.
For her 8th Ride I got on Prospect's Britannia and we just walked all
around the arena, walk and halt. She was such a good girl. Some pics of
turning her out too.
Wiinter 2013-2014 - Britannia worked
once a week over the winter and early Spring. Starting in March 2014
under saddle work really began - 3-4 days a week with excellent results.
In April, 2014 hacking and and consistent trot work was added. Now in May
2014 leg yielding at the walk and trot, as well as solid walk/halt and
walk/trot transitions are solidly in place.
The week of May 12, 2014 saw
Britannia do her first trailer sessions, being clipped for the first time,
a few good canter sessions and her first off property schooling with
trailering. She is proving to be a very smart horse that is coping very
well with new experiences.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
September 9, 2014 - Britannia is now cantering
well under saddle with great transitions into the canter.
A play day with the Jump Chute and
she loved it so much she just kept going round and round. Had to stop her
to raise the poles.
September 30, 2014 - Another
session through the jump chute for Prospect's Britannia.
October 21,2014 - Now after 6 solid months of
under saddle work -so pleased with her consistent progress.
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 so welcome.
April 18, 2015 - Tom Dvorak
Clinic - What a fantastic day. So proud of how hard and well Brit worked.
Brit was a total solid citizen - less than a dozen times off property and
she behaved like a seasoned pro with just one or two neighs in the arena.
She was never tense and we had some of the best trot and canter work yet.
Tom was very positive and helpful - a continuation on what Mel and I are
working on already. Now that she is going nicely we are able to push the
forward button more and start asking for more. To know we are going in the
right direction (although we already knew that) and to be able to do
everything that was asked of us was so much fun.
May 7, 2015 - Prospect's
Brittania is all dressed up and ready to debut at her first Gold Show
tomorrow at Palgrave. This 5 yr old is still a little bum high.
May 8, 2015 - Brittania handled
the huge excitement of palgrave all by herself with just a couple blips.
She kept wanting to stop in the first test - so there was lots of clucking
as she didn't apparently feel my legs (lots some marks). But she stayed in
the ring, got transitions when asked and left the ring in a very relaxed
manner. My boo boo in the first test - test of choice - thought I had
marked test 2 but it was test 1 - so had the bell rung - luckily judge let
me finish test 2. Pics from the first test - ended with 50%. Second test
with Brittania at Palgrave went much better. Luckily greenhawks had some
blunted spurs - been thinking about adding them since she needs to be
sharper to the leg. Made a huge difference - plus I was more relaxed and
our coach was able to make it. Unfortunately I forgot to take off her bell
boots and got eliminated (oops) but our score was 57% and we even got a 7
- not bad for the 10th time off property - first time doing training level
and first gold show (second show ever).
May 9, 2015 - Day 2 of Palgrave
(Cornerstone dressage) Brittania placed 4th out of 8 today - training Test
2. we got over 60 even with the error (first canter circle in the wrong
place) - 60.385 in fact at her first Gold Show (2nd show ever and 11th
time off property) we got five 7's - one for our track right and first
circle, one for our canter transition one of our canter circle X2 and one
for our trot transition down. Beginning of the test better than the end -
but over 10% better than our first test yesterday. Canter has been a
challenge for us and we have been working on it a lot. It really paid off.
2 days of showing and she was pretty darn happy to go out into the field.
Needed to be lead down into the ring as she was rearing at the entrance.
Lucky our coach was there.
A vast improvement in Brittania
in just a month was evident in our tests. In May her first training level
tests were tentative and not very forward at the beginning of the show. In
just a month of work our contact and forwardness has come a long way. Both
of her tests had delays before getting into the ring – one because of a
competitor’s accident in the warmup and another was a rain delay. Despite
that and the rush of changing tack with Strom she handled the show day
extremely well. Our first test went splendidly with four 7s and nothing
below 5.5 –finishing with 61.957%. Of particular note was that our first
canter transition/circle received a 7. Our second test – t-2 – was in the
pouring rain. She was not happy about that and being a mare it showed. Our
score was still respectable at 57.885%.
August 28/29, 2015 - Cornerstone
Summer Classic Gold Dressage Show - So very proud of my 5 year old Mare.
Brittania is an absolute star. Over a 13% increase in score for the same
test since May. She placed 8th out of 11 with a score of over 63% with 4
7's on her Training Level Test 1 on Friday. Saturday was a great warmup
but a little sticky in the ring. I think two days and the heat had a
bearing but still a respectable score of 57%. I am so excited about my
young mare. She is so special.
November 8, 2015 - Most of the
fall has been very busy with training for both my horses in anticipation
of the clinic with Tom Dvorak. All our hard work paid of tenfold.
Brittania was absolutely fantastic and well on her way for first level
next year. She has made great strides (pun intended) in her balance at
the canter, steadiness in the contact, straightness at trot and canter as
well as her impulsion. Her ability to handle every situation and how
happy she is to work under saddle makes me very proud.
June 4, 2016 - Prospect's Brittania
also showed at the Cornerstone Spring Gold Dressage show and upgraded to First
Level. Day 1 - Test 1-1 and she felt a bit under the weather. A few
bucks in the canter work of our test, and not as much throughness as normal left
us with a score of 53 and 7th place. Day 2 - Test 1-2 - was her first test
with lateral movements. She felt much better today and more focused but
the heat and stress left her a little tired. Still not 100% and we did
break in the canter work but did get a 7 for her freewalk and a good loose rein
trot circle. All in all a much better test all around to finish with 53
again but better feeling through the test.
November 19/20 2016 - Brittania attended a 2 day Tom
Dvorak clinic. He was very pleased with the improvement in both since the
fall and Brit had her first overnight away from the farm.
April 2017 - Brittania is being bred to the Oldenburg
stallion Gatsby for a 2018 foal so her training will take a back seat to mommy
duty for a year.