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BRITANNIA

 

HORSE NAME: PROSPECT'S BRITANNIA

SEX: FILLY
BARN NAME: BRIT
DOB: APRIL 10, 2010
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 17.1 at 4 years of age
BREED: WARMBLOOD CROSS SPORT HORSE (Swedish WB/TRAK)

CANADIAN SPORT HORSE  - PART BREED

 

PEDIGREE/LINKS: SIRE:  PROSPECT'S BRAVESTROM BY BRAVEHEART

DAM:  BEEN JAZZIN BY SALUT

COLOUR/MARKINGS DARK BAY WITH TWO WHITE HIND SOCKS, SMALL STAR AND SMALL SNIP
HANDLER: MAUREEN HALL
Prospect’s Britannia arrived at 5:45 am on April 10, 2010.  This 10.hh strong, leggy, bay filly is by Prospect Equine Farm’s “Prospect’s Bravestrom”.

“Prospect’s Britannia” boasts two white back half socks, a small star and small snip. 

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
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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.

Britannia is a full sibling to Prospect's Belmont.

At Birth:

 April 11, 2010 - one day old

 at 3 Months

At 6 Months

  Summer - 2011 as a Yearling.

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 stall.

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 respectable 51%.
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.

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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.

http://www.mountaincreeksporthorses.com/gatsby/

 

 

 

 

View the video below for a glimpse of Brit in action

Prospect Youngsters:

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 21,2014 - Now after 6 solid months of under saddle work -so pleased with her consistent progress.

 

 

 


 

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