2013 BETA Business Awards Finalists Announced

The waiting is over and the finalists of the 2013 BETA Business Awards have been named. These companies and individuals, nominated for the outstanding contributions they have made to the equestrian industry, are now in the running to claim one of 11 prestigious business accolades.

Winners of the awards will be presented with their trophies during a special ceremony at the British Equestrian Trade Association’s Gala Dinner at the National Motorcycle Museum, near Birmingham, on Sunday, 17 February.
“The awards have become a real high-point of the industry’s calendar,” said BETA executive director Claire Williams. “They are a wonderful reflection on the work that BETA does to promote business excellence in all sectors of the equestrian trade. To get through to the awards’ final stages is a tremendous achievement for all involved and we wish them the very best of luck.”
All BETA Business Awards finalists have been nominated by their customers or peers within the equestrian trade. The search for the overall winners is now under way – and the process (depending on the award category) includes BETA members’ votes, mystery shoppers and incognito telephone calls. An independent panel will scrutinise the finalists’ submissions.
There are 11 award categories, including the Harry Hall Retail Employee of the Year, Joules Equestrian Event of the Year, Haygain Feed Helpline of the Year, TSM Rider of the Year, Equine Careers Sales Representative/Agent of the Year, SEIB Retailer of the Year and the Blacks Solicitors Trade Supplier of the Year. 
Harry Hall Retail Employee of the Year
Amy Parker, Tower Farm Saddlers, Rugby, Warwickshire.
Andrea Leavis, Countrywide Farmers, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
Georgina Cross, Countrywide Farmers, Wardle, Nantwich, Cheshire.
Jessica Hewson, Tower Farm Saddlers, Rugby, Warwickshire.
Julie Walton, Speedgate, Longfield, Kent.
Sally Price, Countrywide Farmers, Evesham, Worcestershire.

Joules Equestrian Event of the Year
Blenheim International Horse Trials.
Bramham International Horse Trials.
Burghley Horse Trials.
Your Horse Live.

TSM Rider Award
Mary King – Joules.
Louise Pavitt – Brendon Saddlery.
Sarah Stretton – Bates.
Natasha Baker – Black Country Saddles.
Sophie Wells – Black Country Saddles.

SEIB Retailer of the Year – Mail Order/Internet Retailer
Clippersharp, Cullompton, Devon.
Equiboodle, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
Supplement Solutions, Great Eccleston, Lancashire.
The Saddlery Shop, Beaworthy, Devon.
Utterly Horses, Black Notley, Essex.

SEIB Retailer of the Year – Large Tack Shop
Aivly Country Store, Ringwood, Hampshire.
Gillett Cook, Sittingbourne, Kent.
Russell’s Country Store, Larbert, Falkirk.
Speedgate Enterprises, Longfield, Kent.
Thomas Irving, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
Wadswick Country Store, Corsham, Wiltshire.

SEIB Retailer of the Year – Medium Tack Shop
Frosbury’s, Guilford, Surrey.
Iron Horse Equestrian Supplies, Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
R B Equestrian, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
Tower Farm Saddlers, Rugby, Warwickshire. 

SEIB Retailer of the Year – Small Tack Shop
Alan’s Ark, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Equicraft of Backwell, Backwell, Somerset.
Equine Essentials Direct, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire.
Jods Galore, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
Patchetts Equestrian, Watford, Hertfordshire.
Tower Farm Saddlers, Earls Barton, Northamptonshire.

Haygain Nutritional Helpline of the Year
Allen & Page, Thetford, Norfolk.
Hilton Herbs, Crewkerne, Somerset.
Simple Systems, Dunmow, Essex.
TopSpec Equine, Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
Equine Careers Sales Representative/Agent of the Year
Dave Wright, Sherwood Forest/Puffa, New Basford, Nottinghamshire.
Heather Stephenson, Westgate EFI, Romney Marsh, Kent.
Kate Radford, TopSpec Equine, Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
Marilyn Hawley, Agent for Equestrian Supplies, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, Edwards Sinclair, London and others.

UKTI Export Award
Black Country Saddles, Bridgtown, Staffordshire.
Equilibrium Products, Chesham, Buckinghamshire.
Equine Products UK, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Hilton Herbs, Crewkerne, Somerset.

Blacks Solicitors Trade Supplier of the Year
Ariat Europe, Faringdon, Oxfordshire.
Huckelsby Associates, Dereham, Norfolk.
Shires Equestrian, Leominster, Herefordshire.
TBK, Biddenden, Kent.
Trilanco, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire.
Westgate EFI, Romney Marsh, Kent.


Contact: Deborah Hayward, BETA Press Officer
Email: deborahh@beta-int.com
Telephone: 01765 635314/01937 582111

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