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By Lucinda Fredericks, Mar 11 2019 12:09PM

What a fantastic weekend at Tweseldown! The organisers produced 4 super courses that held up in the bad weather which was great considering many other events had to be abandoned. And we were thrilled to see 3 LFE horses go double-clear - a great achievement for each of them.

Ellie was delighted with Mandorior who was calm and focused in all three phases of the 100u18 to finish in 4th place on his dressage score of 29.3 in a rather competitive section. It was a great start to give Mandorior a steady run before the u18 Open Novice class next week at Pontispool.

We couldn't have been happier with Belearo in her second 90 with Ellie to get a 30.5 in the dressage and an easy double-clear to come 2nd place, just 0.2 points behind the leader. She will now step up to the 100 at Pontispool on Sunday.

And it was great to finally see Oceane Amans and In Fashion Too come together. They jumped a super double-clear in their first event this year, proving that all their hard winter training has been worth the effort. They will compete in the 100 at Pontispool on Sunday.

Well done team, and a big thank you to our wonderful sponsors for their support.

By Lucinda Fredericks, Jan 28 2019 11:31AM

We had a great day yesterday at the NSEA SJ Competition at West Wilts Equestrian Centre. My great team of Hattie, Alex and Maria helped us get the big blue lorry packed for the first time this year!

Sunfield Elspeth, Belaero, Mandorior and Britannia's Mail all looked amazing, thanks to The Pure Feed Company, and Ellie looked very smart in her Mark Todd Collection gear, Gatehouse hat, Freejump stirrups and Rodney Powell body protector.

Sunfield Elspeth's owner, Chris Emmett, came and supported me until Alex and Maria arrived in time for Mandorior and Britannia's Mail's classes. Sunfield Elspeth and the Dauntsey's Equestrian team finished 5th in a huge 85cm XC/SJ class and Belaero jumped a super clear in the 95 XC/SJ and just one pole at the second last in the 105 XC/SJ. We are really pleased with our new little pony!

Mandorior then did two confident rounds outside in the windy rain with a pole in the 1m (Ellie blamed herself) and went first in the 110cm and had the same pole down. We were still very happy considering it was his first SJ show since Bicton last October.

The best man came out last. Britannia's Mail jumped a perfect, fast, smooth clear in his only class to finish a very credible 4th in tough company. He really is so genuine, especially when the fillers under the last fence blew down on his approach and the two ring stewards were trying their best to sort them and everyone called out to stand back just in time for the coolest stallion to jump it confidently!

I was most pleased with Ellie who rode 6 rounds, 5 different courses and 4 completely different horses and stayed calm and focussed all day. Thank you to all our sponsors and thank you to the volunteer team at West Wilts EC for being so patient and helpful.


Ellie Fredericks & Britannia's Mail

Ellie Fredericks & Belaero

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.

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