TopSpec to Sponsor Working Hunter Pony Classes at RIHS

topspec-logo-strapline-alsoTopSpec are delighted to be sponsoring the BSPS Working Hunter Pony classes at this year’s Royal International Horse Show.

The North Yorkshire-based company, well known for its range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feed will sponsor the 133cm WHP class, the 143cm WHP class, the 153cm WHP class and the BSPS Supreme Working Hunter Championships at the Hickstead venue.

The Working Hunter Pony classes will take place on Wednesday, July 27 and always prove popular with both competitors and spectators alike.See more luxury suv‘s here.

Nicola Tyler of TopSpec said: “Hickstead provides a fantastic venue and is renowned for its working hunter tracks. Children look forward to competing over these iconic courses and we are very pleased to be supporting the BSPS here.”

This year the show runs from July 26 to 31 and is sure to be an enjoyable week. Ring 5 will host the TopSpec Working Hunter Pony classes, which will see numerous top combinations from around the country go head to head as they compete for the TopSpec BSPS Working Hunter Pony Championship title.

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Leading Names Support The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre

THE British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2016 and is delighted to announce they have secured support from three of the industry’s leading names.

Market leaders BEDMAX and Albion Saddlemakers, join long term partner TopSpec who have supported the TRC for nearly 10 years.

In its anniversary year the Lancashire-based charity continues to grow and develop with the aim of improving ex-racehorse welfare, re-training, re-homing and protection for life.

With these new partners supporting their work, the TRC can provide the very best care, rehabilitation and retraining for the ex-racehorses at the centre.

Wellknown for their range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feeds. TopSpec is committed to supporting ex-racehorse welfare and rehoming.

Said Nicola Tyler of TopSpec: “We have been working with the TRC for nearly 10 years to provide each horse with a tailored feeding plan. Racehorses take some time to adapt to the high forage/low hard feed regime that suits them so well and prepares them for a healthy, relaxed life in a different sphere. We are very pleased to continue supporting the TRC as helping these wonderful thoroughbreds to enjoy an extended life is very rewarding.”

BEDMAX Shavings were the first dust free, tailor made bedding for horses to be produced in the UK and with three production plants and UK wide sales team, they are an industry market leader.

Said Tim Smalley, Managing Director of BEDMAX Shavings: “Our aim is to produce a bedding that will help performance horses achieve at the highest levels and the racing sector is an integral part of our business. Most racehorses spend long periods of time in their stables and dust is the biggest danger to their health. Eliminating dust and spores in the stable is our top priority.

“We’re delighted to be working with the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre in order to offer these horses the same health and welfare benefits throughout their retraining.”

Albion Saddlemakers a world class British manufacturer of competition saddles and accessories also join the TRC partnership in 2016.

Marketing Manager Annie Belton said: “Albion takes great pleasure in supporting TRC in their retraining of racehorses.  Albion’s extensive knowledge of rehabilitation of horses from every discipline will give these horses the very best opportunity to change their careers in comfortable and well-fitting equipment.”

Added TRC Chief Executive, Gillian Carlisle: “To have the support of three premium brands that will play such an important role in the care and retraining of our horses is fantastic and we are thrilled to have them as part of the team.”

A unique challenge has been launched to mark the 25th Anniversary of The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

2016 is a very special year for the Centre and to celebrate this occasion a nationwide initiative – Ride for Retraining – is underway to raise a massive £100,000 by riding around the equivalent of the United Kingdom coastline!

The scheme will see horse riders from the length and breadth of Britain taking part and joining forces to tally up the total mileage with a target of 7,723 miles – the distance around Britain’s mainland coast.

All money raised will go to building a further 40 stables at the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre in Lancashire – doubling the size of the current facility with the aim of helping even more of the thousands of racehorses retired from the sport each year.

For more information contact the TRC on 01524 812649 or visit www.thetrc.co.uk

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TopSpec Support Bicton Arena

Bicton Arena, one of the south west’s leading equine competition venues, is delighted to announce that TopSpec will this year sponsor the iconic main arena.

Well known for their range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feed, TopSpec will brand the arena with their yellow and green corporate colours including new flags and signage.

Bicton is located in East Devon and is part of Clinton Devon Estates. Competitions are staged throughout the year, including those affiliated to the sport’s governing bodies of British Dressage, Eventing and Showjumping.

The venue also stages training, clinics, camps and unaffiliated competitions. It currently has three competition rings. Its grass arena in its amphitheatre setting is one of the most iconic in the country with riders enjoying the atmosphere it creates and the chance to compete horses in a major setting as they progress through their careers.

Said Nicola Tyler of TopSpec: “We have excellent support for the TopSpec range amongst retailers and competitors in the south west and the sponsorship is our way of putting back something back into the sport.

“We can’t wait to see how the arena will look when it is all branded up and are delighted to support the team at Bicton Arena.”

Helen West, Bicton Arena’s manager, said: “This is very exciting for Bicton Arena and we are thrilled to be working with TopSpec.

“Full branding of the arena will give TopSpec a very visible presence here in the West Country across all the disciplines and at all levels, from those riding at grass roots level to international riders who have represented their country at the Olympics.”

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TopSpec Support Supreme Pretty Polly Championship

Louvaine Rooney and Megan Cookson2AS part of its on-going commitment to the world of showing TopSpec is once again sponsoring the prestigious Supreme Pretty Polly Ridden Championship at the North of England Summer Pony Show.

This major championship carries a £1,000 prize to the winner with a further £650 allocated from second to eighth place.

The championship is open to amateur/home produced pony champions at qualifying shows across all categories from Show Hunter Pony to Mountain & Moorlands and Show Ponies.

The championship takes place at the North of England Summer Pony Show on July 9 at Arena UK with judges Cindy Henson and Adam Brooke in place to take on the task of choosing the leading names.

Said Nicola Tyler of TopSpec: “The Supreme Pretty Polly Ridden Championship brings together amateur/home produced champions from all over the country.

“We are delighted to sponsor the championship and reward those hard working amateurs and home producers who love showing and put in so much effort to compete successfully at the highest level.”

Qualifiers take place at 25 shows throughout the season with the champion going forward to the TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Ridden Championship in July.

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TopSpec Extend Dressage Support

THIS year sees a host of new sponsorships in the world of dressage for North Yorkshire-based TopSpec.

Well known for their range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feeds, TopSpec enter their second year of sponsorship of the Medium Open and Medium Restricted series with the finals taking place at the British Dressage National Championships – September 15 to 18 at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

And on the rider front Yorkshire-based Anne-Marie Perry-Cowan and Worcestershire-based Kate Cowell join the team for 2016.

Long-standing sponsored riders include Jo Barry, a recent winner of three titles at the Winter Regional Championships in Ayrshire.

Riding Corchapin, Jo won two Advanced Medium Opens and the Prix St Georges Freestyle.

Now nine-years-old, Corchapin is jointly owned by Jo and Lady Hope and is on the World Class equine pathway programme.

Team member Hayley Watson-Grieves is also on great form with Rubins Nite having just competed successfully at the Invitational 5* CDI in Doha, Qatar.

The pair achieved some fantastic results with an international personal best and gained much experience especially as it was Rubins Nite’s first time travelling by plane.

Said Hayley: “As we couldn’t take feed with us I want to say a huge thank you to TopSpec for sending my feed out to me.  I have the most fantastic feed sponsors.

“This has been a truly amazing experience, being able to fly my horse half way across the globe, to compete in the most stunning, well organised, accommodating show I’ve ever been too.

“Competing against some of the top riders in the world, and holding our own, watching and supporting the top GB showjumpers, and being able to support the para dressage, which was incredible to watch, just awesome.”

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TopSpec Support Under 25 Dressage Grand Prix

THE country’s leading young dressage riders will converge on Somerford Park in Cheshire this May to take part in the TopSpec Under 25 Grand Prix.

Held as part of the Somerford Park Dressage Premier League event, May 28 to 30 the class provides a fantastic opportunity for riders to compete at the highest level alongside Olympians and senior team members.

The TopSpec Under 25 Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, May 29 with cash prizes and feed going to the leading finishers.

Said Nicola Tyler of TopSpec: “Somerford Park is a fantastic venue with excellent surfaces and we are delighted to support the Under 25 Grand Prix.

“The class gives younger riders the chance to compete at this level with others in their age group and of a similar experience at this stage in their training.”

Added event organiser Millie King: “TopSpec has supported Somerford Park with sponsorship in many ways over the years so to now have them on board for the Under 25 Grand Prix is great news.”

The event is expected to attract some of the country’s leading combinations making their last competitive appearance before heading to Rio for the Olympics.

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Ex-Racer Baz Transforms to Champion Show Horse

Baz and Lucy DobsonEx-racehorse, Baz, has found his calling in the show ring taking two championships at their first ever show.

Owned by Lucy Dobson from Scotland, Baz headed the line up in both the in-hand ex-racehorse class and the large ridden hunter class, before standing champion in both sections at Highfield Show in Fife.

Known on the racing circuit as Barr Head, 12-year-old Baz is a typical ex-racehorse and at 17hh he struggles to maintain weight and condition.

Said Lucy: “We had a fantastic day and it was only our third ever outing together and our first showing competition. It was a long day for him but he behaved impeccably and received some lovely comments from the judges on how supple and shiny he was; I was very proud of him.

“In the past he has struggled to maintain his weight and can also be a bit sharp, on top of that he can be quite fussy and in the past would eat one type of feed for a few weeks and then go off it completely.

“In April 2014 our local TopSpec nutritionist came for a yard visit with the weighbridge, she gave me some great advice on his nutritional needs and made up a feed plan that included TopSpec Cool Conditioning Cubes and TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer.

“The great thing about it is I know that he is getting the correct amount of nutrients for his workload without having to give him an excessively large ration. I can honestly say that we’ve never looked back! He looks fantastic and in great condition, he now enjoys his feed too so maintaining his weight is no longer an issue and people always comment on how shiny he is!”

Lucy is planning to focus Baz on dressage this season with a number of outings already planned.

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Proud New Partnership

Hoys 4Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) is delighted to welcome a new sponsor of the Showing Arena for HOYS 2016.

After many years of working with the prestigious show through sponsorship, TopSpec has stepped up to not only take over the sponsorship of the Showing Arena – now to be called the TopSpec Arena – but also have their first ever trade stand at the show.

Feeding champions of the show for many years, TopSpec has become a highly renowned and respected brand in the industry providing high quality performance feed and the best nutrition advice.

With their longstanding history of sponsoring various championships at HOYS such as; the Intermediate WHP championship and the Show Hunter of the Year Championship it made perfect sense for them to sponsor the Showing Arena where TopSpec feed has helped produce some of its best winners.

Last year saw a record number of 23 TopSpec fed horses win championships at the prestigious show. The 2015 awards included Robert Walker’s spectacular win with the TopSpec fed Starry Night in the Maxi Cob of the Year Championships, where he then dismounted and announced the retirement of the exceptional Cob.

Nicola Tyler of TopSpec said: “We are delighted to sponsor the TopSpec Arena at HOYS which is always filled with true showing enthusiasts.  Many of our clients plan their showing season around qualifying for this iconic show.  HOYS is also a fantastic end of season party that we have enjoyed for many years.”

TopSpec’s Award Winning Nutritional Helpline has been recognised as the best in the country with them recently being awarded the BETA Nutritional Helpline of the Year for the ninth time.

Richard Todd Show Director at Grandstand Media Ltd. Said: “HOYS is excited to welcome TopSpec back again after working together for more than 11 years.  This new venture is a thrilling collaboration for both parties.”

The team on the TopSpec stand will be running a competition throughout the show to win £1,500 worth of feed so don’t forget to call in and enter whilst also receiving expert advice, samples and information.

Tickets for Horse of the Year Show 2016 are on sale now for what promises to be another exceptional event. For show information, visit www.hoys.co.uk or call 02476 858205

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Pre-Season with Donegan Ryan

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TopSpec Sponsored eventing duo, Donegan Ryan, are one of just a handful of husband and wife combinations to both compete at top class level.

Michael (Mike) and Patricia (Trish) are based in Cork and have been flying the Irish flag for international eventing for many years.

Here we catch up with how they’ve been getting on in the New Year with Trish’s latest blog.

“The New Year got off to a promising start with all the horses fit and well, and ready for the year ahead. In January, the team attended some great showjumping and jump-cross training session in Maryville.

As always Mike likes to spend some time out hunting with the Scarteens in Co. Limerick, but a freak accident saw him damage his wrist, which will keep him out of action for a few weeks. He will no doubt be kept busy organising the show calendar for the rest of the year.

This time of year is very important in regards to planning and stable management. The team will be looking ahead to shows for the year and establishing what is expected of each horse.

With the help of TopSpec, each horse has had their feeding requirements assessed and we are happy that they are receiving everything they need nutritionally. It is important that you look at the requirements of each horse as no horse is the same!

If in doubt, ask your feed company as they normally have a nutritionist that can advise you. This also goes for other routine procedures such as worming and physiotherapy, as different horses often have different requirements.

With it being a key time of year, in terms of preparation, the team will not only be focusing on the horses’ fitness but also their own, so myself and Mike will be back in the gym.

Over the next few months, training will step up a level in all disciplines and the early competitions will help act as training show for the bigger events. Mike also hopes to go to a few of the showjumping spring tours with Wizard (Ballylynch Wizard), following their success in the showjumping phase last year.

This year will see both our young and experiences horses out competing at home and abroad, along with some exciting up and coming stars. I will be campaigning Tullineaskey Hi Ho and Dunrath Eclipse at the top level and Mike will be campaigning Ballylynch Adventure (pictured above), Tomgar Rembrandt and Dunlough Striker.

 

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Dylan Wins The Face of TopSpec 2016

Hannah Scully and DylanDYLAN, a six-year-old dark bay gelding owned by Hannah Scully from Lincoln has been chosen as ‘The Face of TopSpec 2016’ in a nationwide competition.

For Hannah, who runs a busy livery yard and rides full time, Dylan, also known as Rebel’s Dylan in the eventing world, is very special and although their partnership is relatively new they have had a fantastic season.

Their prizes include £500 worth of TopSpec feed, a professional photo-shoot and framed print and a top of the range Horseware Turnout Rug.

Said Hannah: “I was over the moon when I was told Dylan had won. He is such a character and very special to me. Over the last year I have produced him up to Novice level and he competed in his first 1* six-year-old class at Osberton at the end of the season.

“Dylan suffers from a form of alopecia where his immune system attacks the hair follicles causing him to have bald patches all over his body and clumps of his mane and tail fall out.

“However since buying him in 2014 he has been fed TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer and his coat looks fab and you wouldn’t even notice he had anything wrong with him now. What a difference a good balanced diet has made!

“He has transformed from a ‘bog monster’ to a super event horse and I couldn’t be happier with him. This season is going to be a very exciting one and we are hoping to step up to intermediate level and possibly complete our first 2* event.

“He is fed a diet of TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer and TopChop Lite and couldn’t look any better.”

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