Ann-Catrin Bierlein Wins £3,000 European Sponsorship from TopSpec

Following a European search and with hundreds of entries to choose from the winner of the TopSpec sponsorship is event rider Ann-Catrin Bierlein.

Based in Warendorf known as the city of horses in Germany, 17-year-old Ann-Catrin is part of the U18 National Squad for 2019 and so far has competed up to CCI* level.

2018 was a successful year for Ann-Catrin, winning the CIC* in Langenhagen, Germany, finishing second with the German Team in the Junior Nations Cup in Waregem, Belgium and coming third in the CCI* at Strzegom, Poland.

Based on a yard with her mother, Ann Catrin said: “My father died in 2014, and so my mother is a single parent, managing everything by herself.

“I am super happy about winning the TopSpec sponsorship as it will help with the costs of running the horses.”

Ann-Catrin currently has five rides, ranging from four-year-olds to 12-year-olds.

“Each one of my horses is unique and special in their own way, that is why I would love to feed and try different products to find out which TopSpec feed suits which horse,” she said.

After finishing her A-Levels in Spring 2019, Ann-Catrin has plans to spend some time training with well-known coach Chris Bartle.

Ann-Catrin’s national coach and idol is Julia Krajewski a fellow TopSpec ambassador, Ann-Catrin said: “I absolutely believe in the quality and like Julia, I only want the best for my sports partners.”

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “Thank-you to everyone who took the time to enter our European sponsorship competition. We have had some brilliant entries which made choosing a winner very difficult.

“Ann-Catrin thoroughly deserves to be our winner and we can’t wait to see what this year brings for her.”

Ann-Catrin will receive the £3,000 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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25% OFF TopSpec Supplements and Additives


Throughout February and March there is 25% off all TopSpec supplements and additives at participating retailers throughout February and March.

TopSpec All-In-One is a multi-supplement containing optimum levels of all the commonly-needed supplements expertly balanced into one product. It is designed for all horses and ponies, whether competing, in light work or breeding.

TopSpec Calmer is designed to be fed to horses and ponies with anxious behaviour, particularly those that cannot cope with stressful situations such as travelling and competing.

TopSpec Healthy Hoof is a palatable, caramel flavoured additive to be mixed into feed daily. It will improve the quality of most horses’ hooves over a 9-12 month period.

TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support is designed to help support joints subject to excess trauma and/or repeated wear and tear. It is particularly suitable for horses working hard and elderly horses.

TopSpec Digestive Aid is an ‘Additive’ that can be added to any horse feed to help maintain a healthy appetite and digestive system.

TopSpec Electrolytes are designed to be used to compensate for electrolyte loss after heavy sweating.

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Rocket Wins the Face of TopSpec 2019

After a nationwide search 19-year-old Rocket owned by Hilary Bowerman and ridden by 12-year-old Holly Marsh from Leicestershire has been chosen as The Face of TopSpec 2019.

Their prizes include £500 worth of TopSpec feed, nutritional support and advice, a professional photo-shoot and framed print, and a top of the range Horseware rug.

Holly first set eyes on the 14.1hh, skewbald Cob x Arab gelding, Rocket in 2015 when she was just nine-years-old and has since had him on loan from Hilary who regularly supports the duo at competitions.

They regularly compete at one day events, with Holly and Rocket progressing from 80cm to 90cm level, and represent the Atherstone and District Riding Club, and Atherstone Pony Club at qualifier and championship competitions.

“Rocket is a super pony and always tries his best, he is always chosen to be on the teams and you can guarantee that he will always achieve a double clear,” said Holly.

The pair has competed at and represented the Pony Club and Riding Club at numerous events at international horse trials including Rockingham, Osberton, Blenheim and Chatsworth which they thoroughly enjoy.

Rocket and Holly won the Eventer Challenge Team Event at Blenheim Palace last year and were the only team to finish on a zero score, an amazing achievement at such a young age. Holly was the chosen junior team member whilst the others were all senior members.

Rocket has been fed on TopSpec for around three years. Said Holly: “I am very confident in the TopSpec feed range, if we have any concerns about his feeding programme I will call a TopSpec nutritionist who always gives me the best advice.”

He is fed on TopSpec Senior Lite Feed Balancer, TopSpec Performance Cubes and TopChop Alfalfa and looks in fantastic condition.

He also has TopSpec Electrolytes in the summer and TopSpec Turbo Flakes when competing in the cross-country phase to help with fast releasing energy.

Rocket is coming up to his twentieth year, is still out competing and winning, and certainly doesn’t look his age.

Added Holly: “When I tell people how old he is, they usually don’t believe me.

“I think Rocket deserves to be the Face of TopSpec as his accomplishments throughout his lifetime are amazing. Rocket always looks after me and I can trust him to keep me safe, I have such a special bond with him. He is a pony of a lifetime.”


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TopSpec Support Leading German Event Rider

LEADING German event rider, Julia Krajewski, has had a phenomenal year with wins at the recent Military Boekelo CCIO3* as well as the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials and Luhmuhlen CIC***

And to add to the celebrations Julia has joined the team of TopSpec sponsored riders.

The North Yorkshire-based business has built excellent distribution for their range of feed balancers and other innovative horse feeds throughout Europe in recent years and continues to grow overseas.  Julia is the latest rider based in Europe to join team TopSpec.

Riding Samourai du Thot, Julia won Boekelo on her dressage score after a fantastic double clear cross-country and show jumping.

In the summer Julia and her ride Chipmunk FRH were also the run-away winners of the showcase Equi-Trek CCI3*, at Bramham International by a near ten point margin.  The duo were a class act throughout the week having travelled from their base near Warendorf in Germany.

Said Julia: “I am delighted to have secured sponsorship from TopSpec and am very much looking forward to promoting the brand throughout Europe.”

Added Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “We are very pleased that Julia has joined our sponsored rider team, she is very talented and also understands how horses should be fed and the results correct feeding can lead to.”

Julia currently has three top horses to compete including her Bramham winner, the 10-year-old Chipmunk FRH, Samourai du Thot and Amande de B’Neville.  Julia followed up her Bramham success just days later with another magnificent win in the CIC*** at Luhmuhlen in Germany on Samourai du Thot.

The 29-year-old was a member of the silver medal winning German team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and as well as riding and competing at top-level she is also much in demand as a trainer.

Julia is currently the National Coach for the Junior Eventing Team in Germany and is herself a former team member at Pony, Junior and Young Rider level before securing her place on Senior Teams.

Added Julia: “I hope to compete in the UK as much as work and training allows, the events are superb and it will be good to support TopSpec on those visits.”


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Charlotte Secures TopSpec Medium Gold Championship for Second Year Running

Charlotte Dujardin won the TopSpec Medium Gold for a second year running at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships.

With two titles already under her belt from earlier in the week Charlotte rode her own and Carl Hester’s Hawtins San Floriana, to score a fantastic 78.45% for first.

Said Charlotte: “I did the six-year-old test first today and she was very hot, a bit lit up with all the atmosphere! I worked her a bit more for the medium and if anything I did a bit too much. It was a good test but a little under-powered. She’s six-years-old doing only her third or fourth medium so again for a six-year-old to come here and do it all in this atmosphere – which is quite difficult – is amazing.”

“Hawtins San Floriana is probably right at the top, she’s really special to ride. She’s so smooth through her body, everything moves, everything is so elastic and loose. It’s all so easy to her and she makes you smile every time you ride her.”

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “The Medium Gold saw one future star after another enter the arena it really was a delight to watch and see so many talented horses and riders.”

Michael Eilberg and Mount St John Valencia, took second in what was a very hot competition.

Said Michael: “It was a very competitive class, but then, I think all the classes here are quite competitive, in all the levels – it’s really good news for the sport.

“In the TopSpec Medium Gold Charlotte and I were a little bit out there with those two. The horse I rode in there today, Mount St John Valencia, she’s a real special one. She gives you a great feeling and she’s such a fun horse to ride. She’s a little bit sensitive, you have to ride her with a bit of feel and it’s taken a little while to gain the partnership and confidence.”


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Nathalie Secures TopSpec Medium Silver at British Dressage National Championships

Nathalie Wahlund and Oldencraig Echo O captured the TopSpec Medium Silver at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships after a stunning performance.

The pair won in convincing style on what was a Championship debut for Nathalie riding Oldencraig Echo O to head the class with a score of 70.83%.

Said Nathalie: “Looking to the future, I would like to start PSG this year, then maybe next year do some Premier Leagues.

“I’m so happy and it was so much fun.  It is a first British Dressage National’s for me and Echo so I’m super happy!

“He was maybe a bit tense to begin with just before he went in, but once inside the arena he grew in confidence. He was just really good and there were no mistakes – it was a clear round and the trot work felt fantastic.”

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “The Medium Silver was a great competition and Nathalie’s test was a very worthy winner.”

Nine-year-old Oldencraig Echo O is a Dutch gelding owned by Penny Brinsley, and Nathalie (21) has ridden him for the past 18 months.

Originally from Sweden Nathalie works as a rider at Oldencraig Equestrian in Surrey where she trains with British Olympian Vicky Thompson-Winfield and is gaining much competition experience aboard the centre’s horses.

Added Nathalie: “Vicky is a great trainer and I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without her.

“Echo loves to work and he can go on forever. He’s a real worker and is a very sweet horse. We put a lot of work in so it’s very satisfying to get this reward.”


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BRC TopSpec Dressage to Music Championships a Resounding Success

The 2018 BRC TopSpec Dressage to Music Championships took place at Bury Farm Equestrian Village with competitors travelling from all over the country to take part.

The BRC team were delighted to welcome TopSpec back to the championships which grows year-on-year.

More than 200 riders took part in the recent championships and the addition of an elementary level Pairs Dressage to Music Championship added to the occasion.

BRC also introduced a number of direct entry classes, including a Retrained Racehorse (ROR) prelim / novice Pick a Test class.

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “We were delighted to sponsor the Dressage to Music Championships, it was a fantastic few days and to see and speak to so many people, passionate about their horses and ponies wellbeing was great.

“The level of competition was brilliant and it was just a wonderful championship.”

The first winner of the weekend competing in the BRC TopSpec Medium / Advanced Medium ‘Pick A Test’ Dressage to Music Championship was Megan Rees riding Thorneyside Tornado from Berkshire County RC, in Area 6. Megan rode an extremely expressive Medium level test on her lovely 14hh, chestnut, Welsh Sec C, gelding, just piping Tessa Seed, on the artistic merit score, with 71.42%.

Tricia Smith riding Helios from Wokingham & Bearwood RC, also in Area 6 lifted the BRC TopSpec Elementary Dressage to Music Championship. Scoring over 74%, and going one better than her second place in this class last year, with a fabulous, flowing test, which really complemented her stunning chestnut gelding.

The new BRC TopSpec Pairs Dressage to Music Championship went to young riders, Kitty Ashpole riding Ruby Fire Fox and Samantha Wuidart riding Lince FS from Shillington RC, in Area 7, with a score of 68.40%. This class was introduced to give riders competing at the higher levels more scope, involving a greater degree of difficulty in the required movements.

Sarah Beveridge riding Sir Archibald from Solent RC, in Area 17 was thrilled to win the BRC TopSpec Novice with Points Dressage to Music Championship, Sarah and her stunning, piebald gelding, Sir Archibald scored 74.44, with a superb, exuberant test.

The BRC TopSpec Novice Pairs Dressage to Music Championship was won once again by riders representing South Durham Saddle Club, Helen Williams riding Secretly Unique and Caroline Tough Trevoulter Silver Replica from Area 2. With western themed music they produced another polished routine. Making for an impressive season, following their win together in the pairs dressage class at the National Championships in Lincoln at the start of the month.

Marion Powell won the BRC TopSpec Novice 0 Points Dressage to Music Championship riding her striking black, homebred, gelding Mister Tobias from Golden Valley RC in Area 15 with a score of 72.22%. Marion was so pleased with this win, having also won the Veteran Rider 1 Pick a Test Class on the Saturday.

The first of the two junior championship classes, the BRC TopSpec Junior Prelim Dressage to Music Championship, was won by Maddy McIntosh riding Alvediston Dafydd Ddu (Dave) from West Oxfordshire RC, in Area 18, with a score of 72.92%. Maddy has owned Dave, a 15.2hh, black, Welsh Sec D gelding for three years. They rode an accurate well choreographed test to narrowly win this class.

Eleven year-old Myles Graham riding a new pony Harnells Erasmus (Nelly) from Swindon & District RC in Area 9 sealed the BRC TopSpec Junior Novice Dressage to Music Championship, with the highest score of the weekend, 80.14%. Miles won this class last year on his other pony Jinks, but he is forming a wonderful new partnership with Caron Robert’s Nelly a beautiful dun, eight year old 14hh, Connemara mare.

We would also like to thank all our Volunteers who helped to make these championships such a great success.

Full results can be found on the BRC website. With pictures posted on the BRC Facebook page.


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Lottie Fry and Dark Legend Make Dressage History

YOUNG dressage rider Lottie Fry made history when taking the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music at this year’s U25s European Championships in the Netherlands.

Riding her superstar dancing partner Dark Legend that she co-owns with trainer Anne Van Olst, Lottie’s 10-year-old performed an energetic freestyle to secure the gold medal.

The superbly talented TopSpec sponsored rider scored 82.14%, to leave the pair with three per cent in front of their nearest rival Germany’s Jill-Marielle Becks with Damon’s Satellite.

The two riders were locked in battle at this event, each winning a test in the run up to the championship but Charlotte and Dark Legend capitalized on their late draw to blow the competition away.

Said Lottie: “Dark Legend looks and feels amazing, the TopSpec feed has made a big difference to him, and most importantly he absolutely loves it!”

Dark Legend’s feed regime includes TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer, TopChop Sport and TopSpec Performance Cubes.

Lottie and Dark Legend’s test saw them earn no less than 17 nines from the judges panel with all five ranking her unanimously in first place.

A maximum number of three British riders came forward to contest the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music, with Ryan Todd, also sponsored by TopSpec and Rebecca Edwards enjoying an exciting final test.

Ryan Todd and his mother Julie’s Charlex Eskebjerg also produced a brilliant test to score 70.79% in their second U25s Championship together. Ryan and Charlie placed 14th to finish their time in the under 25s category in style.


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PJ Casey Wins Supreme Hunter Championship at Dublin for the First Time

Supported by TopSpec, the prestigious Hunter Championships at the Royal Dublin Horse Show brought together the very best light, middle and heavyweight hunters to vie for the major honours over the show.

Winning the Supreme Championship was the culmination of a day of outstanding results for showman, PJ Casey.

PJ captured the Middleweight Hunter five-year -ld class on Kingston Pique and Heavyweight four-year-old class riding Greenhall Will i Am before going on to ride Somerville the lovely four-year-old lightweight, bay gelding to take the overall honours. Somerville gave the judges a great ride, defying his years and looked like he could gallop all day.

The Reserve Champion Ridden Hunter went to First Rate, ridden by Louise Lyons and owned by Paulette Cooper. Proving his versatility First Rate won the Working Hunter Championship as well.

Held in the main arena, the Hunter classes were first introduced in 1868 and have a very long history and tradition with the event, demonstrating the best examples of the famed Irish Hunter.

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “We were delighted to once again sponsor the hunter classes at Dublin Horse Show for a fifth year running.

“The show at Dublin is very special and the atmosphere was fantastic.

“It is great that so many horses and ponies enjoying outstanding results at Dublin are fed on TopSpec including both the Supreme and Reserve Champion Ridden Hunter.”

Before taking the Supreme honours, Somerville took first place in the four-year-old Lightweight Hunter going on to win the four-year-old championship and received much praise from PJ.

“Taking the Supreme Hunter Championship at Dublin with Somerville was an incredible moment.  For a four-year-old he just keeps getting better and better, he’s going to have a very successful career,” he said.

First Rate had originally headed the five to eight-year-old Lightweight Hunter section on his way to taking the Reserve Championship and the liver chestnut gelding has also been on great form on UK soil this season with Louise, also well known in the world of eventing.

Louise also took the Middleweight Hunter Championship on Dartans Blockbuster to round off a successful show.


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Benbreac of Croila and Matt Cooper Take Supreme Pony Championship

Melanie Stanford’s Benbreac of Croila, ridden by Matt Cooper took home the De La Hey Family Supreme Pony Championships at the Royal International Horse Show after a superb performance.

The difficult task of sorting the champions into a final line-up was down to Badminton Horse Trials winner Nicky Coe, Andrew Charley owner of Townfields Saddlery and former show producer Jane Crofts.

There was a tie of scores between the BSPS Heritage Mountain & Moorland Champion and the Leeman Family BSPS Supreme Show Pony Champion, both finishing on 25 points which resulted in a ride off between the two.

They both worked hard for the judges’ attention as they competed together at the same time, but it was the stunning Highland Pony that took the top award with reserve going to Isabella Whittle and Moluccas Bengal Beauty.

The 11-year-old Benbreac of Croila, looked in fantastic condition with his TopSpec feed regime of TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer, TopChop Lite and TopSpec Joint Support helping to keep him in peak fitness.  The attractive grey gives Matt an athletic ride and his gallop wowed all the judges and turned spectator’s heads.

With the weather being so extreme at Hickstead, Melanie added TopSpec Electrolytes to his diet to help replace his body salts due to the heavy sweating early on in the week.

Having bought him unhandled straight from the hillside in Scotland he really is a once in a lifetime pony and I enjoy every moment with him,” said Melanie.

A working stallion, Breac is by Ulleam of Croila out of the mare Shelagh of Croila and has an incredible showing career.

Some of his fantastic achievements include the Supreme Heritage BSPS Summer Championships, Supreme BSPS Heritage Show, HOYS 2014 to 2017, Olympia Best of Breed 2015, Best of Breed & Reserve Champion overall 2016.

He has also taken many in-hand championships including, Royal Highland, Royal Norfolk, Royal Cornwall, Great Yorkshire, Cheshire County, Stoneleigh, South of England, East of England, Supreme Southern Highland Pony Show and the Scottish Horse Show.   At Royal Windsor two years running, 2013 and 2014, Breac took the Mountain & Moorland Supreme In Hand title.

“He’s had an incredible in-hand career and now he’s having an incredible ridden career too. He’s a working stallion and his offspring are now starting to show with great results. He’s like a Thoroughbred in a Highland’s body” said Gemma, Melanie’s daughter.


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