Everything Horse magazine February 2014 - Page 18

Equestrian News with Everything Horse UK Oscar Wins The Face of TopSpec 2014! Oscar, a six-year-old coloured gelding owned by Julie Hammond from Aberdeenshire has been chosen as ‘The Face of TopSpec 2014’ in a nationwide competition. For Julie, a health and safety advisor, Oscar is a very special chap as a homebred project horse and one who could easily have not made it at birth. Oscar had impaction colic at just 24-hours-old and Julie is very lucky to still have him...and this he knows! Their prizes include £500 worth of TopSpec feed, a professional photo-shoot and framed print and a top of the range Horseware Turnout Rug. Verdo Horse Bedding Sponsor National Competition Verdo Horse Bedding, the clever heat-treated wood pellet bedding product is proud to announce that they are to be the official title sponsor of ‘British Riding Clubs Dressage to Music Championship 2014’ The competition, which is open to all riding club members, continues to grow in numbers and BRC is delighted to welcome Verdo Horse Bedding on board, as Sarah Phillips BHS Director of Participation explains: “It’s great to be able to welcome a new brand at this level and Verdo 18 Said Julie: “Oscar knows that he is very handsome and very charming and he definitely wants the world to know it too. He didn’t have the best start to life but he is now showing huge potential. “He is an exceptionally fussy eater who struggles to maintain weight… being handsome is hard work you know! “Last year he went from looking poor in early spring to qualifying for several classes at the CHAPS Championships, winning local championships and qualifying for the British Dressage Area Festivals and British Dressage Winter Regionals and we owe this to TopSpec. “He’s a bit like Tigger, who won’t eat acorns, honey or thistles, Oscar won’t eat horse and pony nuts, he’s very particular over chaff and doesn’t like supplements... but he does love his TopSpec flakes! Added Julie: “I am delighted he has been chosen as ‘The Face of TopSpec 2014’ - and he proves how well TopSpec products can help improve a horse’s condition and performance.” Julie Hammond and Oscar. “After some searching we have learned that a combination of TopSpec Comprehensive Feed Balancer and TopSpec Super Conditioning Flakes is just the right thing for him. were equally as enthusiastic in taking on the exciting opportunity of title sponsorship of this increasingly popular championship series” Alistair McGlynn, Sales Director of Verdo Horse Bedding agrees: “We are hugely excited to be involved with BRC at this level, as many of our customers are members or have worked their way up through the British Riding Club route to go on and become professional riders. The competition also couldn’t have been more perfect, considering one of our sponsored riders is multiple Gold medallist Natasha Baker who broke a Paralympic record at her Paralympic debut in her Freestyle test” day with Natasha at the rider’s Uxbridge yard and the opportunity to watch the talented equestrian in the saddle. Verdo Horse Bedding Qualifiers will begin in April with the Championships taking place 4th – 5th October at Bury Farm Equestrian Village in Buckinghamshire. For further information please see www. britishridingclubs.org.uk One of the champions from 2013 Alys Matravers on Tiger Tim. Photo credit Action Replay Photography As part of the championship prize, winners will also be treated to a Everything Horse UK Magazine • February 2014 • Issue 5 British Riding Clubs Winter Championship Qualifiers WITH more than 20 events already held, competition is proving fierce at the EquestrianClearance.com British Riding Clubs Winter Championship qualifiers. Held at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire on March 29/30, the event is one of the highlights in the British Riding Clubs calendar, drawing competitors from all over the country. Over 150 senior show jumping teams, 70 junior show jumping teams, 211 senior dressage and 57 junior dressage teams have already taken part. With 500 competitors making it through to the finals, qualifiers for the EquestrianClearance. com British Riding Clubs Winter Championships take place across all 23 Areas including Northern Ireland. Successful teams qualified include the East Yorkshire RC from Area 4, who has qualified two teams for the senior dressage Championships. Riders 2000 RC from Area 15 were also successful in qualifying two teams. Said Riders 2000 RC team manager, Karen Saunders: “We are over the moon to have two teams qualify for the Championships. The riders have worked extremely hard and we are hoping to continue our success on the day!” Joining these teams in the senior dressage championships is Cwmaman RC and East Clwyd RC. The Llandudno RC has qualified a team for the junior dressage championship. Lorraine Meadowcroft of EquestrianClearance.com said: “We are delighted with the support from the Riding Clubs up and down the country the qualifiers are proving very popular. “The British Riding Club Winter Championships supports grass roots riders wanting to develop their skills across team show jumping and dressage. “This is our second year of sponsorship with British Riding Clubs and we are very much looking forward to the final in March.” For full details of the British Riding Clubs Winter Championships including dates for Area qualifiers head to www.bhs.org.uk or visit www.equestrianclearance.com Over in