BETA Safety Week
BETA Safety Week Postponed
BETA Safety Week, the annual awareness-raising initiative promoting the importance of safety gear that is correctly fitted, fastened and up to standard, has been postponed until 27 June.
The decision to reschedule this crucial campaign, planned to run from 28 March to 5 April, was taken as organisers followed government guidelines and advice surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. “We don’t feel it would be appropriate to run the campaign at the moment,” said BETA executive director Claire Williams. “BETA Safety Week was perfectly timed to tie in with the start of the competition season, but many events and competitions have sadly been cancelled.
“It is really important that everyone stays as safe as possible. Fitting safety garments is a close-contact process and some retailers will continue to operate this service with high levels of hygiene practices in place, such as staff wearing gloves and masks for all garment fits. We did, however, feel that encouraging large numbers of riders into stores for checking and fitting sessions might not be the most suitable behaviour under current circumstances. BETA retailers will be open to offer their usual high levels of service as far as they possibly can over the next weeks and months, so it would be great if customers continue to support them.”
The campaign, which is supported by many of the sport’s top riders and organisations, including British Eventing, the British Horse Society, the Point-to-Point Authority, British Riding Clubs, the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund and Air Ambulance UK, will now run from 27 June to 5 July. The situation surrounding the coronavirus will continue to be monitored.
BETA Safety Week encourages riders to visit participating BETA retailers for free checks and reliable advice on all aspects of safety gear and equipment such as hi-viz, footwear and riding hats and body protectors. The campaign is truly international, with retailers across mainland Europe, including Germany and the Netherlands, and the United States taking part.
NEW DATES 27th June- 5th July
BETA Safety Week is returning for a third year. This annual awareness-raising initiative puts 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.
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.
BETA Safety Week 2020 has secured support from many of our top riders and leading equestrian organisations and disciplines, including British Riding Clubs, the Mark Davis Injured Riding Fund, British Eventing, The British Horse Society and the Point to Point Authority.
This year we also have support from Air Ambulances UK to spread the message about safer riding.
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 #BSW20
Retailer and Trade Members taking part in #BSW20
To find a list of participating BETA retail members click here
Also some of the world's most famous safety garment manufacturers have signed up to support the week. Check out the full list of companies below to see who is on board.
Airowear – body protectors
Dublin Clothing - riding hats
Equilibrium Products - safety head collar
FomoProtection - new body protector due to be launched in Spring 2020
Jeffries Saddlery - tack safety
Shires Equestrian Products - riding hats, body protectors and hi-viz garments
TrickleNet - haynets
Uvex - riding hats
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and work with us to encourage and inspire others to stay as safe as possible.
If you would like to take part in the 2020 safety week please email email@example.com to receive further information.