ETN PUTS SQP CPD ONLINE

30th September, 2013.

SQPs can now earn CPD points with Equestrian Trade News (ETN) online as well as in the magazine.

ETN runs AMTRA [the regulatory and training body for animal medicines] accredited CPD features in three of its monthly print issues per year.

Each feature is followed by a quiz. SQPs [suitably qualified persons] who answer correctly earn two CPD [continuous professional development] points to help them maintain the qualification.

Now the features and quiz are available online too at www.equestriantradenews.com


NEXT TUESDAY IS TRADE FAIR DEADLINE DAY

26th September, 2013.

With more than 90% of stand space already sold, BETA International 2014 organisers are urging potential exhibitors to act quickly.

Those who apply with a 10% deposit by next Tuesday (1 October) deadline can claim maximum benefits.

After this deadline, stand allocation begins on a ‘first come, first served’ basis for BETA International 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham on 16 – 18 February.

A further 5% Prompt Payment Discount is available for exhibitors who apply and pay their deposit by 1 October, and the balance before 6 December (terms and conditions apply).

“More than 90% of stand space has already been applied for,” said trade fair organiser Claire Thomas. “We currently have 204 companies signed up – that’s 16 more than at the same time last year.

For more information www.beta-int.com


ANOTHER STORE FOR COUNTRYWIDE

26th September, 2013.

Countrywide Farmers opens a new 5,000 sq ft store in Marlborough next Monday (30 September).

It’s the rural retail chain’s first presence in the Wiltshire town, and one it’s describing as “a significant landmark”.

Find out more about the new store’s special equestrian services in the November issue of ETN.


FREE CLIPPER BLADE OFFER

25th September, 2013 .

HCS Services, the new UK distributor for Hauptner clippers, is offering free extra sets of blades this autumn.

Additional blades, worth £38 to the trade, will be given to retailers when they order the Hauptner 2000 Plus clipper (while stocks last).

It is up to stockists if and how they pass on the saving to their customers, says the distributor.

German company Hauptner was established in 1857.


SUPPLEMENTS COMPANY IS TOP EXPORTER

25th September, 2013 .

Northern Ireland based Horse First was joint winner of the Exporter of the Year award at the Greater Newry Business Awards earlier this month.

“We have a fantastic team, loyal customers and we are proud that our products are currently exported to over 32 countries,” said Tanya Hughes of Horse First.

The company has been selling equine supplements for just over five years.

Norbrook Laboratories was joint winner of the Exporter of the Year award sponsored by InvestNI.


HORSE & COUNTRY TV LAUNCHES IN SWEDEN

24th September, 2013 .

Horse & Country TV is to be carried by Sweden’s largest cable network Com Hem from next month.

“We’re delighted that Com Hem have recognised that there’s a large and passionate audience for equestrian sports and country lifestyle in Sweden,” said H&C TV’s CEIO Heather Killen.

H&C TV on Com Hem will be a channel specially created for the Swedish market with local productions as well as subtitling.

Com Hem is the largest pay-TV operator in Sweden, serving 1.8 million homes.

H&C TV is available in about 10.5 million homes in the UK and Ireland on the Sky platform and on cable across The Netherlands.


TRADE FAIR FASHION HAS FRENCH SPONSOR

23rd September, 2013.

French manufacturer and wholesaler EKKIA is to sponsor the Fashion Show at BETA International 2014 with its Equi-Thème brand.

The Equi-Thème Fashion Show will highlight equestrian, country and outdoor clothing to buyers seeking new garments, footwear and accessories for their stores.

Karen Irving of Fashion First, who has choreographed BETA International’s catwalk for many years, will present the Equi-Thème Fashion Show.

“This sponsorship serves to reinforce the international flavour of the show,” said the trade fair’s organiser Claire Thomas. “It’s also a tremendous opportunity for EKKIA to highlight its presence to an audience of key industry buyers in an extremely powerful way.”

EKKIA is official supplier of 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) branded merchandise.


PET DEATHS PROMPT CALL FOR MORE SQPs

20th September, 2013.

A feline health scare in which cats were given the wrong flea treatment has prompted a call for more SQPs.

AMTRA (Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority), the regulatory body for SQPs (Suitably Qualified Persons), has welcomed calls from the charity International Cat Care for more involvement of SQPs.

‘It is vitally important that pet owners get the right advice on routine treatments,’ said Stephen Dawson of AMTRA. ‘They can get that from SQPs, who are professionally qualified animal health advisors.’

The warning comes following reports of serious damage to cats’ health, and even deaths, after their owners used flea treatments developed for dogs.

ETN runs regular AMTRA accredited CPD features help SQPs maintain their qualification.


DON’T GET ELIMINATED, SAYS BOOT DISTRIBUTOR

19th September, 2013.

Two leading event riders – William Fox-Pitt and Sam Griffiths - were eliminated for using ‘illegal’ hind fetlock boots in a young horse competition at Blenheim.

Now Zebra Products, UK distributor of the Veredus boot brand, has pointed out that its Young Jump Boots are approved for use in such classes under FEI [international] rules.

“Veredus recognised the changes in FEI rules a couple of years ago and designed these hind fetlock boots specifically for this level of competition,” said managing director Simon Middleton.


ENVIRONMENTALISTS SLAM CHARITY’S RAGWORT WARNING

18th September, 2013.

An equine charity’s warning about the dangers of ragwort was misleading, according to Friends of the Earth.

A leaflet, produced by Redwings Horse Sanctuary, attracted three complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) by the Swansea branch of the environmental campaign group.

Only one was upheld by the advertising watchdog, the ASA conceding that Redwings had over-estimated the number of seeds a ragwort flower produces.


BRITISH SUPPLEMENT HELPED KIWI BURGHLEY WHITEWASH

18th September, 2013.

A British made supplement was a key factor in New Zealand winning six of the top eight places at Burghley.

The Kiwis, including Burghley winner Jock Paget, include STORM in their horses’ diets.

Developed by Newmarket based Racing Blue, the product enhances muscles’ ability to fight fatigue.

“We’re always looking for an edge and try to better anything the other nations’ teams are doing,” Equestrian Sport NZ’s high performance coach Erik Duvander.

Erik and NZ team vet Ollie Pynn began trialling STORM at the end of the 2011 season. “We were impressed by the robust scientific data behind it,” said Ollie.

Kiwi riders are not sponsored as such by Racing Blue but choose to purchase STORM. “We’d be really happy to talk to the British team too,” said a company spokesman.

• See October issue of ETN for a supplements special.


SADDLERS APPOINT NEW PRESIDENT

17th September, 2013.

Helen Dart, of Surrey based Bookham Saddlery, is the new president of the Society of Master Saddlers (SMS).

Her election was announced at the society’s AGM last week.

Peter Wilkes of Vale Brothers has become SMS vice president.

See the October issue of ETN for a full report.


SAFETY CLOTHING INNOVATORS TO BE REWARDED

16th September, 2013.

Anyone involved in the design, production and/or bringing to market of protective and safety clothing could be in line for an award.

The SATRA PPE Innovation Awards are part of the Professional Clothing Awards 2014. They will be presented at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 1st April, 2014.

Entry is open to any individuals or companies. More details at www.professionalclothingawards.com


SADDLE FITTING FELLOWSHIP AWARDED

16th September, 2013.

Equine management student Kayley Lanston has been awarded the inaugural Ken Lyndon-Dykes Saddleworld Fellowship.

Kayley received her award at a ceremony at Hadlow College where she is studying.

She will be paid by Ken’s company Saddleworld to research saddle fitting for British native ponies.


NEW SPONSOR FOR NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE

11th September, 2013.

Shires Equestrian Products is to sponsor the New Product Gallery at BETA International 2014.

“Shires has exhibited at the trade fair for many years and we are extremely pleased to welcome the company to our loyal group of sponsors,” said BETA International organiser Claire Thomas.

The Herefordshire based manufacturer and wholesaler has been a Royal Warrant holder since 2009.

“The independent equestrian retailer is our lifeblood and we regard BETA International as a vital component in reaching out to our customers,” said Shires’ managing director Malcolm Ainge.

The New Product Gallery showcases the latest lines, brands and designs exhibited at the trade fair.

Shires joins fellow show supporters Caldene, Charles Owen, Equestrian Life, SsangYong, The Wine & Hamper Company, Toggi, TopSpec and main sponsor Neue Schule.

BETA International, the leading trade fair for the equestrian, country clothing, outdoor and pet product markets, takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on 16 – 18 February.


WHOLESALER DOES MONKEY BUSINESS ON TV

11th September, 2013.

A group of chimps – who might otherwise go bananas with boredom – is being kept entertained with Elico Decahedrons.

The success story can be seen on television this Friday (13 September) at 6.30pm in an episode of Monkey Life on the Animal Planet TV channel.

“We were asked to supply some Elico Decahedrons to Animal Planet as they had been found to help prevent boredom in monkeys,” said Keith Ellis, of wholesaler Jenkinsons which owns and supplies and Elico brand.

And the chimps’ verdict? “The Decahedrons were a real hit. We gave them to our bachelor group and they had a whale of a time with them, kept them busy for ages,” said a spokesman for Monkey Life.


BETA EXPOSES BOGUS BODY PROTECTORS

11th September, 2013.

Cheap body protectors offered on an online auction site fell short of safety standards.

One was even found to be made from cancer causing material.

BETA purchased and tested two of the garments following a tip-off from a member of the public. The body protectors looked like a well-known brand but were for sale at a fraction of the price.

Now the trade association is urging riders to buy body protectors only from reputable sources.

Read the full story in the October issue of ETN.


MORE RETAILERS SELL MEDICINES SAFELY

10th September, 2013.

Many well known, large retailers have signed up to the VMD’s Accredited Internet Retailer Scheme.

More applications are welcome, including from online sellers of horse wormers.

The scheme was launched last year by the VMD [Veterinary Medicines Directorate] to help reduce the risk of consumers purchasing unauthorised, inappropriate or ineffective veterinary medicines online.

Internet retailers approved under the scheme are awarded an Accredited Internet Retailer logo. There are currently 25 accredited websites representing 23 businesses with a further six applications being considered.

Further information at http://www.vmd.defra.gov.uk/public/internetretailers.aspx


£1,000s PRIZES FOR BITTING AWARD

10th September, 2013.

A bit manufacturer has created an award for the best equine bitting adviser.

Neue Schule will name its Expert Bitting Adviser of the Year at BETA International 2014 in February. The company is the trade fair’s main sponsor.

Consumers are invited to nominate the person – selling any brand of bits - who has best helped them choose an appropriate bit for their horse.

Short-listed finalists will be invited to BETA International (NEC, Birmingham on 16 – 18 February).

The Expert Bitting Advisor of the Year will win £1,000 (RRP) worth of Neue Schule products for their store plus £1,000 (RRP) worth of vouchers to spend on equestrian goods for themselves.


ENTRIES INVITED FOR INNOVATION AWARDS

9th September, 2013.

The organisers of a new Irish consumer show are inviting entries to its innovation awards.

Equus Live 2013 takes place indoors at Punchestown Racecourse, Co Kildare on 2/3 November.

Innovation awards judges include Brian Purcell of TV’s The Apprentice and entrepreneur and ‘dragon’ Gavin Duffy.

Entries close on 20 September. Entry is not restricted to exhibiting companies.


MAHER IS WORLD’S TOP SHOW JUMPER

5th September, 2013.

Ben Maher became the world number one show jumper yesterday.

As the 30 year old topped the international rankings, he equalled the feat of fellow British rider Charlotte Dujardin who leads the world in dressage.

“This is absolutely amazing news,” said Simon Middleton, managing director of Zebra Products who sponsor both riders with Equipe saddles.

“Ben is an inspiration. We are extremely lucky to be involved with him and his success.

“And for Charlotte to be number one also – what an endorsement for Equipe saddles!”


NEW JOB FOR AWARD WINNING REP.

5th September, 2013.

Well known sales rep Dean Mastouras has joined EKKIA.

Formerly with Matchmakers International for 12 years, where he was three times sales rep of the year, Dean is now representing the French wholesaler in the south-west, Wales and Ireland.

Dean said he is looking forward to promoting EKKIA’s “attractive and diverse ranges of products” to UK retailers.

“Developing the [company’s] presence in the UK is a great challenge,” he added.

Dean was runner-up in the ETN Sales Representative of the Year, a BETA Business Award, in 2011.


‘BLINGED’ PLAITING BANDS TO BE DRESSAGE LEGAL

4th September, 2013.

Diamante plaiting bands are to be allowed for use in affiliated dressage competitions.

A new rule covering the sparkly accessories will come into effect on 1st December 2013, British Dressage (BD) has confirmed.

HKM Sports is supplying what it describes as “this latest bout of bling.”


RETAIL RECOVERY STILL ON TRACK

4th September, 2013.

The UK retail recovery is still on track, according to industry analysts.

In spite of the holiday season, visits by consumers to non-food retail stores in August barely dipped against July.

The marginal month-on-month decline of 0.7% compares with a five year average of -2.0%.

“Slowly but surely, shopping is finding its way back onto the radar of UK consumers,” said Dr Tim Denison, director of retail intelligence at Ipsos Retail Performance.

“The monthly figures have continually shown gradual improvement over summer months from which retailers can take some heart.

There is growing evidence that this summer has seen the makings of a significant shift in consumer sentiment rather than spikes driven by a series of short term factors,” he added


RIDINGHATS.CO.UK IS FOR SALE

3rd September, 2013.

Ridinghats.co.uk is on the market and open to offers.

The domain name was acquired more than five years ago by Lorraine Meadowcroft, managing director of EquestrianClearance.com.

But following the purchase of Equestrian.com - and an “everything equestrian super site” by that name currently in development – Ridinghats.co.uk has become surplus to requirements.

“The lucky new owner will find that with little effort they'll come top of the Google rankings when people search for riding hats or similar,” said Lorraine.

She believes Ridinghats.co.uk would suit a manufacturer’s catalogue site to show off its hats and direct consumers to stockists or a retailer wishing to specialise.


BIG DEAL FOR BEDDING BRAND

2nd September, 2013.

Wood pellet bedding brand Verdo has secured its biggest wholesale deal to date with Suffolk based Copdock Mill.

With seven stores - trading as Gladwells Pet & Country Stores - in the south-east, the family run business also supplies 1,200 trade customers in southern, central and eastern England.

“Working with Copdock Mill allows us to expand our stockist network,” said Verdo Horse Bedding sales director Alistair McGlynn.

“We already offer a national delivery service, but many horse owners still prefer to use their local tack shops.”