BETA International announce Medical Detection Dogs as official Charity for 2024

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BETA International has chosen its official charity for 2024 to be Medical Detection Dogs, a charity that’s close to the hearts of many members of the equestrian community. About Medical Detection Dogs Medical Detection Dogs started in 2008, utilising a dog’s incredible sense of smell to help support humans, whether this is in detecting cancer, neurological diseases, specific bacteria, and even malaria; or supporting people with complex medical conditions such as Type 1 diabetes, PoTS, Addison’s Disease and more. Working with the Detection Dogs in this way is hoped to…

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Haygain saved from administration 

HAYGAIN steamers

On 19 January 24, Haygain Ltd went into administration and at that point, there was no indication whether the brand would be offered for sale.  However, it now looks as if Haygain products could be back on the shelves, possibly by the end of this year, as the brand now has a new owner, who is reported to be “thrilled” by the procurement.   Farm & Stable (F&S) LLP has secured ownership of the Haygain brand name and the business intellectual property rights. The Group prides itself on having delivered “impeccable…

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Spana welcome Marianne Davies as interim Chair of Trustees

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SPANA (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) announced that Marianne Davies has been appointed as the charity’s interim Chair of Trustees on Monday, 15th April 2024. Marianne was formally voted into her new role by the SPANA Board of Trustees on 25 March 2024 following the resignation of former Chair of Trustees, Dr Mary-Lorraine Hughes, who has supported the charity for 40 years. A senior HR and change professional, Marianne currently works as Global Head of People Services at GSK, where she has spent much of her executive…

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British Equestrian opens applications for 23/24 Young Professionals Programme

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British Equestrian is now accepting applications for the Young Professionals Programme for 2023/2024, a Sport England-funded initiative. The programme is designed to support the transition from the youth pathways into the equestrian workplace. The Young Professionals Programme is designed to support the personal and career development of young people in the equestrian industry who have their own businesses or are looking to start one in the future. Delivered in collaboration with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping, the programme is a series of interactive workshops both in person and…

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Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

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Devonshire-based Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust has announced the appointment of Debbie Leach as its new Chief Executive. She will join the charity in July. Leach was appointed after an extensive recruitment process led by the board of trustees of the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (DPHT). She is currently the Chief Executive of Thames21, an environmental charity for rivers which she expanded and developed to become a successful multi-faceted NGO, connecting local communities with river landscapes and delivering technical environmental solutions whilst working with stakeholders from academic scientists to government to…

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FEI Accessibility Guide Launched for Event Organisers

FEI Accessibility Guide launched to help event organisers make correct adjustments for those with additional need

A new FEI Accessibility Guide has been launched which is designed to assist Event Organisers with improving accessibility for athletes, staff, and spectators with disabilities, ensuring that everyone can enjoy equestrian events regardless of their disability and mobility levels. This Guide, which is the result of consultation and collaboration with accessibility experts, individuals with disabilities, and professionals in the equestrian industry, covers venue layout, accommodation, and transportation among other areas of Event planning and delivery. The aim is to provide Event Organisers with a set of guidelines and recommendations which…

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Bolesworth Horse Show Announces New Partners

Bolesworth Partners 2023 image of horse and rider showjumping at Bolesworth

Bolesworth has partnered with Helite UK and Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) for its 2023 season of equestrian events. When the relaunched Bolesworth International gets underway on Wednesday 14th June, Helite UK will be the Official Equestrian Safety Partner and will work with Bolesworth to raise awareness around the importance of rider safety in Showjumping. To achieve this, they will set out to improve the knowledge and understanding of how airbag safety actually works, and its use in day-day and competitive equestrian life. The partnership will, via a rental…

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New coach bursary scheme launched

new coach bursery scheme available thanks to British Equestrian

British Equestrian is pleased to launch its new coach bursary scheme, designed to help people who would like to take the first step in their coaching career or further develop their existing coaching skills but who might be held back by the cost of gaining qualifications. Funded by Sport England, the bursary scheme is intended to support staff and volunteers at riding centres to gain qualifications, thereby helping to grow the opportunities for people to enjoy riding and equestrian sport. This comes in part as a response to some of…

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The Centre Line team up with Bret Willson

The Centre Line is delighted to announce their brand partnership with Bret Willson International. The relationship was formed after Bret and his fiancé, Rosie Moreton-Deakin had been championing the premium products. The Centre Line provides cutting-edge kit to ambitious riders through their online equestrian boutique, making them the perfect fit for Bret and Rosie, who are established dressage riders and trainers. The company puts all their products through vigorous testing and only distributes the high-quality brands they believe in. Based in South-West England with offices in the USA and Europe,…

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MARS EQUESTRIAN Sponsor week 4 of the 2023 Winter Equestrian Festival

MARS Equestrian sponsor 2023 Winter Equestrian Festival

MARS EQUESTRIAN™ Partners with Wellington International as a Major Sponsor of the 2023 Winter Equestrian Festival Wellington International, home of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), has announced the recently inked 2023 sponsorship agreement with MARS EQUESTRIAN, adding the brand to an elite group of Major Partners of WEF, which kicked off in Wellington, FL, on January 4 and runs through April 2. As part of an ongoing initiative to link Mars, Incorporated’s family of brands to the equestrian community, MARS EQUESTRIAN has been named the title sponsor of WEF Week…

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Golden Paste Company Support The Pony Club Quiz

golden paste company sponsor the pony club quiz 2023

 The Golden Paste Company are excited to announce the brand will be supporting The Pony Club Quiz which will be back in person for 2023. The Pony Club quiz is the ultimate test for young horse and pony enthusiasts to test their equestrian knowledge in a fun and friendly team environment. The quiz will feature a Mini section and a Junior/Senior section. The format of the quiz will be a mixture of activity challenges such as memory games, pictionary, guess what’s in the bag as well as question and answer rounds. Topics…

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SPANA launch new organisational strategy

SPANA launch new strategy image of young man and a small horse

Global animal charity SPANA (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) has launched its new organisational strategy, Transforming the Lives of Working Animals: SPANA Strategy 2023-27. This outlines the charity’s ambitious plans for the next five years and its aim to support the welfare of more working animals than ever before. 100 years on from SPANA’s foundation in 1923, the new strategy sets out how the charity will improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys, camels, mules, elephants and other working animals across the world, at a time when these…

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Badminton Horse Trials appoints Freemans Event Partners

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Badminton Horse Trials has appointed Freemans Event Partners as its new food and drink partner across its public catering offering ahead of the 2023 event. The Gloucester-based event specialist is now the major provider of Badminton Horse Trials public catering, including food, ice cream, hot drinks, confectionery, and bars. Freemans Event Partners will also be providing the prestigious event, which is renowned for its food court and VIP areas, with payment solutions across its public catering outlets as well as deploying seating and dining infrastructures across the food courts.   Freemans…

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FEI Eventing Forum recognises 2022 as having the least number of rotational falls since reporting started out

FEI Eventing Forum & National Safety Officers (NSOs) Seminar 2023

Lively discussions, presentations, and proposals provided a vibrant atmosphere at the FEI Eventing Forum & National Safety Officers Seminar 2023 hosted by the French Equestrian Federation (FFE), which concluded at Haras de Jardy (FRA) today.  A number of significant topics were discussed and, where appropriate, voted upon, including risk management, social license and cross-country flag rules. Break-out groups focussed on other topics to discover solutions and ideas which were later presented to the entire delegation. Of the three days, the first was dedicated to discussions around Risk Management statistics and trends…

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Agria Equine Insurers announce sponsorship of Natasha Baker OBE

Natasha BAKER (GBR) and Keystone Dawn Chorus- Grade III - Individual - Para Dressage - FEI World Championships Herning 2022 - MCH Arena, Herning, Denmark - 11 August 2022

Agria, a specialist UK Equine insurance company, has announced its sponsorship of multiple Paralympic, World and European medallist Natasha Baker OBE. Agria’s lifetime horse insurance allows horse owners the reassurance that vet bills can be covered year after year for recurring injuries or repetitive or chronic conditions, ensuring their horses’ lifelong welfare. A Lifetime policy, with up to £10,000 of vet fees cover every year, means that owners will no longer face the difficult decision of whether to “call the vet or wait and see”. Agria Lifetime Equine is all…

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BEF announce environmental impact project launch for 2023

British Equestrian (BEF) and Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) have teamed up on a new project which will lessen the environmental impact at organisational and industry level for equestrian sports. Image of a tree to represent the environment

British Equestrian (BEF) and Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) have teamed up on a new project which will lessen the environmental impact at organisational and industry level for equestrian sports. In a pioneering collaboration with leading sustainability agency White Griffin, the two organisations will focus attentions on the responsibility to the environment through actions and leadership practices and have made this a priority for 2023. The anticipated five-month project will take place over three phases including research, mapping exercise, analysis, recommendations and a stakeholder engagement plan. The resulting recommendations and road…

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Dodson & Horrell Announce New Professional Appointments

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Dodson & Horrell have announced the appointment of two highly respected professionals who will join the leading horse feed manufacturer during an exciting time in the company’s history. Dr Stephanie Wood, who will join D&H as R&D and Marketing Manager in February, boasts extensive experience in equine nutrition, animal welfare, and veterinary sciences. She brings highly sought-after skills and expertise to the role for which she plans to develop nutritional plans for the equestrian community further: I am very excited to be joining Dodson and Horrell at this pivotal time…

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In Memoriam: Marco Fuste

Marco Fuste (1962-2023)

In Memoriam: FEI mourns loss of FEI Jumping Director Marco Fuste (1962-2023) Spain’s Marco Fuste, known for his bountiful charisma and extensive experience in the equestrian sporting sphere, including his tenure as FEI Jumping Director since 1 February 2021, passed away on 5 January 2023 from heart complications. He was 60 years of age.   Highly regarded by the equestrian family, Fuste had a wealth of experience in the equestrian world which he gained through the many roles he embraced: from athlete to event organiser, chef d’équipe as well as…

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When does use become abuse?

World Horse Welfare Conference

“When does use become abuse in the horse-human partnership?” asks World Horse Welfare at its 25th annual conference “When does use become abuse?” is the question that will be explored by experts across the horse world and beyond at World Horse Welfare’s 25th annual conference being held on Thursday November 10th at the Royal Geographical Society in London. The conference will also be held virtually (online), thanks to the kind sponsorship of the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust.  The charity’s President, HRH The Princess Royal, is expected to attend this event which regularly…

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Wellington International Claim 8 Awards

Representatives Elaine Wessel and Courtney Schintzius accepted the awards on behalf of Wellington International. ©FFEA

Wellington International Recognized as Award Winner by Florida Festivals & Events Association The Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) recently announced the winners of its annual SUNsational Awards during their 28th annual convention and tradeshow, and Wellington International is proud to announce that the organization was honored with eight awards in various categories! Out of a total of more than 200 events, that were nominated for different distinctions, Wellington International was one of a select group that was recognized with an award thanks to its promotions and activations that were implemented during…

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From Boardroom to the Paddock as Altezza People UK Comes to Life

Kirsty Nelms, director of Peacock Digital Marketing, Georgie the horse, and Suraj Rana, director of Sole Legal Services Altezza People UK. Photo: Tasara Broad Photography.

A global corporate development specialist has swapped the boardroom for the paddock by launching a new business in Penkridge, South Staffordshire.  Julia Jones, founder of Altezza People UK, has combined her 20 years of experience in psychometrics and corporate development with her passion for horses to offer experiential learning workshops for businesses, teams and individuals. Julia, 51, hosts the workshops at Coppice Farm. She said: “I trained to become an equine facilitator, specifically for businesspeople, after having my own transformative experience just over 8 years ago.  “It inspired me to…

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JSW Horseboxes and Trailers win prestigious business award!

JSW Horseboxes and Trailers

JSW Horseboxes and Trailers win prestigious business award! Horsebox and Trailer manufacture, JSW, have been awarded Equestrian Business of the Year by the Central England Prestige Awards 2021/22. Celebrating small and medium sized enterprises, the awards focus on the marketing and branding, business growth methods, approach to new ideas and most importantly customer experience. An understandably thrilled Managing Director, Emma Watkinson commented: Winning this award is amazing – especially after the last couple of years which have taken their toll across all sectors of business.  As a company we have…

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Bolesworth cancels Bloomfields Horseboxes CDI 3* International Dressage

Bolesworth cancels Bloomfields Horseboxes CDI 3* International Dressage Bolesworth Events have unfortunately announced the cancellation of the Bloomfields Horseboxes CDI 3* International Dressage event, which was due to take place in the Estate’s grounds in Cheshire from the 24th to the 26th of June 2022. What was a new dressage event, the show looked set to replicate the popular show jumping extravaganzas, but sadly, with rising costs of staging world class events, alongside current circumstances, the team have had no other choice but to cancel. While the event did have plenty…

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British Dressage attract premier feed manufacturer for Preliminary series and Championship sponsorship

HORSEHage Feeding for Condition over Winter

British Dressage has announced that leading horse forage and fibre feed manufacturer, HorseHage, has agreed a three-year deal to sponsor the Preliminary Winter series and Championships from 2022/23 onwards. How to take part in the Preliminary Winter series and Championships To take part in the HorseHage Preliminary series, Silver and Gold horse and rider combinations can qualify for a Regional Championship by taking part in regular BD competitions. Points earned from the tests add up to the total points required. For Preliminary riders, it is 20 points, gained from tests with a…

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Essentials for Running an Online Equine Business

How to Run a Business Online: Steps to Follow

Experts have predicted a $4 Trillion increase in the e-commerce industry by the end of 2022. Internet and digital platforms have revolutionized the business and e-commerce industry, so now, even small equestrian business owners can run their businesses effectively.  Business owners can even purchase existing businesses to add to their online empire with the help of something like one of these business acquisition loans to give them the funding they need for this purchase. However, if you aren’t interested in buying an equestrian business and are trying to set up…

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