BETA Snippets - November 2018

BETA Snippets - November 2018



Hello there,

Welcome to the November issue of BETA Snippets – a monthly update of your trade association's latest news and initiatives. The past few weeks have been incredibly busy, with the launch of BETA Feed Awareness Week and our annual presence at Your Horse Live, where we sponsor the event's main arena. As we head to the end of the year, our sights are firmly focused on BETA International, the BETA Gala Dinner and the 2019 BETA Business Awards…


Celebrating the best of the West!

We're really looking forward to making our traditional visit to the Westcountry Equine Fair – a brilliant Christmassy gathering for all things horsey. The event takes place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December at Westpoint Arena, near Exeter, where we will host the Best Stand Awards once again.

We will also be sponsoring the BETA Equestrian Knowledge Zone, which is always fantastically busy, with visitors keen to take part in our free riding hat and body protector checks, as well as seeking advice on subjects such as nutrition, equine dentistry, farriery and worming.

If you are planning to attend the event, please pop along to the BETA stand to say hello. It would be lovely to see you.


BETA initiatives & awards at Your Horse Live

We had a fabulous few days at Your Horse Live, although the jury is out on the new three-day format. It clearly worked for some exhibitors, while it didn't for others. This aside, the show was a brilliant opportunity for us to launch our latest consumer initiative – BETA Feed Awareness Week, a national campaign designed to dispel feeding myths and build nutritional knowledge. It was great to see that so many of you had embraced it wholeheartedly and wonderful to see all the branded bunting and posters on stands in the halls.

Equally successful was our sponsorship of the event's main arena, which included an exciting array of spot prizes kindly provided by our members – a big thank-you to all those that gave so generously.
As part of our commitment to the trade, we also hosted the Best Stand Awards, with prizes presented at a BETA-hosted evening drinks reception. Three categories – Lifestyle, Pet & Fashion, Equestrian & Saddlery and Food & Beverages – were judged according to set criteria and silver and gold standards awarded.

In the Lifestyle, Pet & Fashion section, gold was won by The Profiles Range, Dogs Trust, Chillout Horsewear and Petplan Equine, with silver going to Zafina, Foy & Co Interiors, Inky Dinky and SEIB.

In Equestrian & Saddlery, gold was presented to NAF, WOW Saddles, V-Bandz, TopSpec Equine, Joshua Jones and Horses in Sport (pictured above), which also took Best in Show. Silver went to Honeychop Horse Feeds, Emerald Green Feeds, Saracen Horse Feeds, Natural Equine, Bloomfields Horseboxes and Stablemate.

In the Food & Beverages category, gold was awarded to The Coffee Cart, with silver going to Sweet Dreams.

Many congratulations to our winners, who certainly went that extra mile to create attractive and highly effective stands.

Food for thought

We have already mentioned BETA Feed Awareness Week in the YHL story above but just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all trade and retail members for taking part. We have been quite overwhelmed with the response from both trade and consumers, and can't wait to hear all your feedback. We will be in touch shortly to gather all your comments…


BETA benefits up for grabs at trade fair

Did you know that, as a trade association retail member, you can benefit from a £50 subsidy to offset the cost of travel and accommodation for visiting BETA International for at least two days and receive refreshment vouchers up to a maximum value of £20 per company to be spent in catering outlets in the halls – £10 each for two people on one day or £10 for one person on each of two days? Contact Philippa in the BETA office to find out more.

A visit to BETA International really is a must for all our members, so don't forget to beat the rush and apply for your free visitor pass as soon as possible. You can do this online here.


The search continues for BETA
Business Awards winners

NOMINATIONS are still open for the 2019 BETA Business Awards – only the SEIB Retailer of the Year is now closed – so there is still time to put forward the company, individual or organisation you feel has gone above and beyond to make a significant difference to the industry. Here's a little reminder of the awards and deadlines:

● Weatherbeeta Group Retail Employee of the Year – 30 November.
● BETA Sponsored Rider of the Year – 30 November.
● STUBBS ENGLAND Nutritional Helpline of the Year – 30 November.
● Equine Careers Sales Representative of the Year – 30 November.
● Equestrian Event of the Year supported by Henson Franklyn – 30 November.
● Ceris Burns Equestrian Export Award – 5 December.
● TSM Social Media Award – 5 December.
● BETA Trade Supplier of the Year – 5 December.
● BETA Lifetime Achievement Award – 14 December.

For nomination forms and further details, visit the BETA Business Awards page on our website.


Grab your glad rags and prepare to party!

Winners of the 2019 BETA Business Awards will be announced during our Gala Dinner, at the National Motorcycle Museum, near Birmingham, on Monday 21 January.

This is a fantastic evening – a real glitzy gathering with friends and colleagues – featuring a three-course dinner, champagne reception and disco courtesy of Keratex. If you haven't got your tickets already, there's still time – and it would be a real shame to miss out.

Tickets are still available and cost £59 per person, £540 for a table of 10 and £648 for a table of 12 – all plus VAT. Please get in touch with Tina in the BETA office if you would like some.

New British Showjumping boot rule 

British Showjumping has just published its boot rule for 2019, while the FEI is still to announce its own changes. The BS rule will come into force on 1 January and includes all pony competitions, Children on Horses, Senior British Novice second rounds and final, and Senior Discover second rounds and final. The new rule introduces the following measures:

* The total maximum weight of equipment allowed to be added to a horse's leg – front or hind – is 500g.

* All hind leg protections must have a maximum interior length of 16cm and maximum exterior width of 5cm.

* The inside protection must be smooth and the fixings made of non-elastic, Velcro-type fasteners, with no hooks or straps allowed.

* The rounded rigid part of the protection must be placed around the inside of the fetlock. No additional elements may be used in conjunction with the protection.

* Hind boots for classes under this rule that have an extra flap for protection should be allowed provided the flap is soft and clearly intended for protection only.

* Fetlock rings may be used in addition for protective purposes provided they are properly adjusted and the total weight of equipment on the horse's legs does not exceed 500g.

* No additional elements may be used in conjunction with the protection, as detailed above.

* Failure to comply will result in disqualification.

The BETA team