BETA on home turf at Bramham

BETA’s sponsorship of the CIC 3* at Bramham International Horse Trials turned out to be a thoroughly Yorkshire affair. It took place on the trade association’s home turf and local event rider Nicola Wilson, on Annie Clover, put in a dazzling performance to win the trophy.
In front of an enthusiastic audience of horse owners, BETA raised the profile of rider safety. It offered free riding hat and body protector checks, supported the Pony Club Team Show Jumping for the first time and provided information about the work of BETA and its members.
All 80 Pony Club competitors received a BETA stable plaque and many of them collected a goody bag from the trade association’s stand, where they also received a free riding hat and body protector safety check.
At BETA’s popular tradestand holders’ breakfast, winners of the Best Stand Awards were announced. Best Large Stand was won by French saddlery company Voltaire Design, with Friendship Estates runner-up. North Yorkshire-based Sue Barratt Creative Equine Photography claimed the Best Small Stand award and fruit gin and vodka maker Raisthorpe Manor was runner-up.
“This year’s horse trials proved another highly successful outing for BETA,” said its executive director, Claire Williams. “We were able to show people what the association can do for them, answer their queries and find out what they were up to with their horses, which is always extremely helpful. It also gave us a fantastic opportunity to engage with riders of all levels, from those competing in the CIC and CCI to young Pony Club members who came along to have their safety garments checked.”
Throughout the four days, BETA attracted hundreds of entries for its luxury prize draw with £1,500 worth of equestrian gear and equipment – all supplied by BETA members –  signed up new members to its National Equestrian Research Panel and handed out goody bags and BETA doggy bandanas in return for donations to the RDA.
BETA also launched its first social media competition, inviting visitors to post their photos – including the BETA logo – on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #betabramhamselfie.