West Sussex rider wins Equetech Competition

Rowena Day wins Equetech Real Rider Competition

Following British equestrian fashion brand Equetech’s successful nationwide campaign #equetechrealrider to find four real riders who embodied their diverse customer base and brand spirit, the company have finally revealed the winning entries in a stunning series of photographs to co-inside with their 25-year celebrations this year.

Rowena Day, 31 from West Sussex was their first winner pulled from a competition that ran in Horse & Rider Magazine. She said:

“I’m flabbergasted, things like this just don’t happen to me! This really gives me a boost in what recently has been a low point in my life. I’ve been a fan of both Equetech and Horse & Rider Magazine for a long time; I feel ecstatic to be given a chance to be part of the #equetechrealriderscampaign. Equetech has been a firm favourite of mine over the last thirteen years of horse ownership especially the active jodhpurs. I can’t wait to take part in the campaign and enjoy wearing the clothes I’ve won.”

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The World’s Best Showjumper to Compete at Hickstead

World number one showjumper Scott Brash heads a phenomenal line-up of riders heading to Hickstead for the Longines Royal International Horse Show (28 July to 2 August 2015).

Olympic and European gold medal winner Scott is entered with two of his rising star horses, Hello Forever and Hello M’Lady. The 30-year-old Brit has recently moved from his native Peeblesshire to a new base near the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead, and his appearance at the show will give showjumping fans a rare opportunity to see this jet-setting superstar compete on home turf.

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Countrywide Farmers to focus on its Equine Multichannel Retail businesses

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Countrywide Farmers to focus on its Equine Multichannel Retail businesses

Leading supplier of products, services and advice to the rural community, Countrywide Farmers, has announced the disposal of its Farm Livestock Feed and Forage, Arable Products and Crop Marketing businesses for a total combined consideration of £18.4m.

“This has been a difficult decision”, said John Hardman, Countrywide Farmers Chief Executive, “and comes at the end of a significant strategic review of how best we can deliver sustainable improvement in shareholder value.”

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The BETA Guide to Avoiding Prohibited Substances

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The BETA Guide to Avoiding Prohibited Substances

The BETA Guide to Avoiding Prohibited Substances, will help riders steer clear of positive tests for banned substances in equestrian sport and highlights key factors responsible for their accidental presence in the horse and provides a helpful list of ways in which they can be avoided.

“Many riders are unclear what a prohibited substance is and are surprised to hear that they can be found in everyday food and drink such as chocolate, coffee and tea,” said BETA executive director Claire Williams, who has been instrumental in producing the guide. “By taking a few careful measures – many of which are just plain common sense – the risks of exposing a horse to the substances in question could be significantly reduced.”

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New Countrywide Equine Catalogue launched

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In their first equine catalogue Countrywide Farmers, the UK’s largest equestrian specialists, are providing ‘everything for you, and your horse, all in one place’.

The newly launched catalogue features over 7,000 products including 4,000 new lines and aims to give shoppers more choice than ever before.  Ranges include a staggering array of clothing, safety wear and footwear to all you could need for your horse or pony from saddlery, rugs and sheets to bandages and brushing boots. Feed and bedding, grooming and stable supplies are also included in over 150 pages.

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Reward Your Favourite Feed Store or Tack Shop

The search is on to find the SEIB Retailer of the Year 2014, so why not make sure your favourite feed merchant or tack shop is in the running by nominating them for this highly prized business accolade – one of the prestigious BETA Business Awards?

Nominations can be made online at www.retaileroftheyear.org.uk or by completing a form found in-store and posting it to the BETA office. The award recognises all categories – Small, Medium, Large and Mail Order/Internet retailers.

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