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Britannia's Bijou



By kind permission of Sophie's Equine Photography



Sports Horse (SHB(GB))

Sire: Littledale Bright Star

Dam: Bella Britannia (GB)

Damsire: Mr Big Cat

Height: 150 cms
Born: 2017
Graded: SPSS & SHB(GB)
Stud Fee: £500 +vat. Stands at Tomlinson Equine
Semen: Fresh/chilled and frozen semen available around his competition schedule
WFFS result: Has not been supplied to SPSS
Breeder: Lucinda Fredericks
Owner: Lucinda Fredericks
Location: Standing at Tomlinson Equine

By kind permission of Samantha Chapman

7/8 TB x Sports Pony. Proven breeding & competition stallion. Grandson of Badminton, Burghley & Kentucky winner Headley Britannia, with foals now on the ground.


Eventing bloodlines in the purple, Britannia’s Bijou is an exciting and unique young international competition and breeding prospect with internationally renowned parents – daughter of legendary 5* eventing champion Headley Britannia & Elite graded sports pony stallion Littledale Bright Star. Britannia’s Bijou has endless scope - effortlessly jumping 140cm, classic technique, three beautiful paces and a superbly relaxed and trainable temperament.


After his first two years on the eventing and SJ scene, he’s had numerous placings up to 105 BE and up to 120 SJ. Like Britannia’s Mail, he manages his competition and stud duties admirably throughout the season.

Britannia’s Bijou’s sire is the Elite graded sports pony stallion Littledale Bright Star – a high quality sports pony stallion that has competed at everything from Vaulting to Show Jumping. He is the only SPSS stallion that has sired international progeny in all the Olympic disciplines.


With his first foal on the ground and more foals due in 2024, Britannia’s Bijou’s fertility is proven.


For more information please see below,; FB: Lucinda Fredericks or contact Tomlinson Equine on 01666 880236




Littledale Bright Star


Catherston Night Safe




Papillon de Matin  (TB)

Taba  (PBAR)


Prosperity of Catherston


Bubbly  (BRP)

Fortune II  (BRP)


Gwersyllt Town Mouse


Burstye Trajan


Botingelle Kingfisher  (BRP)

Burstye Fortuna  (WPCS B)


Gwersyllt Nans


Coed Coch Asa  (WPCS A)

Revel Noonie  (WPCS A)


Bella Britannia (GB)


Mr Big Cat




Combe (ARG)  (TB)

Guard Band (BRZ)  (TB)




Zool (BRZ)  (TB)

Sarchena (BRZ)  (TB)


Headley Britannia




Skippy  (ID)



Alans Bambi


Alanrod  (TB)

Hazy Blue  (TB)

7/8 TB x Sports Pony



Littledale Bright Star is a top SPSS Elite graded sire - a high quality stallion that has done everything from vaulting to showjumping and driving.  He is only 12.2hh but was the first SPSS passported stallion to sire a pony or horse competing in FEI international competitions as his son Prairie Star (x O Malley)  completed the 2* (now 3*) International 3 Day Event at Hartpury in 2012.  Another son, SPSS passported, Catherston Bit of Gold (x Catherston Gold Eagle), was clear in the 1.25m class at the 2015 Keysoe 2* International Showjumping (CSI) competition and he was awarded the SPSS Dancer Medal in 2016 to mark this achievement.  Then he was awarded the 2017 Pony Performance & Breeding Award in recognition of his being the first SPSS passported pony to have sired a pony or horse competing in each of FEI Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing international competitions as his  SPSS passported son, Beaurepaire Frodo (x Florencio I) made it a “full house” in the Olympic disciplines when he competed in the 2017 Keysoe CDIP.


Littledale Bright Star's sire, Catherston Nightsafe, was leased to Germany for 2 seasons being awarded Lifetime Breeding permission with 2 of his first offspring being Chantre B (National Champion male 2 year old and a succesful stallion in his own right with 9 progeny regsitered with the FEI) & Nightmare (National Champion female 2 year old). His daughter, Catherston Nutsafe was a member of the British Pony Event Team on 5 occasions, winning Team Gold in 2010 and Team Silver in 2008, 2009 & 2015 and being Individually placed 4th, 5th & 6th.

Catherston Nightsafe’s grand sire Bubbly, was National Palomino Champion for 10 years and the sire of Catherston Red Gold who sired Dandy, founder of the famous “D” line of ponies in Germany.


Littledale Bright Star's dam Gwersyllt Town Mouse had a long career as a lead rein then First Ridden pony winning a number of county shows with 3 different riders including 2nd at Ponies UK Championships and 2nd at Hickstead in the First Ridden class.  She was much loved and had impeccable breeding with some of the best Welsh and riding pony bloodlines available.




Bella Britannia (GB) produced Bijou when she was 4. Backed as a six year old, she competed at 1m BE Arena Eventing and unaffiliated Show Jumping up to 1.20m before going back to stud and has now had a foal by Timolin. Bella is a daughter of the outstanding 15.3hh eventer, Headley Britannia who won the magic trio of Burghley (2006), Badminton (2007) and Kentucky (2009) 3 day events and Olympic Team Silver for Australia (2008 - Beijing/Hong Kong). Headley Britiannia's sire, Jumbo is legendary as an International Advanced Eventer himself and as well as having been the leading "all time sire" in the British Eventing rankings, he was also ranked in the top ten of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses Eventing Sire Rankings for 7 consecutive years (2008 to 2014). Jumbo is also the sire of: Mr Chunky (Individual & Team Silver at the 2018 World Equestrian Games); Avebury (won Burghley on a record 3 consecutive occasions (2012 -2014)); Headley Kingdom (4* eventer and Bramham 3* winner); Henry Tankerville (4* eventer); Skylight (winner of Young Rider European Team Gold (2008)).



Mr Big Cat is a Brazilian born TB who had 8 starts racing then competed at BE from 2010 to 2013, placind 13th at the CIC* at Martinvast in his first season, was 8th at the Fontainebleau (FRA) CCI* and 3rd at BE Intermediate in his second, then was 7th & 15th at the Barroca CIC* and CCI* in 2012. He then moved to Ireland where he was at stud for a few years before his untimely death. His older Irish progeny are now starting to compete at show jumping and eventing.



Recently backed in 2020


Age 4 at the 2021 Nexgen Qualifier

By kind permission of 1st Class Images


At Wellington 2022

By kind permission of Lotte Elizabeth Photography

Britannia's Bijou was backed as a 3 year old in 2020 and was quickly going well under saddle with three beautiful paces and a superbly relaxed and trainable temperament. He was also seriously impressive loose jumping, showing tremendous scope and fantastic technique.


In 2020, Bijou was awarded Gold in the British Breeding Futurity with the judges' comments including "a beautiful and very well produced young pony with harmonious lines and an excellent walk, giving a hint of what there is yet to come from this lovely prospect for the sport". He was also awarded a coveted SPSS GOLD Premium.


The team at home rate Britannia’s Bijou very highly and see much of his grand-dam's ability in him.


In 2021 he successfully competed up to 100cm SJ and 90cm Eventing, including clear at the Nexgen Young Horse Series 4 yr old qualifier.


In 2022 he had a phenomenal debut season with numerous placings, including SJ and BE90 & 100, going clear in all 7 BE events and achieving top 3 placings in 4 of these.


Also in 2022, Bijou was graded Premium by Sport Horse Breeding (GB), with 10 out of 10 for his jumping under saddle.


In 2023 he enjoyed numerous placings in both BE up to 105 and SJ 120cm as well as being in demand at stud.


In 2024 he will compete in 7 year old SJ and Eventing classes as well as covering mares.


2022 & 20233 Results:

  • 4th Dauntsey Park BE100 2023
  • 12th Aston-le-Walls BE100 2023
  • 12th Calmsden BE100 2023
  • 3rd South of England International BE100 2022
  • 13th Wellington International 5YO 2022
  • 2nd Ascott Under Wychwood BE90 Open 2022
  • Finished 2023 season with 47 Foundation Points

At Larkhill 2022

By kind permission of Ultimate Images


Offspring/Breeding Advice

Breeders are choosing Britannia’s Bijou to add blood and quality, as well as to produce more normal sized offspring and potential FEI ponies in all disciplines. He is a totally unique breeding prospect – there is no other stallion of his size with such quality breeding.




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