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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Success for local rider Nicola Wilson at Bramham

Nicola Wilson - BramhamTopSpec sponsored event rider, Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover rode to victory in The British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* securing Nicola’s first Bramham victory.

The Yorkshire based rider was lying in second place after the dressage phase, but it all came down to Ian Stark’s cross country test to determine the final result.

Nicola has formed a great partnership with Annie Clover riding her since she was a four-year-old. The now-11-year-old mare, owned by her parents Mary and Barry Tweddle, made light of Ian’s course having four star and championship experience to finish clear inside the time to secure first place and the £2000 prize fund.

Said Nicola: “To win here at Bramham is really a dream come true. It’s something I’ve struggled to do but it’s nice to finally do it for us all! It has been a fantastic week and to have both horses finish on their dressage scores is really special. I have a lovely string of horses and the future is really exciting – I couldn’t be happier!”

Annie Clover is fed on TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer and TopSpec Performance Cubes to help her stay in top condition throughout the competition season.

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TopSpec Win Prestigious Business Award

Harrogate Advertiser AwardsAt a star studded event in Harrogate, TopSpec, well known for their range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feeds, won the Best Rural Business category at the Harrogate Advertiser Business Awards.

The 10th anniversary celebration of the awards was held at the Majestic Hotel and brought together leading businesses throughout the Yorkshire region.

The gala evening attracted a large audience all keen to celebrate the region’s best businesses and business people. Guests were treated to a fantastic dinner before the awards ceremony began and this was followed by the presentation of 13 prestigious awards including the Best Rural Business section, sponsored this year by the Yorkshire Agricultural Company.

Pickhill-based TopSpec held off stiff competition to secure the prestigious prize, much to the delight of everyone in this forward thinking team.

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “We are delighted to win the Best Rural Business award and would like to thank all the team at TopSpec for all their hard work and commitment over the years.

Harrogate Advertiser Awards - all winners“We try very much to work with the local community and alongside regional suppliers while also employing people based in the area to work at head office .

“We would also like to thank all those who contribute to the success of TopSpec, including customers who spread the word about the effectiveness of our products.”

In choosing a winner, the judges were looking for a business that makes a positive contribution to the rural community and economy.

They were seeking a company that had remained resilient through the recession and has strong marketing skills behind them to progress successfully in the future.

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TopSpec to Sponsor Eventing Ireland Amateur League

EventingTopSpec – well known for their range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feeds – is to sponsor Eventing Ireland’s Amateur League this season.

The amateurs have three classes to compete in at events including EI90A, EI100A and CNC1*A.

To fall into amateur qualification, competitors must be at least 18-years-old and currently not use equestrianism as a form of income.

Said Alison Packman of Eventing Ireland: “The series is a fantastic opportunity for true grassroots riders, who usually only have one horse to compete a few times a month.   We are delighted to have TopSpec on board as sponsor of this great series.”

Added Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “Supporting Eventing Ireland’s Amateur League is a very exciting new sponsorship for the brand.  Our range is going from strength to strength across the country and we are looking forward to a fantastic season.”

Amateur members make up around 10 per cent of the total Eventing Ireland competitors and the league is a fantastic way for them to access great venues and courses while competing alongside like-minded riders.


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TopSpec UlsaKind Cubes Win BETA International Innovation Award

BETA International 2015 Innovation Awards Winner LogoTopSpec UlsaKind cubes, the newest addition to the North Yorkshire-based company’s portfolio of horse feeds captured a prestigious Innovation Award at this year’s BETA International.

Winner of the Feed & Supplements category the judges who included Sara Blackshaw, equine category manager of Countrywide Farmers, Alex Colquhoun, chairman of British Eventing’s Young Rider Selection Committee, John Sommerville, a partner in the North Yorkshire veterinary practice Rae Bean & Son, and Sophie Webster, a show rider and producer said: “Extensive research has gone into this well-produced product, which is nicely priced and in appealing packaging with labelling clearly listing the ingredients.”

Nicola Tyler of TopSpec said: “We are delighted to receive the award.  Since the launch of TopSpec UlsaKind cubes the feedback has been fantastic and we definitely have a rapidly growing number of horses and ponies fed on the cubes and seeing a huge difference in their wellbeing.”

UlsaKindTopSpec UlsaKind cubes are formulated to be highly sympathetic to the equine digestive system, even when it is compromised by extreme acidity.

The formula is very low in starch (UltraLowStarchAnalysis) and sugar and high in fibre but still has a conditioning index of 12MJ/kg making these cubes both ‘Non-Heating’ and conditioning.

TopSpec UlsaKind Cubes are ideal in those circumstances where the internal surface of the stomach has been eroded, because they contain very high levels of β-glucans which form a gel and coat the stomach lining with a protective film. The gel-like stomach contents are less likely to splash the upper squamous epithelium in the stomach.

TopSpec UlsaKind cubes are also highly suitable for any horses or ponies requiring a low-starch/high-fibre diet for other reasons e.g. Those prone to, being treated for or recovering from laminitis, those that are ‘fizzy’ on high- starch feeds, those susceptible to muscle dysfunction when on high-starch feeds, those needing support for correct limb development, those intolerant to high-starch feeds for other reasons.

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New BSPS Summer Championship Show Sponsorship for TopSpec

ONE of the highlights of the summer showing calendar – The BSPS Summer Championship Show is always massively popular. It is held at Arena UK, near Grantham – August 26 to 29th.

TopSpec, well known for its’ range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feeds, is the new sponsor of the Indoor Arena, the home to so many championship classes at this prestigious event.

Now known as the TopSpec Arena, the fantastically presented ring is the highlight for many competitors working their way through to the championship finals over the four days.

Said Nicola Tyler of TopSpec: “The indoor ring at Arena UK looks magical during the evening performances and we are happy to support the BSPS, childhood home of some of our most successful adult riders”

Added Karen Ward of BSPS: “TopSpec has supported the BSPS Summer Championship Show for many years so to now have them as sponsor of the TopSpec Arena is fantastic.”

This year’s show also hosts an International Team Competition, which happens once in every 12 to 14 years, so there will be additional competitions on Tuesday, August 25th.

The show jumping and final championship will be held in the TopSpec Arena during the evening.

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TopSpec Support Equifest 2015 Championship Arena

EquifestALWAYS a huge draw for competitors and spectators alike this year’s Equifest is set to be a fantastic five days.

Don’t forget 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.

TopSpec is also once again sponsoring the main Indoor Championship TopSpec Arena – always a hit especially during the prestigious evening performances.

With its electric atmosphere, huge cheers and continual celebrations throughout the show, the TopSpec Championship Arena is certainly the place to be.

Said Nicola Tyler of TopSpec: “Equifest is a great success story and we are delighted to be sponsoring the Indoor Championship Arena over the five days.

“The organising team always put on a very well run show and we are very pleased to be supporting what has become the largest show in the country.”

Equifest takes place at the East of England Showground, Peterborough from August 12 to 16.

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Pumpkin’s in Fine Form this Spring

Pokeys Bally Milo and KatyaWITH his glossy coat and extra muscle tone and condition, Pokeys Bally Milo is all set and ready for the season ahead.

But just a few months ago it was a very different story for the handsome bay gelding Pumpkin, as he is known at home

Now 13-years-old, Pumpkin was prone to losing condition, struggled with muscle tone and generally gave the impression he was not not enjoying life.

Having met TopSpec Equine Advisor, Nic Read, at her local feed merchants, owner Katya Visser decided to change his diet to include TopSpec UlsaKind Cubes and he has never looked back.

Together with the help of her trainer Jane Whitton, Katya has put in many hours of work to transform Pumpkin from a sorry looking state to a picture of health with a spring to his step.

Said Katya: “This is for certain the best Pumpkin has looked in years, as he is at last gaining condition and muscle tone whilst also having a great shine to him.

“As a young horse he was very successful winning a lot of young event horse classes and rapidly rising up the ranks in the world of dressage.

“Unfortunately he had a bad fall going cross-country and it was after this that he went downhill, losing a lot of weight, becoming covered in sarcoids and showing obvious signs he had ulcers.

“Just getting near him was difficult and grooming him was almost impossible with the result that he was turned away in a field in the hope he would feel happier and start to recover.

“I was very fortunate to be gifted Pumpkin in the hope I could do something to help his condition and general wellbeing.

“It has been a slow process but the handling has improved enormously and once that started to progress I was keen to see if we could get more condition and topline on him.

“Thanks to the UlsaKind Cubes we saw some improvement in just a week and have now added TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer to his daily feed regime.

“I am so pleased with the results and am now planning to compete him in 1.15m classes now that he looks so well and is back on form, enjoying life to the full.”

TopSpec UlsaKind cubes recently won the BETA International Innovation Award for the best new feed or supplement on the British market.

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Oscar’s Certainly a Flyer!

John Grossick PAIDLIFE wasn’t exactly flying for racehorse Oscar Flyer when he ended up at a Devon abattoir but fortune favoured the handsome bay who was thankfully bought in the nick of time.

And the faith shown by the Welton family recently paid dividend when he won on his first outing with them at South Durham Hunt Farmers Point to Point at Mordon.

Now eight-years-old Oscar had a tendon injury which put paid to his training at his previous yard and he was destined to be sold at Exeter Horse Sales some 18 months ago.

It is definitely a family affair with Oscar Flyer trained by Carolyn Woods, ridden by her partner Sam Welton and owned by his parents Val and Keith.

The dream success couldn’t have come at a better time with Carolyn also due to give birth and many around her were cautious of the celebrations getting too exciting after the win.

Said Carolyn: “Oscar was taken to the sales but failed to sell so we approached the abattoir owner to see if we could buy him.  He wanted a home for him rather than him going for meat as he is such a lovely horse in his prime so the deal was done.

“He cost £280 and we are so pleased his first race was us was a winning one,” added the North Yorkshire-based trainer.

“When we first bought him he went on box rest for two months before having a year turned away.  He has come back in great shape and his legs are now strong and healthy.

“It was only a maiden race but it was so fantastic for everyone.  Not only are his legs tough and strong he also looks in fantastic race fitness with TopSpec Racing Feed Balancer and TopSpec Turbo forming his daily feed regime.

“Bringing a racehorse back from injury and turning them into a winner is a fantastic feeling – it couldn’t be better,” added Carolyn.

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