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, ‘Dicey’ was up against 42 entries.

Alison said: “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.”

Alison bought the 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 as a novice in-hand and under saddle, this year starting open classes. As a three year old he was junior champion at Clifden and as a five year old he won his in-hand class and was reserve champion at the Royal Highland. 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 is fed on TopSpec, and his regime includes TopSpec CoolCondition Cubes which he has been fed on since starting his in-hand classes as a three year old. Alison continued: “At 143cm I was showing him in-hand and as I’m only 5’3” tall, I 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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