Zac and Bethany Take Supreme Championship

A PARTNERSHIP of just three months went through the card to secure the Supreme Championship at the BSPS Winter Championships at Arena UK.

Bethany Gregg and the Intermediate Show Riding Type, Arizona Gold, known as Zac at home were in triumphant mood and got the Jinks Show Team’s season underway in fantastic form.

Produced by Thirsk-based David Jinks and Adam Forster for the last three years, the eight-year-old bay gelding looked fantastic, helped by his TopSpec feed regime of Comprehensive Feed Balancer, CoolCondition Cubes and TopChop Lite.

Zac’s winning ways started in the Restricted Intermediate Show Riding Type before taking the Restricted Championship, Restricted Supreme Championship and finally the one that really mattered, the Overall Supreme Championship of Show.

Said David: “Zac just got better and better and Bethany and her family were overwhelmed with the success they couldn’t believe it especially as they are new to showing at BSPS level.

“They were just speechless and quite emotional it was a fantastic championship win for them and a great start to the season.”

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Team Walker Dominate at North of England Spring Show

 

IT was a case of Walker’s winning ways at the North of England Spring Show with Robert, wife Sarah, son Sam and clients Rae Colosso and Zara Brookes staking their claim on 11 wins, four championships and three reserve championships between them.

Robert and the team showed 13 horses and ponies throughout the three days and they were all over the moon with the successes that started on the Thursday and just ran and ran and ran!

 

The Team TopSpec rider was in superlative form in the Ridden Hunter sections with Corniche Chill heading the four and five-year-old class before taking the Novice Hunter Championship.

Stable mate Our Kingsman won the Novice Hunter over six-years-old before taking the Novice Hunter Reserve Championship award.

HOYS winner Chantilly Bojangles won the Small Hunter class on day one before Rae Colosso took over the reins on day three to win the Intermediate Show Hunter and then take the Intermediate Championship.

Next followed the turn of the Open Hunter classes which led to another clean-sweep when Viewpoint won the Lightweight, Caesar’s Palace took the red rosette in the Middleweight section and Patrick’s Choice was triumphant in the Heavyweight category.  Viewpoint headed the Hunter Championship with Patrick’s Choice finishing Reserve Champion.

The following day Robert had a slightly quieter time with just two horses to show and two youngsters to acclimatise to a competition environment.

Wins continued with Comberton Clarence heading the Novice Hack class and Randalstown Rolex winning the Lightweight Cob section before securing the Cob Championship.

On pony day it was the turn of Zara Brookes and Sam Walker.  Zara won the 138cm Show Pony class on Chanley Delightful Dan with Sam winning the 133cm Show Hunter Pony on Millwood Kaiser Chief before claiming the Reserve Championship.

 

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Great Month for TopSpec Fed Horses and Ponies

It has been a busy month for TopSpec fed horses and ponies with a host of wins across the disciplines.

In the world of eventing, Kitty King has had an early win with Ceylor LAN winning at a cold and blustery Lincolnshire Horse Trials to get their season off to a flying start.  Kitty and Vendreti Biats then took the runner-up spot in a hotly contested CIC** at Belton Horse Trials.

Staying with eventing, James Rushbrooke and Rowland started the season well with a win in the Open Novice at Oasby much to everyone’s delight and Tom Jackson was in flying form at Goring Heath Horse Trials in Oxfordshire with Georgio D Over winning his second event in a row to finish on his dressage score.

On the showjumping circuit the Barker family has hit top form with wins for Tilly, Claudia and Hannah at Southview in Cheshire.  Tilly captured the Under 11 Championship, Claudia won the 138cm Springboard Championship and to round off a successful show Hannah secured the 148cm Championship.

Staying with show jumping and after a great start to the year, Louise Saywell was again on winning form at De Peelbergen, Kronenberg, Netherlands.

On day one she posted a win and on day two, she doubled up with two well-deserved victories. In the top-billed class of the day, the 1.45m speed, Louise raced ahead with Billy Twomey’s big-jumping nine-year-old Dassler to win the 69-entry class by 0.33 sec.

Louise continued her run of good form with another win on Graham Ward’s 12-year-old, Feigtling. The pair, winners just 24 hours earlier, headed the 1.40m by 1.70 seconds.

Said Louise: “My horses are jumping better than ever and we have had some fantastic results lately. Their TopSpec feed regime is without doubt helping with our success.”

Over in Italy, Keith Shore took the honours in a 1.35m Open class with Coriander Van’t Vennehof while in Portugal, Emily Ward and Wild Rose headed a fast paced jump-off in the 1.40m section.

Results came thick and fast at the Sport Horse Breeding North West Show where Kelly Ward was in triumphant mood winning the four, five and six-year-old Sport Horse classes with Haddon House Madam Shutterfly, Noble Giants Causeway and Noble Gladiator.

At the same show Robert Walker and Paul Mortimer’s Lightweight Cob, Randelstown Rolex took the Cob Championships and Magnus Nicholson took the Hunter Championship on Julie Cornthwaite’s Heavyweight Hunter, Bowlands Lucky Slipper.

It was a great first show of the season at CHAPS North East Regionals for the Merrigan Martin team with two wins and a championship for Solaris Dwenqua while Katie Gilsenan won a very strong Novice Working Hunter class at Myerscough after an excellent round.

 

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Louise Saywell…Really!

 

 

TopSpec sponsored rider, Louise Saywell, is brimming with enthusiasm following her tremendous 2016 success at both HOYS and Liverpool International.

Here she shares with us some details of her love of horses but also reveals some facts that are not necessarily things you would associate with an equestrian champion.

 

  • If Louise wasn’t a champion showjumper, she would have been a groom instead, as she always knew she wanted to be involved in the sport.
  • Her horse of a lifetime was Winner, later known as Hello Winner. She produced her as a six-year-old through to going to the Furusiyya Nations Cup Final in Barcelona as part of the GB team.
  • Her highlight of last year was competing in the major classes at HOYS and Liverpool International.
  • She believes her biggest win was the Mattie Brown class at Newark and Nottinghamshire County Show two years ago riding Mr Darcy.
  • Her dad, showjumped at the Munich Olympics and her mother did Working Hunter – she was second three times at HOYS.
  • Her future aims are for more Nations Cup selections. She wants to win some Grand Prix classes and is aiming for the very top of her chosen sport.
  • Louise’s riding hero is Marcus Ehning as she thinks everything he does looks so effortless.
  • Louise says that high-heeled shoes are her favourite item of clothing – let’s hope she remembers to change out of them for her next competition!
  • Her worst habit is Facebook, although with all her success, we feel she should be proud to be publishing on it.
  • She lives by the motto ‘It is what it is’.
  • Her horses are fed a TopSpec feed regime with her favourite product being TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer.

 

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TopSpec Support Working Hunter Pony Classes at RIHS

TopSpec is 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 Sunday, July 30 and always prove popular with both competitors and spectators alike.

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 30 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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Louise Saywell Soars to Success Again

 

TopSpec sponsored Louise Saywell has been in the ribbons once again when winning the National 1.40m  class at Bishop Burton College.

Louise outshone the competition in the National 1.40m where Feigtling and Peiter VI finished first and third.

Louise captured the class on Feigtling in a time of 29.5 seconds with Annabel Shields taking second and Peiter VI stepping in to third in 31.9 seconds.

Said Louise: “Feigtling has been on fire since winning two decent classes in Holland.

“This was a challenge I knew he was up for, I could tell he was eager to win so we did what he responds to best and took strides out between the first two and last two fences. It was a fantastic day for us both.”

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TopSpec Support Equifest 2017 Championship Arena

As Equifest, the Festival of Horse Lovers, celebrates its tenth year, the Championship Arena will again offer a spectacular showcase throughout the event.

TopSpec is once again sponsoring the main Indoor Championship Arena, helping to provide another amazing five-day show which draws competitors and spectators from far and wide.

Equifest takes place at the East of England Showground, Peterborough – August 9 to 13.

Make sure to visit the TopSpec stand where you will have the chance to win back the cost of stabling for one horse for the week, worth £130, and also £130 worth of feed from the TopSpec range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feed.

With its wonderful atmosphere, lively audience and ongoing festivities, the TopSpec Championship Arena certainly presents a fantastic evening’s entertainment.

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the Indoor Championship Arena at Equifest over the five days.

“It is a brilliant event that we are once again very much looking forward to.  We are proud to be supporting the show.”

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Success for Louise Saywell

 

TopSpec sponsored Louise Saywell was in winning form in the Netherlands recently with her growing team of horses.

After a fantastic start to the year, Louise was again on fire at De Peelbergen, Kronenberg, Netherlands.

On day one she posted a win and on day two, she doubled up with two well-deserved victories. In the top-billed class of the day, the 1.45m speed, Louise raced ahead with Billy Twomey’s big-jumping nine-year-old Dassler to win the 69-entry class by 0.33 sec.

Louise continued her run of good form with another win on Graham Ward’s 12-year-old Feigtling. The pair, winners just 24 hours earlier, headed the 1.40m by 1.70 sec over the Netherlands’ Michel Hendrix and Alaska.

Said Louise: “My horses are jumping better than ever and we have had some fantastic results lately. Their TopSpec feed regime is without doubt helping with our success.”

 

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Winter Regional Dressage Championship Success for Victoria and Lucinda

 

Team TopSpec riders have been in fantastic form in the dressage arena with wins and qualification for the Winter Championships in April.

Victoria Maw and her chestnut gelding, Bon Rouge took the Prix St George Gold Freestyle at the Bishop Burton Winter Regional Championships after a superb effort.

Said Victoria: “I am in shock and feeling very emotional! To be Winter Regional Champions in the PSG Gold Freestyle at Bishop Burton was amazing.

 

“I was over the moon Ben gave me an amazing ride and hit the music!  It’s been the most amazing six years of hard work! I have so many people to thank for supporting me along the way.

“It feels like I have given up everything in my life to do this and feels like all the hard work and sacrifices I have taken over the years have paid off.

“I have always wanted to do the gala performance at the Nationals and now we have our ticket. I have always wanted a sash and what a time to win one!  But my biggest thanks has to go to my horse of a life time Ben.

“He truly means the whole world to me, I would not be where I am without learning alongside such a great horse!”

Continuing the success story was Mount St John rider, 21-year-old Lucinda Elliott who captured the Elementary Regional Championship at Bishop Burton on Mount St John Diva Dannebrog with 71.8%.

Diva had two foals herself before she was restarted under saddle aged six and after a full year back in training she was on winning form.

Further wins for the Mount St John team continued at Myerscough for the North West Regional Championships.

Riding Mount St John Top Secret, Lucinda secured another Elementary qualification with the highest score of the day, 72.5% to beat 40 other combinations.

It was then the turn of Mount St John Daytona, to add to the tally when heading the Novice Regional Championship on 74.17%.

Daytona was lightly competed in 2016 and this year she will contest five-year-old and Novice classes.

 

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Scurrying to Success with Suited and Booted

From an early age horse lover Karen Morris was determined to become a successful show jumper.

However, serious injury prevented her dreams from coming true but thanks to her dedication and courage to succeed this led her to take up the sport of scurry driving instead.

Having had a few successes before 2015, Karen wanted to do her utmost to improve their results and have the ponies in the very best shape, and with that in mind she decided to put five of her scurry ponies on TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer.

Karen quickly saw a difference in their stamina and soon after, a pair of her ponies, ‘Suited and Booted’ won the British National Scurry Driving Championships and the Scurry Driving Association Grand Points league. At 16 and 18-year-old, this was the first year they had won the double and Karen believed it was down to their new feed regime.

Said Karen: “Since using TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer the ponies have been amazing.

“They’ve had a lot more stamina and their times in the competitions have really improved. They were the most consistent scurry ponies of the year, clocking up seven wins, three second places and four Championships, including The Great Yorkshire Show and three Reserve Championships.”

Karen went on to explain how the other ponies she fed the feed balancer to also had a fantastic response to the food, and had more places than ever before.

Seeing the fantastic results in 2015 made Karen determined to continue with TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer for the following season and once again, she reaped the rewards.

‘Suited and Booted’ became National Champions and Points Champions for the second consecutive year. This was a huge achievement considering their ages.

The success was even greater for Karen when she got Reserve Champion with ‘Chalk and Cheese’.

Karen was so pleased with the feed regime that she continues with it and now also uses TopSpec UlsaKind Cubes alongside Comprehensive Feed Balancer.

Said Karen: “I always use TopSpec now following the fantastic results I have seen. I am so grateful for the enhanced performance this has given my ponies and the enormous health boosts they have benefited from using it.”

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