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.