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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TopSpec Sponsor Showjumping Ireland Autumn Grand Prix Series

As the summer season draws to a close, Showjumping Ireland is delighted to welcome TopSpec as new sponsors to the Autumn Grand Prix Series. The Top Spec Autumn Grand Prix, which commences on the September 15 at The Meadows Equestrian, will no doubt attract strong competition.

In total, the series will consist of 17 legs and a final which will take place in Cavan Equestrian on December 2.

Last year’s competition was spectacular with John Floody and Jonathan Smyth creating huge excitement battling it out right to the wire leaving the final round as the decider.

Floody found victory on Bronson De Reve with Smyth taking second and third spots overall with Ping Ball and Charlton Clio.

As previously, the TopSpec Autumn Grand Prix Series will comprise of two heights, a 1.35m class and a 1.40m class. Each height class is worth different points and the leaderboards will note the winner at the end of the series.

Speaking about the sponsorship, The Chairperson of the association, Ray Buchanan commented: “I am delighted to have TopSpec coming on board this season for the Autumn Grand Prix Series. I would like to thank Katy and the team for their support and look forward to a great series. I would also like to wish all our competitors the very best of luck. We have some great venues onboard again this year and I am certain it will generate as much if not more excitement as previous years.”

Because excellent nutrition is of prime importance to TopSpec they guarantee to ‘Create without Compromise.’ Competitors can rest assured that none of their products will be compromised, ever.

Katy Mickle, Sales & Marketing Director of TopSpec expressed her enthusiasm about the series: “TopSpec is delighted to sponsor the Showjumping Ireland Autumn Grand Prix Series for 2018. The series is a great way to keep competitors active in the Autumn months and extends the season right up until December.”


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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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