27th June, 2013.

Retailer Classic Dressage and Horse&Rider magazine have teamed up to run a new dressage convention.

The event on 19/20 October at Bury Farm in Buckinghamshire will be hosted by Olympic riders Carl Hester and Richard Davison.

Featuring lecture demonstrations, panel discussions and question and answer sessions, double London 2012 gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin will also take part.

Other sessions will star classical dressage rider and trainer Sylvia Loch and international competitor Miguel Ralao Duarte who will discuss the differences between training Iberian horses and modern sport horses.


26th June, 2013.

Will I’Anson of British Horse Feeds has raised £6,600 so far for the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) by completing the notorious Ironman triathlon in Nice, south of France, on Sunday.

It took him 13hours 24minutes to do a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42.2km (the marathon distance of more than 26 miles) run.

“My sincere thanks to all of the trade that sponsored me and messages of support that got me through this,” said Will.

He chose to support CRY in memory of Camilla Irvine, an active member of the Bedale and West of Yore Hunt and Pony Club branch, who passed away from Sudden Death Syndrome in September 2010.

Will’s fundraising page remains open for donations at For more on CRY, visit


26th June, 2013.

Wholesaler Trilanco has appointed Jemma Bradley as area sales manager for the south and the Midlands areas.

After 16 years in sales, Jemma has experience in the equestrian, pet and gardening sectors.

She has ridden and owned horses for more than 30 years and is a fan of eventing, team chasing, hunting and polo.


26th June, 2013.

An equine veterinary practice in Fife has secured a £516,000 loan with Bank of Scotland.

Loch Leven Equine Practice is to build one of the few specialist clinics in Scotland capable of accommodating ‘lie down’ operations for horses, as well as expanding its other equine veterinary services.

New facilities will include a fully equipped theatre, two new examination rooms, five stables, an indoor trot-up area and staff offices at the Kinross-based practice.


25th June, 2013.

Your Horse Live was named Consumer Event of the Year 2013 at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Awards in London last week.

The shopping and celebrity demonstrations show picked up the Joules Equestrian Event of the Year at the 2011 BETA Business Awards. At the PPA Awards, it was up against competition from the likes of Tatler and Country Living.

“We would like to thank all our present and past exhibitors for helping to make Your Horse Live the amazing event that it is,” said Emma Bedford of the show’s owner Bauer Media.

This year’s Your Horse Live takes place at Stoneleigh on 9/10 November. The organisers report that advanced ticket sales are up 233% year on year to date and trade stand space is almost fully booked.


24th June, 2013.

Aberdeenshire based IV Horse Ltd has gone into liquidation.

When ETN contacted the manufacturer and wholesaler of saddlery, rugs, showing accessories and grooming products, a spokesman declined to comment beyond confirming a “voluntary liquidation”.

Incorporated in 2003, IV Horse acquired the West Yorkshire based horse wear manufacturing business of Elizabeth Greenwood, continuing to run it under its Greenwood label.

IV Horse also promoted British manufacturing by inviting other suppliers of UK-made products to sign up to its UK-OK brand.


20th June, 2013.

What could be the ultimate in hi-viz versatility has been developed in Sweden.

Light reflective Albedo100 Horse and Pets is sprayed directly onto fur or fabric. It can be used on horses, dogs or clothing.

Easy and safe to apply, the spray washes out with water, soap or shampoo and doesn’t affect animals’ fur.


20th June, 2013.

A Gloucestershire-based Master Saddler and bridlemaker has been highly commended as a nominee for the 2013 Prince Philip Medal.

Issi Russell collected the award for her contribution to saddlery and bridlemaking from The Princess Royal at the City and Guilds of London Institute Awards at Buckingham Palace.

“I feel very fortunate to be recognised for my work, which is a true passion and something that I enjoy every day,” she said.

Issi created the IR bridle to be comfortable for horses’ ears. Dressage stars Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester, as well as eventer Zara Phillips, have used IR bridles on their horses.


19th June, 2013.

Vets at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) are appealing for help with a research project to assess the interaction between horse, saddle and rider.

They want riders to complete an anonymous online questionnaire at

Dr Sue Dyson, head of clinical orthopaedics at the AHT, and PhD student Line Greve are trying to understand better why a saddle may persistently slip to one side in some horses.

“Saddle slip can contribute to back pain and thus impaired performance,” explained Line. “Research suggests that 25% of British dressage horses have a history of back-related problems and subsequent reduced performance.

“Our preliminary studies involve just over 700 riders but for a more accurate picture we would like to bump this figure up to 1,000 plus.”

The results will be presented at the Saddle Research Trust Conference in 2014.


18th June, 2013.

The title sponsor of this year's Firle Place International Horse Trials could pay just £100.

Organisers hope a lottery-style sponsorship scheme will encourage greater involvement from businesses and make sponsorship affordable.

Lottery tickets cost £100 each with all ticket holders entered into a draw from which the title sponsor will be picked on 19 July. Would be sponsors can buy as many tickets as they wish to boost their chances of winning.

First prize includes a hospitality package for eight guests, as well as a six-week PR campaign by a professional agency.

The south coast event will be held on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September. Details at


18th June, 2013.

Hilton Herbs has recruited Allie Tayler to be responsible for retail business development in the UK.

Allie joins the animal supplement manufacturer from Clipper Teas where she was involved in international sales.

Married with three sons, she has two dogs and is a keen football supporter.

In a second appointment, Stephanie Longin has joined Hilton Herbs’ French team. Previously employed in technical support by Clearstream Banking in Luxembourg, she is responsible for sales development in the French market.

Stephanie, who is bi-lingual, lives in Dorset. She has a horse and two dogs.


17th June, 2013.

Andrew Finding, chief executive of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), has been awarded an OBE for services to equestrianism in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The 62 year old from Brailes in Warwickshire has headed up the national governing body for equestrian sport in Britain since his appointment in 2000. He previously led the British Show Jumping Association (BSJA, now British Showjumping).

Andrew has been instrumental in securing the integration of disabled riders into equestrian sport. He also chaired the working party that identified Greenwich Park as a potential venue for the Olympic and Paralympic equestrian events for the London bid.

“It is a privilege for me to represent so many talented and dedicated people in equestrian sport,” he commented on his award.

Andrew Finding is soon to chair an FEI ‘round table’ that will review areas of concern within the sport of endurance.

• John McEwen, team vet to the British showjumping and dressage teams for more than 30 years, was awarded an MBE for his services to equestrian sport.


12th June, 2013.

The European Commission has published a package of proposals to revise animal feed and related legislation.

The plans could affect all those involved in the manufacture, supply and regulation of feed.

The proposals are designed to simplify the existing regime by consolidating approximately 70 current pieces of EU legislation into roughly five. One aim is to cut down on red tape for businesses such as feed manufacturers and distributors.

More details can be seen at

Stakeholders can submit their views to Defra by emailing

The revised regulations will be presented to the European Parliament and the European Council. Voting is expected to take place in late 2014.


12th June, 2013.

A memorial service in celebration of John Ayres’ life will be held on Friday, 21 June at Chepstow Racecourse at 1.30pm.

The co-founder and chairman of Finest Brands International and Champion Manufacturing Ltd died last Tuesday, 4 June.

The Ayres family has invited everyone who knew John to join them. John was a lifelong horse racing enthusiast.

In lieu of flowers, John requested donations to The Injured Jockeys Fund and Tenovus Cancer Charity. He also requested that bright colours be worn to the celebration of his life.

The following businesses will be closed on Friday the 21st of June: Finest Brands International, Champion Manufacturing, John Ayres Import/Export, John Ayres Saddlery and Proline Sports.


11th June, 2013.

The wearing of a body protector has become compulsory for BHS TREC competitors taking part in the obstacle phase, known as the PTV.

The new rule states that body protectors must comply with BETA Level 3 (purple label) 2000 or 2009.

With between 1,200 and 1,500 competitors currently taking part in BHS TREC, the majority through British Riding Clubs, the new regulation represents huge potential, particularly for retailers who are trained to fit body protectors.

Read the full story in the June issue of ETN.


10th June, 2013.

The Countryside Alliance (CA) is to map mobile phone reception rates across the UK.

It aims confirm suspicions that rural businesses and individuals have a far poorer service than their urban counterparts.

The evidence collected will be used to lobby for rural businesses to benefit from the Government’s £150m mobile phone infrastructure project.

To join the mapping project, download a free RootMetrics app onto a smartphone or tablet and use it at home and while out and about.

The app tests signal strength and records results. The information gathered will be used to urge phone companies and the government to improve rural reception.

More information at


6th June, 2013.

John Ayres, co-founder and chairman of Finest Brands International and Champion Manufacturing, died on Tuesday (4 June). He was 60.

A great supporter of British manufacturing who worked tirelessly to promote rider safety, John lost his fight against cancer. He leaves his wife Bridget and daughters Sarah-Jane and Charlotte.

John and Bridget started their first mail order saddlery business from home more than 40 years ago. More enterprises were to follow, including riding hat and body protector manufacturer Champion Manufacturing which was established in Cardiff in 1983.

John became a director of Finest Brands International, home of the Toggi and Champion brands, in 1991.

John’s knowledge of and passion for horses encompassed racing and equestrian sports. He owned many National Hunt winners and enjoyed looking after his home-breds.

A further tribute appears in the July issue of ETN.


6th June, 2013.

New research reveals that many online shoppers feel left in the dark when it comes to the delivery of their purchases.

One in three say they often don't hear anything until their parcel arrives on their doorstep.

Nearly half (43%) would like a more accurate estimate of when to expect their parcel; with 91% saying that they would be happy for internet retailers to email or text them with delivery details.

The survey of Britain's online shopping habits, commissioned by delivery company DPD, also found that:

• One in five think retailers could do more to keep customers informed about their delivery
• 38 per cent of would like to be updated regularly on when to expect their parcel
• 46 per cent have experienced a timed delivery

“For some shoppers, restricted or costly delivery options, or poor communication can make or break a sale, but a good experience will enhance the e-tailer's reputation, build customer loyalty and in turn help drive more sales," said CPD boss Dwain McDonald.


5th June, 2013.

Royal Warrant-holding members of the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) head to Buckingham Palace for the Coronation Festival next month.

“This is a tremendous reflection of the high-calibre companies that we, as a trade association, represent,” said BETA executive director Claire Williams.

BETA members taking part in the event on 11 to 14 July to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation include Abbey England, Bedmax Shavings, Dengie Horse Feeds, Dodson & Horrell, Barbour, Martin Collins Enterprises, Shires Equestrian and Vale Bros.

The Coronation Festival is open to 60,000 members of the public. In the evening, a Coronation Gala will celebrate cultural life during the Queen’s reign.


4th June, 2013.

Famous equestrian brands are signing up to sponsor BETA International 2014 (NEC, Birmingham on 16 – 18 February).

The trade exhibition’s Charles Owen Learning Centre at the Horse Demonstration Arena will again be supported by the riding hat manufacturer.

Equine feed and balancer specialist TopSpec returns to support the Coffee Shop for a fifth consecutive year.

Long-standing BETA International sponsor, the clothing label Caldene, will continue to add its name to visitor goody bags.

Glossy regional monthly Equestrian Life Magazine returns as second-time sponsor of exhibitor goody bags.

“Each of these companies is highly regarded in its field. We’re proud to be working alongside them as we prepare for the 2014 show,” said BETA International organiser Claire Thomas.

• For further information about BETA International 2014, contact James Palmer, telephone 01937 582111 or email ETN is the exhibition’s official media partner.


3rd June, 2013.

The rider safety initiative Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day, to take place on Saturday, 22 June, is gathering support from the trade.

The annual event, which highlights the importance of correctly fitted, up-to-standard riding hats, is officially backed by BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association) for the first time this year.

Manufacturers, top riders and testing laboratories will be involved. Retailers are set to promote free hat checking and fitting, discounted hats and educational events in-store.

“The aims and objectives of International Helmet Awareness Day are very much in line with those of BETA,” said the trade association’s executive director, Claire Williams.

“For many years, we have worked with members of the equestrian industry to develop standards and train retailers, equipping them with knowledge and skills to fit safety garments. Events such as this play an important role in getting the message across to riders.”

Manufacturer Charles Owen is working with its stockists around the world to offer discounts on hats purchased on International Helmet Awareness Day. Helmet brands Antares Sellier, Champion, Gatehouse, LAS Helmets (Leslie Sutcliffe) and Uvex are also participating in the UK.

The Riders4Helmets campaign was founded in 2010 as a result of American Olympic dressage rider Courtney King-Dye's head injury following a riding accident.

Find out more and view webinars on 22 June at