A More Comfortable Time for Jani



NOW 13-years-old Jani, a Dutch Warmblood owned by Lorraine McIndoe, has spent his life being susceptible to loose droppings.

And despite owning him for seven years and trying everything she and her vets could think of, Lorraine had started to give up on ever finding a solution to the gelding’s problem.

Together with his partner Dixie, Jani forms part of a pair of carriage driving horses for
Lorraine’s business providing horse drawn vehicles for special occasions including weddings, funerals and parades.

Explains Lorraine: “We worked out that Jani was always better on short chopped grass than long fibrous materials such as hay or haylage but everything we tried over the years would work for so long and then the issue of watery, loose droppings would return.

“We were fortunate that despite the issue he never looked lean or in poor condition but we really wanted him to be clean and in the best of health.

“Despite extensive tests to diagnose the cause of his problems the vets were unable to pinpoint why it was happening and although he didn’t lose condition he was obviously uncomfortable.

“We spoke to the TopSpec team at the Royal Highland show and was recommended TopSpec UlsaKind Cubes as a way forward that might help.

“The short chopped forage helped his condition 70 per cent and when we started to feed the cubes it provided the final piece of the jigsaw and he is now the cleanest horse on the yard – it is just fantastic.

“The difference is remarkable and we are just so pleased that after all these years Jani is more comfortable thanks to TopSpec UIsaKind Cubes.”

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Samantha and Maybe Head to Olympia for Sixth Year


THIS year’s Olympia International Horse Show will be a record-breaking sixth visit for veteran superstar Maybe and rider Samantha Bell.

Now 22-years-old the grey gelding has qualified for the Veteran Championships at the prestigious London venue for the last five years and their recent qualification brings their forthcoming winter visit to an amazing six year run.

Based near Nottingham, Samantha has owned Maybe for 17 years and the Irish Draught cross Warmblood veteran recently proved a huge hit with the judges at Leek and District Agricultural Show.

Keen to keep Maybe in the best possible condition and show ready, Samantha follows a TopSpec feeding regime.

During the summer months Maybe can easily gain weight so Samantha feeds him TopSpec Senior Lite Feed Balancer moving to TopSpec Senior Feed Balancer throughout the winter.

The pair started their day at the Leek Show by winning their veteran class before securing the championship.

Explains Samantha: “I was just so pleased to win the championship and qualify for Olympia but we then went and won the Ring Championship followed by the Supreme of Show, it was just an amazing day and Maybe was fantastic.

“He is such a star and still looks in superb condition.  We keep to veteran competitions now but still hack out and jump him at home, he is full of life and energy.”

Samantha also shows Welsh Sections Bs and Cs and has a hair and beauty business that keeps her busy when not competing.

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Georgie Heads for HOYS


Twelve-year-old Georgie Osmond is heading to HOYS in a couple of weeks’ time with two ponies qualified in the Working Hunter Pony classes.

Based in South Cumbria, Georgie has had a fantastic season with her ponies, Wagtail Romance and Llafar Tia.

At The Royal Highland Show, Georgie won the 122cm WHP on Llafar Tia and then went on to head with 133cm section with Wagtail Romance.

Both ponies are fed on a TopSpec feeding regime with Tia fed, TopSpec Lite Feed Balancer and TopSpec Performance Cubes, while Romance is on TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer and TopSpec Performance Cubes.

Their great season also saw Georgie and Wagtail Romance secure the Supreme Mini WHP at the BSPS Summer Championships, a title she held the previous year with Llafar Tia.

Said mum Sarah: “Georgie has had a great season and we are looking forward to HOYS although with back to back classes it is certainly going to be very busy.”

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Charlotte and Florentina VI Claim the TopSpec Medium Gold Championship



Charlotte Dujardin took her 2016 National title tally to three when she triumphed in the TopSpec Medium Gold Championship on Wendy and Paul Dockley and her own Florentina VI.

The win was a repeat performance for Charlotte who won last year on Mount St John Freestyle.

Florentina, the flamboyant dapple grey daughter of Vivaldi produced some breath-taking work at the Le Mieux National Championships at Stoneleigh, belying her six years to score 75.42%.

The pair who qualified at the Mount Ballan Summer Regional Championships, claimed the Shearwater Five-Year-Old Championship here last year and has since won every Medium class contested, even breaking the 80% barrier.

The exquisite mare has caught the eye of many and looks to be an exciting prospect for the future. Charlotte later revealed that Florentina has an embryo transfer foal on the way by Negro.

Second was Ruth Edge, who recently announced her permanent switch from eventing to dressage. She and the talented seven-year-old Lochwood scored 72.18%.

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Ashley Secures TopSpec Medium Silver at British Dressage National Championships


Ashley Jenkins and Salsa Hit captured the TopSpec Medium Silver at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships after a stunning performance.

Twenty-four-year-old Ashley and the attractive seven-year-old son of Samba Hit III, claimed the Elementary Restricted title here last year, and 12 months later scored a decisive 72.03% to head the competitive class.

First to go after the mid-way break, Ashley and the elegant gelding produced a test full of lightness and expression to take the lead which proved unbeatable.

Said Ashley: “It feels amazing to win again. He is so expressive and light on his feet, he felt amazing in there today especially his simple changes and medium trots. They felt really good.”

Ashley, who works as a stable rider for Dan Greenwood, bringing on the young horses, bought the athletic black gelding from Margaret Lister as a three-year-old.

“I loved him from day one and he’s taught me a huge amount,” he added.

Ashley enjoyed a rapturous applause during his lap of honour from the enthusiastic crowd which included his home support team.

“I’ve got my whole family here, even both my non-horsey brothers are here, and my little sister – it’s brilliant!” he smiled.

Taking second place was Katie Bailey and Bocelli IV who finished on 71.12% to just lose out by a whisker.

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TopSpec Support Donkey Breed Society National Championships

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Right – Supreme Inhand Champion – Gamlingay Fantasy, owned and shown by Jean Fooks.  Photograph by Natz Snapz.

Left – Stallion Champion – East Lodge Orinocho, owned by John McLaren and Linda Chilton. Shown by John McLaren. Photograph by Natz Snapz.

THE 2016 Donkey Breed Society National Championship Show was a huge success with members travelling from all over the country to take part.

Held at Broomfield Hall Equestrian Centre, the two days saw a host of classes organised from major championships to fun novelty competitions.

TopSpec supported the event by providing bags of TopSpec Donkey Forage Balancer for the championship winners.

With driving, in hand and junior ridden classes held there was something for everyone at the show which proved hugely popular.

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Anne Marie and Urbanus – Irish National Dressage Champions


A delighted Anne Marie Dunphy and Urbanus recently became the new Irish National Dressage champions – an achievement they have worked long and hard to accomplish.

Said Anne Marie: “This title is very special for me for a couple of reasons.  It has always been one of my ambitions but over the years I have narrowly missed out on a few occasions, so I’m delighted to have finally nailed it.

“And secondly, to do it with this horse – I bought him as a four-year-old and trained him up through the levels. The road to Grand Prix with him has been quite the journey so winning both the Intermediare ll and Grand Prix Championships gives me a great sense of achievement.

“Her Highness Willow and Ramazottis Love also did the business at Barnadown winning the Advanced Medium, Advanced Medium Freestyle and Medium championships respectively, bringing our tally to five titles for the weekend.

“A huge thank you as always to TopSpec for your ongoing support, very much appreciated.”

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Success for Zara and her Ponies

Caebryn Azra, ridden by Zara Watson

We are always delighted to hear from happy customers and recently 12-year-old Zara Watson wrote to the team at TopSpec.

Said Zara: “I have two ponies a Welsh Section B called Maddie Mompesson Madam Butterfly who I am hoping to take to HOYS next year as she is only five at the moment.

“My other pony is a Welsh Section C called Caebryn Azra who I will show, jump and event with.  I compete most weekends at shows and events and love both my ponies very much.

“I recently added TopSpec Turbo to my ponies feeds after your recommendation at Equifest and the product worked wonders and I will always use your feed from now on.”

Thanks Zara, Azra and Maddie.

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Veteran Success for Sparky

Regal Spark, Supreme Champion, Veteran Champion, 1st Ridden Veteran, Liskeard Show, ridden & owned by Jo-Ann Sharp

Now 21-years-old Regal Spark, owned by Jo-Ann Sharp is in great form on the veteran showing circuit after three years off the road due to a tendon injury.

Returning to the competition arena, Regal Spark and Jo-Ann took the Ridden Veteran Class, Veteran Championship and then the Supreme Championship at Liskeard Show much to everyone’s delight.

Said Jo-Ann: “We had a fantastic day.  Sparky won the Ridden Veteran section (first Round Qualifier), then took the Veteran Championship, before taking the overall Ridden Championship, then the Supreme it was just amazing.

“He has been off the circuit for three years as I retired him after he damaged his tendon in 2013 and he is 21 now so I certainly didn’t expect this, it was just brilliant.

“Sparky is fed on TopSpec Senior Lite feed balancer as he is a good-doer and looks in great shape.

“As well as the result at Liskeard we have also qualified for the Veteran Championship at Olympia in December which we are really looking forward to.

“It means he has now qualified for three British international shows over the years.  The Royal International Horse Show, Horse of the Year Show and now Olympia – just fantastic.”

Regal Spark and Jo-Ann Sharp photograph courtesy of Athwenna Irons

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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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