31st August, 2012.

Belstane has resumed its UK and Irish distribution deal with The Original Muck Boots Company.

The Derbyshire based wholesaler handled the neoprene wellies brand first in 2000.

Currently Belstane continues to distribute Rok Boots with an announcement on that arrangement to follow.


30th August, 2012.

Healthy Tummy is a new complete fibre feed from Dengie. Made from alfalfa, it’s blended with ingredients to promote optimal digestive health.

Alfalfa is recognised as a natural buffer to acidity in the equine gut, making it useful for horses that are suffering from or prone to ulcers.

Healthy Tummy also includes oregano, cinnamon and ginger. Believed to be powerful antioxidants, these ingredients improve palatability.

Protexin In-Feed Formula, with prebiotics and live yeast, has been added to aid fibre digestion. The feed also contains a high specification of vitamins and minerals – including biotin – and a light coating of soya oil for slow-release energy and coat shine.

Dengie senior nutritionist Katie Williams explained the thoughts behind the development of Healthy Tummy: “There’s a lot of evidence to show that low-fibre diets contribute to gastric ulcers, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that the stresses of many horses’ lifestyles, even those in light work, are also contributing to the problem.”

Research shows that about 40% of leisure horses, 60% of competition horses and 90% of racehorses could be affected by Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS).

Patrick Martin, a vet and partner at Blaircourt Equine Veterinary Clinic, endorses the statistics: “Ulcers are not just a problem in racehorses. An increasing number of vet practices now have long enough endoscopes to view the horse’s stomach, enabling us easily to detect this hidden threat.

“I recommend high-fibre diets regularly and frequently ask owners to consider whether they really need to use cereal-based feeds. Many horses and ponies in light work could easily be on fibre-only diets, which would greatly enhance their gut health.”

Healthy Tummy is nutritionally complete, so can be fed alone to horses at rest or in light work. For those in moderate to hard work, it can be fed alongside balancers and supplements to meet higher nutritional requirements, and cereal-based feeds if more energy is needed.

Available in 15kg bales, Healthy Tummy has a launch pack RRP of £8.99, which includes a £2 discount. The regular RRP will be £10.99.


29th August, 2012.

Yorkshire’s largest equestrian show, the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials is excited to announce a new partnership with the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA). The Wetherby-based company will support the CIC*** competition at next year’s event, 6 – 9 June.

BETA is the official representative body for the equestrian manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade and works on behalf of riders, retailers and suppliers. They already support one of Britain’s other leading eventing fixtures, the Festival of British Eventing, at Gatcombe Park in August.

The CIC competition is an international one day event and, since its introduction to the Bramham programme in 2009, has become a favourite feature with spectators and riders alike. Within the British Eventing calendar, the CIC competitions are vital for qualification towards three day events as well as giving young horses a taste of the big time and older horses a good challenge.

“Sponsoring events of this calibre allows us to raise our profile in a powerful and highly effective way, and to develop a deeper public awareness of our work and that of our members,” said BETA executive director Claire Williams. “The trade association is dedicated to rider safety, and sponsorship such as this is a great way to give something back to equestrian sport.

“Our six-year sponsorship experience at Gatcombe Park has been an immensely positive one and it’s something that has worked extremely well for us on all counts. We would now like to do the same with another landmark event, but this time in the North of England and sponsoring Bramham was the obvious choice as our local event.”

As part of its commitment to the trade, BETA will host an annual trade breakfast at Bramham where all stand-holders are invited along for coffee and bacon sandwiches. Plus, BETA will run their ‘Best Stand Awards’ where the 130-strong tradestand holders vie to be declared the best at Bramham. Visitors to next year’s event will also have the chance to win some great prizes courtesy of BETA and some of their trade members.


28th August, 2012.

At least five people were taken to hospital after a gas cylinder exploded in a burger van at the National Pony Society (NPS) show at the Great Yorkshire Showground yesterday.

Another four people were treated at the Harrogate venue for what are believed to be scalds and burns. Witnesses spoke of a bang followed by a fire ball coming out of the fast food outlet.

The fire service cordoned off the area.


28th August, 2012.

KBF99 – Vale Brothers’ anti-bacterial additive for grooming and stable equipment - has been named as a finalist in the Lord Stafford Awards which recognise collaboration between businesses and universities.

Research into KBF99 was headed by Dr Stephen Coupe from the management team of Coventry University Microbiological Consultancy (CUMC). The additive, which is incorporated into various products, was found to kill 99% of the bacteria test culture including strangles, ringworm and e.coli.

“It’s an honour to be able to share such ground-breaking developments with the panel of expert judges and to be considered for an award,” said Peter Wilkes of Vale Brothers.

“We will receive a visit from the judges in the next few weeks to present an in depth account of the research. We will be attending the awards ceremony in November.”

The judging panel will consist of Lord Stafford, Professor Nick Foskett (Keele University), Mr Graham Mulholland (epm:Technology Ltd), Professor Andrew Atherton (University of Lincoln), Clare Lindsay (Technology Strategy Board) and Angela Maxwell (Acuwomen).


24th August, 2012.

HRH The Princess Royal will attend the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) on the evening of Thursday, 4 October at Birmingham NEC’s LG Arena.

As Patron of The National Pony Society (NPS), she will present the NPS/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Supreme Pony of the Year Championship.

The Princess is a former HOYS competitor. In 1968, aged 18, she rode Man Friday in the Riding Club Quadrilles with the Battle and District Riding Club team that finished second.

She joined the parade of champions at HOYS in 1971, having won the European Eventing Championship riding the home-bred Doublet and consequently earned the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year title.

Another HOYS success came in 1973 when the Princess won the Spillers Open Combined Training competition on Goodwill and took third on Doublet.


23rd August, 2012.

The National Equine Database (NED) – the UK’s best hope of a national register of horses - is to close at the end of September.

Defra has announced it will no longer fund the system that manages data from passport issuing organisations on behalf of Government.

The NED Online website can be used to search for horses, check passports and to report horses as lost, stolen and recovered. Pedigree and performance data, provided by the passport issuing and sporting organisations, are also held. However, as revenue generated by public use of the site is not enough to support NED without Defra funding, these services will be withdrawn from 30 September.

NED operates under a service level agreement with Defra to process data from over 75 passport issuing organisations and hold this data in a central database system to assist Defra’s compliance with food safety legislation.

The European Union does not insist on the existence of a central equine database, although many of the major European countries have developed a database to support horse passport regulations, inform breeding and in some cases to help plan for, monitor and control disease outbreaks.

Horse industry bodies are considering options to preserve an equine database.

The original NED contract was awarded to an external contractor by Government in 2005. When this database did not deliver its expected functions, the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) brought about a rescue operation in 2007 and, in partnership with Defra, formed NED Ltd.


22nd August, 2012.

London 2012 was a ‘clean’ Olympics for equestrian sport; all human and equine samples taken at Greenwich Park were negative.

“The FEI had a really steep mountain to climb after Athens [2004] and Hong Kong [2008],” said FEI president Princess Haya.

“The fact that all human and equine samples came back negative demonstrates the success of the FEI Clean Sport campaign, which has resulted in a major reduction in the number of positives in the Olympic disciplines over the past two and a half years.

“We had a rigorous and comprehensive testing programme in place. These were the most tested Games ever and we also tested for more substances than ever before. We worked hand in hand with the Horseracing Forensic Laboratory in Newmarket and thank them for the speed with which they processed all the Olympic samples so that we could maintain a level playing field throughout the Games.

All medallists’ horses were tested, plus all fourth-placed horses. Random testing was also carried out.

For human testing across the Games, all top four finishers, plus two other athletes selected at random, were tested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), along with other individuals selected at random.


21st August, 2012.

Join Mary King on a Burghley course walk in aid of the Child Brain Injury Trust.

The event takes place on Friday, 31 August and is part of the Trust’s ‘Challenge 21’ campaign, which aims to raise £210,000 in this, its 21st anniversary year.

Participants must pledge at least £40 in sponsorship to join the walk, which is also being supported by Gatehouse Riding Hats.

Mary is a patron for the Child Brain Injury Trust, which helps families of children with acquired brain injury. All proceeds will go to the charity. For more information contact or tel 01869 341075.


20th August, 2012.

This summer’s turbulent weather conditions have prompted Ellie Parkin of Elim-a-Net supplier Parell Products to urge retailers to be ready to help customers whose horses have weight related problems.

“The inconsistent weather has lead to an influx of owners dealing with laminitis and overweight horses,” she said.

“Demand for Elim-a-Net has significantly increased because of its unique Inner Net Design which helps prevent rapid forage consumption. This means that horses and ponies can’t gorge on their haynets, so their forage intake is spread more consistently, ensuring they aren’t left for long periods of time without any hay or haylage.

“We urge retailers to help their customers be proactive rather than reactive to weight issues and maintaining healthy digestion,” added Ellie.

Elim-a-Net comes in three different sizes - pony, cob and horse; each has an appropriately sized unique Inner Net Design, so horse owners can choose the best size for their equine.


16th August, 2012.

Companies that sponsor Olympic riders are now free to share in the medal winning celebrations.

Under the terms of the Olympic charter, participating athletes were banned from involvement ‘in any media capacity’ including advertising. But the lock-down period ends today (16 August).

Companies that support athletes, including para dressage riders at the upcoming London 2012 Paralympic Games, however, need to heed the same ruling from next Tuesday (21 August) until 12 September 2012.


16th August, 2012.

Restricted or expensive delivery options cause 73% of consumers to abandon online shops at the checkout, according to parcel company DPD.

Forty per cent of online shoppers complained that they are generally not offered a free delivery option with 37 per cent saying retailers annoy them when they limit delivery options or pre-select expensive options.

Unsurprisingly, when questioned about their preferred delivery options, three quarters of people said free delivery. However, 26 per cent felt that timed delivery slots were more preferable than free deliveries, while 41 per cent of shoppers called on retailers to offer a wider range of delivery options.

"Delivery is an integral part of e-retailing; the sale isn't complete until the customer receives their goods. And as our survey shows, the cost and speed of delivery are crucial factors in whether a customer completes a transaction or abandons their shopping cart at the checkout,” said DPD’s Dwain McDonald.


15th August, 2012.

What do you give two Olympic gold medal winning dressage riders as a thank you for promoting your company? A pair of golden riding boots, of course...

Simon Middleton, managing director of luxury equestrian brand distributor Zebra Products, was so thrilled with his sponsored riders Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin that he’s sent them each a pair of golden Konig boots.

“Carl and Charlotte both ride in Konig boots,” Simon told ETN, “and I wanted to give them something that will always remind them of their fantastic performances at London 2012. Everyone at Zebra Products was so excited and so proud of them for winning gold medals for Britain.”

Konig boots in gold coloured leather are available to special order.


14th August, 2012.

The Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA) is celebrating its 5,000th SQP animal medicines advisor qualifying, with up to 750 now in equine suppliers.

As the organisation processes its largest ever batch of candidates, AMTRA secretary general Stephen Dawson said the number of SQPs had increased from 3,500 just three years ago.

“We are seeing growth in all four sectors of SQPs activity, with around 750 working in equine suppliers, 600 in veterinary practices, 2,100 working in farm shops and country stores and 1,600 in pet shops,” he said.

SQPs are suitably qualified persons who become legally permitted to prescribe certain animal medicines such as equine wormers. See the September issue of ETN for our latest AMTRA accredited CPD feature which enables SQPs to earn CPD [continuous professional development] points to maintain the qualification.


13th August, 2012.

Terri Roberts, HR manager at LLanrwst, North Wales retailer Farm and Pet Place, has been chosen as a finalist in the ‘Leader of the Year’ category of the 2012 Specsavers Everywoman in Retail awards.

The final result will be announced on 13 September at the Woman of the Year awards ceremony at the Savoy in London.

In the finals, Terri is up against Jo Davies, founder and managing director of Black White Denim from Cheshire, and Sarah Halsall, retail director of Liberty Ltd, London.


10th August, 2012.

British horses and riders achieved a record medal haul at the London 2012 Olympics.

Never before have British equestrian teams won medals in all three Olympic disciplines. There were three gold medals [team show jumping and dressage plus individual dressage], one silver [team eventing] and a bronze medal [individual dressage].

Notable moments included Nick Skelton’s elation at leading the show jumpers to a gold medal for the first time in 60 years, eventing team member Zara Phillips being cheered on by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and double gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin wearing an up-to-standard riding hat throughout the competition and medal ceremony.

It was agreed that the massive coverage of horse sports across the media could only be beneficial for our industry. The purpose-built Greenwich Park facilities were widely acclaimed.


9th August, 2012.

A haynet that uses an elasticated bungee to replace the usual rope makes filling and hanging the net quicker and easier.

It could also help prevent accidents, says its inventor Jane Butt, a British Horse Society qualified horsewoman.

The Easy-Net is fully patented and is distributed exclusively by Shires.

Each issue of ETN features the latest equestrian launches. See our Product News pages every month.


8th August, 2012.

Bookings for BETA International 2013 (NEC, Birmingham, 17-19 February) are currently at their highest for four years

Exhibitors have signed up for 5,063 square metres, several companies taking larger stands than at this year’s trade exhibition.

“Figures are up on those of the same time last year and at their highest for four years. This is a wonderful endorsement of the trade fair and a strong indication of its strength, moving forwards to 2013,” said Claire Thomas, commercial manager of BETA International organiser EMC Ltd, part of the BETA Group.

To date, 157 companies have booked for BETA International 2013, 17 up on this time last year, with an increase in stand space of 321 square metres.

Famous names such as Shires Equestrian Products will be making their annual appearance in February. Walk Trot Canter, an equestrian and country-clothing distributor from Harrogate, will be a BETA International newcomer, as will saddle company Rebels of Sweden.

Country fashion brand Ella London and toy and children’s clothing specialist Childs Farm are due to return for a second year.

For further information or to book stand space, contact James Palmer, telephone 01937 582111 or email

ETN is the official media partner of BETA International.


7th August, 2012.

Wendy Talbot, currently in Greenwich as an official vet at London 2012, has joined animal health giant Pfizer.

Wendy has been appointed national equine veterinary manager of Pfizer’s equine business unit, home of Equest and Equest Pramox wormers and Equip vaccines.

She previously spent six years in equine practice in the midlands where she will continue to be based.

For news on worming plus ETN’s latest CPD feature – enabling SQPs to earn CPD points – see the September issue.


6th August, 2012.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has opened a three-month consultation on proposals to exempt self-employed people from health and safety law.

The Löfstedt review recommended that people who work for themselves be taken out of health and safety law if their work posed no risk to others.

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 places duties on self-employed people to ensure that they and others affected by their activities are not exposed to harm.

“The questions in the consultative document concern how best to give effect to Professor Löfstedt’s recommendation and HSE would particularly welcome comments from the self-employed about the proposal.” said HSE policy advisor Sarah Wadham.

The exemption will not extend to those self-employed whose work activities pose a potential risk of harm to others or who employ others, she added.

The consultation ends on 28 October 2012. The HSE Board will make a recommendation to ministers based on the results. The consultation is available online at:


3rd August, 2012.

Top British show jumper Tim Stockdale has been appointed a Stübben ambassador for the saddlery brand.

“I couldn’t be more pleased,’ said Northamptonshire based Tim, one of Britain’s most popular riders.

“I’ve always used Stübben products and believe in the quality. The chance to use and try out the new range of saddles and bridles is great for me and the feedback I can give to Stübben should help them.”

“It’s a win-win situation for both parties,” said Frank Stübben. “Tim is one of the top riders in the world, so his help and experience will be invaluable.”

Stübben Riding Equipment UK and Ireland Ltd was brought under the control of Frank Stübben’s Swiss headquarters earlier this year following the retirement of Andy McCune who had been a franchiser for the brand for 21 years.


1st August, 2012.

The World of the Horse (WOTH) shopping pavilion is offering adverse weather insurance for its exhibitors at Burghley and Blenheim.

If the event is cancelled before it starts, traders will receive a 100% refund with a pro rata refund for cancellation mid event.

“We recognise that the 2012 season has been very hard on trade exhibitors with the cancellation of so many events,” said Jamie Hawksfield, managing director of EV Events which runs WOTH. “This workable policy gives exhibitors valuable added protection against adverse weather.”

WOTH at Blenheim (6-9 September) has a few spaces left. At Burghley (30 August – 2 September), WOTH moves to a new site by the Lion Bridge and members’ marquee.