£71k SETTLEMENT ENDS TRADEMARK DISPUTE

31st March, 2014.

Dutch wholesaler Grovet and its retail website Doc Horse have agreed to pay €85,000 (approx £71,000) to Equine America’s sister company Horsham Nutraceuticals following a trademark dispute.

The case, held in the District Court of The Hague, Holland on 17 March concluded with the parties agreeing to meet their own legal costs.

It was decided by the court that the Utrecht based companies’ importation and marketing of the US version of the joint supplement Corta-Flx had infringed Horsham Nutraceuticals’ European registered trademark Cortaflex.

Grovet and Doc Horse were told to refrain from any further infringement of the Cortaflex trademark.

Read the full story in the April issue of ETN.


DRESSAGE BOSS HEADS FOR HONG KONG

28th March, 2014.

Amanda Bond, chief executive of British Dressage (BD), is to leave the organisation after five and a half years.

She joins the Hong Kong Jockey Club as executive manager of equestrian affairs in June.

In her new role, Amanda will oversee the development of equestrian sport outside racing in the region.

With more than 25,000 employees, the Jockey Club is the largest employer in Hong Kong.


BRITISH ICONS LAUNCH CLOTHING COLLECTION

27th March, 2014.

Barbour and Land Rover have announced their first joint clothing collaboration for autumn/winter ‘14.

The ‘Barbour for Land Rover’ collection will be retailed from August through Barbour and Land Rover distribution channels worldwide.

There will be two ranges. Country Lux introduces a new, exclusively designed tartan plus jackets, gilets, wool knits and accessories with matching luggage.

Black Label is country/city tailored range to include knitwear with a black gloss trim pack alongside jackets.

“The new Barbour Land Rover clothing range is fit for purpose, practical and stylish and we are delighted and proud to be working in partnership with Land Rover,” said Steve Buck, managing director of Barbour.


SADDLE FITTERS LAUNCH NEW SOCIETY

24th March, 2014.

A group of saddle fitters has founded the Master Saddle Fitting Consultants (MSFC) Society.

Already the new body has members from England, Scotland, Wales, Spain and Holland.

Their aim is to exchange ideas and information while working to develop best practice in saddle fitting.

MSFC Society members have either qualified or are students with the Dutch based Academy for Master Saddle Fitting Consultants.

Find out more in the April issue of ETN.


SQPS INVITED TO NATIONWIDE ROADSHOW

21st March, 2014.

SQPs [animal healthcare advisors] across the country are invited to the annual AMTRA (Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority) CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Regional Roadshow.

The CPD, run in conjunction with AHDA (Animal Health Distributors Association) and sponsored by Merial, is free to attend.

Topics include flea control for companion animals, pet behaviour and prescribing anthelmintics [wormers] for grazing animals.

“Our regional CPD events are a valuable way for SQPs to widen and reinforce learning,” says Stephen Dawson of AMTRA.

For more details and to book a place, download the information sheet and booking form on the AMTRA website, www.amtra.org.uk

Events in southern England will be announced soon. Afternoon meetings run from 2.15 pm to 4.15 pm, and evening events are from 5pm to 7.30 pm. Refreshments are provided.


TECHNOLOGY “KEY TO BENEFITING FROM E-TAIL BOOM"

21st March, 2014.

Carrier DPD's Predict service has been made available all UK businesses and retailers.

It notifies recipients of a one hour delivery slot via text or email, allows them to watch the driver’s progress on his round, gives a real-time countdown and an accurate 15 minute delivery slot.

Recipients are notified of their delivery the evening before with five ‘in-flight' options: change delivery day, deliver to neighbour, deliver to a safe place, collect from nearest depot or upgrade my delivery.

The options can be accessed via a smartphone, tablet or desktop at any point during the delivery.

“The more we can communicate in real-time with recipients, the more we can ensure a safe and secure first time delivery,” said Dwain McDonald, CEO of DPD.

"Technology and real-time communication hold the key to helping businesses benefit from the e-tailing boom.”


BUDGET “GREAT NEWS” FOR RURAL BUSINESSES

20th March, 2014.

Rural finance experts broadly welcomed yesterday’s Budget.

“Doubling Annual Investment Allowances [to £500,000 until the end of 2015] will provide a massive boost to rural businesses,” said Sean McCann, finance specialist at insurer NFU Mutual.

These allowances are particularly useful for firms making capital investment in, say, new plant and machinery.

Rural businesses were also relieved that planned increases in fuel duty were scrapped and £200m set aside for local authorities to repair potholes.  

There was also good news in the Budget for businesses in flood-prone areas with an extra £140m pledged for flood prevention investments.

A disappointment was the postponement of a revaluation of business rates, which would have benefitted many firms outside London.


RETAILER OFFERS SAFETY GEAR AMNESTY

20th March, 2014.

Cornwall Farmers is to offer customers a 20% discount on new items when they trade in used riding hats and body protectors.

The ‘safety amnesty’ is part of the retail group’s equine roadshow which starts next weekend (29 March) at its newly refurbished Patch & Acre Country Store in Penzance.

Equine specialists in each store will provide riders with information and advice at the free-to-attend events.

“We will also be offering customers very attractive discounts on some of the key products they may need,” said Cornwall Farmers’ equine category manager Isobel Hanson.   

The roadshow continues at its stores in Truro (also on 29 March), Wadebridge (5 April), Launceston (12 April) and Bideford (12 April) with free refreshments for customers.


HELICOPTER CRASH PEER OWNED WORMER BRANDS

18th March, 2014.

Lord Ballyedmond (70), who died in a helicopter crash near his Norfolk estate last week, was the chairman and founder of Norbrook Laboratories.

The veterinary pharmaceutical company employs around 1,700 people at its Newry, Northern Ireland headquarters.

Norbrook Laboratories introduced Noromectim to the equine market in 2002 and earlier this year launched Noropraz Equine Paste.

The former Edward Haughey was made a life peer in 2004 when he became Baron Ballyedmond of Mourne in County Down.


BODY PROTECTOR IN LINE FOR AWARD

18th March, 2014.

The Kan body protector has been shortlisted for an inaugural Sports Technology Award.

The garment was created by Wendy McCaughan with female riders in mind.

Wendy, who has previous experience designing bullet proof vests, worked with motorcycle protective wear company Knox to design the Kan.

The winners of the Sports Technology Awards will be announced on 4 April.

See the April issue of ETN for a feature on safety gear.


NEWCOMER JOINS ACCESSORIES SUPPLIER

18th March, 2014.

Marketing graduate Will Jenkins has joined Buffera as marketing and PR executive.

“My first challenge is to broaden the reach of our brands beyond our core audiences,” said Will.

Buffera is the UK and Ireland distributor of Buff headwear, SueMe sportswear and Hides eyewear.


SADDLER LAUNCHES CHARITY APPEAL

18th March, 2014.

Telford saddler Colin Sargent has launched a charity in memory of his late wife Jayne who died of cancer last year.

The Jayne Sargent Foundation is seeking support and fund-raising ideas from individuals or companies who would like to help cancer concerns local to them.

Colin and Jayne formed C B Sargent Bridlemakers in 1994 followed by Steedsman Limited in 1995.

For more details about the charity visit www.jaynesargentfoundation.org.uk


TV BOOST FOR SHOWJUMPING

18th March, 2014.

BT Sport is to cover more showjumping this summer.

The British Showjumping International Stairway series will be broadcast from a number of county shows.

Action from Devon County, Suffolk County, South of England, Royal Norfolk, New Forest, Hampshire and Royal Berks will be included in a six part series.


PLACES AVAILABLE FOR SQP CPD EVENTS

11th March, 2014.

Merial Animal Health is running a series of AMTRA accredited CPD events for SQPs next month.  

Attendance is worth 40 CPD points, or seven hours of self-accredited CPD.

Presentations will cover WECs [worm egg counts] and the worming requirements of mares and foals.

The events take place on 3 April at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire; 8 April at Reaseheath College, Cheshire; 16 April at Writtle Agricultural College, Essex.

An additional workshop is planned at Bicton College, Devon on 5 September 2014.

Booking is via a £50 deposit per delegate, refundable on attendance or, if preferred, donated to the charity World Horse Welfare.

Places are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Contact your local Merial territory manager.

SQPs [suitably qualified persons to prescribe and supply drugs such as wormers] are required to earn a set number of CPD points to maintain the qualification.

ETN runs regular AMTRA [Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority] accredited CPD features for SQPs.


NEW RECRUITS FOR SUPPLEMENT SUPPLIER

11th March, 2014.

Supplement specialist Global Herbs has three new recruits.

Nicky Caines and Hannah de Monti join the sales team while Claire Rossiter has been appointed e-media administrator.

Nicky, who used to work for Manchester Police Mounted Unit, the Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt and most recently in the corporate business sector, is now Global Herbs’ area sales manager for the south-east.

Hannah, who’s covering maternity leave for Michelle Knott, area sales manager for the East Midlands, has a nutrition and pharmaceutical sales background. She owns an Irish sports horse called Guinness.

Claire was previously with Redpin Publishing.


MAGAZINE SALES FALL

10th March, 2014.

Sales of equestrian consumer magazines monitored by Audit Bureau Circulations (ABC) have fallen.

New ABC figures (average sales per issue) from January to December 2013 are as follows [2012 in brackets]: Horse&Hound 44,458 [48,124], Your Horse 20,798 [23,719] and British Horse 69,170 [69,070].

The figure for British Horse, which is mailed free to British Horse Society (BHS) members, is listed by ABC as 0% actively purchased, whereas Horse&Hound and Your Horse are 99.9% actively purchased.

The ABC figures for Horse&Hound and Your Horse include digital as well as print sales of the respective magazines.

Other titles use different means of measuring and announcing their circulation figures.

This story first appeared in the March issue of ETN.


BADMINTON APPOINTS SHOPPING GURU

10th March, 2014.

Phil Duff is to mastermind Badminton’s trade stand area.

The former managing director of Ariat Europe and founder of HAC-TAC has been named ‘trade stand development consultant’ of the event on 7 – 11 May.

“Phil has been given a wide ranging brief to review our current arrangements and recommend future development ideas” said Hugh Thomas, director of Badminton.

Having attended the Gloucestershire event annually for the past 30 years, Phil has regularly worked with exhibitors.

“Badminton is the premier international equestrian event and its trade stand area offers an unparalleled business opportunity to hundreds of exhibitors,” he said.


FRIDAY IS DEADLINE DAY

10th March, 2014.

BETA International 2015 returns to the NEC, Birmingham on 22 – 24 February.

Exhibitors can make savings on stand prices under the show’s Early Commitment Scheme.

To qualify, stands must be booked by 14 March [this Friday] and deposits paid by 1 October 2014.

Call James Palmer on 01937 582111 to find out more.

See the March issue of ETN for a full report on last month’s trade fair, plus award winners.


NEW SHOW POSTPONED

6th March, 2014.

Total Confidence Live – the new show from the organisers of Your Horse Live – has been postponed until 2015.

The 26/27 April event at the South of England Showground has been re-scheduled for the same weekend and venue next year.

Ticket holders are offered refunds. No money has been taken from traders who booked stands, said a spokesman for organiser Bauer Media.

Total Confidence Live is a franchise within Your Horse magazine. The show is based on shopping, celebrity demonstrations and the chance to ‘have a go’ at various equestrian activities.


RETAILER CELEBRATES EXPANSION

6th March, 2014.

Members of the equestrian trade and press are invited to RB Equestrian to celebrate the opening of its expanded shop next week.

The official unveiling of the extension – which sees the Milton Keynes retailer grow from 6,000 to almost 12,000 square feet – takes place on Friday 14 March.

A public open day will be held the following day, Saturday 15 March, with discounts across the store and a giant raffle with prizes including £100 gift vouchers. Customers will be given free tickets.

RB Equestrian has been trading for 25 years.

Members of the trade and press who would like to attend on the Friday are asked to call RB Equestrian on 01908 365335 or 365548 for catering numbers.

Everyone is welcome on the Saturday.


RURAL RETAILER FEELS EFFECT OF MILD AUTUMN

5th March, 2014.

Countrywide Farmers has cited a mild autumn as partly responsible for its £0.5m group operating loss announced last week.

The figure for the six months to 30 November compares with a £0.5m operating profit for the rural retail chain for the same period in 2012.

“Group sales at £143.6m showed a 3% increase on last year,” said chairman Nigel Hall.

“However retail margins declined in the face of tough trading conditions which, combined with a warm autumn, has produced a performance short of our expectations.”

Significant investments for Countrywide during the trading period included a new store in Glastonbury, a new trade counter in Marlborough and the purchase of Abergavenny Farm Supplies.

Re-launching the website has delivered an 85% increase in online business, Nigel added.


WEDDING BELLS FOR SADDLERY COUPLE

4th March, 2014.

Peter Wilkes, managing director of Vale Bros, and saddle fitter Janet Blackburn were married on 20 February.

Family and friends gathered at The Old Vicarage, Bridge North, Shropshire to wish them well.

Janet is a Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) qualified saddle fitter with her own business, Just Saddles, based near Preston, Lancs.

She has worked for some time as a consultant to Harry Dabbs Saddle Makers, part of the Vale Bros group.

See a photo of the happy couple on their big day in the April issue of ETN.


FEED FIRM MAKES NEW APPOINTMENTS

4th March, 2014.

Feed manufacturer Dodson & Horrell has appointed three new members of staff.

Laura Hardwick is new to the sales team and covering the north of England. Laura previously worked for Finest Brands International (Toggi and Champion brands owner), Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) organiser Grandstand Media and Blue Chip Feeds.

Charlotte Read joins Dodson & Horrell in mid-April as marketing assistant. Charlotte has also worked for Grandstand Media and, before that, Allianz (PetPlan Insurance).

Sarah Helen Kearney has joined the company’s technical support team and is offering equine and canine nutritional advice via its helpline.

Dodson & Horrell celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.


ROYAL NORFOLK IS 60

3rd March, 2014.

The Royal Norfolk Show marks its 60th running on the Norwich showground on 25/26 June.

Said to be the largest two day agricultural show in England, last year’s event attracted more than 1,640 equine entries plus 321 starters in the show jumping.

A new farm area will display different breeds of livestock, horses, rabbits and poultry.

Julian Taylor, show director, said special rosettes were on offer this year to commemorate the 60th Royal Norfolk at the showground.

Applications to join the tradestand waiting list – with confirmation of availability due within two weeks - should be made to Sonia Bell on 01603 731968.