BETA Safety Week
28 April-6 May 2018
BETA Safety Week in 2018 was a brand-new, annual awareness-raising initiative designed to put rider safety firmly on the map by highlighting the importance of safety gear and equipment that is:
- A great fit
It should be professionally fitted and not just left to chance. One size really does not fit all – so no sharing hats or body protectors, or making do with those that are too large or too small.
- Fastened correctly
Wear it well and your garment will do its very best to keep you as safe as possible. Hats with loose harnesses, flapping chin straps or unfastened body protectors cannot possibly do the job they were designed for.
- Up to standard
Your riding hats, body protectors and hi-viz gear should meet the appropriate safety standards for the activity you are involved in. Don't take any chances!
Spreading the word
As the British Equestrian Trade Association, we are passionate about rider safety. We have a wealth of expert knowledge and resources, and feel that now is the perfect time to launch this high-profile campaign at the very start of the competition season.
We have the backing of some of the best equestrian names in the business and support from some of the sport's most famous names, including event rider William Fox-Pitt and jockeys Mattie Batchelor and Marc Goldstein, aka Wocket Woy & The Pwoducer. The Pony Club, British Eventing and British Riding Clubs have lent their backing, too!
Many BETA retail members are taking part in the week and will be promoting their professional fitting service to help you find the very best – and most suitable – safety garments. Some will also be running special offers and promotions. You can check out the full list of participating retailers below.
What's your story?
Have you ever had a riding accident that could have been a lot worse if you hadn't been wearing safety garments? Get in touch with Tina at firstname.lastname@example.org and work with us to encourage and inspire others to stay as safe as possible.
Let's get social
Help us to send BETA Safety Week viral by linking up with us on our social media channels: Facebook @betaequestrian, Twitter@betaequestrian and Instagram @beta_equestrian. Keep a look out for our fab competitions in the run-up to the week and remember to use our hashtag #BETASafetyWeek
Retailers to visit during Safety Week
Please find a list of participating retailers below who took part in #BETASafetyWeek18
Overseas retailers (these are not all BETA members but have connections with our trade members who are supporting the week.
Some of the world's most famous safety garment manufacturers signed up to support #BETASafetyWeek18. Check out the full list of companies below to see who was on board.
Airowear – body protectors
Bliss of London
Champion – riding hats and body protectors
Charles Owen - riding hats
Dublin clothing – riding Hats
Equisafety – rider hi-viz garments
Gatehouse Hats – riding hats and body protectors
Helite UK – air vests
Racesafe – body protectors
Shires Equestrian –body protectors and rider hi-viz garments
Treehouse Sporting Colours –air vests, riding hats, body protectors, safety stirrups and hi-viz garments
USG – body protectors
Uvex – riding hats