BETA Snippets - March 2019

BETA Snippets - March 2019



Hello there! Well, spring has certainly sprung and we are all looking forward to the year ahead, with its exciting new opportunities to promote the work of BETA and its members. We hope you enjoy reading your latest instalment of BETA Snippets, where you can find out all about our forthcoming training courses, the BETA National Equestrian Survey, sponsorship at Bramham International Horse Trials and the second BETA Safety Week, which is now only weeks away.


BETA offers a wide range of training courses specifically suited to members of the equestrian industry

Training for the trade

We know how important it is to learn new skills and brush up on existing ones. Education is a great way to give your business a boost and keep you ahead of the competition and all BETA training courses are designed to meet the needs of our members. From now until the end of June, we have the following opportunities available:

2 May- Rider Safety Equipment Fitting Course, HAPPA, Burnley, Lancashire. Fee: BETA members £80, non-members £160 and SMS members £125.

21 May – Introduction to Rules & Regulations Governing Feed Marketing in the UK, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Fee: BETA members £125, non-members £205 and SMS members £150.

23 May – NOPS Technical Course, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Fee: BETA members £125, non-members £205 and SMS members £150.

26 June – Rider Safety Equipment Fitting Course, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Fee: BETA members £80, non-members £160 and SMS members £125.

Please note that VAT will be added to all course fees.

In addition, BETA runs an extensive CPD programme with General and Equine modules, as well as courses for those seeking to become SQPs (Animal Medicines). Please contact us if you would like further information or to book a place on these – or any of our other training courses.


Backing Bramham

We are thrilled to be returning to Bramham International Horse Trials from 6 to 9 June as supporting sponsor. In this role – a move from our previous arrangement in which we supported the CIC 3* – we will enjoy a high-profile presence once again.

Look out for the fabulous BETA showjump and cross-country fence! The BETA team will be on hand throughout, offering riding hat and body protector checks from our large red, white and blue branded stand while engaging with equestrian fans to highlight what BETA and our members can do for them.

BETA’s luxury hamper prize draw, goody bags and doggy bandanas will continue to attract visitors and their four-legged friends to the stand. As is customary, we will also be running the popular BETA Best Stand Awards, although there will be no tradestand holders’ breakfast this year.


Are you ready for BETA Safety Week?

BETA Safety Week is poised ready to hit the ground running with its fabulous awareness-raising campaign, which is back for a second year. We have already received pledges of support from many of our BETA retail and manufacturing members who are ready to lend their backing to the initiative running from 27 April to 5 May.

Thank you to all those who have already signed up – there are just too many of you to mention individually, but you know who you are – and you will be listed on the BETA Safety Week page on our website. Check it out here.

This exciting initiative offers retailers the chance to put their creative skills to the test in an in-store BETA Safety Week display competition, while their customers can enter a consumer competition to win a £150 shopping voucher to spend with their local BETA retailer.

We are particularly pleased that BETA will have a presence on the British Horse Society and Pony Club stands at Badminton Horse Trials where the organisations will be flying the flag for BETA Safety Week and its consumer competition. We are also delighted to hear that Badminton itself will be supporting the campaign.

It's exciting to see that BETA Safety Week is going truly international as members such as Charles Owen, Dublin and Champion take it to the Kentucky Three-Day Event.

We are currently poised with our finger on the green button, ready to launch our exciting social media campaign across Facebook and Instagram, with regular posts and Saturday-morning competitions. It would be great if you could engage with us on your own platforms by using supplied BETA Safety Week graphics and remembering to use the #BSW19 hashtag in all your posts.

If you haven’t already signed up to support the week, it’s not too late. Please get in touch and we’ll get you sorted.


BETA at the National Equine Forum

At the beginning of this month, BETA executive director Claire Williams (left) took to the podium at the National Equine Forum to give a presentation on the initial findings from the first stage of the 2019 National Equestrian Survey.

The research focused on the number of horse riders and owners in Britain, scale of lapsed riding and the barriers that prevent return and take-up, providing a clear and accurate picture of this part of the British equestrian landscape.

The specially commissioned survey, which through Sport England was part-funded by the British Equestrian Federation, takes place every five years and was based on 6,151 nationally representative interviews.
To listen to Claire’s presentation, please click here
The BETA team