Stanley Grange Show Team Qualify Three for Cuddy Championships

The North Yorkshire-based Stanley Grange Show Team’s run of success this season has seen them qualify three horses and ponies for the prestigious Cuddy In Hand final at the Horse of the Year Show.

Kellythorpe Notorious, Colbeach Duet and Tiger Attack will all be heading to the NEC, Birmingham after their respective wins around the country.

The 148cm Riding Pony Yearling, Kellythorpe Notorious owned by Lisha Leeman is a new pony to the yard this season and qualified at The Royal Highland.

The stallion Tiger Attack, oColbeach Duet winning the Supreme Championship at the Scottish Horse Show qualifying for the Cuddy at HOYS owned and produced by Jerome Harforth Stanley Grange Stwned by Billy and Joanne Moran, and well known for his many championship awards over the last few years qualified at NPS Malvern.

While the 138cm Show Pony Broodmare, Colbeach Duet, shown with her foal Colbeach Caprice, and owned by Mrs White,took the title at The Scottish Horse Show.

Colbeach Duet is a former ridden winner at HOYS when ridden by Myles Cooper.

All the horses and ponies produced by the Stanley Grange Show Team are fed on a TopSpec feeding regime.

Producer Jerome Harforth said of the win with Colbeach Duet: “Being powered by TopSpec kept Duet and her foal sparkling fresh right up until the end of the day when they claimed their Cuddy qualification.”

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Successful NPS Summer Championships for Katherine and Louise

Burghwallis Paprika, Champion NPSTopSpec open M&M WHP Final, 1st NPSTopSpec WHP 143cm, ridden and owned by Katherine Bowling – HartenfeldTHIS year’s TopSpec Open M&M Working Hunter Pony classes at the NPS Summer Championships were well supported with some fantastic performances.

 

Leading the way in the 122cm section was Eleanor Simmonds with Birchwood Drover while Rosie Williams and Gaoth captured the 133cm class before going on to stand Reserve Champion.

The Welsh Section D, Burghwallis Paprika ridden by Katherine Bowling-Hartenfeld headed the line-up in the 143cm section before taking the prestigious TopSpec Open M&M Championship.

The exceeding 143cm section went to Ross Keys and Dycott Welsh King after an excellent round.

Said Katherine: “I have owned Paprika now seven since he was four, he is a great character and is always so enthusiastic which the judges seem to like.

“This is his first season in open classes and he qualified for the Royal International Horse Show and has just missed out on his HOYS ticket so far.”

Tynwydd Good Friday, Champion NPSTopSpec Style & Performance Showjumping, 1st NPSTopSpec Style & Performance Showjumping 138cm. ridden by Ella Stanford, owned by Louise StanfordBased in Lancashire, Katherine runs a busy riding school and livery yard, enjoying the competing as her hobby.

“The NPS Summer Championships is a great show and I couldn’t have been more pleased with our results throughout the event, he was fantastic,” she added.

TopSpec also sponsored The NPS Style and Performance classes with Ella Stanford and Tynwydd Good Friday securing the championship from Georgie Toole with Kissemmie Midnight Magic.

 

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Shaping Up For Success

Ashton Landorina, winning the British Masters at Southview, ridden by Martha Newall webjpg

A change in diet has totally transformed showjumper Ashton Landorina much to the relief of her owner Martha Newall.

The mare, known as ‘Big Horse’ at home was undoubtedly talented, careful and with a scopey jump but Martha was at her wits end as to why she was so temperamental.

Said Martha: “Before we began feeding TopSpec UlsaKind and Comprehensive Feed Balancer I was faced with a horse that would go into the show jumping arena and simply refuse to move.

“My 16.1hh Oldenburg mare, now 11-years-old, would buck, nap, rear and literally growl until we were eliminated.

“She was just angry, difficult to ride and sharp in every way and I was at a lost as to know what to do.

“We started her on the feed in February this year and since then she was won over £1,500 including the Amateur Grand Prix at Southview in Cheshire.

“She has also taken to eventing being placed on a number of occasions, which is just fantastic.

“This time last year we were so close to giving up, we were totally lost and I cannot thank TopSpec enough.

“She is a changed horse and the only thing we have done is started feeding her TopSpec.  Big Horse is so much happier and I am so grateful the feed regime has transformed her.”

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Sister’s Double Act at Royal International Horse Show

Beech Hall Ryan – Champion, Otto – Reserve Champion, TopSpec BSPS Supreme Working Hunter Pony, RIHS, ridden by Zara Weir, owned by Shona Weir

Zara and Philippa Weir were in fantastic form at the Royal International Horse Show taking a brilliant one two in the TopSpec BSPS Working Hunter Pony Championship.

Based in Dumfriesshire and helped by their mum Shona the sisters are regulars on the circuit and were delighted when Beech Hall Ryan ridden by Zara and Otto competed by Philippa took the Champion and Reserve Champion awards.

The grey, Beech Hall Ryan first won the 143cm WHP class while Otto took the 153cm WHP section to get through to the championship.

Both ponies are fed on a TopSpec feed regime and were in top form.

Said Shona: “We were over the moon with the results the ponies travelled well and went fantastic and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

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Great Season for Endurance Team

Maraday Mystaron chilling at the start of the 120km

Linda Cowperthwaite and her TopSpec fed endurance team are having a great season.

Here Linda updates us on the season so far.

Writes Linda: “I can’t believe it’s August already time flies when you are having fun!

It’s been an amazing season and all the horses are achieving their goals. Maraday Mystaron is back after having 2015 out of competition and our doubts that he would come back into action have thankfully proven wrong.

“Three CEI International races an 80km and two 120km under his belt and slight changes to his training routine seem to be working.  He is certainly a walking picture of health, fit and in condition and oozing with attitude.

“I really don’t want to sound big headed but I can see people looking at him in awe, I receive so many great comments about how well he looks. It’s always lovely to hear what people think especially from the top equine vets and it makes the team feel so proud. Last weekend Ron as we call him at home was third and first British rider home in a tough 120km at Keysoe.  We were so proud to come third as first and second were from the UAE professional stable.

“Summer Breeze is now in the top10 Novice Championship rankings and we are carefully selecting her final few competitions, fingers crossed we hope to finish in the top five in the final years rankings.

“BHS Sultan is a very professional horse and eager to please, we have had a few issues with heart rate in the vetting but I am confident once he fully understands what is required it will be fine and also feel it will improve at the longer distances.

“He completed his first 80km last month and achieved his best grade to date, a grade three following a 65km yesterday and winning the best condition of the class.

“He is now classed as competing at Advanced Endurance level which is a big step forward up the competition ladder.  We will continue with graded rides this season with him and aim to race him next season. We feel just waiting a season will lay the foundations for a more confident Freddie in 2017.

“Bobby is a horse we train for a friend who is now also fed on TopSpec and coming along a treat.

“He arrived with a number of issues but we are now making great progress and he’s now an Advanced Endurance horse and FEI qualified. If he keeps improving I am going to aim him at the final International Endurance ride in September to get his foot on the ladder of the FEI ready for 2017.”

 

 

 

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TopSpec Lindum Spirit 2016 A Great Success

THE TopSpec Lindum Spirit 2016 was a fantastic event with riders enjoying excellent rides around the Lincolnshire countryside, near Market Rasen and an Olympic theme throughout.

As title sponsors TopSpec supported the Lindum Spirit in which horse and rider compete over a 170km endurance ride across three days, the Team Spirit class where teams of four riders take on a 40km ride each, and the Pilgrim class where riders combine dressage, endurance riding and a handy pony obstacle course.

Thursday’s Team Spirit saw great competition with six teams of up to four riders setting out to vie for the top awards.

Team Spirit winners Derbyshire

After a thrilling performance the Derbyshire-based team of mum, two daughters and friend, Ruth Chadwick with Aragorn, Ann Harrison and Déjà Vu, Rachel Knight with Hillbilly and Charlotte Chadwick riding Mostafanother R ran out the worthy winners.

In second place the Yorkshire team of Allyson Sole and Taaqib, Emily Ferguson with Cumbria Black Kareem, Julie Martin and Silva Quartz, and Allyson Sole riding a second time with Basford Showman put in a sterling effort for the runner up spot.

Said Nicola Tyler of TopSpec: “We were very pleased to sponsor such a well known event on the endurance circuit once again.  The Lindum Spirit Endurance Ride has a great following and a lot of support and it was a fantastic event.”

Added organiser Thay Stephenson: “It was great to have TopSpec back as title sponsor for a third year and we are very grateful for their support and enthusiasm.”

The Lindum Spirit saw a close run competition between Sally Toye with Emira Bint Letifa and Alex Tennant riding Inferno.

Lindum Spirit winners

With 170km to complete over the three days Sally, an airline pilot from Hampshire and Alex based in the Vale of Glamorgan took on the ride together.

Crossing the finish line while holding hands, the duo celebrated their achievement before Sally deferred the win nominating Alex for the top award.

As if rewarding Sally for her kindness, Emira Bint Letifa then received the award for the horse in best condition to round off their great three day adventure with Alex and Inferno.

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Andrea and Murphy’s Bonanza Head The TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup at Gatcombe

Andrea Clark riding Murphys Bonanza winner of the Top Spec Corinthian Cup

Andrea Clark riding Murphys Bonanza winner of the Top Spec Corinthian Cup

Andrea Clark and Murphy’s Bonanza triumphed in a thrilling finale in The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup, a National Restricted Novice Championship at The Festival of British Eventing, presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA).

Thirteenth after dressage, a rare clear in the influential show jumping phase elevated the pair to joint first going into the cross country, and when their nearest rivals – dressage leaders Rebecca Woolley and Zeno Das Gluck – failed to complete Captain Mark Phillips’s track, Andrea’s penalty-free round ensured she took the mantle.

“We took an absolute flyer over the wall at fence five and my hat fell down over my eyes, so the next few jumps were a bit of a blur,” admitted the 44-year-old from Doncaster, who works full time as a manager for a mobile crane operator. “I had hoped for a double clear, so to win is incredible.”

Andrea was particularly pleased with her clear round in the show jumping.

“The Course Designer, Di Boddy, is local to me so I have jumped quite a few of her courses. I knew to expect a twisty, up-to-height track, so I was prepared for that.”

Only two penalties separated the top seven going into the final phase, so a fast clear was essential to feature in the final reckoning.

Yvie Jeanne and Oh Star II Z finished tantalisingly close in second place, just 0.3 of a penalty behind the winners.

This was a career best result for the West Sussex-based rider, who has been racking up placings this season, including a third at Eridge Horse Trials last time out.

Emma Corner completed the podium line up in third with Iamwotiam, one of her two rides in this class.

“To be honest, I was expecting my younger horse [Edmonton ELS] to go the better of the two as this one’s quite cheeky, but he stepped up to the plate,” said Emma, who works as a secretary for an equine veterinary surgery in Yorkshire. “Competing here has been the most amazing experience. As I rode into the show jumping arena I cantered down the long side and took in the atmosphere – then I took a deep breath and tried to concentrate on my round.”

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Congratulations to the Winners and Champions at Dublin

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Great Yorkshire Show Success for Yorkshire Rider

Michaela Wood at GYSTopSpec sponsored rider Michaela Wood continued her great run of major results by winning the Intermediate Championship at the 2016 Great Yorkshire Show with her own home produced seven-year-old dark brown mare, DP UK Night Dancer.

With wins and championships already notched up at South Of England, Lincolnshire County and the BSPS Mid-Summer Championship Show plus six HOYS golden tickets achieved in a three week period for the team it was off to Harrogate for the biggest event in the showing calendar so far this year.

To win at the Great Yorkshire Show means a lot to Michaela as this is her local county show and although she has won the Ridden Coloured Championship there three years ago to claim the Intermediate title was always the prize she wanted especially as this is Michaela’s last year in this section.

Michaela and DP UK Night Dancer are no strangers to top honours as they are the reigning BSPS Supreme Intermediate Champions but as Michaela said: “I was under a bit of pressure as not only were all my friends and family watching but my dad’s Ridden Hunter had won the Open Middleweight class on the first day and
the Intermediate Championship was the one I wanted to win as it’s my last year and DP UK Night Dancer always gives 100%.”

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Russell’s Country Store Win Retailer Display Competition

May Russell, Adam Ford, Suzi Law of TopSpec presenting the award and William Russell

May Russell, Adam Ford, Suzi Law of TopSpec presenting the award and William Russell

THE team at Russell’s Country Store in Larbert, Stirlingshire are celebrating after winning the TopSpec retailer display competition.

TopSpec launched the promotion to highlight the benefits of feeding TopSpec AntiLam and new TopChop Zero with the best display winning tickets to Horse of the Year Show 2016, champagne and a host of other prizes.

A winner was chosen from each of the 11 regions across the UK who received a bottle of Prosecco with the overall winner chosen through a voting system on social media.

Said May Russell: “We were delighted to win the display competition the team put in a lot of effort to incorporate TopSpec AntiLam and TopChop Zero into the theme and very much enjoyed putting it all together.

“We are looking forward to our trip to the Horse of the Year Show and no doubt the champagne will go down well,”

Russell’s Country Store was established in 1986 as a farm diversification project by farmers Willie and May Russell under the name Woodside Farm Feeds based on the family farm near the town of Linlithgow, West Lothian.

The business concentrated on supplying animal feeds to the local area aiming at small farmers, pet owners and the equestrian sector.

As the business grew in 2001, the Russell’s took over another similar business in Larbert, Stirlingshire and the name Russell’s Country Store was adopted.

The larger premises allowed the company to expand into new product lines and provide a wider range. Hardware products, feed supplements, country clothing and a wide selection of equestrian goods were added.

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