28th November, 2013.

Retailers are predicted to miss out on £640m of pre-Christmas sales due to technology glitches.

Today is the USA’s Thanksgiving Day followed for many by a day’s holiday, known as Black Friday, which is popular for shopping.

Globalisation of the retail market also means this weekend marks the start of serious seasonal shopping worldwide.

However experts caution that retailers could lose £640m of sales because 1.82% of EPOS systems fail daily during December. Customers are left waiting, stores get congested and online baskets abandoned, says Retail Assist.

York based retailer RideAway is celebrating this weekend’s shop-fest with a 20% off everything in store for its online customers.

The deal runs from tomorrow, Friday, until 9am on Tuesday, 3 December.

"Customers often look on in envy at post-Thanksgiving deals in US-only stores, but we wanted to prove that this shouldn't always be the case,” said RideAway’s general manager Jonny Armstrong.


28th November, 2013.

Three new faces have joined TopSpec.

Vet and endurance rider Anna Welch is the feed company’s new veterinary nutritionist.

Olivia Yates joins the team of equine nutritionists at the Yorkshire based supplier of feed balancers and blends.

TopSpec has also appointed former National Hunt jockey Will Humphreys as its Thoroughbred specialist.


27th November, 2013.

A model of Frankel has joined Breyer’s Traditional series. The RRP is £29.99.

Named after the late American trainer Bobby Frankel, the top-rated racehorse is now a breeding stallion at Juddmonte Farms with his first foals expected to begin racing in 2016.

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each Frankel model will be donated to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), a charity chosen by Frankel’s trainer, the later Sir Henry Cecil.

Breyer’s collectable horses are distributed in the UK and Ireland by Hornby Hobbies Ltd.


26th November, 2013.

The British Equestrian Trade Association has launched its latest BETA Guide to Riding Holidays.

The free, A5 booklet is published as part of BETA’s work to support the trade by getting more people riding.

From beach rides and treks in the hills to learning basic riding skills, it’s packed with inspiration to take a horsey break.

Riding centres are listed by county with a key to facilities. Advice is given about gear to take.

“As well as riding holidays, we’ve included centres where you can enjoy organised hacks and treks of less than a day,” said BETA’s Claire Williams.

The BETA Guide to Riding Holidays’ companion is the Take up the Reins website at


25th November, 2013.

The UK distributor of Cavallo breeches is running a seasonal trade promotion.

Zebra Products is pledging a three week delivery turnaround on breeches that are ordered and not held in stock in the UK before 31 December.

In addition, the distributor will cover the extra express cost, normally £13 per order.

Cavallo Corvina breeches are included in the offer.


20th November, 2013.

Phil Duff, former managing director of Ariat Europe, is to join Horse & Country TV’s board of directors on 1 January.

“We live in a digital age and although our industry can be slow to change, it has never failed to do so,” he said.

Jeff Kupsky, former president of Turner Broadcasting EMEA, is also new to the satellite channel’s board.

Phil and Jeff join Desi Dillingham, former British Horse Society president, Heather Killen (H&C TV CEO and chairman) and managing director Richard Burdett on the company’s board.

Current directors Sir Roger Jones and Tim Forrest are stepping down.


20th November, 2013.

Performance clothing specialist Keela is to exhibit at BETA International 2014 for the first time.

The Fife-based company joins a growing number of companies from the outdoor sector to be seen under one roof at the NEC on 16 – 18 February.

They include Fjallraven, Trespass, Regatta, Tilly Endurables, Mars/Storm Waterproofing, Nik-Wax, Target Dry, Buffera, Sealskinz and Hi Tec.

“The show is really good timing for us,” said Keela sales director Sam Fernando.

“We’re keen to meet buyers from the outdoors and country markets as a definite cross-over exists with many of our products able to sell well in both sectors.”


20th November, 2013.

An FEI working group is reviewing international show jumping’s rules on horses’ hind boots.

Its recommendations concerning the weight and shape of boots, plus restrictions on the type of straps allowed, are expected by the end of this month.

If ratified by the FEI Jumping Committee, national federations – including British Showjumping (BS) - could adopt similar rules.

It’s understood that the type of boots under scrutiny are those that seek to enhance a horse’s technique over a fence rather than protect its legs.


19th November, 2013.

Patrick Pinker, founder of Patrick Pinker Saddlery, died last week (14 November). He was 73.

He had been in hospital for heart surgery.

Although officially retired from running his group of companies, which includes a game farm as well as the South Gloucestershire retailer of equestrian, poultry and smallholder supplies, he remained actively involved.

His son Stephen has taken over the running of the businesses.

Patrick Pinker’s funeral will be on 2 December.

A tribute appears in ETN soon.


19th November, 2013.

Baileys’ Tasty Treats are now available in a re-sealable 750g pouches as well as 5kg buckets. 

The chunky, high fibre treats contain extracts of flavours of essential oils which horses find irresistible. 

Priced at around £2.50, the new pouches make perfect Christmas stocking filler ideas.


14th November, 2013.

Ariat Europe has a new managing director.

Alexander Hagen has been recruited by Ariat International to oversee the brand’s European division.

His previous roles have included general manager of Puma SE for the European market, general manager of Cobra/Puma Golf and head of global sales for Aigle.

Alexander graduated in business administration from Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany.

In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor sports, reading, going to the cinema and jazz music as well as spending time with his family.


14th November, 2013.

Bramham International Horse Trials collected the eventing prize at last week’s Animal Health Trust awards evening.

Presentations were made by HRH The Princess Royal at the ceremony in London. The Yorkshire event was started 40 years ago by George Lane Fox at his family seat, Bramham Park. Now run by his son, Nick Lane Fox, it’s become a popular international fixture.

Next year’s Bramham dates are 5 – 8 June when the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) will repeat its sponsorship of the CIC*** competition.


14th November, 2013.

The new Brentwood Equine Fair is scheduled to take place in the Essex town on 1/2 March next year.

Organisers Warwick Bloomfield and Martin Earl, of Equus Imports, are aiming to attract up to 100 tradestands.

Ticket prices for visitors will be £10 each, with concessions and group discounts. On site car parking will be free.

Read the full story in the November issue of ETN.


13th November, 2013.

Vets at Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health) are reminding horse owners to tackle the threats of encysted small redworm, tapeworm and bots this autumn and winter.

None of these parasites reliably show up in a standard faecal worm egg count so need to be treated by using the correct wormers at the right time of year.

“Worming can be confusing and complex, not least because of the jargon that’s sometimes used and the complicated names of the chemical ingredients of wormers,” said Zoetis vet Wendy Talbot.

She went on to urge owners to speak to their vet or SQP at their local equestrian shop to be sure of getting winter worming right.

• ETN’s next AMTRA accredited CPD feature appears in the February issue.


11th November, 2013.

Thieves got away with £20,000 worth of saddles, show jackets, riding boots and Wellingtons from a Cumbria tackshop.

Leanne Huschka, owner of Northern Pet & Equestrian Supplies, arrived at her Penrith store on the morning of 30th October to find the front door and emergency exit open.

“The reps from Sherwood Forest and Weatherbeeta have been really good, helping me stock up again with boots,” said Leanne.

Anyone with information or who is offered suspiciously cheap goods should contact PC Steve Wilde of Cumbria Police by dialling 101.


7th November, 2013.

Westgate EFI has donated Mark Todd clothing to the RSPCA’s team of equine officers.

The equestrian experts from the charity’s inspectorate staff will be wearing the jacket, gilets, waterproof trousers and winter gloves while on duty and attending events such as the Grand National.

"We would like to thank the Mark Todd Collection for the donation of our marvellous new uniform which has been branded with the RSPCA logo,” said equine officer Sarah Keith.


7th November, 2013.

Ask Ed, the cheeky mascot for the British Equestrian Directory, has two pairs of Olympia tickets up for grabs on the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) stand at Your Horse Live.

The show, featuring shopping and celebrity demonstrations, is this weekend (9/10 November) at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

To be in with a chance of winning Olympia tickets, call at BETA’s stand (M63) to see Ask Ed and join BETA’s National Equestrian Panel. The panel gives consumers the chance to air their views on all aspects of horse owning and riding.

Everyone who enters the competition to win Olympia tickets will receive an Ask Ed mug.


6th November, 2013.

Michael Bacon has joined Saracen Horse Feeds as sales and marketing director.

Michael’s last position was commercial director at TopSpec. He has previously worked for Dengie.

“I’m thrilled to have joined the Saracen team and aim to build on what is already a successful brand by increasing our visibility and developing those all-important trade relationships,” he said.


1st November, 2013.

Industrial sized tubs of Horseman’s One Step are to return to the UK market.

There was an outcry from retailers and their customers last year when American company Absorbine phased out the 7lb tubs of the leather cleaner and conditioner.

“We listened and have decided to reinstate the 7lbs tub which will be available in the new year,” said Rachael Holdsworth, Absorbine’s European sales and marketing manager.

See ETN December issue for more leathercare news, advice and products.