Jayne Turney and Cruz lll Victorious in the TopSpec Medium Restricted at National Dressage Championships

Jayne TurneyCharlotte Dujardin’s stunning six-year-old pony, Cruz III stormed to victory in the TopSpec Medium Restricted at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships ridden by Jayne Turney (33).

This future superstar pony performed an impressive test to score 72.22%, fending off competition from his larger rivals, whilst Charlotte watched on from the ringside. Jayne, from Gawcott in Buckinghamshire and the diminutive power house, Cruz III claimed the competition by over two percent, much to her delight. Jayne beamed: “This is a dream come true for me, I really cannot believe it!”

Cruz has a 100% hit rate at these championships having won the Novice Open last year when ridden by Phoebe Peters.

Jayne was offered ‘Tom’ as a project by his owner and Jayne’s long-time friend, Charlotte and has carefully produced him ever since. “I got a phone call out of the blue from Charlotte saying ‘I’ve got a challenge for you’ and would I be interested,” explained Jayne. “And he’s been an amazing project – he’s brilliant! He’s hot, wants to do the job, is confident and brave, and is very bright – you can almost see his brain working!”

Tom, a flashy chestnut by former British team pony, Caesar 171, is stabled on Jo Jenkin’s yard just outside Buckingham. Jo plays an invaluable part in Jayne’s support team, along with Charlotte and Ian Cast. Jayne’s friendship with the pair began when they worked for Judy Harvey – ‘before they were famous!’ They are still very much a strong team. “Ian helps me a lot and is always on the end of the phone, and I train with Charlotte whenever I can,” Jayne said.

Like all good riders, Jayne is her own biggest critic and was quick to pick up on areas for further improvement: “I do get nervous and I do have high expectations of myself, but I’m learning to use that in a positive way,” she said.

In second place was Lewis Carrier and Diego V who put in a competitive performance to receive just a whisker below the 70% barrier, with 69.92%.

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Charlotte and Freestyle Claim the TopSpec Medium Open for Mount St John

Charlotte DujardinSuccess for the Mount St John Stud continued on the third day of competition at the Le Mieux National Championships when Charlotte Dujardin masterfully guided Mount St John Freestyle to an emphatic win in the TopSpec Medium Open.

This relatively new pairing have undoubtedly formed a fantastic partnership and produced a faultless and hugely impressive test which was justly rewarded with a brilliant score of 77.86%.

Charlotte was delighted with the result, commenting: “I was really happy with my performance today. Freestyle is a new ride for me, I’ve had her from the beginning of the year and this is only her fourth Medium test ever. I was happy with the whole test from start to finish!” said a delighted Charlotte.

The combination has been unbeaten since the beginning of their competitive career together at the start of the year. They qualified for the National Championships at Keysoe summer regionals in August with a score of 75.77%, giving them a convincing victory.

Mount St John Freestyle is a six-year-old Fidermark-sired mare with a ‘fantastic temperament’.  Despite finding the atmosphere rather electric whilst schooling the previous day, Freestyle showed her professionalism when it mattered. Charlotte said: “Yesterday she was a little bit hot and then today she was like a pro nothing fazed her. She’s never been in this type of atmosphere but she’s not a spooky horse. I’m really lucky in that sense, if anything, it just makes her lift and get a bit more excited. She’s a really easy horse and a real pleasure to ride.”

In the TopSpec Medium Open National Championship, world number one pony combination Phoebe Peters and SL Lucci were hot on Charlotte’s heals with a fabulous performance to give them 75.86%, more than four percent over third placed Laura Newton and Zebrano. This was a hugely emotional performance for Phoebe as it was her last ever test with the outstanding SL Lucci, as the pony is now for sale. A huge support team turned out to watch this pair and although emotions were running high before the test, Phoebe regained her composure to produce yet another flawless performance and round off her competitive career with Lucci in fine style.

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Minstrel is on Top Form with TopSpec

Anna Chadfield 1st grade 3 at RDA Championships riding_MinstrelGrade III Para Dressage rider, Anna Chadfield and her lovely coloured horse Minstrel have been enjoying great success recently.

At the recent RDA National Championships at Hartpury College, Anna and Minstrel were placed second in the junior section of the grade III class with 63%. In the freestyle they were the best juniors with 68% and to top it off went on to be overall class champion.

A delighted Anna said: “Minstrel was an absolute star; taking it all in his stride and loving all the extra attention. I couldn’t have asked for more of him especially as this is our first major competition.”

Anna is thrilled with the results she has seen since feeding TopSpec and commented: “Minstrel has done very well on TopSpec and it has helped keep him in the best condition possible, especially as he can lose weight very quickly when living in.”

It was a weekend that Anna will never forget and she commented: “I’d like to thank TopSpec for helping us achieve it.”

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Noah Sails to Victory in the New TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup

Noah Brook riding Deo VolenteIII winner of the Corinthian Cup

Nineteen-year-old Noah Brook became the inaugural – and runaway – winner of The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park.

Riding Deo Volente III, a seven-year-old owned by Paul Crompton he stormed to victory around the undulating park land.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself this morning before the show jumping as I was in the lead after the dressage at Chatsworth CIC1* earlier in the year and had two fences down,” said the Huddersfield-based rider, who ironically could have afforded two rolled poles on this occasion, such was his winning margin (of more than 10 penalties).

Noah has just set up on his own having previously worked for showjumper Andrew Saywell and spent two years under the tutelage of renowned trainer and producer Judy Bradwell. He took on Deo Volente III at the end of last season from the horse’s previous rider Piggy French.

“His owners weren’t sure how far he’d go initially, but he keeps getting better and better,” said Noah. “I’m very grateful to them for giving me the opportunity to ride him.”

Runner-up Sarah Chittleburgh partnered possibly the smallest horse ever to gallop across Gatcombe’s hallowed turf. Her mare Sari De Lobelle stands at just 14.1hh, but that didn’t stop her producing a fast, faultless double clear.

“I bought Sari four years ago as a five-year-old thinking that I’d quietly produce her for the pony market while enjoying competing her myself,” explained Sara, 25, who works as an equine osteopath and massage therapist. “She’s got so much scope; she’ll happily go on to intermediate level.”

Of the new National Restricted Novice Championship, Sara added: “To ride alongside the best in the world and feel included – and be part of – the main competition has been such a fantastic experience.”

Cathrine Taylor followed her third place in the BE100 Badminton Grassroots Championship with a third place here aboard Lynn Ferguson’s 12-year-old mare, Lorelei.

“She’s such a fun horse to be around and never has a bad day,” said Cathrine, who is based at Somerford Park Farm in Cheshire.

Captain Mark Phillips’ new cross country course caused relatively few problems among the 63 cross country starters – there were 46 clear rounds but the combination of Gatcombe’s undulating terrain and unique atmosphere ensured there were still a few thrills and spills, especially at the water.

“The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup has been a fantastic competition and one that we are very proud to sponsor,” said Nicola Tyler of TopSpec. “It has been great to watch amateur riders take the stage alongside the seasoned pros and I look forward to seeing some of them returning to The Festival of British Eventing next year.”

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Success for TopSpec Riders at Royal International Horse Show

Michaela Wood and Login Lucky LadThere was a buzz of excitement at this year’s Longines Royal International Horses Show, as the best of the best were out competing.

Susie Eddis and Beat the Boss took the Supreme Pony Champions – a fantastic achievement after jumping an outstanding clear round to win the Supreme Working Hunter Pony title on her way to the prestigious award. Beat the Boss is fed on TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer with TopSpec UlsaKind Cubes and TopSpec Performance Cubes are added when extra energy is required – a combination which has proved to help him fly around these testing tracks.

The opening day saw one of the largest gatherings of coloured horses and ponies for the skewbald and piebald classes. Michaela Wood and the 10-year-old, Login Lucky Lad, won the Skewbald and Piebald Ridden Pony Championships before being presented with the overall Coloured Supreme Champion. Lucky Lad is a good-doer and TopSpec Lite Feed Balancer keeps him looking outstanding.

Robert Walker was on great form with Camilla Neame’s Starry Night in the Maxi-Cob Championship when taking the honours in this very competitive class.

Robert’s son, Sam, proved that it wasn’t just his dad who is king of the ring, Sam and new ride, Rotherwood Royal Flight put in a perfect show to take the BSPS Show Pony 138cms Championship.

Rotherwood Royal Flight had only arrived on the yard a few weeks before the show so top marks to Sam for his super riding. Robert and Sarah feed TopSpec to all the horses and ponies on their yard. Their favorite products include TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer and TopSpec CoolCondition Cubes, which are both ‘Non-Heating’ and formulated without any cereal-grains.

In the Young Riders M&M Championship, Terri Gregson and Walstead Pageboy were the judges pick. Pageboy is a good-doer like many Connemara ponies and it is TopSpec Lite Feed Balancer that goes into his bucket.

Phoebe Thomas and Parkhill Ronaldo, produced by Sophie Curry were top of the line in the 133cm Show Hunter Pony Championship. Ronaldo is another one fed on TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer and TopSpec CoolCondition Cubes, a great combination when you need condition and topline without any fizz!

Katrina Braithwaite and Killderry Rupert were another combination to jump a superb round to win and then stand Working Hunter Supreme Champions. Katrina has also qualified this lovely horse for Horse of the Year Show. Katrina, who always feeds TopSpec and is a real fan of TopSpec products, feeds TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer to Rupert.

In the International arena, 10-year-old showjumper, Hannah Barker and My Little Sweetheart were crowned the winners of the prestigious Winter 128cms Championships.

This was Hannah’s first appearance in the class at the Royal International Horse Show and they proved to be cool and confident with a superb double clear over a very testing and up to height course. As well as TopSpec feeds My Little Sweetheart gets TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support added to her feeds to support her joints.

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Maria is TopSpec Move Up Dressage Champion

Maria Brocklesby- Move upCOTTINGHAM based rider Maria Brocklesby and Dativ XL won the unaffiliated TopSpec Move Up Championship held at Fry’s East Yorkshire.

Sponsored by TopSpec, the Move Up (Novice, Elementary and Medium) series has been running throughout the winter and spring with qualifiers held at Snainton, Bishop Burton and Sheepgate. The aim of the series is to help horse and rider combinations to move up a competition level in line with affiliated dressage rules.

Maria and her seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, also known as Dave, by San Remo qualified for the finals with a number of wins in series through the winter months and took the championship with a score of 71.90%.

Said Maria: “It was a great set up to be able to help riders move up to the next level and still compete at an unaffiliated level.

“Dave has been on good form and I am over the moon with his performances in the TopSpec Move Up series. To win the championship was fantastic and I am really impressed with the TopSpec Joint Feed Balancer we received from the qualifiers.

“Since using the feed during the winter months, Dave is looking fantastic on it and his topline has developed nicely. It has now become part of his daily diet.”

Maria is hoping to step up a level and aim for the Regional qualifiers at Elementary level and the Elementary Freestyle to music.

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Delilah Rose Takes the TopSpec Start Championship

frys champs 010HULL-based dressage rider Jess Markham riding Tory Carr’s homebred mare Delilah Rose put in a cool performance to win the TopSpec Start Championship at Fry’s East Yorkshire.

Sponsored by TopSpec, the Start (Prelim) series has been running throughout the winter and spring with qualifiers held at Snainton, Bishop Burton and Sheepgate and the top 30 horse and rider combinations going through to the Championships at the Driffield venue.

A four-year-old skewbald mare, Delilah Rose was only backed last year and qualified for the series championship in early spring with a cool and confident win at prelim level.

Said Tory: “She is a very special mare, not only is she home-bred and produced but she was also hand-reared from eight-weeks-old after her mother passed away.”

As Tory competes at Medium level she is unable to compete Delilah at a lower unaffiliated level so Jess, who works full time as a Forensic Psychologist took on the ride.

Added Tory: “Jess has put a lot of hard work and training in with Delilah and it has certainly paid off. Jess and I were over the moon with her win, she seems to be taking it all in her stride and seems very cool and calm in the dressage arena.”

Tory hopes to affiliate Delilah later in the year for Jess to start competing her at Novice level.

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Megan Captures TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Championship

Louvaine Rooney and Megan Cookson1Following a nail-biting final, Megan Cookson and Louvaine Rooney captured the prestigious TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Ridden Championship at the North of England Summer Pony Show.

This talented combination are in fine form this season, having landed the intermediate title at Aintree, before going on to win the £1,000 TopSpec Championship at this Lincolnshire venue.

This show seems to be a lucky one for the pair, having claimed the Sporting Sam accolade here two years ago. However, the win this year is all the more special as Rooney underwent surgery in the summer of last year which prevented him from contesting the showing circuit last season.

Said Megan: “I did the same show that landed me the Sporting Sam title two years ago, so I thought why change it? It seemed to do the trick!”

The stunning nine-year-old is a popular figure on the Intermediate Show Hunter/Small Hunter circuit and looked as good as ever to hold off strong competition to take this prestigious TopSpec Pretty Polly title.

Judge Karen Toynton-Ward was full of praise for the pair and also their reserve, the beautiful show pony Rosamel Dark Prince ridden by Emma Parker. “We asked them all to give a performance to wow us and the top two did that brilliantly,” she said,

Megan was delighted with her fabulous mount, saying “there were a lot of really good combinations and it was tough competition, but he went brilliantly and I’m so thrilled to win. He is such a special horse.”

The TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Ridden Championship is for home-produced ponies and showing is very much a family affair for the Cookson’s.

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Randalstown Rolex – Making His Mark on the Cob Scene

Randlestown Rolex, Novice Cob winner at Royal Winsor,_ridden by Robert Walker and owned by Paul MortimerHere we go behind the scenes and find out more about Randalstown Rolex, produced and ridden by TopSpec-sponsored Robert Walker.

Could this eye-catching lightweight be the next superstar cob on Robert Walker’s yard? His results so far certainly show promise for the future and when asked about the stunning black cob, showman Robert has a broad smile on his face.

The six-year-old came to Robert from Sam McAteer in Ireland and is owned by showing supporter Paul Mortimer.

With a plentiful character and bursting with that ‘look at me’ factor, Rolex arrived a week before the 2014 Horse of the Year Show and quickly made his mark on the Cheshire yard.

Having enjoyed much success in the world of showing, the North Lincolnshire-based owner is hoping that Rolex may follow in the success of his previous big-winning cob, Tommy Tucker.

After bringing Rolex over from Ireland, Robert did some initial work with him before he enjoyed a short winter holiday with Paul, then it was all systems go in preparation for the 2015 season.

Like many cobs, Rolex is a good-doer, once back at Robert’s he was put on to a TopSpec feeding regime of Comprehensive Feed Balancer, Cool Condition Cubes and TopChop Alfalfa to give him time to add that bit of extra muscle development to have him ready for the show ring.

Said Robert: “He came back into work in January to be prepared for the show season and is just proving to be a fantastic horse, a real showman and loves the atmosphere of a big occasion.”

With the season underway Rolex’ successes include Champion Cob – BSHA Northern Spring Show, Champion Cob – North of England Spring Show, Champion Cob – Cheshire Premier, Lightweight Cob winner and Reserve Champion – Nottinghamshire Country Show, Novice Cob winner and Reserve Champion – Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Rolex is certainly proving to be a yard favourite, especially with Robert and Sarah’s young daughter, Isabella.

Sarah says: “He is such a poppet and really sweet. He’s so easy in every way, everyone loves him.”

So what does make him so special? Sarah is quick in her response, “It’s got to be his amazing foreleg, which is a fantastic attribute in a cob. His temperament is great and he’s lovely to work with. He’s also got a good step.” Sarah describes the lovely sparkle Rolex has on his face “and he really wants to be a show horse, which always helps.”

Robert clearly holds this horse in high regard, confident that he will fulfill the potential he has already demonstrated.

He’s certainly aptly named – he’s got style and reliability in abundance.

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Horse & Outdoor win TopSpec Laminitis Display Competition

Horse and OutdoorOutdoor and country clothing specialist, Horse & Outdoor were chosen by the public as winners of the latest nationwide Laminitis display competition run by TopSpec, well known for their weight-watching range of horse feeds.

The store, based in Macmerry near Edinburgh, took hours creating one of the largest displays ever created for the outlet, almost completely turning the shop into a mass of yellow and green.

Spending time out of hours decorating and creating the display, the team at Horse & Outdoor made a huge effort to ensure their store display, along with their staff’s knowledge, helped to spread the word about TopSpec AntiLam and feeding horses and ponies prone to and recovering from laminitis.

Said store manager Erin Archibald: “We were delighted to be chosen as one of the top three entries, but then when the public voted for us to win that was fantastic. We spent a lot of time ensuring our display was one of the biggest and the best. We even got our miniature Shetland ponies in store for the photo shoot.

“We stock a lot of the TopSpec range and are big supporters of the fantastic nutrition they provide. We have had great success ourselves, all the staff feed TopSpec and our Shetlands are fed on TopSpec AntiLam.”

The team at Horse & Outdoor have won a fantastic prize package including two tickets to the daytime and evening performances at HOYS where they will lunch with their TopSpec Equine Advisor, Suzi Law.

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “We were delighted with the number of entries and the effort all the stores went to. The Horse & Outdoor team did a fantastic job with their display and it was hugely ‘liked’ by our Facebook followers winning by 120 plus Likes.”

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