RESPECTED SADDLER PASSES AWAY

27th February, 2014.

Joseph A Gordon of Belfast, a highly respected and long standing member of the saddlery trade, has died. He was 91.

‘Joe’ Gordon began his saddlery apprenticeship to Hugh Sterling of Ballymena in 1936.

Later he established his own business and made regular trips to Walsall.

He also attended every BETA International trade fair since the first travelling fairs and made many friends in the industry.

Joe retired in 1987 and was succeeded by his son Roger Gordon who continues to run the business.

A full tribute appears in the April issue of ETN.


NEWS IN SALES IN THE NORTH

26th February, 2014.

Horslyx has appointed Nick Mackley as its UK area sales manager for the north of the UK.

Nick has previously worked for Baileys Horse Feeds, Dengie and most recently for Dodson and Horrell and its sister company Gold Line.

An occasional rider, Nick has two young children.


SUPPLIER WANTS CUSTOMERS’ PHOTOS

25th February, 2014.

Equisafety is offering a free gift to anyone who’s pictured wearing or using one of its horse, rider or dog products in any printed magazine during 2013 or this year.

Consumers are invited to scan the page featuring their photo, ensuring the magazine’s name is visible, and email it to sue@equisafety.com

Photos will be posted on Equisafety’s Facebook page.

Equisafety went on to thank ETN columnist Sue Carson “for this fabulous idea”.


BATTLES NAMED SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR

24th February, 2014.

Lincoln based wholesaler Battle, Hayward & Bower collected the Black Solicitors Trade Supplier of the Year Award at last Sunday’s British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) 2014 Business Awards and Gala Dinner.

Retailers chose the manufacturer, distributor or wholesaler that offers the best delivery, customer service and product knowledge.

Battle, Hayward & Bower, usually known as Battles, came out on top.

Judges and nominators said: “The winner has made real efforts to adapt to retailer needs over the past 12 to 18 months.

“Its availability and continuity of supply and diversity of products is fantastic, with very prompt and efficient delivery service.”

• For a full list of BETA Business Award winners, see the March issue of ETN.


NEW JOB FOR DR TERESA HOLLANDS

20th February, 2014.

The surprise departure of Dr Teresa Hollands from Dodson & Horrell last November sparked a search for the professional whereabouts of the eminent equine nutritionist.

Now ETN can reveal that Teresa has just taken the post of Senior Tutor in Nutrition at the new vet school at Surrey University.

“It’s really exciting as we will be producing vets for the 21st century,” said Teresa who had been with Dodson & Horrell for 20 years.

Latterly she had also been a specialist lecturer at the University of Nottingham vet school.


INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS NAMED AT BETA INTERNATIONAL

20th February, 2014.

A record number of new products were entered for this year’s BETA International Innovation Awards.

Sponsored by Equestrian Trade News (ETN), the awards were presented during the trade exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham on 16 – 18 February.

An independent judging panel comprised vet Beth Pritchard, show producer and rider Katie Jerram, medical doctor and body protector expert Michael Whitlock and retailer Simon Wetherald.

“The awards continue to grow year on year, which reflects just how highly regarded they are by members of the trade,” said BETA International organiser Claire Thomas.

“Companies recognise the value in winning such an accolade and the right to feature the awards’ branding in their own marketing campaigns is priceless.”

The winners were:

FEED & SUPPLEMENTS
Winner
Company:
Trilanco
Product: Science Supplements Gut Balancer

Highly commended
Company:
L S Sales (Farnam)
Product: Simplify Fly Inhibitor Supplement


HORSECARE EQUIPMENT & [horse] CLOTHING
Winner
Company:
Carr & Day & Martin
Product: Equimist 360

Highly commended
Company:
Equomed Lumark
Product: Ion Diodes Magnetic Therapy


PET PRODUCTS
Winner
Company:
Horseware Ireland
Product: Sportz-Vibe massage rug for dogs

Highly commended
Company:
Pet Rebellion
Product: Boot Mate


RIDER CLOTHING
Winner
Company:
Mobile Warming
Product: Ladies’ Heated Jacket

Highly commended
Company:
EquiSox & JockeySox
Product: JockeySox


SADDLERY & TACK
Winner
Company:
L S Sales (Farnam)/Leslie Sutcliffe
Product: Stride Free Exercise Saddle

Highly commended
Company:
Ardall
Product: Pro-Fit Studs & Pro-Fit Reamer Bit


SAFETY & SECURITY
Winner
Company:
Airowear
Product: Hickstead Body Protector

Highly commended
Company:
Charles Owen & Co (Bow)
Product: Charles Owen V8


COUNTRY FASHION & FOOTWEAR
Winner
Company:
Olang Footwear
Product: Montreal OC Bre

Highly commended
Company:
Le Jabot & Stock Company
Product: Le Jabot Cross Over Wrap


RIDER FOOTWEAR & CHAPS
Winner
Company:
Brogini
Product: Simona Boot

Highly commended
Company:
Brogini
Product: Caldo Boot


OTHER
Winner
Company:
Horse & Country TV
Product: Horse & Country TV Everywhere

Highly commended
Company:
Life Data Labs
Product: Farrier's Finish Hoof Protectant

• Find out more about the winning products - and why the judges like them - in the March issue of ETN.


NEW IN THE NORTH FOR TRILANCO

20th February, 2014.

Wholesaler Trilanco has appointed Heather Stephenson as area sales manager for the north-east of England the East Midlands.

Heather was previously with another wholesaler, Westgate EFI.

“Having worked in equestrian sales for four and a half years, I can’t wait to combine this experience with my agricultural knowledge and work with our customers, helping them to grow their businesses,” she said.

Heather grew up on a small holding. She has been a rider since the age of three and loves eventing and hunting. She shares her home in Consett, Co Durham with three Springer spaniels.


RETAIL FOOTFALL CONTINUES TO RISE

17th February, 2014.

For the second consecutive month, the number of shoppers entering non-food stores in the UK has risen year-on-year.

Following the welcome, but modest 0.7% improvement in December, January’s Retail Traffic Index (RTI), published by Ipsos Retail Performance, rose by 3.3% on 2013.

“2014 has started very differently from last year, when there was little justification to be optimistic and footfall continued its downward slide month-on-month,” comments Dr Tim Denison, director of retail intelligence at Ipsos.

“January 2014 is the first time since October 2009 that the RTI has recorded year-on-year growth in two consecutive months, hinting that shoppers are beginning to get up off their knees.”

Furthermore, the Ipsos MORI Economic Optimism Index - which canvasses 1000+ people each month and comprises the difference between the percentage who think the economy will get worse over the next 12 months and the percentage who think it will get better - stood at +20 at the start of February.

The last time this index reached this level was when Prime Minister Blair and New Labour moved in to Downing Street [1997].

“Aside from goods being well-priced and attractive to shoppers, the strengthening return of consumer confidence is now adding traction to the process,” says Denison.

“Shoppers seem willing to spend a bit more as long as they are reassured that they are getting value for money.”


WIN £1,000s OF PRODUCTS FOR YOUR STORE

13th February, 2014.

A retailer visiting BETA International this Sunday, Monday or Tuesday (16 – 18 Feb) will win £1,000s worth of products for his or her store.

Call at the ETN stand (P1.1) anytime during the show to enter a winner-takes-all prize draw.

Simply bring your business details along and you’ll be in with a chance of scooping a fabulous selection of products from BETA International exhibitors and ETN advertisers.

Among the prizes is an editorial feature on your store in an upcoming issue of ETN.

For a full list of companies who have generously donated products, see the February issue of ETN.


STANDS SOLD OUT FOR BETA INTERNATIONAL 2014

12th February, 2014.

BETA International – which starts this Sunday - is fully booked with 284 stands.

The sold out show will have the highest number of exhibitors since 2008.

More records have been broken with numbers of entries for the BETA International Innovation Awards - sponsored by ETN - and the Shires Equestrian New Product Gallery.

BETA International 2014 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 16 – 18 February. Exhibitors represent the equestrian, country clothing, outdoor and pet product sectors. More details at www.beta-int.com


RIDERS RECRUITED TO BEAT RURAL CRIME

11th February, 2014.

Police in Rutland are recruiting Mounted Police Community Volunteers to help fight rural crime.

The volunteers hack their horses as normal while acting as eyes and ears of the police.

Each volunteer is equipped with a high visibility jacket, supplied to the police by Lincoln based manufacturer and wholesaler Battles.

Read the full story in the February issue of ETN.


RETAILERS RUSH TO JOIN BRICKS AND MORTAR ONLY SCHEME

10th January, 2014.

More than 50 retailers have joined Animalife’s Accredited Retailer scheme since its 1st January launch.

Developed by the supplements company to support bricks and mortar businesses, it’s put a halt on retailers selling Animalife products online.

In order to stock its products from joint supplements to calmers, retailers must become Animalife Accredited Retailers.

Retailers that sign up are offered educational training, point of sale and merchandising for their stores, regular prize draws and access to the new Tradelife manager.

• Read the trade’s reaction and find out who is the new Tradelife manager in the March issue of ETN.


BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT DANCERS FOR BETA INTERNATIONAL

6th February, 2014.

Two male dancers who made the semi finals of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent are to appear in BETA International’s Equi-Theme Fashion Show.

Andrius Mitkevicius and Paulius Frejus, two-thirds of dance trio 2 N A Half Men, thrilled television audiences and judges with their show-stopped routines and acrobatic tricks.

Individually, Andrius and Pailius have danced alongside stars such as Madonna and Kylie Minogue.

New lines and latest launches from leading country and equestrian labels can be seen on the BETA International 2014 catwalk this month.

The show takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on 16 – 18 February. More details at
www.beta-int.com


RETAILERS’ ‘BIBLE’ BACK IN BOOK FORM

6th February, 2014.

The Trade Suppliers Directory (TSD) is to reappear in print to complement its online counterpart at www.britishequestriandirectory.com

The publication is packed with suppliers’ contact details, brands and product listings, making it the retailer’s ultimate reference guide.

“During BETA International, we’re running a show offer of 10% off all advertising booked in the TSD,” says British Equestrian Directories’ guru Laura Clegg.

“Adverts in the book version of the TSD are linked with the website. So, for example, if you buy a full page in the book, you get a banner for six months online.”

TSD is published in June, goes free to BETA Retail members and can be purchased by others in the trade at £18 (UK), £21.50 (Europe) and £22.50 (rest of world).

Find out more at BETA International on stand P1.1. Or contact Laura Clegg, telephone +44 (0)1937 582111 email laurac@beta-int.com


HUNT ON FOR TOP APPRENTICES – AND BOSSES

6th February, 2014.

The search is on to find the country’s top apprentices and apprenticeship employers.

The National Apprenticeship Awards, run by the National Apprenticeship Service, are open for entries. Regional and national honours are to be decided.

“The National Apprenticeship Awards are an opportunity for employers and individuals to gain the recognition they richly deserve,” said skills and enterprise minister Matthew Hancock.

Paul Cadman, of Walter Smith Fine Foods which last year scooped an Employer of the Year Award, said apprentices bring “a myriad of benefits” to the business.

To enter, visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk


NEW STORE OPENS IN GLASTONBURY

4th February, 2014.

A new Countrywide Farmers Store opened in Glastonbury, Somerset last Thursday (30 January).

Paralympic rider Deb Criddle, who was born in the county, and the Mayor of Glastonbury, Susan Thurgood, did the honours.

The split level store has on-line kiosks where customers can browse and order from an extra 14,000 product lines, as well as getting expert advice from in-store staff.

Deals and discounts were offered at the opening event, with special offers due to continue during the next three months.

The Glastonbury store is managed by Tracey Lockyer, who has been with Countywide for more than eight years.


NEWCOMER TO EXPAND EXPORTS

3rd February, 2014.

Hilton Herbs has appointed Lise Miniussi to its French business development and customer service team.

Based at the supplement company’s headquarters in North Perrott, Somerset, Lise’s brief is to support and expand one of its most important export markets.

Lise, who is bi-lingual and enjoys riding, joins Hilton Herbs from Simple Group in Ashford, Kent. She has previously worked in event management and corporate services in France and the UK.


WORMER LICENSED FOR BREEDING MARES

3rd February, 2014.

Equest Pramox oral gel has been licensed for use in breeding, pregnant and lactating mares.

The wormer, produced by Zoetis, and has been shown not adversely to affect mares’ fertility.

Equest Pramox contains moxidectin and praziquantel for single dose control of all three species of tapeworm, roundworms - including encysted larval stages of small redworms - and bots.

• ETN publishes AMTRA accredited features to enable SQPs to earn CPD points. See the February issue for the latest feature.