MEN IN COURT OVER HORSE THEFTS

Two men were due to appear in court on Tuesday, 3 January, charged in connection with the theft of horses from a field in Calverton, Notts, last summer.

Six horses aged between one and 26 years were taken from the paddock in Whinbush Lane on 9 July.

They were traced in September after one of them, a six-year-old mare, was advertised for sale on the internet and bought by a Lincolnshire business.

Police enquiries then led to the other horses being located in East Bridgford.

Two of the six were found to be in such poor condition that they had to be put to sleep.

However, the four surviving horses have now been returned to their owners.

James Snoddy, 48, of Palmerston Gardens, Nottingham, and Christopher Booth, aged 43, of Brunts Lane, East Bridgford, were arrested in September in connection with the thefts.

Last week, Snoddy was charged with four counts of theft and Booth was charged with one count of possessing criminal property.

They will appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.


NEW OFFERS 15% OFF

New Equine Wear (NEW) is giving retailers 15% off all orders this month.

“We’re keen to thank our retailers for their continued support, and thought giving them 15% off their orders during January would be a good way to do this,” said managing director, Richard Balfry. “In addition, the percentage discount running throughout January is a great way for retailers to make additional profit before we review our prices in February.”


GREAT OUTDOORS COMES TO BETA INTERNATIONAL

Craghoppers and Regatta are among the big players from the outdoor market due to exhibit at BETA International 2012.

While Craghoppers is new to the three-day trade exhibition (NEC, Birmingham on 19-21 February), Regatta returns 16 years after its last appearance.

Outdoor brands such as Buffera, SealSkinz and Target Dry are long-time BETA International exhibitors. Torq, a newcomer for 2011, returns this February.

BETA International, now in its 33rd year, is predominantly an equestrian and country trade fair. However, pet product and now outdoor clothing and equipment suppliers are increasingly seeing it as a fruitful destination.

As well as bringing new brands and products to BETA International, the presence of Craghoppers and Regatta is expected to attract additional buyers.

Admittance to BETA International is free on pre-registration at www.beta-int.com


ELECTRIFYING SOLUTION TO DOOR KICKING

Danish company Quiet Stable has patented a product that stops horses kicking their stable doors. The irritating and potentially damaging (to horse and door) habit is notoriously hard to cure.

Kick-Stop comprises a rubber pad which emits an electrical pulse on contact. Taking the idea of electric fencing into the stable, it’s said to work in a far less aggressive way, but with immediate results.

Read the full story in the January issue of ETN.


SPONSOR 'THRILLED' AT OLYMPIA WINS

Equipe sponsored Brit Ben Maher (pictured) produced a stunning performance from his nine-year-old, home-bred Tripple X to win the Rolex FEI World Cup qualifier Olympia.

Ben’s victory followed success for British dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin who won the grand prix and was runner-up in the freestyle too.

“We’re so thrilled,” was the reaction from Simon Middleton of Zebra Products, UK distributor of Equipe saddlery.


TALENTED RIDERS RECOGNISED AT OLYMPIA

Show jumper Robert Smith, dressage riders Emile Faurie and Charlotte Dujardin and para-equestrian dressage riders Emma Sheardown and Natasha Baker were awarded Medals of Honour at Olympia last night (15 December) for their exceptional achievements in their respective disciplines.

Farrier Haydn Price and Chairman of the Senior Selectors for British Eventing, Mandy Stibbe, also received medals for their outstanding roles in equestrian sport.

The medals were presented by British Equestrian Federation (BEF) chairman, Keith Taylor.


POLITE HI-VIZ AD. WAS "MISLEADING"

A leaflet advertising Equisafety’s POLITE range of high visibility equipment misled consumers by implying that the product had been approved by the police, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.

Seen in October 2011, the literature stated "The POLITE RANGE by EQUISAFETY is the fastest selling high viz product in the equine market. It has been proven time and again that is [sic] slows car drivers down and has been Police consulted".

Equisafety told the ASA they did not believe that the words "police consulted" implied that the police had approved the product. They provided evidence of email correspondence with a police force in which Equisafety requested that the police approve the product, as the range of equestrian clothing closely resembles that used by the mounted police.

They said they had also been in touch with a number of other police forces regarding the product, but did not provide documentary evidence of this.

Equisafety also said that after having previously assured the ASA that they would not refer to the police having been consulted about the product, using the words "police consulted" on the leaflet was the result of human error. They said they would remove the words from the remaining leaflets.

While it acknowledged that Equisafety had been in contact with the police regarding the legality of their product, the ASA noted that, in an e-mailed response to Equisafety, a police officer gave the opinion that the product was acceptable.

“We further noted that the advertisers did not supply evidence that any police organisation or police force formally endorsed or commented on the products, beyond the e-mail correspondence with an individual police officer,” said the ASA.

“We considered that using the words "police consulted" implied that a formal consultation process had taken place, and that the police had approved the product. As this was not the case we concluded that the ad was misleading.”

Equisafety was told by the ASA not to state or imply that the POLITE range had been consulted on or approved by the police.


BETA ROBOCOB RIDES THE AIRWAVES

BETA RoboCob, the British Equestrian Trade Association’s mechanical horse, took centre stage on the BBC’s prime time quiz show A Question of Sport on Monday evening (12 December).

Under the watchful eye of compéré Sue Barker, Phil Tuffnel rode RoboCob – complete with BETA logo which was clearly visible to viewers - in a ‘Captain’s Challenge’ polo match against his old adversary Matt Dawson.

BETA’s Claire Williams and Tina Rogers travelled to the television studios with RoboCob. “It was amazing how little rehearsing there was,” revealed Claire, “they really do ad-lib and have as much fun as it appears on screen. Robo was very well behaved though!”.

RoboCob appears at shows up and down the country, promoting BETA’s work and encouraging new riders into the saddle. He’s also available for hire.


£30k BOOST FOR CARRIAGE DRIVING

Horse enthusiasts are being given the opportunity to try their hand at carriage driving in the New Year, thanks to funding from Sport England.

The British Horse Driving Trials Association (BHDTA) has been awarded a £30,000 Sportsmatch grant – the first of its kind given for any equestrian discipline - for its project called ‘Driving Back to Sport’, an initiative designed to encourage 200 mature adults to take up the reins.


EARN CPD POINTS AT BETA INTERNATIONAL

SQPs can gain up to 14 CPD points by attending AMTRA-accredited seminars during BETA International (February 19-21, NEC, Birmingham).

SQPs wishing to take part in the seminars do not need to book beforehand but should bring their AMTRA number so that they can register at the show.


NEW MD FOR E. JEFFRIES

Stephen Huggett is the new managing director of Walsall saddlery company E Jeffries & Sons. Stephen was formerly a director of The Sanctuary, the ladies-only London health spa which also owns The Sanctuary brand of health products retailed through Boots. He says he’s keen to harness Jeffries’ history and heritage while developing new products. Stephen replaces Duncan Kent who left Jeffries at the end of November.


KEN HANGS UP HIS TUBTRUG

One of the trade’s most popular couples, Ken and Chris Cox of Faulks & Cox, retire this month. The show circuit will certainly be a little duller without Ken who has bantered his way through most horse shows in the country for the past ten years selling Tubtrugs, buckets, tools and troughs.


30 SADDLES STOLEN FROM FITTER'S VANS

Saddle fitter Toni Wise is urging other saddlers to be extra vigilant after thieves made off with around 30 saddles from two vans.
 
Toni, who runs TC Feeds & Tack Haven at Kensworth near Dunstable, Bedfordshire, lost almost her entire stock of new and second hand saddles.
 
The crime happened during the night of 22/23 November. Anyone who is offered suspicious saddles is urged to contact the police.
 
The stolen saddles are as follows:
 
Kieffer Norbert Koof New (N) Black
Kieffer Vendig size 1 new black
Kieffer Dressage Brown Second Hand ( SH) Albion K2 General Purpose (GP) Black SH
Albion Legend Black GP SH
Barnsby GP Black N
Black Country Wexford Dark Brown N
Black Country Adelinda Black 17.5” M/W Dressage N
Wintec Black Dressage 17.5” Cair
Fieldhouse VSJ Black 17.5” N
Fieldhouse GP 18”Black SH
Fieldhouse Thoroughbred 17” Black N
Crown Black Dressage SH
Crown Black Dressage Suede Seat SH
Fieldhouse Dressage Black Suede Seat 18”
Silhoutte Dressage Black 17.5”
Silhoutte Goat skin Black 17.5” MW
Fieldhouse Generation Training 17.5” 30 fit SH
Fieldhouse Generation Training 17.5” 28 fit N
Mark Todd Jump 17” Med. N
Faringdon 17.5 N GP SH
Hawk Event Brown 17.5” Wide SH
Fieldhouse Event 18” Brown N
English made ‘no name’ Black GP SH
Silhoutte Ashington 17.5” MW New
Heritage 17” M GP N
Lovett & Ricketts Black GP SH
Ideal Brown 17.5” M/W GP SH
Albion Brown Dressage 17.5” Med SH.


ITV NEWSCASTER TO APPEAR AT BETA INTERNATIONAL

Alastair Stewart, the ITV News presenter, will be at BETA International talking about his hopes for Olympic year and new role as British Showjumping ambassador.

As part of the exhibition’s London 2012-themed programme, Alastair will appear in an afternoon of interviews with commentator Philip Ghazala on Sunday 19 February.


BEWARE OF FAKE PURCHASE ORDERS, WARNS BETA

The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) is warning members about a scam on retailers and suppliers.
 
A woman is ordering large quantities of items from wholesalers/manufacturers on account. She’s using fake purchase orders and pretending to be from a bonafide retailer who already has an account with the supplier
 
When ordering, she specifies that she intends to collect the goods directly from the wholesaler/manufacturer. In one case, it was only after the goods had been collected that it was discovered that the purchase order was fake and payment had not been received.
 
The orders are being sent to people within the supplying company who would normally deal with orders so suspicion is not immediately raised. The main clue is that the email address from which the purchase order is sent does not match the retailer's normal email, says BETA.
 
The police are investigating.


ELECTRIFYING SOLUTION TO DOOR KICKING

Danish company Quiet Stable has patented a product that stops horses kicking their stable doors. The irritating and potentially damaging (to horse and door) habit is notoriously hard to cure.
 
Kick-Stop comprises a rubber pad which emits an electrical pulse on contact. Taking the idea of electric fencing into the stable, it’s said to work in a far less aggressive way, but with immediate results
 
Read the full story in the January issue of ETN


DUNCAN KENT TO LEAVE JEFFRIES

Duncan Kent, the managing director of E. Jeffries, is to leave the Walsall based saddlery company on Wednesday (30 November). In a statement, E. Jeffries said the move was “by mutual consent.”
 
Dominic Goold, owner of E. Jeffries, will act as managing director. He said: “Duncan has been with Jeffries for ten years and has been great for the company. His professionalism, hard work and integrity will be missed and we wish him the very best for the future.”
 
Read the full story in the January issue of ETN


MERCHANT IMPRISONED FOR SQP EXAM FRAUD

A Fermanagh feed merchant who got a friend to sit his AMTRA SQP exam for him has been jailed for four months, pending an appeal. At Enniskillen Magistrates Court on 7 November, Phelim McCorry (27) from Knockatee, Ballyhaise, Co Cavan was also fined £2,000 for possession and supply of prescription only veterinary medicines without proper qualification. The examination fraud happened at Greenmount Agricultural College, Antrim in December 2010.


CHIEF EXECUTIVE TO LEAVE COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE

Alice Barnard is to stand down as chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, a job she has held for 14 months. She is to take up a new role at an education charity. Alice is working a period of notice. 
Read the full story in the January issue of ETN 


40% OF HORSES INJURED EACH YEAR

A research project funded by equine charity The Horse Trust has found that 40% of horses had suffered a traumatic injury within the past year. Only 13% of injuries occurred during ridden exercise, while 62% occurred while the horse was turned out in the field.
 
The research has been accepted for publication by the Equine Veterinary Journal. Read the full story in the January issue of ETN. 


FRANK MILNER HAS PASSED AWAY

Frank Milner, a member of the well-known Leicestershire family firm of saddlers S. Milner & Son, died on 10 November. He was 67 and had been ill with cancer.
 
Having worked in the business alongside his father since leaving school, Frank was very much its driving force, while his brother Roger took care of the saddlery/repair side. Frank retired from the business last year. 
 
A popular figure in the trade and beyond, Frank was one of life’s genuinely lovely people. Although small in stature, anyone who met him soon found that he was big in personality and thoughtfulness.
 
Frank’s son Andy Milner and his wife Kirsty continue to run S. Milner & Son


HIGH DEMAND FOR AGENTS

The number of companies seeking the services of sales agents has never been higher, according to recruitment experts at Equine Careers.
 
The internet based service at www.equine-careers.co.uk hosts a database to companies can subscribe to help in their search for specialist agents to promote their goods and services. 


GIFT IDEAS AND IMPULSE BUYS

Retailers can take advantage of special sale or return (SOR) terms on DVD stock for Christmas from Equestrian Vision.
 
Any unsold, unspoiled DVDs ordered during November or December can be returned in January for full credit, allowing retailers to offer a full range of DVDs that will make the perfect gift or impulse buy over the Christmas period. Tel 01403 864173.


THINK SYRINGES...

Brinicombe Equine, the company behind the ‘Think’ supplements range, has launched syringe versions of its Think Calm and Ulcereze powered products. A Prolyte Plus syringe will soon be available too.


HORKA LAUNCHES FASHION SHIRTS

Milano and Toscana are new fashion shirts from Horka.
 
Smart with jeans, to dress up or down, to ride in or to socialise, they have elbow patches and are finished with satin for something special.
 
Available now from stock. See more Product News in the December issue of ETN.


OLYMPIC CHAMPION HORSE DIES SUDDENLY

The show jumping horse Hickstead, the reigning Olympic champion, collapsed and died immediately after jumping in the FEI World Cup qualifier in Verona, Italy, yesterday (6 November). Hickstead was ridden by Canadian Eric Lamaze.
 
The cause of the stallion’s death was not known. Competitors in Verona held a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for Hickstead.


LONDON'S FIRST NEW RIDING CENTRE FOR 30 YEARS

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visited Brixton, South London on 26 October, to open Ebony Horse Club Community Riding Centre, part-funded by Hoof, the Olympic Legacy project of the British Equestrian Federation.
 
London’s first purpose built riding centre for more than 30 years was founded by Ros Spearing. Ebony Horse Club has been bringing the benefits of horse riding to young and troubled people for 15 years, but was limited by not owning its own facilities.

The Duchess toured the new centre which includes stabling for eight horses, a paddock, an arena, classroom and offices, built after Ebony Horse Club raised £1.7m, thanks to key supporters including Sport England and a £200,000 grant from the British Equestrian Federation.


MAN JAILED FOR ILLEGAL IMPORTS

Lee Wilson (aka Leonard French), 73, of Langworth, Lincolnshire, who had admitted 16 charges of illegal possession, importation and supply of veterinary medicines, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at Croydon Crown Court on 9 September.
 
As previously reported in ETN, Wilson (French) was one of 13 people convicted in connection with Europe’s biggest ever illegal veterinary medicine business in which more than £6million of products were smuggled to the UK.


NEW SHOP SELLS LOVELY THINGS

A new shop which opened in Stow-on-the-Wold last month is pinning its fortunes on a healthy demand for chocolate saddles, canine chic and dressage glitz.

The proprietor of Field & Style, to be found in the fashionable Square of the Cotswolds capital, is Heather Sumner who for six years has run internet and mobile retailer For Riders.


BETA GETS TOUGH OVER LOGO MISUSE

As Christmas shoppers are urged to ‘shop where you see the sign’, a clamp-down on bogus use of the BETA logo is underway.

“We are being more rigorous about misuse of our logo,” Claire Williams, chief executive, told the BETA AGM in October.


NEW STORE OPENS IN CHESHIRE

Equestrian retailer Edgemere officially opened its new store near Malpas, Cheshire with an open day on 1st November.

The purpose built premises includes a mezzanine area for footwear, saddlery, supplements and grooming products; saddles, rugs, yard equipment and clothing are stocked downstairs.

The open day featured discounts on many products, together with prize giveaways donated by key suppliers such as Ariat, Gatehouse and NAF. Edgemere also launched its new Equitrek horsebox dealership.

“We have had to stay ahead of the market, making it easier for the customer to shop while delivering realistic price points on our products” said managing director Paul Hill.

Read the full story in the December issue of ETN


BRITISH DRESSAGE OFFER

British Dressage (BD) is offering its Associate members the chance to register their horses for free when they join BD as a full member. The deal represents a saving of £62.


SHOWJUMPERS HAVE A BALL

British Showjumping (BS) recognised its star horses, riders, shows and coaches at the BS Awards Ball on Friday (28 October). The 2011 awards went to:
Best Pony Rider of the Year – Beth Vernon from Nottinghamshire
Best Rider Under 21 Years (On horses) of the Year - Lucy Guild from Scotland
Members Personality of the Year – Tina Fletcher from Oxfordshire
Riders Rider of the Year – Nick Skelton from Warwickshire
International Combination of the Year – Nick Skelton and Carlo from Warwickshire
Members Show Venue of the Year - Ingliston Country Club & Equestrian Centre
Members Annual Show of the Year – Cushionbed British Showjumping
Scope Festival Breeders Award – Brendon Stud British Showjumping Coach of the Year – Alan Fazakerley from Manchester
Lifetime Achievement & Services to Showjumping – John Lanni from Cambridgeshire.


GREENWICH CALLING

There are still a few opportunities to supply equestrian equipment for the equestrian events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. These include equestrian laundry, floral decorations, judges’ boxes, loading mats, mounting blocks and ramps, stable plaques, cross country flags and numbers and roping posts .


 

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