Clothie Night Idiot Proves a Star

Shetland Clothie Night Idiot rounded off a fantastic 2016 with not only taking part in the Shetland Pony Grand National at the Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show but also claimed a top award in the world of driving.  Owned by Elinor Bosanquet, the TopSpec-fed grey Shetland took the Overall Champion award for the Shetland Driven Performance Award Scheme 2016!

Said Elinor: “Idiot is bred to be a performance pony; his bloodlines are quick and his dam and siblings also race.  He’s a natural leader and loves his job.  He adores the attention; the more the crowd claps the quicker he goes.”

 

 

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Isabella and Paddy Continue Winning Ways

2016 was a great year for Isabella Worthington and her young pony Inverin Paddy.

During the summer months they secured the prestigious, £1,000 to the winner, TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Championship at the North of England Summer Pony Show at Arena UK.

And their success continued at the Countryside Live event when they were the highest placed junior and only placed home-produced team when finishing fifth in the Olympia qualifier.

But there best results came in the 15hh plaited WHP section when they headed the class to much excitement.

Said Isabella: “Everyone was thrilled with the results at Countryside Live and it was a great way to end the season.  We are now planning our 2017 campaign which is very exciting.” 

 

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Dazzling Olympia Success

It was celebrations all round for Kerrilee Wilson and Maddigen, as they were crowned Olympia Supreme Senior Champions 2016.

Maddigen is a pure bred Irish draft, bred by Kerrilee and her family, so what better reward could they have wished for?

Kerrilee is quick to say she has many friends and family who have helped and supported her along the way to Olympia success, but extra special thanks go to her mum.

Said Kerrilee: “My mum Vicky helps me and supports me day in day out and comes to every single show with me.”

Kerrilee and Maddigen had been competing for a few years with moderate success before she took the decision to change Maddigen’s feed regime.

Maddigen is now fed on a TopSpec feed regime consisting of TopSpec Senior Lite Feed Balancer, TopChop Grass and TopSpec CoolCondition Cubes.

Kerrilee believes this change in feed successfully transformed Maddigen into an Olympia Champion.

“We qualified at the very first open qualifier at Hambleton in North Yorkshire in May 2016. This was such a big shock to qualify at the first show, I was totally and utterly over the moon!” she said.

Kerrilee acknowledges that once the days began to shorten in autumn, it was an increasing challenge to keep Maddigen fit for Olympia.

Not always having ready access to a school, Kerrilee was not deterred and would regularly strap all kinds of fluorescent and reflective clothing and head torches on, and ride on the roads in order to keep Maddigen fit.

All this dedication was rewarded by their fantastic success at Olympia. Said Kerrilee: “I still cannot believe that we won, it’s the thing that dreams are made of! It still hasn’t sunk in for me. After the competition, my mum put all the sashes on me and we walked around some of the shops at Olympia. I couldn’t believe the amount of people that wanted to have their photo taken with me and I even got asked for my autograph!”

Looking to the future, Kerrilee and Maddigen are going to concentrate on ladies’ side saddle classes from now on.

Kerrilee saves her biggest thanks to her most important and best friend Maddi, saying “She has taken me to places beyond my wildest dreams. There will never be another horse like her, she is my absolute horse of a lifetime and I thank the stars every day that she is mine.”

Picture Caption: Kerrilee and Maddigen at Olympia.

 

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Top Tips on Training the Show Horse with Michaela Wood

 

This year’s HOYS was one to remember for Michaela Wood when DP UK Nightdancer was crowned winner of the Small Hack of the Year and the 153cm Intermediate Show Riding Type while Login Lucky Lad, also owned by her father Martin Wood, headed the Coloured Ridden Native / Cob / Traditional Pony of the Year.

 

Here Michaela provides a few tips as we head into the winter show and training season:

– Try and work horses off the centre line and in squares rather than circles, this helps stop anticipation in the transitions and also ensures they don’t rely on the outside wall.

– Vary your training, I like to do some hill work which helps keeps them focused, fit and stops them getting bored too.

– Have someone video you….I always find something that I can improve on, and it’s a good thing to do on a regular basis so you can go back and see how you have improved.

- Practice canter work on the straight, this will help enormously as in a set show it is asked for increasingly.

– As a rider keeping yourself fit and healthy is also important, Pilates helps with tension issues in the shoulders and makes you use your core more, which also helps make the horses lighter in the hand.

– Ring craft is something to be worked on at home, keeping your horse in a controlled rhythm practising half halts will help with any rushing issues.  This comes into play a lot in the show ring when their maybe riders overtaking you.

– And when you do get in the ring remember to slow down, breathe and make your horse look elegant for the judge.

– As well as having your show horse well-trained they must also look the picture of health.  All my horses and ponies are feed on a TopSpec feed regime and we want to have them looking well covered and in good condition but not fat or over-topped.

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Cashel Bay JJ – A Star Performer

Lucy and her fabulous bay working hunter pony, Cashel Bay JJ, are on a high since taking both the Underwood 153cm Working Hunter Pony of the Year and then going Champion BSPS M&M Working Hunter Pony of the Year at the 2016 Horse of the Year Show. Here we find out more about the 12-year-old Connemara…

1 – Three years ago Lucy and her family nearly overlooked buying Cash as they weren’t really looking for a 15hh working hunter pony. Lucy still had a couple of years left in the 14hh classes but he was such a dream to ride they bought him.

2 – Cash, by Castleside JJ out of Ballybawn Cashel, is a four-time winner at the Horse of the Year Show.

3 – At home, he is referred to as the ‘Royal Bentley’ because he is so mannerly and such a smooth and easy ride. Lucy soon gelled with him to form the fantastic partnership that they have today.

4 – The same year Lucy bought Cash, they stood champion at Royal Windsor in the M&M WHP and won HOYS in the plaited 15hh class.  He has also claimed the championship at the Royal International Horse Show and won at Royal Dublin.

5 – Cash has also competed in British Eventing and was produced up to BE100 level. He excels in all three phases.

6 – Although the ‘Bentley’ of the yard, Cash is quite quirky and has his own set of rules. He doesn’t like having a tail bandage on and sometimes he refuses to have the reins and martingale put over his head, meaning Lucy must undo them and buckle them back up around his neck.

7 – Lucy’s mum, Polly helps to keep him fit whilst Lucy is away at boarding school. He enjoys autumn hunting and hacking and, like most horses, is better when he is not trained too much.

8 – Cash has a fantastic temperament and is very professional, Lucy can always rely on him to perform when it counts in the ring and not be silly.

9 – Lucy and Cash have a travelling fan club. Breeders Robbie and Babara Fallon came over from Ireland to support them at HOYS. Jo Marsh Smith, who produced him to BE100 level, and prior owners the Leavesley family also visit shows to support them.

10 – Cash is fed on a TopSpec feed regime which consists of TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer, TopSpec CoolCondition Cubes and TopChop Grass.

 

 

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Successful Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show

 

It was New Year celebrations all round at the Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show with success for horses and ponies fed on TopSpec.

Sponsored rider Louise Saywell gave the strong British challenge a flying start to the on the Saturday continuing a recent run of success she has enjoyed with the James Hughes-owned Peiter VI.

They starred at Birmingham’s Horse of the Year Show three months ago, and Liverpool’s Echo Arena witnessed another superb round as they dominated the opening international class – a two-phase competition sponsored by Wilcox @ Edgemere and Cooke Horseboxes.

“It is a fantastic start to the show for me,” Louise said. “We had a bit of a scary moment at the first fence – he was busy looking at the big screen – but then he was away.

“He is naturally quick, and all the turns came off today. He seems to deliver at every show, and in different types of classes, which is fantastic.”

Young Charlie Atkinson produced a performance to savour as he enjoyed an “amazing” winning experience at the show.

The talented young rider, from Stockton-on-Tees, guided the impressive TopSpec-fed, Bunbury Conquest to victory in the Liverpool International 128cms Championship, sponsored by Squibb Demolition.

The 10-year-old was in sparkling form, guiding his pony home in a jump-off time of 34.05 seconds, which was more than three seconds clear of the field.

Reflecting on his victory, an elated Charlie said: “It was amazing. I got round and did all the turns right – and I came first!

“It is absolutely amazing to win here. It was quite nerve-wracking to ride in front of a

Taking part in the Shetland Pony Grand National was the wonderful grey pony, Clothie Night Idiot owned by Elinor Bosanquet who runs Clothie Shetland Pony Stud with Marie Brooker, and also fed on TopSpec.

Said Elinor: “Idiot is bred to be a performance pony; his bloodlines are quick and his dam and siblings also race.  He’s a natural leader and loves his job.  He adores the attention; the more the crowd claps the quicker he goes.”

 

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Great Win for Louise

Team TopSpec rider Louise Saywell hit superlative form in Roosendaal in the Netherlands recently.

Riding Cordalis 7, Louise won the 2* Medium Tour 1.40m Speed on the attractive bay, owned by James Hughes.

Cordalis 7 scorched round to win the major class of the day, delighting Louise and her support team.

 

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Countdown to Olympia

With Olympia’s Senior Showing Final Championships taking place this week the team at TopSpec will be waiting with anticipation with three TopSpec fed veteran horses taking part.

Jo-Ann Sharp and Regal Spark, Samantha Bell with Maybe Q and Felicity Vaughan with What a Spark will be heading to the capital at the end of the week to take part in the prestigious final.

For Samantha and Maybe Q is will be a record-breaking sixth visit for veteran superstar.

 

Now 21-years-old Regal Spark, and Jo-Ann have been on great form this summer 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 earlier in the year much to everyone’s delight.

 

 

Felicity and What a Spark are well known for their fantastic partnership competing in a host of veteran and fun classes throughout the year.

 

 

 

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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.”

For further information please contact the Multiple Award-Winning Helpline on 01845 565030 or visit www.topspec.com

 

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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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