BRAND AMBASSADORS SOUGHT BY FOOTWEAR COMPANY


25th April, 2017.

Kanyon Outdoor is offering three riders the chance to be part of its sponsored team.

The Northamptonshire based footwear and clothing company invites entries via its Facebook page from riders of all ages and across all disciplines at every level.

In return for promoting the Kanyon brand for 12 months, the winners will each receive clothing and footwear, branded rugs and saddle pads, training with an international rider and “plenty of publicity”.

“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to support the equestrian industry and the rising stars of tomorrow in this way,” said Teresa McHugh, marketing manager at Kanyon Outoor.



FENCING SUPPLIER WINS AWARD


25th April, 2017.

M&M Timber has been named Treated Wood Trader of the Year.

The accolade was presented to the Worcestershire company at the 2017 Wood Protection Association (WPA) Awards earlier this month (5 April).

M&M Timber specialises in machine rounded timber products, many of which are used for fencing.

The WPA promotes the use of wood protection technology to improve the performance and value of timber as a sustainable construction material.

Find out more about M&M Timber’s equestrian products in the May issue of ETN.



NEWCOMER JOINS TOOLS AND TUBS COLLECTION


25th April, 2017.

Faulks & Cox Ltd (FCL), owner of Tubtrugs, has acquired Equine Speedskip.

The design registered poo-picking rake and skip sets are to be supplied to the trade alongside FCL’s current range of stable tools and tubs.

“Equine Speedskip have done a great job of bringing their product to market, not only in UK but in Europe too,” said Dean Cox, managing director at FCL.

“We’re delighted to be able to take the torch from Eileen [Pickering] and Gareth [Hulbert] and integrate this great British-made product into our range.”

FCL is mid-way through re-branding its Tubtrugs, Tyre Rubber, Gorilla Brooms and Wm Faulks labels under an umbrella name – Red Gorilla.

As well as equestrian, the company supplies the garden, homewares and building sectors.



NEW CATALOGUE SUITS ALL BUDGETS


24th April, 2017.

The 20th edition of the Snowhill Trade Saddlery catalogue is packed with new products.

UK retailers will each receive a copy of the 198 page publication with the May issue of ETN.

Never-before-seen jodhpurs, breeches, leather boots and luggage ranges are among the highlights.

At a time when good value is on everybody’s mind, the new Snowhill Trade Saddlery catalogue aims to tick the following boxes:

• Price
• Quality
• Design
• Choice

The colourful, glossy edition highlights four exclusive brands at different price points to suit all customers’ budgets.

Added to the company’s 24 hour delivery and friendly service, the new Snowhill Trade Saddlery catalogue is a retailer’s must-have buying tool.



FUTURE DRESSAGE STARS SECURE SUPPORT


18th April, 2017.

British Dressage (BD) has confirmed NAF as the new headline sponsor of its youth teams for riders under 21.

The Pony, Junior, Young Rider and Children on Horses squads will ride under the Team NAF banner throughout the season, culminating at their European Championships in July and August.

The three year deal was announced at the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships at Hartpury in Gloucestershire last week.

The show marked the seventh anniversary of NAF’s sponsorship of the sport’s largest championship fixture.

The Monmouthshire based supplements manufacturer has also become one of the sport’s official partners, alongside Shearwater Insurance and Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

Top dressage riders such as Laura Tomlinson, Maria Eilberg and Fiona Bigwood have emerged from youth teams and gone on to win senior medals.

NAF also supports Bobby Hayler, Alice Oppenheimer and Phoebe Peters, who’ve competed at the youth European Championships.

NAF’s new support will go towards a year-round programme dedicated to nurturing future talent.

A training schedule including participation in nominated competitions will lead to the production of four squads to compete as Team NAF for Great Britain.

The first opportunity for Team NAF to sport the team colours will be at the forthcoming CDIO3* for Ponies, Juniors and Young Riders at Saumur in France, later this month (27 – 30 April).

Said Jason Brautigam, BD chief executive: “NAF is a brand which has a long association with dressage and this extension to cover our stars of the future is a mark of their commitment to long, lasting partnerships and supporting talent development.”

NAF chairman Richard Cleeve added: “It’s of paramount importance to cultivate the talent of the future to ensure the success and longevity of the sport.

“My father was a great supporter of developing young riders and I know he would be delighted too.”



CASH CUSTOMERS GET NEW WAY TO SHOP


18th April, 2017.

New Amazon Cash makes it possible to shop online with ‘real’ money.

Only available in America so far, it’s designed to appeal to those without bank accounts or debit/credit cards.

Up to 27% of US consumers – the so called ‘unbanked’ – are regular cash customers, according to the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation).

Amazon Cash works by customers receiving a barcode via email.

They can then hand over cash in participating stores to ‘top-up’ their online accounts with between $15 and $500 per transaction.

Alternatively, customers can print the barcode and take it to a store on paper.

Payment is placed onto the account and consumers are able to purchase items from the Amazon store immediately.

Amazon Cash is free to use. It will soon be available in 10,000 locations in major US cities, according to the company.

There is no report of the system arriving in the UK, yet.



HELMETS RECALLED OVER POTENTIAL BUCKLE FAILURE


18th April, 2017.

Charles Owen has recalled its Limited Edition 4Star Cross Country Helmet with Chrome Buckle.

The Wrexham based manufacturer says the move is due to the potential for extreme corrosion of the chrome buckle, which may result in buckle failure.

“This recall impacts this model in sizes 54 (0½), 55 (1) and 56 (1½),” said a spokesman for Charles Owen.

“Information regarding the helmet model can be found on the product satin, guarantee card or user instructions.”

Consumers are advised to cease use of the affected helmets immediately.

They are invited to contact either the shop they purchased the helmet from or Charles Owen directly in order to receive a replacement or full refund.

Consumers and retailers can contact Charles Owen on 01978 317769 or email info@charlesowen.co.uk for more information about replacement and refunds.



THOROUGHBRED ENTHUSIAST JOINS FEED COMPANY


18th April, 2017.

TopSpec has appointed Jodi Finucane to the role of graduate equine nutritionist.

Originally from County Limerick in Ireland, Jodi studied for a B.Sc (Hons) in agricultural science at University College Dublin.

Having ridden all her life, she is a racing enthusiast with a special interest in breeding and producing youngsters.

Before joining TopSpec, Jodi worked for Hickstead based Irish showjumper Shane Breen and for Camas Park Stud in County Tipperary assisting with sales prepping, stud office duties and in the racing yard.

She has worked a breeding season at the Aga Khan Studs in Kildare too.



FOR SALE? 53 COUNTRYWIDE STORES


10th April, 2017.

Countrywide Farmers is considering selling off its 53 Countrywide stores.

The news follows the closure of 14 of the group’s retail outlets in February.

Last week, Countrywide Farmers reported a loss after tax of £9.9 million for the year ending 30 November 2016.

Countrywide Farmers’ directors described it as a “disappointing trading performance” following a period of change and investment, most notably in IT systems.

Discussions with its bank have been “positive”, says the Countrywide board, with funding agreed to support the company for the foreseeable future.

PwC (Pricewaterhouse Coopers) has been asked to explore a potential sale of the Countrywide retail business comprising 53 stores supported by field sales and back office teams.

Countrywide says it does not expect its Rural Energy LPG or Turf and Amenity business to be affected.



NEW RECRUIT JOINS SALES TEAM


10th April, 2017.

Carrie Newman has joined Spillers’ national sales team as regional sales manager (north).

Carrie has been recruited by the feed company after two years working for Carr & Day & Martin. Before that she was in equestrian retail.

As well as working full time, Carrie is in the final year of a BA degree in equine studies. She’s also planning to show jump her horse Zander this season.

Describing working for Spillers as her “dream job”, Carrie added: “I’m really excited to get out and meet all my customers to see what we can achieve this year.”



CHANCE OF A LIFETIME FOR SPONSORED RIDERS


6th April, 2017.

Would you like to see your sponsored dressage rider or brand ambassador compete at an international show?

The offer is open to all companies who contribute to the 1000 Club which is supporting International Dressage at Hickstead on 27 – 30 of July.

Already top riders including Carl Hester have chipped in to help the show that was cancelled last year due to a financial shortfall.

For 2017, donors of £1,000 will receive VIP access for two to the show, various other perks plus entry to a pick your own class. This means riders of any level can compete at the international fixture.

“We’ve already had generous support from riders,” said Dressage at Hickstead director Dane Rawlins.

“And we think this is a great opportunity for companies to give their sponsored riders the chance of a lifetime to ride at an international show - as well as great exposure for their brands.”

Find out more at dane@dressageathickstead.com



ROYAL WARRANT AWARDED TO WHOLESALER


6th April, 2017.

Farm & Stable Supplies LLP has been awarded a Royal Warrant for equine supplies to HM The Queen.

The wholesaler of equine and veterinary products heard the news earlier this week.

“We feel honoured and are thrilled after supplying the royal stables and Household Cavalry for 40 odd years,” director John Newton told ETN.

Farm & Stable LLP was founded in 1975. Today it has an £8 million turnover and bases in Hampshire, Cheshire, Northern Ireland and Germany.



FILM GOES BEHIND THE SCENES AT BETA INTERNATIONAL


5th April, 2017.

You can relive the vibrant atmosphere of BETA International 2017 via a newly released film.

With personality appearances and action from around the show, there are also interviews with exhibitors, visitors and the organising team.

BETA International has also announced that Equestrian Trade News (ETN) is to continue as its media partner for the 2018 show at the NEC, Birmingham on 21 – 23 January.

“ETN is the only title to publish an official BETA International preview, complete with exhibitors’ list and show floorplan,” said editor Liz Benwell.

“We’re also first to deliver the latest BETA International news throughout the year.”

• Watch the BETA International 2017 video here.

BETA International is the world's leading trade exhibition for equestrian, country clothing, outdoor and pet products.

For further information about exhibiting, contact James Palmer, telephone +44 (0)1937 582111 or jamesp@beta-int.com



NEW MANAGER OFFERS VETERINARY SUPPORT


3rd April, 2017.

Dr Rosie Naylor, a vet specialising in equine internal medicine, has been appointed by Virbac (UK and Ireland) as equine technical manager.

Virbac manufactures Equimax and Eraquell wormer brands.

Rosie is developing the company’s equine product portfolio and providing technical support and services to Virbac’s equine customers.

An equine vet for 11 years, in 2008 Rosie undertook a residency in equine internal medicine at the Royal Veterinary College.

She went on to investigate the effect of amino acid supplements on building muscle mass in the horse.

Rosie joins Virbac from Newmarket Equine Hospital where she was a consultant in equine medicine.

“I’m looking forward to putting my clinical expertise and veterinary experience to good use in a new environment,” she said.



RUGBY FANS TO GET INTO THE SADDLE


3rd April, 2017.

Twickenham Stadium will host riding as well as rugby this Saturday (8 April).

Visitors to Bath Rugby's The Clash, a fun-filled family event, are being invited to try different sports activities – including riding two mechanical horses.

The Take up the Reins campaign’s RoboCob and Henry will be tacked up ready to ride in the West Fan Village in the Have a Go at Equestrian area.

Devised by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) and supported by the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), Take up the Reins encourages equestrian participation among people of all ages and backgrounds.

Everyone who rides receives a goody bag with a booklet about taking up riding, a £10 Equine Taster Experience voucher to put towards a riding session and a coupon to exchange for a free pair of riding gloves when buying a first pair of jodhpurs and boots.

The Take up the Reins team and instructors from the Park Lane Stables riding school, Teddington will be on hand to help would-be riders.

A rugby match between Bath Rugby and Leicester Tigers in Twickenham Stadium follows the family fun.



VELCRO OWNER SECURES STAKE IN PET PRODUCT FIRM


3rd April, 2017.

The company that owns the Velcro trademark has acquired a minority stake in pet products supplier Petface.

Velcro Companies says the deal will add to its capabilities to develop innovative products.

The global company has manufacturing interests in the US, Belgium, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, Spain and China, plus sales offices around the world.

Hertfordshire based Petface distributes more than 3,000 products for dogs, cats, small pets and wild birds.

The existing Petface management team will remain in place. Financial terms were are undisclosed.

"This new shared venture with Petface represents another strategic step in building our presence in growth markets,” said Mark Sater of Velcro Companies.

“And we are enthusiastic about the significant further potential for Petface to develop and deliver innovative products and expand globally.”

The arrangement will also benefit from strong consumer awareness of the Velcro brand, he added.

Petface CEO Peter Johnson commented: “We are looking forward to working with [Velcro Companies’] development teams… both businesses are dedicated to the details that make products functional, durable and easy to use.

“This significant investment aligns the business and gives Petface the perfect platform to grow internationally."

Established in 2011, Petface supplies large retailers, independent pet specialists and garden centres.

Velcro Companies has a 50 year history in fastening solutions.

It owns more than 400 active patents and numerous trademarks, including the Velcro trademark which is registered throughout the world.