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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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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