30th April, 2012.

The 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials has been cancelled.

In a statement, event director Hugh Thomas said: “The recent exceptional rainfall has left the ground at Badminton totally waterlogged and partially flooded. Further rain is due this week leaving no chance of the ground drying out.

“Purchasers of advance tickets, exhibitors, sponsors and riders will of course be refunded as soon as is practical.”

Badminton was previously cancelled in 2001 due to foot-and-mouth and fell victim to bad weather in 1987 and 1975.


27th April, 2012.

Smart Grooming has a range of fun quarter-marking stencils to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

For a striking statement they can be used with colour spray and glitter, or for more traditional use, simply brushed onto the summer coat.

Colour sprays come in red, white and blue (of course) as well as glitzy silver, gold, green, purple, pink and black.


25th April, 2012.

Four members of the Crawley and Horsham hunt are appearing at Horsham magistrates Court this week accused of offences under the Hunting Act.

Neill Millard of Dragons Lane, Shipley, Jamie Hawksfield, of Bines Road, Partridge Green, Rachael Holdsworth, of Rock Road, Washington and Andrew Phillis have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The case continues.


24th April, 2012.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to attend Badminton Horse Trials on Monday 7th May.

They will watch the final show jumping phase before presenting prizes to the winners of this year’s event.


24th April, 2012.

One hundred and thirty-four (134) companies have signed up to exhibit at BETA International 2013 at the NEC, Birmingham on 17-19 February.

New and long-standing exhibitors have booked 4,750 square metres of space so far.

Westgate EFI and Neue Schule are among those requesting larger stands. Outdoor clothing specialist Craghoppers’ stand will be double the size it had for its BETA International debut this year.

“The early bookings – and stand growth – are a wonderful endorsement of the trade fair and an indication of its strength moving forwards to 2013,” said Claire Thomas, commercial manager of EMC, organiser of BETA International.


20th April, 2012.

Get the Gallop is a new website that aims to offer equestrian consumers group buying discounts in the manner of global phenomenon Groupon.

Founder Caroline Almgren says the site will be offering deals on equestrian items, services and events. “One offer will be selected as a daily deal, the promotion being available for up to two weeks, depending on the supplier’s wishes.”


18th April, 2012.

MSD Animal Health is offering a ‘buy five get one free’ deal to trade outlets that stock its fly control product Coopers Fly Repellent Plus.

It’s the only product licensed to UK standards that kills and repels flies and helps to control infestations of the biting louse damalinia equi.

The offer is available on Cooper’s Fly Repellent Plus purchased from Battles or Trilanco.


16th April, 2012.

Despite rumours to the contrary, ‘Suitably Qualified Person’ (SQP) will remain as the official and legal title of those qualifying through the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA), the organisation has confirmed.

Other descriptions of the role, such as Animal Health Advisor, can be useful in explaining to the public what an SQP does, says AMTRA; but it advises against abbreviating those into new acronyms.

Stephen Dawson, Secretary General of AMTRA, said businesses should have the freedom to use a description they feel is appropriate, while bearing in mind that SQP remains the official title.

“There has been a lot of debate about how we should describe an SQP to the public in a way that is clear, descriptive and accurate,” he said.

“Various phrases have come into use, and I believe that businesses should describe their employees in a way that is relevant to their customers. However, SQP remains the official and legal title, enshrined in the Veterinary Medicines Regulations, in the ‘S’ of the POM-VPS and NFA-VPS medicines categories, and in the higher education qualification that underpins SQPs,” he said.

At a recent AMTRA Council meeting, members voted for the description ‘Animal Medicines Advisor’ to accompany AMTRA literature, bearing in mind the core of the SQP role and qualification is focused on safe and effective use of medicines.

• See June issue for ETN’s latest AMTRA accredited SQP CPD feature.


13th April, 2012.

Actress Cindy Marshall-Day and her business partner Julie Taylor – best known for their Heavenly Horse treats – have launched a clothing range.

Equine Couture aims to combine high performance with glamour. With jodhpurs in two colours - and the Fit Filly logo on the back encrusted in crystals, the range also features polo shirts, blouson jackets, welly warmers and ear warmers in ‘on trend’ pinks, blues and lilacs with plenty of bling.

A full collection will be available for Christmas 2012, with a rug range due for launch at BETA International 2013.


11th April, 2012.

Rumenco has introduced range of lick-style supplements and treats. The new products are the subject of promotional offers until the end of May.

Find out more in the special supplements feature in ETN May issue.


10th April, 2012.

Protective boot brand Kentucky Horsewear, established in August 2010, can already count the likes of Bettina Hoy, Lars Nieberg and Laura Collett among its devotees.

More significantly than a handful of star names, the collection is selling strongly throughout Europe, the USA and Australia. It reached the UK last month and is wholesaled by Equiport, better known as an upmarket retailer.

The name Kentucky Horsewear sounds familiar because it’s a licence of the famous German clothing brand Kentucky Reitmoden which dates back to 1961. Both companies are run separately, but share the brand name/logo and distribution network worldwide.

Find out more in the April issue of ETN.


5th April, 2012.

Distributor Westgate EFI has added Rodney Powell Body Protectors to its list of exclusive brands.

The move will see the company pick up manufacture of the Elite X2ESP - which offers enhanced spinal protection – as well as the Elite Flexi-Back Body Protector.

The garments are being re-tested and re-submitted for BETA approval, WEFI marketing manager Tracey Woods told ETN.

"The Rodney Powell brand is well respected in the industry and we look forward to continuing with the hard work that went into developing these products,” said WEFI joint managing director Bruno Goyens.

For more safety news, see the April issue of ETN.


4th April, 2012.

The acquisition of food group BOCM Pauls by ForFarmers for a reported €85 million will make the Dutch based company Europe’s largest feed producer.

Hickstead Horse Feeds is included in the deal that was announced on 29 March.

“Hickstead Horse Feeds is part of BOCM PAULS and so will be acquired by ForFarmers Group,” Nick Major, sales and marketing director told ETN.

BOCM Pauls operates 11 compound feed mills in the UK and produces more than 1.9 million tonnes of feed. The company’s turnover is €600 million.

ForFarmers produces 8.8 million tonnes of feed, has 2,500 employees and an annual turnover of €6.6 billion.


2nd April, 2012.

An additive introduced to everyday equestrian items from grooming brushes to feed buckets can combat strangles, ringworm, e-coli and mycotoxins.

KBF99, new from Vale Brothers, has been shown in scientific trails to reduce harmful bacteria and fungus thus lessening the chances of disease being transmitted from horse to horse.

The additive remains effective for at least two years, can be included on any plastic product with no risk of staining or leaving chemical residue.

Rich in nitrogen molecules, it carries a positive charge, coats the surface with molecular strands (tiny spikes or swords). Bacteria, fungi, algae and mycotoxins carry a negative charge and so are attracted onto the spikes where the surface membrane is ruptured, killing the cell.

In addition, the negative charge of the bacteria and positive charge of KBF99 means the cell is also electrocuted.

A range of 22 KBF99 products is available including mane combs, brushes, mangers, shavings forks, feed scoops and salt lick holders. RRPs are from £2 to £20, a dandy brush for example costing £13.50.