Barbury Treble for Andrew Nicholson

Andrew Nicholson was in triumphant mood at this year’s Barbury Horse Trials with three fantastic wins at the Wiltshire event.

The TopSpec-sponsored rider was in superlative form in the CCI4*-S riding the11-year-old Swallow Springs.

This is Andrew’s sixth win at this level at the event as he retains his title as the ‘King of Barbury’.

After a great dressage test and with a clear showjumping round, the unbeatable pair produced the second fasted time of the day with a solid ride across country.

Said Andrew: “Swallow Springs felt like Avebury [four-time winner at Barbury] going round the cross-country – he’s got stacks of speed and is a pleasure to ride.

Andrew also celebrated with another fantastic win at the event when he finished in first place with the Spanish bred As Is in section B of the CCI3*-S.

Starting in second place after the dressage phase the pair then went clear showjumping, and arrived home with a brilliant cross-country time.

Adding to his great event  Andrew also secured a Novice section with the talented Damaso to round off a brilliant Barbury.

Andrew has been supported by TopSpec for many years and with their team of nutritionists has developed a feed regime for each horse on the yard.

He is a huge fan of TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer, TopChop Sport and TopSpec Performance Cubes from the range.


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Jessica Wins £3,000 Sponsorship from TopSpec

Following a UK search and with hundreds of entries to choose from, the winner of the TopSpec £3,000 sponsorship search is dressage rider Jessica McConkey.

Fifteen-year-old Jessica had her breakthrough last year with the Dutch Warmblood, Lady Gaga, a stunning 17-year-old, 16.2hh bay mare.

From their first overseas international at Joosland in the Netherlands, Jessica and Lady Gaga’s partnership continued to grow leading to their prestigious selection for the Junior European Championships in Fountainebleu in France.

The duo finished as the lead British pairing and Jessica thoroughly enjoyed the event and team environment.  The pair went on to achieve their first international win at Waregem in Belgium and gained a personal best at Aachen Youngstars.

Having had their achievements highlighted by British Dressage and Horse & Hound, along with an invitation to perform at the HorseQuest FEI Gala Evening, Jessica and Lady Gaga’s partnership is continuing to go from strength to strength.

Their fantastic £3,000 worth of sponsorship from TopSpec includes £1,000 worth of TopSpec Feed, £1,000 towards training and £1,000 worth of horse and rider clothing.

Said Jessica: “To join the TopSpec team of sponsored riders and ultimately cement a partnership with TopSpec is not only something I am very proud of but I am also very grateful for.

“Although we are not a professional yard, I rely on an amazing team. Winning this sponsorship is a fantastic contribution to the team’s commitment and my dressage ambitions.

“TopSpec is already part of our journey as a trusted source of nutrition and are always on hand to offer us the best advice.”

This year, Jessica will begin to share the progress of another gem in her team, Classic Nona. Working hard with her coaches Gareth and Rebecca Hughes, Jessica is bringing on the 16hh, six-year-old bay mare.

Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “Thank-you to everyone who took the time to enter, we have had so many amazing entries which made choosing a winner really hard.

“Jessica already feeds TopSpec and continuously highlights our contribution to her horse’s condition.

“With two years left competing at Junior level we are very excited to see how Jessica will progress.”


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TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup

Now in its fifth 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, they will also be giving information about the horse farms for sale in ocala fl for those interested.

In 2018 The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup went to Lucy Wheeler and King Creole VD N Ranch who kept a clean sheet from pillar to post to win the title.

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

“It was a new experience for both of us, but a real buzz. I thought he’d be spooky in the atmosphere, so he really surprised me,” said Lucy.

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.

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 2019.

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

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.”

The TopSpec Challenge for the Corinthian Cup is aimed at true amateur riders and will be one of the championship classes taking place August 2 to 4.


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Bramham Win for Kitty King and Vendreti Biats

IT was a cool Kitty King and a stylish Vendreti Biats who took the honours at this year’s Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials.

Kitty and the talented grey’s performance was truly consistent throughout and he looked in superb condition.

Kitty has been supported by Yorkshire-based TopSpec for more than 16 years and the team enjoyed cheering on her fantastic effort.

Heading the Equi-Trek CCI4*-L, Kitty and Vendredi Biats, added just 0.4 of a showjumping time fault to her dressage mark of 26.8.

Vendredi Biats, who is owned by Diana Bown, Sally Lloyd-Baker, Sally Eyre and Samantha Wilson, put in a very classy performance in all three phases at Bramham.

Said a delighted Kitty: “It’s lovely to put it all together when it really matters. I didn’t feel too nervous before the showjumping because he is such a good jumper and has produced plenty of clear rounds, so I just focused on what I was going to be doing and on my lines and turns.”

Added Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “We are all so delighted for Kitty and her team.  The horses always look fantastic and to have one of our sponsored riders win on home turf is brilliant.”


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Early Season Success for Team Jinks

CHESHIRE-based show producers David Jinks and Adam Forster have had a great start to the season.

The duo, known as Team Jinks, have around 30 horses and ponies to compete and train from their yard near Nantwich and both have many years’ experience in the world of showing.

David worked for leading showman, Robert Walker, producers Sarah and Peter Emmerson and Ron and Debbie Thomas before establishing the business with Adam who was previously based with Carl Hester, the Emmersons and David Tatlow.

Bringing their skills together in 2014, David and Adam also recognise the important part correct feeding plays and with the support of TopSpec all the horses and ponies have their own feed regime.

Said David: “Show horses and ponies need to be in great condition, well covered but not fat and their coats and skin must gleam which also comes from within.

“We thoroughly enjoy getting a raw youngster in the yard seeing it develop, grow and mature and then watching it for the first time in a show ring, all helped by the right feeding and management.

“The TopSpec range is just fantastic and we are especially huge fans of TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer, TopSpec Linseed Mash and TopChop Sport but there is a feed for all the horses and ponies on the yard who all look in great condition.”

With their exciting team for 2019, David and Adam have already had a number of notable successes and wins.

Shildons Plan B, the Intermediate Show Riding Type and Hack owned by Vicki Rudd and shown by Charlotte Elliott-Grooby has been in great form taking the Intermediate Championship at Royal Bath & West.

With Adam this talented youngster was also Hack Champion at Area 2A in Cheshire, qualifying for the Royal International Horse Show.

Another star of the yard is the 138cm Show Pony, Stretcholt New Dimension owned by Louise Caulfield and ridden by her daughter 13-year-old daughter, Charlotte.

Champion Restricted at the BSPS Winter Championships, this youngster in the first season of showing has since gone on to qualify for the Royal International and take to outdoor showing like a dream.

A Reserve Champion at Area 15A in Essex they took the Reserve Show Pony title after the championship went to another of the team’s ponies, the 148cm Show Pony, Romanno Hotspot.

Owned by Leanne Morgan, and ridden by her daughter Eva, they are another pair heading to Hickstead in both the show pony categories and the Part Bred Arab.

A new coloured pony to the yard and one who quickly gained many fans is Llyn Rhyn Krystal, a Native Pony Traditional, ridden by Adam and owned by Rhian Jones from Wales.

The pair finished Overall Reserve Supreme of Show at Hambleton before going on to qualify for the Horse of the Year Show at Royal Bath & West.

Holmestones Tailor Made the Large Hack and Large Intermediate Riding Type has continued the success gained last year with wins and championships already secured this year with Adam in the saddle for hack classes and Charlotte Elliott-Grooby taking the reins in the intermediates.

Said Adam: “We really do have a fantastic team this year, with great owners, riders and sponsors which makes all the hard work and early mornings so worthwhile.

“Qualifying horses and ponies for the Royal International and Horse of the Year Show is always a great achievement and our season plans and schedule is going well and we couldn’t wish to be doing anything else.”


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Poppy and Her Prince Dance to Success

WITH the 2019 outdoor season underway, the year has started well for Staffordshire-based Poppy Carter and her stunning show pony, Basford Black Prince with two championships to their name already.

Now 17-years-old and in her last season on ponies, Poppy is focusing her attention on the lovely black, 148cm show pony and a young, novice intermediate to move up the ranks.

Combining her riding with college studies, Poppy and mum, Katy have 13 of the team based at the yard near Stoke on Trent, qualified for the Royal International Horse Show in July.

Poppy’s latest win was at BSPS Area 2A at Warren Farm, when they took the Members Supreme Championship.

This followed on from securing the championship at Area 16 near Ipswich and the reserve championship at Area 1B in Cumbria.

Said Katy: “We are having a good season with some lovely ponies.  Poppy is busy with college and learning to drive so she just has two to ride this season so far but we have some great clients and a lot to look forward to this year.

“The ponies have all come out of the winter with great coats and we really like to keep them in an natural a state as possible.

“They are all turned out in the fields without rugs and we don’t wrap them in cotton wool.

“It can rain when the ponies are at a show and in the ring so the sooner they get used to getting wet the better.  It toughens them up and they also get used to being bathed with a cold hose.

“Basford Black Prince has come out in great form and is fed on TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer with TopSpec High Fibre Mash and TopSpec UlsaKind Cubes which he loves and keeps him chilled and looking in outstanding condition.

“He is such a lovely pony to look after and we have had him since he was an unbroken youngster.

“From riding, to getting him ready, or just giving him some attention in the stable, nothing is too much bother for him – he is just a great pony to have around.”

Picture Caption: Basford Black Prince. Members Supreme Champion at BSPS Srea 2A, produced by Katy Carter, ridden by Poppy Carter and owned by Marg Cartlidge.


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Early Season Success for Walker Family

LEADING showman Robert Walker and his family have had a fantastic start to the 2019 season with a host of wins and championships already achieved.

Robert’s son Sam was in superlative form at the BSPS Winter Championships at Arena UK, with the Intermediate bay gelding, Killaraa Brilliant, winning the coveted Novice Championships for owner Jill Day at just four-years-old.

The Walker’s TopSpec fed team of horses continued their early season winning ways at Royal Windsor Horse Show with a host of successes.

The five-year-old Lightweight Hunter, Sommerville Lad secured the prestigious Novice Championship to add to his earlier success at North of England Spring in April.

Originally produced in Ireland by PJ Casey, the stunning bay took the Supreme Ridden Hunter Championship at Dublin last year before being bought by Jill Day for the Walker yard.

By Emperor Augustus, Sommerville Lad has been fed on TopSpec in both countries with PJ and Robert supported by the leading feed company for many years.

Said Robert: “We liked him when we saw him at Dublin and asked for first refusal.  He arrived just before Christmas and we are delighted with his progress.

“He is a natural showman and has already qualified for the Royal International.  Our plan is to run him in a few HOYS qualifiers but we will take our time with him. “

Sommerville Lad has his own TopSpec feed regime of TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer, Linseed Mash, UlsaKind Cubes and TopChop Sport to keep him looking in top form.

Robert’s Royal Windsor success continued with the multi-award winning Lightweight Hunter, Viewpoint, heading the coveted Hunter Championships for the second year running while the Heavyweight Hunter, Patrick’s Choice also won his division.

Another Dublin champion, MHS Morning Master won the four-year-old class while the show was rounded off with a win in the Large Riding Horse class and Reserve Championship for Robert on Southhills the Sorcerer.

Adds Robert: “Royal Windsor was a fantastic show for the team and all the horses looked fantastic so early in the season thanks to their TopSpec feed regimes.”


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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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