30th May, 2014.

Weatherbeeta is to close its Horsatack store in Droitwich at the end of June.

The wholesaler announced its intention “to exit retail” in February last year.

Weatherbeeta’s second Horsatack store in Milton Keynes continues to trade but is understood to be on the market.

“Weathebeeta is committed to focusing 100% on their wholesale business,” said a company statement.


30th May, 2014.

New consumer legislation deals specifically with retailers’ digital content for the first time.

The Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 (CCR) come into force on 13 June 2014.

The new requirements replace existing legislation and apply to any retail business selling to a consumer.

“It’s imperative that retailers understand the revised requirements and act accordingly to ensure they are fully compliant,” says commercial law specialist Sarah Riding.

For full guidance about the new consumer law, read Sarah’s advice in the July issue of ETN.


28th May, 2014.

British Riding Clubs (BRC) has cancelled this weekend’s Equilibrium Products Festival of the Horse.

The event was called off due to waterlogged ground at the Aston Le Walls site near Daventry, Northants.

“The BRC team and the team at Aston Le Walls have worked hard and tried to do everything possible to make the event happen, however the recent heavy rainfall and further rain forecast have left much of the ground underwater,” said a BRC statement.

“It has not been possible to access the land to set up the temporary stables and build the infrastructure in preparation for the event.”


28th May, 2014.

The latest edition of the Trade Suppliers Directory (TSD) appears next week.

The A4 reference book lists equestrian manufacturers and distributors with contact details.

Updated data also appears by brand and product to enable retailers to find the suppliers of mainstream or hard-to-find products.

Every UK retail member of the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) will receive a free 2014/15 TSD with the June issue of ETN.

Other members of the trade can purchase copies at £18 (UK), £21.50 (Europe) or £22.50 (rest of world).

The TSD has been in print for more than 30 years. It’s published by Equestrian Management Consultants (EMC), part of the BETA Group, and is a sister title to ETN.

To order your copy, contact Laura Clegg tel 01937 582111 or laurac@beta-int.com


27th May, 2014.

Bit company Neue Schule has issued a product recall.

The company is asking riders to stop using its 1CCB or 1CCE Comfy Contact bits because of “a potential safety concern.”

Neue Schule is offering to refund postage when consumers return bits which will be “re-engineered and returned to you shortly.”

Retailers holding stock in the UK and internationally have been contacted too.

According to the company’s Facebook page, the bits’ side arm connections to the ball joint and/or central barrel parts are the potentially affected assemblies.

Neue Schule CEO Sarfraz Mian told ETN that the bits concerned were “in the early stages of being on the market” and that the number distributed was “in the hundreds.”


27th May, 2014.

Cornwall Farms opens a Patch & Acre country store in Tavistock on Saturday (31 May).

International event rider Lucy Wiegersma will cut the ribbon to launch the retail group’s third new look outlet.

Consumers are invited to a free-to-attend roadshow to get advice on feeding horses, safety and riding.


26th May, 2014.

Heavy rain and sodden ground caused the cancellation of the third and final day of the Devon County Show on Saturday.

Organisers of the 119 year old show took “the heartbreaking decision” as it was unsafe for visitors to park their cars on the Clyst St Mary showground near Exeter.

Show secretary Ollie Allen acknowledged traders’ “bitter disappointment.”

There was also reports of a five vehicle accident in the show’s parking area on the Friday.

Two horses were cut free by fire crews after becoming trapped in a horsebox and a 70 year old car driver was taken to hospital, according to local media.


20th May, 2014.

Barnsby, one of Britain’s oldest saddlery brands, has been advertising ex-demo saddles at bargain prices.

Last week, consumers were invited on social media to “come to the factory, make me an offer and take one away.”

On Saturday, 10 May, the company’s Facebook page stated: “If you are at Badminton Horse Trials today don't miss your last chance to pick up a bargain from the Barnsby Stand.”

Jabez Cliff & Co, which trades as Barnsby, entered a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) at the end of last year.

The company was founded in 1793 and is a Royal Warrant holder.

ETN’s calls to Barnsby have not been answered.

Read more on this story in the June issue of ETN.


20th May, 2014.

Dutch wholesaler Horka has appointed Rhonda Hicks as sales agent for the south-east of England.

She has worked in the equestrian trade for ten years, including roles with Matchmakers International and Sherwood Forest.

Rhonda can tell retailers about the Horka and Red Horse collections.


20th May, 2014.

Bring Your Dog To Work Day (Friday 27 June) is set to promote the benefits of four legged friends in the workplace.

“The presence of pets can substantially reduce a person’s stress level in the workplace,” says Jo Amit of grooming product company Butch & Bess.

“We’re absolutely certain that Bring Your Dog To Work Day participants will create a new kind of Friday feeling,” added Leean Young of healthy dog treat company LoveSniffys.

Businesses and individuals taking part are invited to raise money for canine charities All Dogs Matter, Animals Asia and Pup Aid.

More information at bringyourdogtoworkday.co.uk


19th May, 2014.

Horse owners are urged to take part in an annual survey to provide a snapshot of UK horses’ health.

The National Equine Health Survey (NEHS), running until this Saturday (24 May), is organised by the Blue Cross charity and the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

This year the survey includes questions on Atypical Myopathy, infectious disease prevention and ragwort control.

Owners who take the survey could win prizes including a Jeffries bridle, Olympia Tickets and Arthur Carter Hay steamer.

Find the survey at www.bluecross.org.uk/NEHS


14th May, 2014.

Jason Brautigam is the new chief executive of British Dressage (BD). He replaces Amanda Bond who departs the organisation on 12 June to work for the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Jason (42) has been running his own marketing communications consultancy business for the past two years, with clients including Goodwood Racecourse, Arena Racing Company and York Racecourse.

Prior to that, he was the managing director for Totepool, responsible for Tote betting at all 60 racecourses in the UK, with total turnover of £410 million.

Before that, Jason was head of sales and marketing at Ascot Racecourse.

Jason joins BD on 9 June. “There’s a great opportunity to capitalise on the recent success of British riders to promote dressage to a wider audience and attract new supporters, whether as competitors, spectators or sponsors,” he said.

BD chairman Penny Pollard commented: “We’re looking forward to harnessing the skills Jason brings to BD, particularly his strong commercial background.”


13th May, 2014.

Besides the weather, Badminton traders were talking about the event’s new car parking arrangements.

Did the changes mean a loss of visitor numbers in traditional hotspots?

On Saturday evening, engineers were brought in to assess the safety of some of the event’s big marquees in the high winds and driving rain.

A reduced number of competitors remaining in the competition and show jumping on Sunday morning left visitors with more time for shopping.

Read more from our new show correspondent in the June issue of ETN.


13th May, 2014.

John Ireland has joined John Whitaker International and Brogini as business development manager.

He was previously with Matchmakers International for 17 years and has experience of domestic and international markets.


8th May, 2014.

TopSpec is to return to BETA International 2015 as the trade fair’s Coffee Shop sponsor.

It will be the sixth consecutive year that the popular refreshment and meeting point has been flagged up in the North Yorkshire based feed company’s green and yellow branding.

“TopSpec is highly regarded by the equestrian trade and we are proud to welcome back [company founders] Philip and Nicola Tyler – and their experienced team – to our loyal group of sponsors,” said BETA International organiser Claire Thomas.

Well known for its feed balancers, blends, chops and supplements, TopSpec has won the Haygain Nutritional Helpline of the Year – a BETA Business Award – seven times over the past eight years.

BETA International 2015 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 22 to 24 February.

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


6th May, 2014.

The Government is asking horse owners for feedback about any non-veterinary services they use.

Included in an online survey are questions about equine dental care, hoof care and musculoskeletal therapy provided by people who are not vets or farriers.

The results will be used to discuss how such services should be managed to protect equine health and welfare.

Current regulations covering veterinary and farriery activities were drawn up decades ago before many of today’s services were routinely available.

“Many horse owners simply aren’t aware of the level of skills, knowledge and protection that they are paying for and that this could open the door for unscrupulous individuals (or even well-meaning individuals without appropriate training) to set up in business,” said David Mountford of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) which is conducting the survey.

The survey is a part of the Review of Minor Procedures Regime (RMPR) project, set up by Defra. It’s at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RMPRHorseOwner


2nd May, 2014.

Horse & Hound editor Lucy Higginson is to leave publisher IPC Media in the summer.

She became the weekly title’s first female editor 12 years ago.

In a statement, IPC Media said Lucy has decided “to pursue other opportunities.”

Also announced today was a restructure of IPC Media’s Equestrian editorial team.

The move will see current brand development editor Sarah Jenkins appointed to the new role of content director.

Read the full story in the June issue of ETN.


2nd May, 2014.

Phil Duff has been appointed a non-executive director of Matchmakers International.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the equestrian trade, he was until last year the managing director of Ariat Europe.

“Matchmakers represents a family of iconic brands,” said Phil.

“I’m looking forward to influencing their return to prominence in the market, both in the UK and further afield.”

Matchmakers International’s brands include Harry Hall, Caldene, Cottage Craft, Masta and Tottie.

Read the full story in the June issue of ETN.


2nd May, 2014.

DPD is set to become the first UK carrier to provide a nationwide Sunday delivery service.

Internet retailers will be able to offer next-day delivery to customers who buy on a Saturday, often considered to be the busiest shopping day.

The service has been made possible with the introduction of collections from business customers on a Saturday.

On a Friday, online retailers will be able to specify either Saturday or Sunday delivery.

The service starts on 20 July. DPD says it will help create more than 500 new jobs at its depots.


1st May, 2014.

Fieldhouse Riding Equipment has today announced Carl Hester as brand ambassador for its new PDS saddles.

The Olympic team gold medallist has been working with the Walsall based company on the development of the range.

PDS stands for Professional Dressage Solutions.

The saddles are adjustable, have carbon fibre trees and foam and flocked panels.

“Carl has been particularly keen to work on getting the correct fit for the modern dressage horse,” said a spokesman for Fieldhouse Riding Equipment.

A trade launch will take place at Carl Hester’s Gloucestershire base on 13 June.


1st May, 2014.

The Tour de France, which starts in Yorkshire on 5 July, has caused the cancellation of two equestrian fixtures.

Aske Horse Trials, due to run on 27 and 28 June, has been called off ahead of the famous cycling event.

“A recent change to the organisation of the Tour de France means that the site will now be used as a car park for the Tour the week after Aske Horse Trials would have taken place. Therefore the Estate owners would like to protect the site,” said British Eventing in a statement.

Aske Horse Trials (2) is to go ahead on 27 and 28 September.

In endurance riding, the Last of the Summer Wine Ride, scheduled for 25 May around Holmfirth in Yorkshire, has been cancelled. Endurance GB said it was “due to part of the ride route being resurfaced for the Tour de France.”