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Izzietop, by I'm Special de Muze out of a daughter of St.Leger winner Julio Mariner, is proving a decent eventer - so she is now getting her own page!

Izzietop

29th September 2019

IZZIETOP PULLS IT OUT OF THE BAG!

Day three, and it is cross country phase at Ballindenisk for 6 year old Izzietop at her first International 2*.

Ballindenisk

What a mare!

Six year old Izzietop by I’m Special de Muze out of a granddaughter of St Leger winner Julio Mariner xx!

And every drop of those legendary bloodlines were on show at her first International at Ballindenisk at the weekend!

One of only 12 in the class of 53 to go clear in the time in very heavy ground, she finished 8th. A great result for her, and many thanks to her rider and trainer Steven Smith.

Ballindenisk sept 2019

Some stats: 53 entries in the class; lying 4th after dressage; one pole down in the show-jumping and dropped to 15th place - and then one of only 12 in the class to go clear IN THE TIME in the cross country! Final placing - 8th! We are thrilled to bits and our thanks as ever to rider and trainer Steven Smith and the Smith Brothers Eventing Team who kept the mare looking splendid in the muck and gutters that was Ballindenisk!
(pictures to follow.)

xc at Ballindensik


Another win for Izzietop and Steven Smith - this time at Ballyvannon!

winning at Ballyvannon

Another win for IZZIETOP (by I'm Special de Muze) this past weekend - this time at the Ballyvannon event.. Again Steven Smith was first to go and that Number 1 was lucky again for the combination - with a dressage score of 28.3 he took her straight into the lead in the EI110. Clear in the show-jumping strengthened the lead, and a fast, fluent,safe and clear cross country kept her top again by a comfortable margin. This combination is proving extremely successful with two wins from two events at this level. Very pleasing...


September and Izzietop scores another double clear, this time at Knockany!

Knockany

The Northern Region Eventing Ireland season finished for 2019 on Saturday and Izzietop (I'm Special de Muze) didn't disappoint. She racked up her third double clear in her last three competitions with Steven Smith (having won the previous two), taking on the challenging EI110 at Knockany which needed a fit forward horse for those hills! A lovely, accurate, and harmonious dressage test didn't find favour with the judge so she finished in 6th place after dressage and held that to the end. Lovely day, lovely course, and as always our thanks to organisers, volunteers, landowners, riders, and fellow owners and friends who make this a wonderful sport to follow. And the future for Izzietop? There is a lot of interest in this 6 year old, very talented mare, and Steven thinks a lot of her so if a deal is not done he is keen to take her to her first International at Ballindenisk in a couple of weeks' time. Exciting!

IZZIETOP ON TOP AT VESEY LODGE! And another win!

3rd August 2019

ballyvesey

There were a lot of "firsts" at Vesey Lodge on Saturday. Izzietop was number 1 and first to go in the EI110.

So she was also first to go through Ian Wilson's fabulous new water complex, and pathfinder on the course for Steven Smith's other horses - three of which also won their classes!

She finished the day as number 1 too, six points ahead of second, with a good dressage, double clear, and only point 4 of a time fault on the very inviting, (but tricky at times and hard to get the time), course.

(Breeding note: Izzietop by I'm Special de Muze out of Julio Mariner xx granddam).

Vesey Lodge is the loveliest event with so much time and effort put into its organisation and dressing of the cross country fences - to mention just a few - bronze deer at the first water complex, giant tennis racquet and concrete tennis balls, a "Knight in shining armour", a concrete (?) snowman, and an old fashioned pump at the new second water complex, with of course a few strategically placed cars ready for auction...

Many congratulations to Dora Beacom and her team and great thanks to Ian and Alison Wilson. Eventing as it should be. #ifCarlsbergdideventing...


June 2019 GROVE EVENT

Grove 2019

iZZIETOP'S THIRD EVENT AT THIS LEVEL - EI110- - CLEAR CROSS COUNTRY SO SHE NOW HAS THE MER'S REQUIRED TO COMPETE INTERNATIONALLY.

We will acquire her FEI passport, and aim towards Blair Castle in Scotland CCI-L at the end of August, but meantime consolidate her performance at this level at several more home based events.

Undeterred by torrential rain she performed a better dressage test than her mark, had the first of the double down in show-jumping but aced the treble and all the other show-jumping fences, and scooted around the cross country like a liltie!

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Grove


3rd in her first EI110 - At Rosanna.

Thrilled with the performance of this game young mare at Rosanna on Sunday and delighted now to get Louise O'Brien's excellent photographs from the cross country.

First time at this level and leading after dressage with 70%.

70%

A good show-jumping with one pole rolling in the middle of the treble, but then a fluent, clear, competitive cross country with 4.4 time faults gave her a finishing 3rd place.

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3rd at first i*
Rosanna

Our thanks as usual to the strategist that is rider and trainer Jim Newsam who has brought Izzietop on carefully through four EI100's at Tyrella this season, followed by a break at home in the field at Ringfort while he had a triumphant cross country at Badminton, then he brought her out on Sunday ready for the EI110 and her 3rd place result and first 4 points on the board. Well done the team.


By the way, only one clear in the time in class EI110 B at Rosanna, out of 20 entries, and congratulations to Neil Morrison for achieving that, riding the 8 year old Just for Gerry.


PEDIGREE

PROGENY

Mister Mike

sire of Izzietop's foalBefore we bought her, as an unbroken five year old in 2018, Izzietop had a foal by the wonderchild sire Malibu TN by Mr Blue called Mister Mike.

2018 - FIVE YEARS OLD, FOAL WEANED, AND READY TO START BEING WORKED!

5 year old unbroken

PERFORMANCE!

2018 - and Izzietop was broken and then did very little...

...BUT WHAT SHE DID, SHE DID VERY WELL!

Casey Webb had the ride on Izzietop as she competed at her first affiliated event at Knockany - and won!

winning first affiliated event

Tyrella 4. April 2019. EI100 Izzietop with Jim Newsam

Tyrella 4Very impressed with Izzietop at Tyrella 4 - rain, wind, storm, biting cold, mucky slippy dressage arena - she took it all in her stride! A green moment and a brushed pesky pole at the first of the double in the show-jumping dropped her 6 places from 5th to 11th but a fluent, faultless, clear in the time, cross-country was yet another testament to her sweet and willing temperament in the face of some of the worst weather we have had this year. And all hail (sorry) to rider Jim Newsam who battled not only the elements but also a broken fan belt on the trailer to arrive in time to manage her excellent performance. A big shout out too to photographer John Gibson! Many thanks.

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with Poppy

APRIL 27th 2019 - This lovely young mare is back home to Ringfort for a break in the field now while Jim and Magennis take on Badminton.



2019 - Izzietop spend a few months over the winter with Showjumper Angela Percy before going to Jim Newsam for the Eventing Ireland 2019 season.

result at Gransha

Izzietop at Tyrella 3.

I won't inflict the whole dressage test video on my Facebook friends...but I have to say, it was lovely. It was a biting, freezing, very strong wind but nary a hair was turned. A poised, balanced, soft test and a score to match at 24 (76%)! It was followed by a faultless show jumping round and clear in the time, cross country, and she finished in 4th place. Our thanks to trainer and rider Jim Newsam who is bringing this elegant young mare along so beautifully. And as he said when he came back from the cross-country..."she excels at rideability, anyone could get on her and enjoy the ride...you wouldn't have to be a Fox-Pitt"! All very pleasing.

Tyrella 3
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Izzietop

Izzietop and Jim Newsam at Tyrella 2 on Saturday.
It's not always about the result. Sometimes the performance is more important! Especially with a young horse who perhaps brushes a pole (the last!) but has show-jumped the course with a growing balance, rideability and maturity. Or has negotiated the cross-country with fluency - clear, and in the time

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Izzietop