Shannon Captures TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Championship

Following a nail-biting final, Shannon Meer and Highmead Take A Chance captured the prestigious TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Ridden Championship at the North of England Summer Pony Show.

The day started in winning form after 15-year-old Shannon and her 14hh Show Hunter Pony, secured their ticket to HOYS in their class, before going on to win the £1,000 championship.

Just five-years-old, this is the first open season for Highmead Take A Chance, a bay mare that has been with the Staffordshire-based family for two years.

Said Shannon: “We just had a fantastic day, it was brilliant, there were a lot in the championship and I was so surprised when we won, it is a great way to start the summer holidays.

“It was a fantastic class with a lot of good entries, which makes winning even better and I couldn’t have asked for more.

“I just have the one pony at home and we are having a quieter season, and have only been to about five shows, but she has matured into a real superstar.”

The TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Ridden Championship is for home-produced ponies and Shannon does all the work with Highmead Take A Chance herself.


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TopSpec Sponsor Dublin Horse Show Hunter Championship

TOPSPEC is sponsoring the prestigious Show Hunter classes and Championships at this year’s Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.

Held in the RDS main arena, the Show Hunter Championships are the most highly sought after competitions throughout the five day show.

First introduced in 1868, the classes have a very long history and tradition with the event, demonstrating the best examples of the famed Irish Hunter.

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the hunter classes at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.

“It is a very prestigious event and as we are feeding more and more horses and ponies throughout Ireland, we are very pleased to support the show, and Irish breeders and riders.”

The TopSpec sponsored classes get underway on Thursday, August 7 and run through to Saturday, August 9.

The competitions include the Hunter weight classes, Hunter mare Championship, Four-year-old Hunter Championship and Supreme Hunter Championship.

A parade of Hunter Champions will take place in the main arena before the start of the Puissance competition on the Saturday.

TopSpec is well known for their range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feeds and will also be exhibiting at the show.

Visit the trade stand – 105 – to find out more about the range of feeds and supplements available.

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A Major Triumph

RUBY Vaughan Jones and her 23-year-old pony, Major have been in excellent form, despite the Welsh Section A having to cope with Cushings.

Based in North Norfolk, Ruby (10) and Stremda Major, as he is known in the ring have been together three years and are still competing at County Show level in working hunter pony classes.

Mum, Kirsty is extremely proud of them both, and put Major onto a feed regime of TopSpec AntiLam and TopChop Lite adding TopSpec Cool Condition Cubes if he needs a little extra condition as his years advance.

Said Kirsty: “Major is simply the best and I know we are doing what we can for him thanks to his TopSpec diet.  They compete at the BSPS Summer and Winter Championships, take part in all Pony Club activities and ride on the beach near our home.

“He looks amazing for his age and we couldn’t ask for more.  Major has taught Ruby her show jumping skills and is just a superstar.”


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TopSpec Support Equifest

Competing at this year’s Equifest?

Don’t forget to visit the TopSpec stand – where you will have the chance to win back the cost of stabling for one horse for the week – worth £130 and also £130 worth of feed from the TopSpec range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feed.

TopSpec is also once again sponsoring the main Indoor Championship TopSpec Arena – always a hit especially during the prestigious evening performances.

With its electric atmosphere, huge cheers and continual celebrations throughout the show, the TopSpec Championship Arena is certainly the place to be.

Said Nicola Tyler of TopSpec: “Equifest is a fantastic success story and we are delighted to be sponsoring the Indoor Championship Arena over the five days.

“The organising team always put on a very well run show and we are very pleased to be supporting what has become the largest show in the country.”

Equifest takes place at the East of England Showground, Peterborough from August 13 to 17.


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TopSpec Support Show Jumper Daniel Moseley

INTERNATIONAL show jumper, Daniel Moseley has secured new sponsorship from TopSpec, well known for their range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feeds.

TopSpec continue to provide top level nutrition for horses that is created without compromise with their team of sponsored riders, producers and trainers now featuring many of the country’s leading names.

Now based at South Hykeham, near Lincoln, Daniel was the youngest British male rider to take home the famous Queen Elizabeth’s II cup title, at the age of just 21. He  also represented Great Britain in his first Senior Nations cup in Sopot, Poland at the age of 20.

Daniel continues to rise up the showjumping ladder and has an exciting team of young horses to produce.

Said Daniel: “The team at TopSpec have many years’ experience when it comes to nutrition for performance and I am delighted to have gained their support.

“In the sport of show jumping nutrition becomes a very important part of training and development and the advice is so invaluable. My horses look and feel great on the TopSpec products.”

Added Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “TopSpec are proud to support Daniel and his team of horses.   He is hard working and has some very exciting talent for the future.

“Working with riders who understand the importance of nutrition and health care is very important to us and we are delighted to be a part of the team.”

For further information on the TopSpec range contact the Multiple Award-Winning Helpline on 01845 565030 or visit


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John Races Ahead

HORSES from Moreton-in-Marsh based racehorse trainer, John Gallagher’s yard have been in winning form recently, with the yard having a very successful run.  John feeds TopSpec to the horses in his yard and is delighted with their recent form.

Pictured is the three-year-old, Iseemist by Verglas, winning at Salisbury owned by Keith Marsden and ridden by Michael Murphy.


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Emily and Benji Enjoy Jumping Lesson with Paul Barker

TEN-year-old Emily Hope, and her pony Benji were excited and over the moon to win a lesson with international show jumper, Paul Barker, courtesy of his sponsor TopSpec.

Emily is a keen member of the York and Ainsty North Pony Club and has owned Benji for just a year. In that time Emily and the 19-year-old chestnut roan gelding have been part of the successful Junior Mounted Games team which qualified for the Pony Club Mounted Games Zone Finals in Warwick.

Since focusing on mounted games, Emily confessed that they had not done much jumping but was excited to get some top tips from Paul and build their confidence in the show jumping arena, despite the miserable weather.

The lesson took place in the indoor school and started with a good warm up whilst Paul assessed Emily and Benji so that he could give them some things specifically to work on.

As Emily and Benji were quite new to jumping, Paul started with the basic rider position. He noticed Emily tended to lean forward when asking for an upward transition. Paul got Emily to sit tall and use her legs to move Benji forward rather than pushing her hands forwards and losing her contact.

Paul explained to her that in sitting up straight she will help Benji keep his balance and in using her legs he will understand what she is asking him to do. Paul also talked about the position of the rider’s hands with elbows bent to help keep a better contact and control when jumping a course.

Paul soon got Emily and Benji jumping some small fences so they could practice their position over the fence. Paul got Emily to ride Benji forward encouraging him to approach the fence with more energy.

Moving on to a course Paul encouraged Emily to use as much space in the school as she could using the corners to turn and set up for the next fence. In doing this, Paul added that it was really important to start looking for your next fence when jumping the last, giving pony and rider time to get a good approach to the fence.

Emily and Benji practiced lots of different courses which included jumping oxers, a double combination on two strides, a dog leg combination and some planks. By the end of the lesson Emily and Benji’s confidence had improved greatly and the jumps had increased in height.

Said Emily: “I was so excited when I found out I had won a lesson with Paul. It was a really fun lesson and really boosted my confidence. I have lots of things that I can work on at home with Benji and we will definitely be practicing our jumping!”

Paul’s Top Five Tips:

- Sit up straight when asking for an upward transition, using the legs to push forward into the contact.

- Keep arms bent at the elbows and hands relaxed to keep a good contact and keep control.

- When jumping a course always be looking for your next fence to get a good approach.

- Between fences keep a forward canter to keep an even rhythm and balance.

- Use the whole arena to help keep turns balanced, ready to set up for the next fence.


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New Sponsor for Dressage Star Lottie Fry

RISING dressage star, Lottie Fry is the latest young talent to join the TopSpec team of sponsored riders.

Well known for their range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feeds, TopSpec continue to provide top level nutrition for horses that is created without compromise.

Based at Aike Grange Stud, near Driffield, Lottie is no stranger to the world of international dressage and is definitely proving she is a star for the future.

Lottie has already had a great start to her season with a place on the British Junior international team taking team gold in Saumur.

Her main ride Remming, owned by Leslie Connor and Christine Graham has been on great form winning every class they entered at Roosendal CDI and taking the Prix St Georges championship title at this year’s National Winter Dressage Championships.

Lottie also rides Z Flemmenco at Advanced Medium level for her grandmother, Rosemary Shewen.

Said Lottie: “Gaining support from TopSpec is fantastic and a real boost on the feed and nutrition side and I am delighted they have joined my team of sponsors.

“Dressage horses have to feel well and receive the very best nutrition to perform at the highest level.

“Thanks to TopSpec I am now confident their individual feed regimes are what they require both physically and mentally whether training at home or heading to a major competition.”

Added Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “At such a young age Lottie has already proved she is super talented and is producing a wonderful team of young horses.  We are very pleased to have her on Team TopSpec.”


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Royal Wins All Round for Team TopSpec

Team TopSpec were out in force at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and there were plenty of fantastic results for our sponsored riders and show producers.

Poppy Carter riding Rotherwood Rainmaker

Robert Walker started the show in style with a fantastic win in the Novice Hunter Championship with Jill Day’s Caesars Palace. He continued his good form with a second win of the day in the Small Hunter class with Party Time V.

The wins didn’t stop there… Robert and Starry Night also put in a foot perfect performance to head the line up and take the Heavy weight Cob title.

Also on good form was Michaela Wood with her coloured rides Palmira and Login Lucky Lad. Palmira headed the Coloured Ridden Non-Native Pony class, whilst Login Lucky Lad took the Coloured Ridden Native Pony class.

Craig Elenor won the Land Rover Mountain & Moorlands In Hand Welsh Pony class with Thistledown Artic Monkey.

Team Carter continued their winning run with Poppy Carter and the 128cm Show Pony, Rotherwood Rainmaker, taking the Champion Show Pony title. Olivia Bennett riding Barkway Tia Dalma headed the mini section for the team and Poppy stood Novice Show Pony reserve on Basford Black Prince.


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TopSpec Sponsored Event Rider Michael Ryan is awarded the Armada Dish

TopSpec sponsored rider, Michael Ryan, may not have competed at Badminton Horse Trials this year, but it was a special occasion for him as he was one of two riders that was presented with an Armada Dish from the World famous Badminton Horse Trials.

Michael Ryan and Old Road - Badminton Horse Trials 2010 - photo by Nico Morgan

The award is presented to riders who have successfully completed Badminton five times. Michael, who competed on Old Road on four occasions (2006, 2008, 2010, and 2011) and Ballylynch Skysport (2010), is one of only eight Irish riders to receive the prestigious award.

The award, which began in the 1960’s, includes some of the worlds’ leading eventing riders such as Andrew Nicholson, Lucinda Green and HRH Princess Anne. Among the Irish recipients are Captain H. Freeman- Jackson (1964), Penny Morten 1965, Lucy Thompson (1999) and Eric Smiley (1995)

Michael flew over on Wednesday and joined fellow Olympian Pippa Funnell on Sunday to collect his award.

Said Michael: “It is one of my biggest achievements to have competed at Badminton Horse Trials, for me it is next to competing at the Olympics. Without a doubt it is one of the most challenging courses in the world and a huge test for both horse and rider.

“To be selected to compete at Badminton is a great result for any rider, but to complete the course on five different occasions is a testament to the standard of horses you are riding as they need to have plenty of heart and skill.

“Old Road, who is now retired, was such a loyal servant and my only disappointment for him was that he was set to compete at Badminton for the fifth year in 2012, but injury ruled him out.  I would like to thank my wife Trish, the team at home and the owners of the horses Tom and Carol Henry and John Butler. May we enjoy many more years at Badminton.”


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