Solomon Shines with Health

Lauren Robertson’s young middleweight show hunter, Solomon, was progressing well in his showing career, having qualified for the Royal International Horse Show in both Open and Amateur Hunter classes earlier this year.

However, even though he looked well she felt he was missing a bit of extra topline – as well as the energy and spark needed to achieve the best results.

After long journeys and the lack of grass while away at shows, Lauren explained that Solomon, standing at 17.2hh, used to ‘tuck up’ and lose condition, which negatively affected his success when competing.

Lauren decided to change her six-year-old German Warmblood’s diet to TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer and TopSpec CoolCondition Cubes to keep him calm and relaxed while making sure he was in peak condition for the show ring.

“The results have been amazing,” said Lauren. “By the time we went to our favourite show – Equifest – the feed had really kicked in and he looked a million dollars. He was third in the Hunter Championship and his behaviour was impeccable in the evening performance. We didn’t need to use any calmer or ear plugs, the feed made such a difference to his temperament.”

The next day Solomon, known as Decorum in the ring, went on to win the 4, 5 & 6 year-old Show Hunter class, and then took Reserve Supreme Champion that evening.

Added Lauren: “He gave me the most phenomenal ride, one I’ll never forget. My smile could tell a thousand words as we stood in the centre of the ring, the feeling of this wonderful accolade felt like a dream. I couldn’t believe our precious horse had finally won his first sash!

“As a show horse with a big body to fill, feeding Solomon on TopSpec products has helped us to achieve his ideal weight without making him fat or silly. Our next ambition is to qualify for HOYS in 2017 with this very special and much admired horse.”

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Amy Wins £5,000 Sponsorship from TopSpec

amy-schiessl-3-smallerFOLLOWING a nationwide search and with more than 1,500 entries to choose from the winner of the TopSpec ‘Once in a Lifetime’ £5,000 sponsorship is dressage rider Amy Schiessl.

Based near Basingstoke, 21-year-old Amy has been riding from an early age and is currently competing two horses with more in the pipeline for 2017.

A member of this year’s British Dressage European Young Rider Team, Amy’s top horse is the 15-year-old tobiano gelding Mr Mercury.

Bought nine years ago as a hunter, he has far exceeded Amy’s expectations and is now competing at Prix St George level with a view to moving up to Grand Prix shortly.

Said Amy: “I have to thank TopSpec for giving me this amazing opportunity.  It is such a fantastic brand and I couldn’t wait to tell everyone I was the lucky winner.

“To join the TopSpec team of sponsored riders which includes such leading names as Nicola Wilson, Kitty King, Andrew Nicholson, Hayley Watson-Greaves, Louise Saywell and Robert Walker is just the best. It is a brilliant boost and I am very grateful to be chosen.”

Amy also has the ride on the six-year-old Knoxx’s Figaro, owned by Lisa Morgan who she works for and David Knox.

The pair has already qualified for the winter regional’s at Medium level and will be training hard over the winter with Nicky Barrett to continue their rise up the dressage ladder.

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “Thank you very much to everyone who took the time to enter, choosing a winner was really hard, we had so many outstanding entries.

“Amy already feeds TopSpec and her entry illustrated very well both the outstanding year she has had and also her appreciation of the difference a TopSpec feeding regime makes.”

Amy will receive the £5,000 prize to help with TopSpec feed, training and lessons, entry fees, horse clothing, rugs and accessories, and rider competition and leisure clothing.

 

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Natalia Dances to a Healthy Tune

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When Laura Gulliver’s dressage horse Woodcroft Natalia went off her food while staying away at a competition she knew instinctively something was wrong.

The Milton Keynes-based rider and Natalia had been together for three years and in that time had developed a strong bond which saw them take part in their first international para-dressage competition this summer.

A grade lV para-rider, Laura has trained the black, Trakehner mare up through the levels and although she has always been quite highly strung and can stress at times, going off her food while competing at Bishop Burton was the final straw.

Explains Laura: “As the week went on Natalia ate less and less and when I put my legs on her side she reacted quite aggressively and I knew she was uncomfortable.

“She had completely stopped eating and when we arrived home we took her to the vets and had her scoped to see if they could find anything.

“The tests immediately showed she was suffering from acid attacking her gastric lining and that was the cause of her discomfort. The vet suggested we contact the helpline at TopSpec to get some advice about her diet and feeding regime.”

A veterinary nutritionist at TopSpec discussed Natalia’s feed requirements and it was decided that an important part of her diet would be TopSpec UlsaKind Cubes and that TopSpec Joint Feed Balancer would form the perfect low-starch base to add the cubes to.

Added Laura: “About a month into the new feeding plan I knew she was getting better and she had really started to improve.

“Her tense and stressed behaviour was disappearing and I was left with a calm and easy to handle horse that I could see was enjoying life.

“We also noticed a big change when she was turned out in the field.  Previously she wasn’t really bothered about the grass but now she really enjoys it and relishes her time out.

“She really does look fantastic and is carrying much better condition as we head into the winter months ready for some serious training before our competition schedule in 2017.”

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Supreme of Show First Time Shown

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The four-year-old Springwater Sadler’s Wells went through the card at the BSPS Native Heritage Championships to take the Supreme of Show Award at his very first show. Owned and produced by Craig Elenor the lead rein Dartmoor was ridden by Cate Kerr. He has been both  ‘Bred on TopSpec and Fed on TopSpec’ throughout his life.

‘Welly’ as he is known at home was bred by Nicola and Philip Tyler and was a Dartmoor Pony Society Star Show Champion as a yearling. Nicola said ‘ Welly was an exceptional colt but unfortunately he couldn’t cope with his teenage hormones so we reluctantly decided to geld him as a two-year-old. I was delighted when Craig leapt at the chance of producing him in lead-rein classes as he is so typy and an exceptional mover. I am sure he has an exciting future ahead of him and pleased that he will also be able to enjoy hacking and fun activities.

Welly was  beautifully mannered and literally danced his way through the championships at Arena UK. He exhibited great natural balance to capture the Restricted Mini Title and Heritage Mini Championship before he went Supreme, much to everyone’s delight.

Said Sara Parrott, who co-owns and produces him with Craig: “We love him and have always thought he was special, but we thought he would be too green to go much further than his class.  However, he seemed to get better and better each time he went into the ring – we certainly didn’t expect something like this so soon, though, and especially for a four-year-old.”

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New Lease of Life for Gem

Sixteen-year-old thoroughbred Gem is now fighting fit after overcoming serious joint problems and struggling with her mobility.

Owned by Brenda Craig, Gem came into her life six years ago after a short racing career in Ireland.

As a 12-year-old Brenda noticed Gem gradually becoming stiffer in both her back legs, while her hocks worryingly also started to click.

Said Brenda: “I decided I had to take action and called out the vet who diagnosed arthritis in her hocks.  When she was walking she was just so stiff and used to almost get stuck when trying to move.

“Gem received treatment by having injections into her hocks and this definitely improved her mobility and stiffness but the clicking joints continued.

“Wanting to help her as much as I could I tried and used every joint supplement I could think of but still the problem continued.

“About two years ago I came across TopSpec Joint Feed Balancer and decided to give the product a try as nothing else had helped.

“Within two months the clicking had improved and after six months it had gone altogether.

“At one time I stopped stabling her overnight as she would literally fall out of it in the morning but now she is happy to be inside and comes out ready to go.

“We are now enjoying endurance rides together and taking part in Riding Club activities and she just loves the cross-country which is brilliant.

“Recently we have been competing more than we ever have and I couldn’t have asked for a better result.”

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A More Comfortable Time for Jani

 

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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

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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

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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

 

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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

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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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