30th November, 2015.

SQPs can top up their CPD points at BETA International. AMTRA accredited seminars The Dungs and Don’ts of Parasite Control will be presented by veterinary management consultant Jim Wishart on Sunday and Tuesday, 24 and 26 January.

The 75-minute seminar is free and open to all visiting SQPs (persons suitably qualified to prescribe and supply certain veterinary medicines including wormers).

“The seminars are an integral part of the trade fair and prove extremely popular with the many SQPs who come along,” said BETA International organiser Claire Thomas.

“Offering the initiative on two separate days makes it as easy as possible for visitors to plan their timetable effectively, allowing plenty of time to attend the seminars, do their buying, take in the show’s special features and enjoy the considerable networking opportunities that are available.”

No pre-booking is required for the seminars, but those wishing to take part should bring their SQP number to register on the day.

SQPs can earn more CPD points by reading regular AMTRA accredited features in ETN. The next one appears in the January issue, followed by a nutrition module in April.

BETA International is the world’s definitive trade exhibition for equestrian, country clothing, outdoor and pet products. The 2016 show will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 24 to 26 January. Entry is free on pre-registration at www.beta-int.com

ETN is BETA International’s official media partner. For more details, contact Nicki Lewis on 01937 582111 or email nickil@beta-int.com


24th November, 2015.

Horse & Hound is to move out of London for the first time in its 131 year history.

The weekly title and website, along with around 30 of publisher Time Inc UK’s other brands from Country Life to Golf Weekly, is to relocate to Farnborough Business Park in Hampshire.

The move, to happen in February, will affect around 300 staff in total.

The first issue of Horse & Hound appeared in 1884 and was published from 12-14 Catherine Street in The Strand.

"Our specialist portfolio has an extraordinary heritage and this move is an exciting new chapter for the group and its staff,” said Oswin Grady, managing director of Time Inc UK.

The relocation of Time Inc UK’s specialist portfolio follows the sale of its current London headquarters, the Blue Fin Building. Although some titles will remain there as tenants.

Time Inc UK’s shooting titles, including Shooting Times, will also be moving to Farnborough.


24th November, 2015.

Joules opens its 100th store this week, in Dublin.

In addition, the lifestyle brand opens a new store in Meadowhall, Sheffield tomorrow (25 November) plus a larger one in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, on Friday (27 November).

Describing retail as “a vital channel for Joules”, a statement from the brand added: “These new store openings are part of Joules’ strategic national retail growth, whilst complimenting its e-commerce channel and strong wholesale presence.”

Joules marks its 25th anniversary this year. According to its 2014/15 financial results, total revenue grew 22% to £117 million, while UK revenue increased 17.5% across Joules’ retail, online and wholesale business, particularly with John Lewis.

Joules was founded in 1989 in Market Harborough by entrepreneur Tom Joule.


24th November, 2015.

Some of the equestrian trade’s best known names will debate hot topics live at BETA International 2016.

The discussion, hosted by ITV newscaster Alastair Stewart, takes place on the trade fair’s fashion show stage on Sunday, 24 January.

The panel includes Monty Stuart-Monteith of Shaws Equestrian, David Haythornthwaite, chairman of the Tangerine Group, Phil Duff, business professional and former Ariat managing director, Sara Blackshaw, Countrywide category manager, and John Nunn, president of Nunn Finer in the US.

“We are extremely excited that Alastair is returning to BETA International to anchor the discussion,” said BETA International organiser Claire Thomas. “It promises to be a highly popular feature for our visitors and exhibitors who will be keen to hear the different points of view expressed by our panel of industry experts.”

Alastair Stewart added: “I’m delighted to be participating in BETA International once again and I’m looking forward to hosting a debate that should be both informative and entertaining. I do hope that visitors will come along and join us.”

BETA International 2016 happens on 24 – 26 January at the NEC, Birmingham. To find out about free admission on pre-registration, free coach transport, the best hotel prices and latest list of exhibitors, visit www.beta-int.com

• WIN A HAMPER: Look out for the BETA International quiz challenge in the December issue of ETN – and you could win a luxury hamper packed with delicious eats and drinks.

ETN is the official media partner of BETA International and publishes the only official trade fair preview in the January issue. To get involved, contact Nicki Lewis on 01937 582111 or email nickil@beta-int.com


23rd November, 2015.

Nettex has developed a reflective version of a sheep marker spray to help protect Dartmoor ponies from traffic accidents.

The story is told on Sunday evening’s (29 November) edition of Countryfile on BBC TV.

Dr Becky Lees, Nettex veterinary technical manager, appears in the programme.

The company was approached to see if it had a reflective paint with which to mark livestock and make them more visible to motorists.

So far this year, 74 animals have been killed on Dartmoor’s roads.

Nettex had begun to develop a reflective version of its Promark Branding Fluid when Countryfile got in touch. The prototype can be seen being tested on Dartmoor ponies in the programme.

“Further development work is still in progress and when this is finished we will release a commercial product to the market,” said Becky.

“We hope that this can then be rolled out to other moorland livestock to improve road safety for many horses, cattle and sheep.”

• Dr Becky Lees writes ETN’s next SQP CPD (nutrition module) in our April 2016 issue.


20th November, 2015.

This winter sees Neue Schule offering extra training opportunities in bits and bitting.

The North Yorkshire based company has extended the online courses offered through its Academy due to popular demand.

Neue Schule Retailer Training will run more often with the next course starting on 7 December. As well as updating their knowledge of the Neue Schule range, attendees receive certificates to display in store.

A new, free, open access course called Mathematics and Physics for the Bit is available too. A useful addition to the Retailer Training, this course is designed to update students about to take the Neue Schule Foundation Course.

The next Foundation Course starts on 7 December. The fee is just £25 +VAT.

Find out more at The Academy

Neue Schule is the main sponsor of BETA International.


17th November, 2015.

James (‘Jim’) Seuss is to step down from his role as CEO of Hunter.

He is due to leave at the end of month (November) to pursue a new opportunity, the boots company announced yesterday.

An interim leadership committee has been set up to manage the business. It comprises members of the existing senior management team - Alasdhair Willis (creative director), Benedict Smith (chief finance officer), Julie Rafferty (product and sourcing director) and Wendy Svarre (CEO & president, Americas).

In a statement, Hunter says it’s searching for a candidate to lead the company through its next phase of growth.

Oliver Haarmann, chairman, said: “We would like to thank Jim for his service to Hunter. The business has continued to see high sales growth and increasing brand awareness during his tenure, through a transformational period for the brand.”

James Seuss joined Hunter in December 2012.


17th November, 2015.

Well-known UK and international country clothing and shooting brands will be among nearly 300 exhibitors at BETA International 2016.

Big names on show at the NEC, Birmingham on 24 – 26 January include Deerhunter, Seeland, Alan Paine, Grubs Boots, House of Cheviot, Gumleaf Clothing, Ridgeline, Kanyon Outdoor, Hunter Outdoor, Stetson & Hardy & Parsons, Bogs Footwear, Zamberlan, GMK, Rockfish, Nikwax Waterproofing and Keela.

“This is a powerful endorsement of BETA International and a clear reflection of the way in which the industry regards the trade fair as a force to be reckoned with,” said sales manager James Palmer.

“It is the ultimate global gathering, a place where the trade meets to do business.”

Country clothing and shooting brands join big names from the equestrian, outdoor and pet sectors for BETA International’s 21st running at the NEC.

• ETN, BETA International’s only media partner, publishes the official trade fair preview in our January issue. To get involved, contact Nicki Lewis on 01937 582111 or email nickil@beta-int.com


17th November, 2015.

Olympia horse show organisers have eased fears that the show is threatened by the likely sale of the famous West London venue.

Press reports emerged last week that the Olympia Exhibition Centre was on the market for £300 million.

Property company Capital & Counties (CapCo), which owns Olympia, told ETN it was “conducting a strategic review which may or may not lead to a sale of its venues business.”

Estate agent CBRE confirmed that, along with investment bank Rothschild, it has been engaged by CapCo to investigate a sale.

“Whoever the owner is, the halls will continue to be exhibition halls and we are looking forward to holding many more successful Olympia horse shows in this outstanding building,” said Jo Peck, marketing director at Olympia show organiser H Power Group.

Olympia opened in 1886 as the National Agricultural Hall. CapCo acquired a 50% stake in 2007 and took control five years ago. The property company has since invested more than £40 million in its facilities.

ETN understands that any sale of Olympia will be as a going concern. It was perhaps because CapCo demolished Earls Court - which was then built on - that caused similar rumours to circulate about the Kensington venue.

Indeed, some exhibition industry experts believe a sale would be good news. CapCo is a property company which also owns Covent Garden, one source pointed out, so running exhibitions is not its core business.

A site adjacent to the exhibition centre, with planning permission for a hotel and 90 flats, is likely to be included in any sale.

The 2015 London Olympia Horse Show takes place on 15 – 21 December.


17th November, 2015.

How about holding a fun Christmas quiz in your shop, office or factory – and helping horses while you play?

The Brooke can provide free quiz packs to make it easy to organise.

“At Christmas, horses and donkeys are celebrated for the part they play in the nativity story,” says Paul Munro of the international equine charity.

“But there’s no holiday for working equines in many parts of the world. Because their owners rely on them to earn a living, they have to keep on working – even when they’ve just given birth.

“Without her mum close by, a foal will become distressed, weak and malnourished. Mum will suffer too, becoming depressed and prone to accidents or illness.”

The Brooke, a chosen charity of BETA International 2016, is helping new mothers and their foals by making sure they have all they need to be healthy, and working to educate their owners.

You can help the Brooke reach more mares and foals, and their owners, by becoming a Brooke Christmas Quizmaster.

It’s easy. You can choose to

• Distribute the quiz to colleagues, friends and family and ask for donations or

• Hold a quiz at a Christmas party or event.

To request your Christmas Quiz Pack visit www.thebrooke.org/quiz email community@thebrooke.org or call 020 7470 9393.

Let ETN know how much you raise – editor@equestriantradenews.com


16th November, 2015.

Black Friday (27 November) could cost UK retailers £180 million in returned goods and lost margins.

Bargain hunters are predicted to spend more than £1 billion on online purchases alone during next week’s 24 hour price slashing event.

But retail analysts are warning of a backlash as consumers, tempted by low prices, buy in haste - then send back unwanted items.

Retailers across the UK stand to lose £130 million just from handling returned items, say experts at Clear Returns.

Costs related to lost margins, oversupply of stock and the lost value of future custom could add a further £50m to the returns bill.

"What retailers must remember is a sale is only a sale when a customer decides to keep an item – and the promise of a Black Friday discount alone might not be enough to close the expectation gap and secure a ‘keep’," said Vicky Brock, founder and chief executive of Clear Returns.

“On the surface, Black Friday is deemed to be a successful key trading day, but it’s a gloomier picture once returns are factored in,” she added.

• Should you embrace or avoid Black Friday? Read Doug Walker’s thoughts in the November issue of ETN.

• In December’s ETN, Saby Sambhi of Blacks Solicitors considers retailers’ rights when it comes to returns – essential reading for retailers ahead of Christmas.


10th November, 2015.

Membership of the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) has reached a new high.

There are now more than 830 members, the most in BETA’s 37 year history.

The following applications for membership were approved by the BETA Council at its meeting last month. ‘Retail’, ‘trade’ and ‘associate’ are membership categories.

The Riding Habit (retailer), Sandwich, Kent – Retail.

Equifeast (manufacturer), Nailsworth, Gloucestershire – Trade.

AH Saddles (wholesaler and designer), Weston-super-Mare, Somerset – Trade.

Dallas Keith (manufacturer), Stokesley, North Yorkshire – Trade.

Rodbaston Equestrian Centre (College), Penkridge, Staffordshire – Associate.

Solution Saddles (manufacturer), Worksop, Derbyshire – Trade.

Equisup t/a Science Supplements (manufacturer), Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk – Trade.

Baillie Haylage (manufacturer & wholesaler), Market Rasen, Lincolnshire – Trade.

• A full list of BETA members can be found at www.beta-uk.org

• See the December issue of ETN for a report and pictures from the 2015 BETA Conference & AGM.


9th November, 2015.

Saddlers have joined equine welfare and sporting bodies to discuss the ‘elephant in the room’ that is horse/rider weight proportions.

Last month’s meeting was organised by World Horse Welfare and the British Equestrian Federation. Representatives from the Society of Master Saddlers and Saddle Research Trust were among the attendees.

While the issue of riders being too heavy does not affect large numbers of horses, delegates heard, those impacted can suffer a range of problems.

These include muscle fatigue and loss of muscle tone which compromises skeletal frame, stumbling and/or falling, compromised performance, behavioural issues and horse and rider safety.

“It was fantastic to get this wide group of people together who are passionate about both riding and also the responsibility that comes with it to try and address an issue that has remained on the ‘too difficult’ pile for too long,” said Tony Tyler of World Horse Welfare.

“This is certainly not about stopping people from riding - it is simply trying to ensure they are mounted correctly so their horse is not compromised. After all, you won’t get the best performance or enjoyment from your horse if it’s struggling to carry you.”

The group heard that large riders on small horses are not the only issue. Unbalanced or unfit riders can have a similar impact.

The group agreed to seek ways that riders can assess if they are the appropriate weight for their horses, explore pre-riding fitness initiatives and develop guidance for judges and officials.


9th November, 2015.

Dozens of bags of winter conditioning feeds, plus tickets to the new Liverpool International show, are up for grabs in a retailer display competition.

Open to Equerry Horse Feeds stockists, entrants are invited to create eye-catching displays using of branded bunting, balloons and posters – all of which are available from the feed company.

The in-store displays should be photographed and published on retailers’ Facebook pages with Equerry Horse Feeds tagged in the post.

The best displays will appear on the Equerry Facebook page on Monday, 30 November 30, with the winner judged by the number of ‘likes’ gained by Friday, December 4.

The winning retailer will receive one pallet (50 bags) of Equerry Conditioning Mash, an Equerry Jacket and a pair of tickets for a day at the Equestrian.com Liverpool International CSI4* Horse Show on 1- 3 January.

Second prize is 25 bags of Equerry Conditioning Mash pus an Equerry Jacket, while third place will receive ten bags and a jacket.


6th November, 2015.

Regular customers, Christmas shoppers and reps calling at Ingatestone Saddlery Centre are in for mouth-watering experience.

The Essex store run by Lynda and Barrie Mortlock has unveiled a refurbished café.

Ultimately offering tables and chairs for 90 people, there are plans afoot for a large outdoor seating area in time for next summer.

Already famous for its breakfasts, cheesy chips and shakes, Ingatestone’s updated eatery can now offer gluten and dairy free options from its newly installed bespoke kitchen.

Also on the menu are home-baked sweet treats, speciality teas and coffees - plus Lynda's favourite, waffles with bacon and maple syrup.

• Find out who’s been getting creative in the Ingatestone kitchen in the December issue of ETN.


3rd November, 2015.

A supplier of herbal creams, washes and sprays has been reprimanded over unauthorised claims for its products.

Botanica International is the subject of an improvement notice issued on 28 October by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).

The Rostrevor, Co Down based company is required to remove all medicinal claims from its website.

It must also remove or amend any similar medicinal claims found elsewhere in its marketing – including on social media.

In addition, Botanica International must provide written confirmation that no further claims for the treatment or prevention of adverse health conditions in animals will be made for its products without the proper authorisation.

The VMD is a government agency.

Sean Cooney, of Botanica International, told ETN: “We have now complied with the VMD’s requirements.”


3rd November, 2015.

Ragley Hall in Warwickshire will host a game fair next year after all.

The event, run by National Game Fair Ltd, will happen on 29 – 31 July.

The “existing team” that was involved with the now defunct CLA Game Fair is set to run it.

The CLA Game Fair was abandoned earlier this year after its 57th running. The 2016 version was due to be held at Ragley Hall.


3rd November, 2015.

Book early for the 2016 BETA Gala Dinner, members of the trade are reminded.

Tickets for the black tie occasion are selling fast. Plus it’s on an earlier January date than usual.

To be held on Sunday 24 January, the BETA Gala Dinner is where the 2016 BETA Business Awards will be announced.

There’s also a champagne reception, dinner and dancing at this hugely popular event for networking and a great night out.

The BETA Gala Dinner is held as usual on the first evening of BETA International. The venue is the National Motorcycle Museum, within easy reach of the NEC, Birmingham, the venue for BETA International.

Tickets cost £57 per person, £525 for a table of 10 and £630 for a table of 12, all plus VAT.

Demand for tickets is always high. To book, contact the BETA office on tel 01937 582111 or email laurac@beta-int.com