28th February, 2012.

The winner of the Virbac Equine SQP of the Year was Claire Sellors from Sellors Ltd in Calverton, Nottinghamshire.

She received her award and prizes, including a VIP trip to the Hickstead Derby meeting, during BETA International earlier this month.

Making the presentation was ITV newscaster Alastair Stewart who was at the exhibition talking about his role as British Showjumping ambassador.


27th February, 2012.

Riding helmet manufacturer Charles Owen & Co. (Bow) has acquired body protector specialist Airowear.

Airowear will continue to operate independently of Charles Owen from its Northumberland location. Its existing team of sales representatives will remain in place.

Charles Owen will still develop its own line of body protectors. Its flagship product is the Kontakt 5, currently the official body protector of the United States eventing and driving teams.


24th February, 2012.

SIX fabulous years of outstanding personalised customer service were recognised at the BETA Business Awards as TopSpec once again scooped the HAYGAIN Nutritional Helpline of the Year Award.

Winning the award for an unprecedented sixth year saw an outstanding achievement for the North Yorkshire based family firm, well known for their range of innovative horse feed and supplements.

TopSpec provide horses owners with valuable help and advice, and are well known throughout the industry for their multiple award-winning helpline.

One nominator said: “The advice I was given was very detailed, with suggestions for a feeding regime fully explained.” An incognito judge added: “The diet recommended was explained step by step, they also went through all the ingredients and I was given a time-frame for improvements.”

Nicola Tyler of TopSpec said: “We are very grateful to be recognised by the industry for consistent excellence in giving nutritional advice.

“Welfare and simplicity is always uppermost in our minds when giving advice but when we can help people to also achieve success in what they want to achieve it is very rewarding.”

The awards presented at the hugely successful BETA Gala Dinner are highly sought after throughout the industry and the remarkable sixth consecutive win for TopSpec met with a huge round of applause from those attending.


23rd February, 2012.

Significant savings are being offered to companies wishing to exhibit at BETA International 2013, with early commitment and prompt payment schemes providing a handy 7.5 per cent cut to stand prices.

To qualify for the early commitment discount and prompt payment rebate, stands should be booked by 16 March 2012, deposits received by 1 October and the final payment made by 7 December.

“The discount offered is a great incentive for exhibitors to sign up for next year’s show and another way in which we can show our support and commitment to the equestrian trade,” said Claire Thomas, commercial manager of BETA International organiser Equestrian Management Consultants.

BETA International 2013 takes place on 17 – 19 February 2012 at the NEC, Birmingham. Contact James Palmer, telephone +44 (0)1937 582111 or email jamesp@beta-int.com


22nd February, 2012.

Virbac Animal Health has announced its support for BETA International 2013 as it prepares to take up the main sponsor mantle for a third year.

“We have a proud history in forging strong partnerships with the trade and promoting innovative products to build business, based on sustainable principles of worming management,” said Virbac marketing director Chris Liggett. “Sponsorship of BETA International, along with our approach to CPD and the Virbac Equine SQP of the Year Award, are integral to our commitment to supporting the trade.”

Claire Thomas, commercial manager of BETA International organiser Equestrian Management Consultants, added: “Virbac’s decision to remain as main sponsor is a wonderful endorsement of the show. We enjoy an extremely successful relationship with the company and we are really looking forward to working together for another year.”

BETA International is the leading trade fair for the equestrian, country clothing and pet product markets. Its 2013 show will take place from 17 to 19 February at the NEC, Birmingham. For further information, contact James Palmer on +44 (0)1937 582111 or email jamesp@beta-int.com.

See the March issue of ETN for reports, results and pictures from BETA International 2012 plus the 2012 BETA Business Awards and Gala Dinner.


17th February, 2012.

Paid-for equestrian consumer magazines saw a slight fall in circulations last year – although nothing like the dip of 2010.

ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations) figures revealed yesterday (16 February) and covering January to December 2011 show average sales per issue as follows (2010 figures in brackets):

Horse&Hound 49,324 (52,176).

Horse 14,451 (15,430).

Your Horse 28,126 (28,577).

British Horse 68,092 (65,526).

H&H, Horse and Your Horse are more than 99% actively purchased ie. bought by consumers from a newsagents or on subscription; British Horse, the British Horse Society (BHS) membership magazine, is defined by ABC as 0% actively purchased and is the only title to record an increase in circulation.

To find out whether Horse&Hound’s new digital format magazine will count towards its ABC figure, see the March issue of ETN.


15th February, 2012.

Retailers visiting BETA International are invited to call at the ETN stand (P1.1), bring your business details and enter our free prize draw.

You could then be in the running to win a host of prizes, worth several thousand pounds, for your store.

Winner takes all – and you can enter only at BETA International  which begins this Sunday, 19 February to Tuesday, 21 February at the NEC, Birmingham.


14th February, 2012.

A survey has suggested that equine obesity remains worryingly high – even at the end of the winter.

The study, conducted by the University of Bristol’s Animal Welfare and Behaviour Group in collaboration with the Waltham Equine Studies Group, looked at horses spending at least six hours out at pasture.

More than a quarter were found to be obese at the end of the winter months - suggesting that well-meaning winter management strategies such as rugging and a reduction in exercise could be having a welfare impact, researchers concluded.

Significantly, the study took place in February 2011, at the end of a much harsher winter than 2011/12.

Find out more about equine weight watching in the March issue of ETN.


13th February, 2012.

A spoga spring horse exhibitor had most of its samples stolen from its stand the day before the German trade show opened last week.

“All of the Horze collection and half of our BVertigo range were removed from the stand, smuggled into a truck and driven away,” said a spokesman for the company that’s finding favour in the UK with its Scandinavian styled clothing collections.

Security was called but at this present time it has not been able to ascertain the whereabouts of the goods, he added.

Horze, meanwhile, was left very short of samples on its stand. “With a great deal of help from our enthusiastic staff and sales team, we had our new samples in place when the doors opened,” said the spokesman.

“I knew our products were popular - but this exceeds all our expectations!”

A re-stocked Horze UK is due to exhibit at BETA International which starts on Sunday, 19 February.


Complimentary coaches for visitors plus free shuttle service
to and from hotels

10th February, 2012.

BETA International’s free coach service has been extended this year for visitors attending the trade fair which starts next Sunday (19-21 February). Coaches will leave Exeter, Maidstone and Carlisle early on Sunday morning, with collection points en route as they make their way to the NEC, Birmingham.

An extra coach will travel up from Exeter on Monday, providing an additional opportunity for a day visit to the show, as well as collecting retailers who have been passengers on the previous day.

Coaches are fitted with toilet and refreshment facilities. For late availability, contact Lynn Pattison, telephone 01937 582111 or email tradefair@beta-int.com. A refundable charge of £15 per seat is requested when booking.

For the first time this year, BETA International is running a FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE between popular hotels and the NEC. The timetable is as follows:

BETA INTERNATIONAL SHUTTLE SERVICE – 19th, 20th and 21st February.
Timetable (these times are approximate).

Morning Express Holiday Inn 08.00 and 09.10
19th/20th/21st Feb Premier Inn 08.10 09.20
  Ramada Encore 08.20 09.30
  Arden 08.30 09.40
  Crowne Plaza 08.40 09.50
  Hilton Metropole 08.50 10.00
  NEC – Atrium 1 09.00 10.10
Evening NEC – Atrium 1 18.00 and 19.10
19th/20th Feb Express Holiday Inn 18.10 19.20
  Premier Inn 18.20 19.30
  Ramada Encore 18.30 19.40
  Arden 18.40 19.50
  Crowne Plaza 18.50 20.00
  Hilton Metropole 19.00 20.10
Evening NEC– Atrium 1 16.30 and 17.40
21st Feb Express Holiday Inn 16.40 17.48
  Premier Inn 16.50 17.56
  Ramada Encore 17.00 18.04
  Arden 17.10 18.12
  Crowne Plaza 17.20 18.20
  Hilton Metropole 17.30 18.28


10th February, 2012.

EXO2 is the name behind an innovative range of heated clothing for horses and humans.

Using the brand’s own, non-wired heating element FabRoc, EXO2 products run off rechargeable batteries that come with a lifetime guarantee.

International show jumper Geoff Luckett has been trialling the EXO2 range since last winter. “I find the StormWalker jacket an invaluable bit of kit to help keep me warm and my muscles loose,” he said. “I now use the Exoglo rug on all my horses prior to riding them in the winter.

The EXO2 range is one of many new products to be launched during BETA International at the NEC, Birmingham on 19-21 February. For details, visit www.beta-int.com.


9th February, 2012.

Some of Britain’s best riders are set to appear in an Olympic themed open forum during BETA International at the NEC, Birmingham, on 19-21 February.

Show jumping, eventing, dressage and para-dressage representatives will share their experiences of Olympics past and their hopes for London 2012.

Commentator Philip Ghazala will host the talks and engage members of the audience in question-and-answer sessions with panel members. The talks will take place on each of BETA International’s three days.

On the Sunday, ITN newscaster and British Showjumping ambassador Alastair Stewart will join the panel to talk about his love of equestrian sport and views on the Olympic Games.

Riders and trainers taking part include eventing’s Nicola Wilson, para-dressage rider Natasha Baker, gold medal winning dressage rider Laura Bechtolsheimer and eventing queen Mary King.


9th February, 2012.

In the February issue of ETN, a worming feature enables SQPs to earn two CPD points by correctly completing a quiz. AMTRA is required by the Veterinary Medicines Regulations to ensure its SQPs undertake CPD. The current training period ends on 30 June 2013 – and not 2012 as published in this month’s feature.


8th February, 2012.

Tangerine Group, owner of Carr & Day & Martin and Day, Son & Hewitt, has been named ‘One to Watch’ in 2012 by Best Companies, the people behind the Sunday Times list of ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’.

Each year, Best Companies receives thousands of applications from businesses around the UK. ‘One to Watch’ accreditation recognises firms that best look after their workforce.

Tangerine Group chairman David Haythornthwaite said the award reinforced his company’s commitment to providing rewarding careers. “We plan to rank within the top 100 list in the very near future,” he added.


7th February, 2012.

Six finalists are in the running for the Virbac Equine SQP of the Year Award 2012, to be presented BETA International (19-21 February).

The award recognises the important role played by SQPs in offering sound and well balanced advice on worming issues. It also acknowledges the ongoing training undertaken by SQPs to achieve this level of competence.

During the past 12 months, consumers have been nominating their local SQPs who, in their opinion, go the extra mile. From the many nominations received, six finalists have been invited to attend BETA International. They are:

Ann-Marie Brown - Farmway, Harrogate.
Mandy Dawkes - Wynnstay, Denbighshire.
Sarah Gardhouse - WCF, Carlisle.
Toni Wise - Dovehouse Farm, Beds.
Claire Sellors - Sellors, Nottingham.
Dafydd Lewis - W.D. Lewis, Lampeter.

BETA International 2012 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham. Admission is strictly trade only and free on pre-registration at www.beta-int.com.


6th February, 2012.

Teque-Style Performance Wear has been acquired by Premier Equine International, best known for its Buster rugs.

Nikki Smart, who founded Teque-Style ten years ago, will stay on as in-house designer. The range will continue to be manufactured in the UK and made available to the trade.

Read the full story in the March issue of ETN.


3rd February, 2012.

The shortlist of contenders for the ETN Trade Supplier of the Year – one of a series of 2012 British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) Business Awards – has been unveiled.

Ariat Europe, Charles Owen, Matchmakers International, Shires Equestrian and Trilanco have been nominated by retailers as the suppliers offering the best service and working hard to help them build sales and profitability.

The ETN Trade Supplier of the Year award is judged by an independent panel and will be presented at the BETA Gala dinner on Sunday, 19 February.

Find out who won this and other BETA Business Awards in the March issue of ETN.


1st February, 2012.

A TV documentary on the use of horses in World War 1 is to be aired on Channel 4 on Sunday, 4 March.

Almost a million horses fought on the Western Front during the war, yet only about 60,000 returned to Britain.

The Real War Horse programme will cover the role of Buckinghamshire based charity The Horse Trust. Then known as The Home of Rest for Horses, it provided the first motorised horse ambulance to transport wounded horses in France from the front line during the First World War.

According to the charity's 1916 Annual Report, in two years this ambulance travelled around 13,000 miles and carried in excess of 1,000 injured horses.

The first equine war veteran retired to The Horse Trust’s Home of Rest for Horses in 1919 was San Toy, a horse that had served in both the Boer and First World Wars.

Another was Roger, a German Cavalry horse was found rider-less on the battlefield during the battle of the Somme by a British Army Officer who caught him, got him to safety and at the end of the war brought him back to England to retire to the Home of Rest.

The Horse Trust depends on the support of the public to offer retirement to working horses. It costs the charity an average of £12 per day to look after each horse at the sanctuary, which includes the costs of grooms, forage, farriery and veterinary care. To donate to The Horse Trust, please visit www.horsetrust.org.uk, or contact the charity on 01494 488 464 or info@horsetrust.org.uk.

A puppet from the West End stage show War Horse will appear at BETA International 2012. For details, visit beta-int.com


31st January, 2012.

Abbey England has purchased Catras Leather from long-standing business associate Richard Stevenson who has retired.

Catras Leather is renowned for its bespoke and hand-finished commemorative brass plaques collected by steam rally enthusiasts. The company also produces marathon medals, horse brasses, door knockers and leather martingales.

“The purchase of Catras Leather will help maintain production in the West Midlands,” said Peter Philips of Abbey England. “We are able to manufacture bespoke brassware for customers with the design and supply of moulds headed by our specialists at the Walsall foundry.”


Derby House creditors agreed to the retailer’s proposed Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) at a meeting yesterday (26 January).

Read the full story in the February issue of ETN.


Equiport is to open a retail shop in Allostock, near Knutsford, Cheshire on Saturday, 11 February.

The official opening of the “extensive showroom” will take place at 1.30pm with consumers offered the chance to win prizes courtesy of Horse First supplements plus 1o% off all bespoke rug and saddle cloth orders placed in store between 11 and 25 February.

Over the past 18 years, Equiport has developed an own brand range of upmarket competition jackets, show rugs, saddle cloths and stable apparel, all manufactured in-house. Other brands to be stocked include HV Polo, Gersemi, Roeckl, De Niro, Veredus and Samshield.

“Equiport has an established retail website and presence at major equestrian shows throughout the year. This has led to demand from our customers for a boutique shopping location, where they can browse through our extensive range,” said managing director Ashley Gaynon.


Troubled retailer Derby House has appointed three new directors – Martin Turley, Mark Reeves and Chris Storr - as part of its revival plan.

Nigel Cayzer, who was appointed a director in 2002, remains in place.

The Lancashire based company has also proposed entering into a Company Voluntary Arrangement subject to approval at a creditors’ meeting scheduled for 26 January.

Read the full story in the February issue of ETN.


Thieves got away with around £150,000 (at retail) worth of luxury leather riding boots and saddlery when they broke into Zebra Products’ Flint, north Wales premises overnight on 17/18 January.

Managing director Simon Middleton has appealed for information from anyone in the trade who is offered any of the distinctive goods. .

“The criminals must have a ‘route to market’ to enable them to be able to turn these goods into cash,” he said.

Zebra Products is insured.

The premises, from which Zebra distributes high-end European brands to the UK and Ireland, were broken into with great force by what police believe were highly professional thieves who knew what they wanted. Stolen items include leatherwork, saddles, long riding boots and whips.

“They took around 28 pairs of Veredus Guarneiri boots (pictured), all our Konig riding boot stock which at cost was around £40k and lots of Equipe and Amerigo bridlework plus around 15 saddles,” Simon told ETN.

“The saddles they took were mostly our ‘white elephant’ ones - cancelled orders or misfits. They also took Fleck whips, particularly driving whips.”

The offices were ransacked with a laptop and Blackberry stolen. The computers were not touched. .

“We had CSI here all day yesterday, finger-printing the premises and analysing footprints and tyre tracks. My staff were very upset about the incident but we are determined our customers will not be effected,” said Simon.

“I would be really grateful if all UK and Irish retailers could keep a close eye and ear out for any of these products being offered for sale in the marketplace. The Amerigo and Equipe saddles and Konig and Guarnieri riding boots are only sold through a limited amount of retailers so I am sure any sightings of stolen goods appearing on the market will become quite obvious.”

Contact Zebra Products on 01352 763350.


Pegasus Health’s re-launched own brand supplements are now available to the trade through Battles.

The simple, yet effective range of ‘no frills’ herbal supplements will also be exhibited for the first time at next month’s BETA International 2012.

With immediate effect, Battles is stocking MSM, LiveAid, PegaVite, Biotin PLUS, Glucosamine, Yea-Sacc 1026, NatureBute and PurforMSM from the new collection of Pegasus Health products.


Every season, the Spanish manufacturer of Buff multifunctional headwear creates new designs.

Spring/summer 2012 sees the introduction of its first High UV Protection headwear collection especially to fit babies and children up to three years old.

The range includes 11 designs in Headband Buff, 22 new prints and patterns in the existing simple tubular High UV Protection Buff as well as the first High UV Protection Buff headwear for babies.


The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) has secured £85,000 of funding from UK Trade & Investment for the 2012/13 financial year as part of the government department’s plan to direct resources towards “developing markets”.

The money, from UKTI’s Trade Access Programme (TAP), will be used to subsidise BETA’s programme of trade missions, including exhibiting at two new shows – Equist, at the Istanbul Expo Center, in Turkey (13 to 15 April), and the China Horse Fair, in Beijing (13 to 15 October).

Read the full story in the February issue of ETN.


A new equestrian consumer show is coming to London in November.

With a shopping and demonstrations format, Horse World Live takes place at ExCel, the exhibition centre and Olympic venue, on 16-18 November.

Read the full story in the February issue of ETN.


Vale Brothers, famed for its 225-year history of manufacturing grooming brushes, is the new sponsor of the Champagne & Seafood Bar at BETA International 2012. Managing director Peter Wilkes said that the sponsorship was part of an initiative to raise the profile of the company’s new KBF99 brand, which will be unveiled at the show.

“We expect this new range to grow the value of the equestrian market, rather than replacing older product sales with newer lines,” he said. “Patents have been applied for and designs will be registered for this range of simple products backed by complex technology. BETA International presents us with a prime opportunity to share this exciting development and we would like to encourage visitors to come along to our stand to find out more.”

Claire Thomas, commercial manager of Equestrian Management Consultants, organiser of BETA International, added: “We are very pleased that Vale Brothers – a company with whom we have enjoyed a long and successful relationship over the years – is to support the show in this way. Choosing to reveal its exciting, new brand at BETA International is a huge endorsement for the trade fair’s position as an international business platform.”

The Champagne & Seafood Bar brings a sense of occasion to the show and provides the perfect place for visitors to relax over drinks with friends and colleagues. BETA International is the world’s leading trade fair for the equestrian, country clothing and pet products markets. Its 2012 show takes place from 19 to 21 February at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. Entry is free on pre-registration at www.beta-int.com