Smokin Gun Hits Top Form at British Connemara Pony Society

Bethany Puzio and Smokin Gun were on top form at the British Connemara Pony Society Annual Awards held in Rugby.

Bethany and Gunner won a plethora of awards which totalled seven trophies in all. The highlight being an emphatic win in the National Performance Pony Championship, where they stood champion with over 4,000 points above their nearest rivals.

Within the scheme Bethany and Guner won the Working Hunter Pony trophy, the Horse Trial Trophy, the Versatility Trophy and the ‘Best Newcomer’ Trophy. Bethany, herself, also won the Junior Rider Trophy.

The triumphant combination also picked up the Merleydown Croesus Trophy for the most points gained at the Breed Show during the summer.

Said Bethany: “He is such an amazing pony, he is a true top class all-rounder. And of course such an all-rounder needs the fuel on which to perform and look good all year round – so I would like to say a huge thank you to TopSpec for keeping him in such nutritionally perfect shape!”

 

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TopSpec Support Dressage Series

TOPSPEC – well known for their range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feeds are sponsoring an unaffiliated dressage series at Fry’s East Yorkshire.

Based at Aike Grange Stud near Driffield, Fry’s East Yorkshire is running a Start (Prelim) series and Move Up (Novice/Elementary/Medium) series throughout the winter and spring with qualifiers also held at Snainton, Bishop Burton and Sheepgate.

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “We are delighted to be supporting this unaffiliated series, which provides the ideal opportunity for competitors to get out on the competition circuit without gaining dressage points and having to move up to the next level before they are ready.”

The final will take place at Fry’s East Yorkshire on July 19, 2015 with a host of fantastic prizes on offer.

Point will be awarded for each class at the qualifiers with the top 30 point holders in the Start and Move Up sections invited to the final in each championship.

Qualifiers at Fry’s East Yorkshire take place on December 6, January 10, 31, February 28, March 28, April 21, May 19 and June 23.

For further information visit www.frys.co.uk

 

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He’s A Real Bobby Dazzler

Jill Greaves and her traditional coloured, Bickell Bobby Dazzler, enjoyed success at the Trailblazer Championship Finals at Stoneleigh Park.

On the first day Bobby won the Traditional Coloured Pony class and went on to stand Champion and on the final day they took Reserve Champion.

Said Jill: “I am very proud of him, we have come such a long way and he is coming along nicely.

“Bobby is a traditional coloured Irish x mini shire standing at 13.3hh. At 11-years-old he hasn’t done a great deal with some driving and some stud work.

“Recently over the last 18 months we have been working very hard on riding him at home and re-schooling to help him cope better in different situations. He is a good doer but can be a rather hot, tense pony.

“I went along to the open day at Riseholme Feeds and TopSpec gave me some excellent advice on Bobby’s nutrition. I decided to start feeding TopSpec Lite Feed Balancer with TopChop Lite as he requires very little for condition, and this complements the TopSpec Calmer supplement which we were already feeding.

“I wanted to be sure he was getting the required vitamins and minerals he needed and he has in the past turned his nose up at the other chaffs and chop that are low calorie as they didn’t seem to be very tasty.

“Since we tried TopSpec he licks the bowl clean and he lives up to his name! His coat has improved with a lovely shine and his skin has improved greatly and it really shows in the show ring.”

 

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Monty Proves a Side-Saddle Star

HAVING spent many happy years together, Kate Hardt and her wonderful horse Monty recently embarked on a new adventure together – having a go at hunter trialling side-saddle!

Now 13-years-old, Kate has owned Monty for eight years and competed in a wide range of disciplines.

Over the years Kate has worked hard to keep Monty fit and well and thanks to her desire to keep him in the best of health he is very much enjoying life and took to their hunter trial debut in style.

Said Kate: “Monty has always been a star and I couldn’t ask for more.  Without doubt his TopSpec feed regime has helped to keep him in brilliant condition as it allows me to adjust his diet depending on the time of year.

“Monty can easily put on condition so the flexibility of the feed is great.  He is so important to me I want to make sure he is getting everything in his diet he needs.

“We thought about taking life a bit slower but he looks fantastic and we decided we would give hunter trialling a go while riding side-saddle.

“He was absolutely brilliant and I couldn’t have asked for more.  It was the first time we have competed together for four years and it made all the slow fattening work seem so worthwhile.

“The thrill of the hunter trial was on a par with my wedding day – it was just fantastic and to have a successful day at Eland Lodge near Staffordshire was the icing on the cake.

“Thanks to TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer and TopChop Lite, I can honestly say Monty looks as well as he has ever done.

“Riding Monty side-saddle is just a dream as I never really thought I would compete him again and we would just spend our time hacking out together.”

 

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TopSpec Sponsor The Arab Horse Society Marathon

TopSpec are delighted to announce sponsorship of The Arab Horse Society Marathon on October 25 and 26.

The start and finish is staged at Larkhill Racecourse and the race itself takes place over the wide open expanse of Salisbury Plain.

Billed as a very tough challenge for the horse, Salisbury Plain offer’s excellent going, with much of the course accessible to the public.

The Marathon is open to any breed of horse, not just Arabs, with competitors wanting to experience the test of endurance and courage over an Olympic distance of 26 and a quarter miles.

Said TopSpec Veterinary Nutritionist, Anna Welch: “Veterinary controls at the halfway point ensure that all horses are fit to continue onto the next stage of the ride.

“Riding in this event requires a lot of skill and horses must be at the correct level of fitness in order to achieve winning speeds whilst passing the stringent veterinary checks.  First class nutrition plays a major part in success or failure at all levels of the sport.”

During the day a pleasure ride will take place over 12 miles of the marathon course.

TopSpec are also sponsoring the Best Condition prize with the winner receiving a year’s supply of TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer. The winner will be chosen by the veterinary team.

All entries for the event will receive a TopSpec goody bag and their vet and specialist racing advisor will be on hand during the event to offer advice on feeding and products.

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Naomi and Chloe are Fighting Fit after Accident

Naomi Stevens and her 16.1hh mare Chloe have had a successful time show jumping and have shared a happy life together for just over 10 years.

In October last year both Naomi and her 27-year-old Irish Draught cross Thoroughbred were involved in a nasty accident, where they both fell as Naomi tried to open a gate and Chloe tried to jump it.

As they crashed to the floor Chloe laid there for half an hour, leaving Naomi to think she had lost her horse. With both in shock, Chloe suddenly got up and luckily the fall only resulted in a few cuts.

Chloe behaved perfectly while she received experienced care from everyone involved but unfortunately for the first two weeks of her recovery from the accident she did not do very well.

Said Naomi: “Twelve months later and she is looking incredible, you would never know how awful things were.

“Even after the crash I thought we might lose her, but we are both back in light work and went to our first post-accident show a couple of weeks ago where we won both the in hand and ridden veteran, got two clear rounds and came third in the championship.”

The judges were very flattering about Chloe and how great she was which made Naomi very emotional about how far they had come since their accident.

“I tried TopSpec Senior Lite after we started coming back into work, as I wanted to do everything I could to keep her happy, and she looks and feels amazing, it really has made a massive difference.”

At the moment Naomi and Chloe like to take it easy going on hacks and occasionally attending shows but according to Naomi, her beloved Chloe thrives on work and is definitely not the retiring type, so they plan to take things one step at a time.

“I am so grateful to have her, she’s my best friend and I hope it stays that way for a very long time. Certainly I never take anything for granted anymore and I just enjoy spending all the time I can with her. Everyone who knows her loves her very much,” she added.

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TopSpec Sponsor Young Horse Classes at Balmoral Show

AS part of their growing commitment to support equestrian events throughout Ireland, TopSpec will be supporting the three-year-old classes at next year’s Balmoral Show.

Held in Balmoral Park in Lisburn, the event is held over three days, May 13 to 15 with the three-year-old classes taking place on the first day. It is a hugely popular and successful event for those owners and breeders with potential high class performance youngsters.

The classes are open to three-year-old geldings or fillies, Thoroughbred or non-Thoroughbred in their respective stud book that are likely to make top class competition horses.

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “TopSpec is proud to be supporting the three-year-old classes at Balmoral Show. TopSpec has a growing loyal customer base in Ireland and this is a great way to support breeders and young stock enthusiasts.

“It is lovely to put some support back into the sport and we are looking forward to meeting existing and new clients at the show.”

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Bob is Still Going Strong at 17

Sarah Hammond and her 11-year old daughter Millie enjoy spending time with their pony Bob.

Now 17-years-old, the 13.1hh gelding still loves jumping and does Millie proud, with the two of them being very successful together in both show jumping and dressage competitions.

The family has owned Bob for nearly three years and for the past six months have fed Bob on TopSpec Joint Feed Balancer after they decided he had started to feel his age.

Sarah noticed that he looked particularly stiff on the right rein and was constantly changing legs when jumping.

She carried out lots of research into various different products and supplements that she thought might help Bob’s joints and decided to try TopSpec Joint Feed Balancer as she liked the TopSpec principle of feeding small, nutrient-dense meals.

Bob has been fed TopSpec Joint Feed Balancer now for the last six months and the difference it has made has been fantastic.

“Bob is so much more comfortable, meaning he can really enjoy his jumping and is moving much more freely in his dressage. He just looks brilliant and it is not just us who have noticed the difference, other people comment on how fab he looks too,” said Sarah.

“As well as the difference to his joint mobility, his coat and feet have never looked in better condition.”

Millie, who is a member of the Puckeridge Hunt Pony Club, enjoyed her second camp with Bob this summer and the pair compete in Pony Club area show jumping and dressage as well as doing well in an affiliated Novice Open, this year.

Bob and Millie share a particularly close bond as Bob lives away with Millie during term time at Stonar boarding school, this means that Millie has sole responsibility for all his care, including early mornings mucking out!

“We love the TopSpec Joint Feed Balancer, for giving our special pony a new lease of life and will definitely recommend it to friends,” added Sarah.

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Lara and Rufus Win TopSpec Intermediate ll Championship

A delighted Lara Griffith and the Dr Bechtolsheimer-owned Rubin Al Sad were in winning mode at this year’s LeMieux National Dressage Championships when capturing the prestigious TopSpec Intermediate ll final.

Now 12-years-old and known as Rufus at home, Lara’s broad smile said it all and she was over the moon with his performance; winning the TopSpec championship on 71.95%.

“I can’t get the smile off my face.  I’m so proud of him,” said Lara.

“He’s low-mileage competition-wise having competed at Small Tour just a couple of times last year, and this is only his third ever test at Intermediate ll.

“He’s a little shy in the arena so I have to coax him out but he’s gaining in confidence and is a fantastic talent for the future.

“He was amazing today and very positive.  I am looking forward to moving up to Grand Prix in the spring which is very exciting.”

Lara has ridden Rufus for the last five years but has taken him slowly after he damaged his back muscle when getting cast in the stable.

“He is very special and we didn’t want to rush him so have worked away quietly and I couldn’t be more pleased today,” she added.

Zoe Sleigh and Rhodez took the runner-up spot on 68.16%, with Alex Hardwick and Donauwein claiming third on 67.12%.

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Successful British Dressage National Championships for TopSpec Sponsored Teams

This year’s British Dressage National Championships were a huge success.

TopSpec sponsored Jo Hamilton and Corchapin scored a fantastic 72.22% to take the Medium Open title.

Said Jo: “Thank you TopSpec for everything you have done to make the horses what they are, what goes in certainly comes out in their performance.”

The four-year-old Mount St John Best of All, ridden by Charlotte Dujardin, and owned by Mount St John Stud won the Potential International Dressage Horse four-year-old Championship with a score of 8.30% and Para dressage rider Bert Sheffield and Double Agent won the Grade III section in the KBIS Para Dressage Championship.

 

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