Busy Year Ahead for Corinthian Eventing Champion

The Festival of British Eventing Gatcombe 2015

FOLLOWING a hugely successful launch last year the National Restricted Novice Championship at The Festival of British Eventing in August will once again be supported by TopSpec.

In 2015 the title went to young Noah Brook as the runaway winner of The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup at Gatcombe Park.

Riding Deo Volente III he stormed to victory around the undulating park to land a resounding win.

Said Noah: “Winning the The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup was a fantastic day.  Competing at championship level at venues such as Gatcombe Park really helps to develop horses and put them in situations where there is a brilliant atmosphere.

“Competing at a major championship like The Festival of British Eventing really brings them on and helps them to deal with the bigger occasion.

“To ride alongside the best in the world and feel included – and be part of – the main competition was a fantastic experience.”

Twenty-year-old Noah has set up his own yard at Retford in Nottinghamshire having previously worked for showjumper Andrew Saywell and spent two years with renowned trainer and producer Judy Bradwell.

He currently has five rides for the 2016 season across both eventing and dressage and is also busy teaching and training riders.

The TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup is aimed at true amateur riders and will be one of the championship classes taking place August 5 to 7.

Said Nicola Tyler of TopSpec: “Last year’s TopSpec Challenge for ‘The Corinthian Cup’ was a thoughtful new addition to The Festival of British Eventing.

“Gatcombe Park provides a stunning location for the championship and we are looking forward to another brilliant competition this year.”

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TopSpec Retailer Display Competition Launched

CobbsTopSpec has launched a new Retailer Display Competition with the best display winning tickets to Horse of the Year Show 2016, Champagne and a host of other prizes.

A winner will be picked from each of the 11 regions across the UK who will all receive a bottle of Prosecco and they will be entered into our final judging for the overall prize.

To enter get building your very best TopSpec display and send a picture to us.

For more information contact your local Business Development Manager.

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Veteran Dazzle is Blooming with Condition

DazShelly Smart’s grey gelding, Dazzle, looks a picture of health at the grand old age of 27.
Based in Berkshire, Shelly has owned Daz for four years and they share a very special bond. Daz was also the guest of honour at Shelly’s wedding back in 2013 and they have enjoyed dressage, showjumping and cross country in their time together.

Said Shelly: “Daz is now semi-retired and only lightly ridden in the school and he still enjoys hacking out.

“I have been feeding TopSpec since the day I bought Daz. Now, well into his veteran years, every six months the vet gives Daz the all clear and always comments on his condition.

“Daz is also barefoot and has been for the past two and a half years. His feet are as hard as rock and he has never had a day’s problem!

“In September he was diagnosed with Cushing’s and over the winter he lost a lot of weight.  At 27 years of age we couldn’t afford for him to lose any more weight so we changed Daz from his regular TopSpec Lite Feed Balancer to TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer. Again I have seen a great change in him with the weight creeping back on.

“Daz is an amazing pony and means the world to me. He jogs to and from the field every day and often thinks he’s still a stallion. He definitely looks and feels good and to be praised on his condition makes me so proud. Thank you TopSpec, there really isn’t any compromise when it comes to my boy.”

For free nutritional advice please contact the Multiple Award-Winning Helpline on (01845) 565030

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New TopChop Zero is Launched

TopChop ZeroNew TopChop Zero from TopSpec is designed for horses and ponies that are overweight and need an exceptionally low-calorie source of mature forage. Horses and ponies can pick away steadily at TopChop Zero when they no longer have access to grass or hay or even haylage.

By doing this they will ensure a supply of fibre to the microflora in their hindgut during periods when otherwise there would be no forage supply e.g. from late evening until morning stables. This will be of huge benefit to the horse’s digestive health.

The formula for TopChop Zero was tested and developed at the Middle Park Equine Research Unit and has been approved by the nutritional team for use in most horses.

It is made from British chopped oat straw with added apple flavour and mint to enhance palatability.  An extremely low level of soya oil is sprinkled on to reduce the ‘fly-away’ nature of the product while limestone is added to improve calcium levels.

TopChop Zero has an exceptionally low Digestible Energy (DE) at 4MJ/kg and does not contain any molasses or other sugar coating.

‘Non-Heating’ and dust-extracted, it is exceptionally low in sugar and starch including fructans.

TopChop Zero (DE 4MJ/kg) is much lower in nutritional value than even very late-cut meadow hay (DE 7-8MJ/kg).

This makes it ideal for: –

  • Overweight horses and ponies.
  • Horses and ponies that have to eat haylage that is too ‘rich’ for them, often resulting in loose droppings.
  • Overweight horses and ponies prone to, being treated for or recovering from laminitis.

TopChop Zero can be considered an ‘empty calorie’ fibre source to extend forage and reduce overall nutritional intake.

If either weight control or a reduction in overall forage nutritional quality is needed, the best way to feed TopChop Zero is to place a suitable amount (usually between 200g and 1.2kg) on its own in a feed bucket or trug and damp lightly (350mls water/200g chop) . If this is left in the stable most horses and ponies will pick away at it after they have eaten their forage (often hay).

When fed to bulk up a feed and lessen the risk of horses and ponies bolting their feed, approximately 1 level Stubbs scoop of TopChop Zero per feed is sufficient. However it is quite acceptable to feed as little as a handful of chop if your horse or pony has access to ad-lib forage in the form of grass, haylage or hay.

The RRP for a 12.5kg bag is £7.50.

For free nutritional advice please contact the TopSpec Multiple Award-Winning Helpline on (01845) 565030

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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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