Castle Diceman Takes the Honours

Castle Diceman, the stunning seven-year-old grey, connemara stallion recently added another string to his bow by qualifying for HOYS at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Owned by Alison Grainger for the past four years, Castle Diceman was up against 42 entries at the prestigious Yorkshire event and went forward to the Supreme Mountain&Moorland final.

Said Alison: “It was a very special day, certainly one to tick off my bucket list winning at the Great Yorkshire Show and qualifying for HOYS. It is our proudest achievement.

“When you are an amateur working on your own every day as many of us do, it makes it even more special knowing you can achieve your dreams with hard work, determination and of course a special pony.”

Known as “Dicey” in the stables, Alison bought the fabulous stallion as a three-year-old from breeder Henry O’Toole in Clifden, Country Galway. He is by Glencarrig Knight out of Village Linnet, bred in Ireland.

Dicey has been shown in-hand, under saddle in novice ridden and this year started in open classes. As a three-year-old he was Junior Champion at the famous Connemara Pony Festival in Clifden, Country Galway and as a five-year-old Dicey won his in-hand class and was Reserve Champion at The Royal Highland Show.

He gained two silver medals and two golds in-hand including at the NPS Scotland Blair finals in 2016 and also took the novice ridden final at Blair in 2017. Since progressing to open this year, he has won two silver medals, two championships, collected two reserve supreme M&M titles and qualified for HOYS at his second attempt.

Dicey’s TopSpec feed regime includes TopSpec CoolCondition Cubes which he has been fed on ever since he started his in-hand classes as a three-year-old.

Said Alison: “I had tried various other conditioning feeds but found one that balanced condition without adding too much fizziness in TopSpec CoolCondition Cubes.

“At 143cm I was showing him in-hand and I’m only 5ft 3 tall so really appreciated the factor of the feed not making him fizzy.”

Since feeding Dicey the TopSpec CoolCondition Cubes he has been able to keep condition on all year round.

 

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Lucy and King Creole Head the TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup

Lucy Wheeler and King Creole VD N Ranch kept a clean sheet from pillar to post to win the TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup, a National Restricted Novice Championship at the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing.

This was a first ever visit to The Festival for Lucy, 27, who had never been to spectate, let alone compete.

“It’s been a new experience for both of us, but a real buzz. I thought he’d be spooky in the atmosphere, so he has surprised me,” said Lucy, who is head girl at a point-to-point and hunt yard in East Sussex.

“My horses have to fit in around work, but the summer is generally quieter and my boss, Stuart Robinson, has been very generous, letting me have two weeks off to come here and go on to Hartpury next week for the CCI*.”

The pair produced a consistent dressage test to lie fourth on 27.5, jumped up to second with a clear round in the showjumping and took the win when the two phase leaders, Jethro Thompson and Seapatrick Hint Of Cruise, clocked up a hatful of time penalties.

The eight-year-old King Creole, whose stable name is ‘Bubba’, is owned by Graham Jack, who produced him initially.

Lucy took over the ride in 2016. “He’s quite arrogant and opinionated, but he loves the job,” said Lucy.

Runner-up Morgan Kent only started eventing in April this year. She is more regularly seen on the showjumping circuit and had hot-footed it back from Slovakia, where she finished fourth in a grand prix last week, to compete here on her own eight-year-old mare, Felda.

“I bought her as a foal from an auction in Holland. I’d always thought she’d make a good event horse as she really moves, and this year I thought it was about time I gave it a go,” explained Morgan.

Unsurprisingly, the pair were foot-perfect over the coloured poles and a speedy clear across country saw them complete on their dressage score of 29.5. Third-placed Harriet Ford was delighted to be on the podium with her “horse of a lifetime” According To Archie.

“He injured a tendon two years ago while competing at the South of England. I’d always said that anything he did afterwards would be a bonus,” said Harriet, who led the dressage on a score of 25.5, but lost the top spot when she lowered a show jump.

There were 30 clears from 41 cross-country starters; the most influential fence being the House of Fraser Water (11ab) below the Avening Banks.

Course Designer Captain Mark Phillips, commented: “Since the TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup was introduced to The Festival in 2015 we have seen the best amateur riders take on the unique challenge of riding at Gatcombe Park. This year’s class was a fantastic competition and the winner was thoroughly deserving.”

 

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‘Heniarth Yes Sir’ Wins the TopSpec Pretty Polly Ridden Championship 2018

Judged by Hannah Long and Terry Pattinson, Heniarth Yes Sir owned by Anouska Potter took the TopSpec Pretty Polly Ridden Championship at the North of England Summer Pony Show at Arena UK, Grantham.

The competition drew in 14 finalists of all types and sizes who set a high standard for the class.

Six-year-old, Heniarth Yes Sir a beautiful home produced grey, stood out and proudly took home the championship title. Runner up was awarded to five-year-old Sophie Simonds and the 10-year-old Dartmoor Pumphill Brosnan.

Heniarth Yes Sir was ridden by Anouska’s five-year-old son Aston Potter-Firth and the championship win saw them take home the £1,000 prize to their base in Pickering.

Judges Hannah Long and Terry Pattinson were in agreement the six-year-old grey Welsh Section A and Aston had the winning edge.

Said Anouska: “Heniarth Yes Sir is always so laid back, he is a pleasure to own and work with and is so willing to turn his talented hoof to anything.”

Known as Eddie in the stable, the grey Welsh Section A pony is a successful contender from the Heniarth stud having placed fourth at HOYS last year in the lead rein final.

Heniarth Yes Sir and Aston have recently won and qualified for the Horse of the Year Show for the second year running at the Scottish Horse Show. The star pony also contests first ridden and open classes with Aston’s 12-year-old sister, Anya.

Anouska’s home produced supreme Heniarth Yes Sir is out of Sunwillow Yasmin and sired by Heniarth Mr Milligan. The TopSpec Supreme Pretty Polly Ridden Championship is for home-produced ponies and showing is very much a family affair for the winning team.

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TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup

Now in its fourth year the National Restricted Novice Championship at The Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing will once again be supported by TopSpec.

The North Yorkshire-based company will have a trade stand at the event providing expert nutritional advice, offers and competitions.

In 2017 the title went to Quorn stud groom, Lorna Collins as the runaway winner of The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup at Gatcombe Park.

Riding the six-year-old Blackrock Ricardo, she stormed to victory around the undulating park to land a resounding win.

Said Lorna: “Winning the The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup was a fantastic day.  Competing at championship level at venues such as Gatcombe Park really helps to develop horses and put them in situations where there is a brilliant atmosphere.

“Competing at a major championship like The Festival of British Eventing really brings them on and helps them to deal with the bigger occasion.

“To ride alongside the best in the world and feel included – and be part of – the main competition was a fantastic experience.”

Added Lorna: “I was so pleased with the result he jumped out of his skin in the show jumping and was in fantastic form I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup is a fantastic competition and we are very proud to be supporting again in 2018.

“Gatcombe Park provides a stunning location for the championship and we are looking forward to another brilliant competition this year.”

The TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup is aimed at true amateur riders and will be one of the championship classes taking place August 3 to 5.

 

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TopSpec Extend Their Sponsorship for Another Five Years

As the countdown to Horse of the Years Show’s 70th Anniversary kicks in, it is with great pride that Grandstand Media Ltd welcomes TopSpec as the dedicated sponsor of the TopSpec Arena at HOYS for a further five years. The TopSpec Arena sees hundreds of competitors contest the showing championships throughout the five days, which they have dutifully qualified for, and the crowds in the arena seem to increase year on year. In 2017 we saw the move of the TopSpec Arena to its own dedicated Hall which allowed more space for spectators and creating an atmosphere unto itself.

Katy Mickle of TopSpec said: “We have been delighted to sponsor the TopSpec Arena at HOYS over the last two years and with 2018 being our third year we are very much committed to the show and the support we offer.  The new agreement for a further five years until 2023 demonstrates our strength of feeling for HOYS on both a business and personal level.  The show gets better and better, we have been very pleased with how well the TopSpec brand is promoted at, and in the run up to the event.  This is backed up by how many competitors and visitors come to see the nutritional team on the stand throughout HOYS, to ask questions and find out more about the range we offer and the feeding regimes and plans we would suggest for their horses and ponies.  Without doubt HOYS is the end of season party in the equestrian world and long may it continue.”

Emma Wardell, Event Director for Horse of the Year Show, commented: “We are hugely proud of our long term relationship with TopSpec, which commenced in 2005, and this announcement confirming their continued support of the Showing Arena at HOYS until 2023.  Both Horse of the Year Show and TopSpec are committed to innovation and excellence in the equestrian industry, making this a natural partnership for both companies.  It goes without saying that we look forward to an exciting future with the team at TopSpec and to welcoming many more visitors and competitors to ‘The TopSpec Arena’ at HOYS.”

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Team Walker Season Off to a Flying Start

Cheshire-based showman Robert Walker is well known for finding and producing future stars and the 2018 season looks set to be as busy as ever.

The TopSpec-sponsored rider has five, four-year-old and five, five-year-old hunters to show as well as his well established stars, the Heavyweight, Patrick’s Choice and last year’s HOYS Hunter Champion, Viewpoint.

The season has already got off to a flying start with the Jill Day-owned chestnut, Patrick’s Choice taking the Hunter Championship at Sport Horse North West, while the five-year-old and former Dublin In Hand Champion, Emperor’s Touch won the Lightweight class at his first show.

Paul Mortimer’s Novice Cob, Freddie Kruger was also triumphant in his section to add to the team’s winning ways.

At the Northern Spring Show, Bold Heath, Robert once again took the Hunter Championship, this time on the Lightweight, Pride of Place, for the third year running.

Monbeg Sods Law, captured the Middleweight division before taking the Reserve Champion place.

Said Robert: “Our major aim for the spring is Royal Windsor so the last few weeks we have focused on getting the horses out to shows to see how they settle and where they are at with their training and confidence.

“I am very fortunate to have a great team of youngsters this season, especially with the hunters and across all weight divisions as well as Small Hunter classes.

“Monbeg Sods Law has a lot of presence and fingers crossed he continues to improve throughout the season as there is no doubt he is topclass.

“I also have a Novice Heavyweight Cob, George Stubbs for Camilla Neame and a Large Riding Horse, Ballyshan Contender so there are plenty of rides to keep everyone busy and on their toes.”

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Hulabaloo Wins the Face of TopSpec 2018

After a nationwide search Hulabaloo owned by Kate Massey from Ipplepen in Devon has been chosen as ‘The Face of TopSpec 2018’ in a nationwide competition.

Their prizes include £500 worth of TopSpec feed, a professional photo-shoot and framed print and a top of the range Horseware Turnout Rug.

Ten-year-old Hulabaloo, known in the stable as Blue Bear is a 15.2hh tri-coloured sports horse, bred in the West Country by Wiscombe Challenger and Wiscombe Jenny-Wren.

Kate first set eyes on him four years ago, he was a late starter in life who was very green and only broken as a six-year-old. Kate has very much enjoyed her time developing his education and most importantly always loves being in his company. Over time she has developed a great relationship with him building up a lot of trust.

The new Face of TopSpec has a natural talent for dressage but will turn his hoof to anything. Last summer Hulabaloo proved successful in unaffiliated dressage, ODE’s and county level showing. The duo had great fun at their first ever Riding Club Camp and grew in confidence. He successfully came away with so many ribbons and Kate said: “I would have to thank TopSpec for their incredible products for helping him to look and perform his best.”

Recognising his talent for dressage this winter Kate and Blue Bear decided to join British Dressage and have managed to win their Prelim sections on their last two outings in which the duo have gained a great sense of achievement from.

With the help of their trainer Andrew Lovell, the pair are working towards their first Novice test. Full of motivation they have just joined British Eventing and are planning their first BE80 this season in May at Pontispool.

Hulabaloo is currently fed on TopSpec Lite Feed Balancer, TopChop Alfalfa and TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support.

Said Kate: “Since using TopSpec he looks so well in himself and his coat is always shiny. The TopSpec Lite Balancer works so well for us as he is a particularly good-doer and every calorie does count.

“If Blue gains too much weight, he very quickly becomes lethargic and has very little energy, however since feeding the TopSpec Lite Feed Balancer he is in a much better shape than ever before and is so much more energetic! Alongside this he is fed TopChop Alfalfa which he absolutely loves and the added mint makes it totally irresistible”.

He is also on TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support.  After a hard summer of competing last year it became apparent that his joints had started to wear.

Added Kate: “The TopSpec 10:10 Joint Support has helped him no end and we now have no issues. The elasticity in his paces has quickly reappeared and has enabled him to get back out competing.”

Over summer when Blue Bear’s schedule becomes very busy Kate adds an additional TopSpec product, TopSpec Performance Cubes for that extra sparkle.

Kate said: “They allow me to do all the things I would like to without needing to worry that I’m pushing him too much as they help to keep him forward and willing.

“They are perfect as they give us the extra energy that we need but without becoming silly or sharp.”

Kate was overwhelmed when she received confirmation that Blue had won the Face of TopSpec 2018.

“I am so pleased for my boy to have been recognised for his talent and ability, and also his very stunning looks. It truly has proven that all the hard work is completely worthwhile and for this I cannot thank TopSpec enough,” said Kate.

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TopSpec High Fibre Mash

Mashes are very useful for hydrating horses and volumising their feed.

TopSpec High Fibre Mash is a high-fibre, cereal-grain-free and ‘Non-Heating’ mash that is ideal for good-doers. It soaks quickly in 5 minutes to make an irresistible mash ideal for horses and ponies that need or prefer a soft feed.

TopSpec High Fibre Mash is perfect for all those horses and ponies that maintain ideal bodyweight on forage alone but need a low calorie-carrier for supplements and or medications.

TopSpec High Fibre Mash is designed to be fed with any TopSpec feed balancer or an appropriate TopSpec supplement as it does not contain any added vitamins or trace-elements. This combination can be mixed with any other appropriate horse feed including straw-based chops. One of the ways in which TopSpec High Fibre Mash is superior to most straights however, is that it is supplemented with the major minerals calcium, sodium and magnesium.

TopSpec High Fibre Mash should be soaked in cool or warm water for 5 minutes prior to feeding with 2 parts water to 1 part mash.

When to use TopSpec High Fibre Mash:-

  • As a high-fibre, low-calorie mash ideal for good-doers
  • As a useful soaked feed to help keep horses hydrated
  • As a very palatable feed that you can mix in supplements and/or medication
  • As a high-fibre feed for when a mash is desirable e.g. for horses with poor dentition

£11.95 20kg

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TopSpec Linseed Mash

Mashes are very useful for hydrating horses and volumising their feed.

TopSpec Linseed Mash is a highly palatable mash which combines the best of traditional knowledge with modern technology. Rich in linseed and oatbran this mash contains just 12% starch yet the scattering of flaked maize and flaked peas lends a mix-like appearance to this flavoursome mash.

TopSpec Linseed Mash  is a blend of conditioning ingredients, with an emphasis on linseed providing substantial levels of oil and protein and including the all-important muco-polysaccharides. Oatbran provides good levels of super-fibres and has been proven to be sympathetic to the horse’s digestive system.

TopSpec Linseed Mash is designed to be fed with any TopSpec feed balancer or an appropriate TopSpec supplement as it does not contain any added vitamins or trace-elements. This combination can be mixed with any other horse feed including alfalfa/grass chops. One of the ways in which TopSpec Linseed Mash is superior to most straights however, is that it is supplemented with the major minerals calcium, sodium and magnesium.

TopSpec Linseed Mash should be soaked in cool or warm water for at least 5 minutes prior to feeding with equal parts of water to mash.

 When to use TopSpec Linseed Mash :-

  • As a conditioning feed for horses that need to gain weight yet a mash is required.
  • As a very palatable source of oil, rich in Omega 3’s.
  • As an oil rich feed which helps to promote condition and a fantastic shiny coat.
  • As a useful soaked feed to help keep horses hydrated when stabling away or after hard work
  • As a soft easy to eat, conditioning mash for horses with dental problems

£13.95 20kg

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Georgina Herrling Wins £5,000 Sponsorship from TopSpec

After an extensive nationwide search and with a phenomenal amount of entries to choose from the winner of the TopSpec £5,000 sponsorship is young event rider Georgina Herrling.

Based in Oxfordshire, 15-year-old Georgina keeps her pony SF Detroit known as Troy at Attington Stud near Oxford which is run by Olympic rider Austin O’Connor.

Having started riding at just four-years-old, Georgina spent many summers riding on her family farm in Ireland which soon led to her joining the Pony Club and then on to competing. Georgina first tried show jumping and continued this until the age of 10.

She first started to event a year later and this quickly turned into a much loved passion and last year her enthusiasm led to her start taking part in Eventing Pony Trials.

Georgina is kept busy with Troy, a nine-year-old chestnut stallion who she has owned for three years.

Said Georgina: “He has taken me up the levels and is definitely a once in a life time pony who tries his heart out for me.”

Last year the duo were selected to compete for Team GB at the Pony Europeans and returned home as an individual Gold Medallist and with a Team Silver.

With such great results Georgina and Troy were over the moon with what has been the highlight of their year and their proudest achievement in their eventing career to date.

Georgina hopes to defend her European title this year at the European Pony Championships which are being held at Bishop Burton in East Yorkshire.

Said Georgina: “It means so much to me that my favourite feed company and a brand I trust has chosen me as the latest rider to support. I feel like I have become part of a great team of riders including a few of my all-time favourite eventers such as Nicola Wilson, Andrew Nicholson and Kitty King.

“The sponsorship support will go so far and I am beyond excited to see what this year brings, it will be much helped by TopSpec keeping my pony in top condition and helping me in the eventing world.”

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “Thank you very much to everyone who took the time to enter, choosing a winner was really hard, the number of entries this year was phenomenal and we had many outstanding entries.

“Georgina is full of enthusiasm and has some great plans for the coming year; we look forward to following her journey.”

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