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By Lucinda Fredericks, Dec 7 2018 02:33PM

Britannia's Mail began the year with a fabulous performance at the Competition Stallions Show at  Addington, He was much admired, and the audience were delighted when 14 year old Ellie showed him off in the jumping part of the display. 

After an incredibly wet start, resulting in many events either cancelled or abandoned, Britannia’s Mail and new 4* rider Libby Seed made an exciting start to their first eventing season together with a super double clear in the Open Intermediate at Tweseldown and then finished 8th at Aston Le Walls before heading to the Badminton Stallion Parade. As usual Marley put on a superb show, jumping pretty well the biggest fences of all the stallions and behaving immaculately.  

With only two runs under their belt they had a crack at the British U21 Championships at Houghton Hall. This gave them the important qualification result to go up to 3*. Britannia's Mail was then delighted to head to stud at Tomlinson Equine for a few days which of course he thoroughly enjoyed! 

A steady run round Nunney 2* prepared them well for Barbury where another solid performance gave the pair the next part of their 3* qualification. We waited for the hard summer ground to soften up before we ran him again at Gatcombe OI where he again went really well to finish just outside the top 10. Libby and her wonderfully supportive parents, Lesley and Jonathan, then headed up to Yorkshire to achieve a fantastic 5th place in the Advanced at Allerton while Lucinda was helping Ellie at the U18 South of England competition in the pouring rain!

Britannia’s Mail had many compliments from the commentary, spectators and fans that have offspring up North. He obviously enjoyed and found the bigger challenges easy, and demonstrated his superb fitness, soundness and developing partnership with Libby.

A last minute plan to fit in one more run, as Britannia's Mail was feeling so well, sadly didn’t work due to being one of the many horses who were confused by the low sun at the end of the day at Bicton CIC** - unseating poor Libby when he misread a skinny roll top going into the trees. Britannia's Mail, being so clever, stayed on his feet but poor Libby was surprised to land on the floor and see Britannia's Mail quietly trotting away, jumping over the string beautifully to head for home!  Such bad luck, having started the competition on a fabulous dressage score of 31.6 and been well placed to finish in the top four had he gone clear XC.

Britannia’s Mail has finished the season looking amazing, fit and sound. Lucinda is enjoying training him and riding him at home, playing with his dressage and enjoying some rather blustery, wet hacks on the plain. With the Event season finished Ellie Fredericks has taken on the jumping part of his training, which is really good fun for both of them. They have recently qualified for the schools show jumping championships at Hickstead next August.


Libby Seed will start more serious training with him early next year and will be aiming for the 3* Nations Cups - hopefully with the British team - as well as two long-format 4* events (original 3* level).


After seven seasons eventing, Britannia's Mail continues to prove himself to be a 100% sound, tough, genuine and confident competition horse, with his relaxed, affectionate, honest and kind temperament coming through in his young stock. Britannia’s Mail has excellent fertility rates, having covered over 100 mares between 2013-2018, and we have seen some lovely Britannia’s Mail foals on the ground during 2018. Three of which are based at Rosegarth which is lovely.

We are pleased to have been able to make him available for fresh and chilled semen, as well as frozen, during the season. And we are excited about seeing some of his 4 and 5 year old offspring out competing in 2019.

Early next year Britannia’s Mail will yet again be on display at the Competition Stallions Show at Addington Manor on 16th February, and will be available for fresh, chilled and frozen semen during the season, standing at Tomlinson Equine, Gloucestershire.

For more information about Britannia’s Mail and to make a booking for the 2019 season please email or telephone 01380 816636. You can view photos of Britannia’s Mail and his offspring at our website: and on Britannia’s Mail facebook page:

If you have a Britannia’s Mail foal we would love you to share your photos and stories with us. Please email Jo at

By Lucinda Fredericks, Oct 1 2018 11:25AM

We had a brilliant weekend at Dauntsey Park. Ellie had a fantastic result, finishing in 2nd and 5th place in her Novice sections on Mandorior and Joubert respectively, both finishing on their dressage scores. It was a fabulous XC course requiring boldness as well as accuracy and I am delighted with their performances in all three phases.

Well done to Oceane Amans and Little Britannia who had another good run getting to know each other and preparing for their first CIC*. Hen Gossage and Ordnance Hill had a good run, as did Oceane with Billy Alberto and Strip Teasel. Congratulations also to Ellie and Sunfield Elspeth who finished the weekend in 2nd place in their BE90 section.

I am thrilled that Ellie and her horses, Mandorior and Joubert, have qualified and been accepted to do their first CIC* event at Bicton in three weeks' time - very unnerving for me, but an amazing achievement!

Thank you to all our wonderful owners, sponsors and the fantastic team here at Rosegarth.

Photo credit: Tilly Moore Photography

By Lucinda Fredericks, Sep 17 2018 11:35AM

Our super stallion, Britannia's Mail (Marley), and rider Libby Seed enjoyed a fantastic day at Allerton Park Horse Trials on Sunday in their first Advanced competition together. Beginning with a great dressage of 30.5 they went on to have 2 unlucky rails down in the show jumping, but a wonderful clear round Cross Country to put them in 5th place at the end of the day. Well done Libby and Marley - it is fabulous to see this partnership go from strength to strength.

By Lucinda Fredericks, Aug 6 2018 07:44PM

Ellie and Bridget Hall's 7 year old gelding Joubert won the National Schools Team final last week representing Dauntsey's school together with Amber Fletcher, Katinka Beckett and Lauren Dallison. They qualified last winter for the National Schools Championships and have been looking forward to their two nights sleepover in tee pee tents and lorries since!

Moley (Joubert) jumped three out of three clear rounds, Amber and Smokey four out of four clear rounds while Tinks (Connor) and Lauren (Blues) just rolled one pole each on the second day but it was all about day one.

Wednesday morning they needed three team members to jump clear and fairly quickly, which they did, so finished the morning qualifier in 3rd place. But then the slate was cleared and they needed a further three clears with much faster times and it was a nail-biting finish waiting for the last two riders to jump - and luckily both were slower leaving Dauntsey's as the champions! So exciting and thoroughly deserved!

Mums Ali, Sam and Izzy were brilliant grooms and cooks while Cinda managed to warm the girls up and do course walks. The team won beautiful rugs and plaques plus some training vouchers and had a brilliant lap of honour.

Thank you to owner Bridget Hall for letting Joubert represent Dauntsey's, and to Pure Feed, Devoucoux, Westgate, Freejump, HRP Equestrian and Foxy Equestrian for their support.

What a fabulous two weeks Ellie has had with her two super little horses. Moley (Joubert) and Shrimp (Mandorior) are now having a two week holiday and will be focusing on a few more events in September and October once the ground hopefully softens up.

By Lucinda Fredericks, Jul 16 2018 01:02PM

I am delighted to finally be able to announce that Ellie & Mandorior have been selected for the South West team for the BE100 under 18 championships at Frickley Park International Horse Trials in two weeks' time. Ellie has worked incredibly hard all season and I am of course super-proud of her achievement! She has formed a wonderful partnership with Karen Smith's fabulous little horse Mandorior (Shrimp) and is very grateful to Karen for giving her the opportunity to produce and compete on him.

I also want to mention Bridget Hall's lovely Joubert (Moley) who will also be competing at Frickley with Ellie in the National Novice section. Moley and Shrimp have both come on in leaps and bounds since Ellie did the 90cm arena eventing a year ago and Moley was 3rd in a really tough novice section last week at Barbury. An amazing result. We look forward to a successful championships!

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