Famous Faces Make Star Appearances at Trade Fair

Two of television’s most famous faces will be making an appearance at BETA International 2013 – Countryfile presenter, ecologist and journalist Ellie Harrison and actress Claire King, famed for her iconic role as glamorous Kim Tate in ITV’s rural soap, Emmerdale. At home, away from the cameras, Claire is a keen horsewoman who owns two racehorses, holds an amateur jockey’s licence and is a patron of World Horse Welfare.

Ellie will visit the show on Sunday 17 February, when she will be interviewed by commentator Philip Ghazala about her work on Countryfile and her experiences of the rural environment and its pastimes, including horse riding. At the end of each session, Ellie will take part in a question-and-answer session with members of the audience.

She will also present the Virbac Equine SQP of the Year Award to the winner of this national competition set up to reward the suitably qualified person judged to offer the best advice to his or her customers.
Claire is set to appear on Tuesday – the show’s final day – when she will take part in interviews, including one alongside representatives from World Horse Welfare, the trade fair’s chosen charity for 2013. The actress has also agreed to take part in the Horseware Ireland Fashion Show, which we are sure will delight her many fans. 

 “We are thrilled that both Ellie and Claire have agreed to take part in the trade fair,” said Claire Thomas, commercial manager of Equestrian Management Consultants (EMC), organiser of BETA International. “They are both extremely well known for their television work and we cannot wait to meet them and hear what they have to say in their interviews, which I am sure will be great fun, as well as thought-provoking.

“Ellie’s passion for the countryside is well documented and we all love hearing her reports on Countryfile. Conversely, I have no doubt that some people will be completely unaware of the tremendous work Claire does to raise the profile of World Horse Welfare campaigns and hear that she has been a keen rider since she was a child.”

BETA International is the leading trade fair for the equestrian, pet products and country clothing markets. The 2013 show will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 17 to 19 February. For further information or to book a stand, contact James Palmer, telephone +44 (0)1937 582111 or email jamesp@beta-int.com. Entry is for trade only, with free entry on pre-registration at www.beta-int.com.

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

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