BETA International 2009 Innovation Awards
The judges for the awards, were Yogi Breisner - World Class Performance Manager
and chef d’equipe to the British eventing team, independent nutritionist Dr Catherine Dunnett, Kate Rees - an equine
physiotherapist, farrier David Gill, Mike Norton – a master saddler and past president of the Society of Master Saddlers
(SMS) and international dressage rider and trainer Pammy Hutton.
The awards were sponsored by Equestrian Trade News (ETN),
SADDLERY & TACK
Winner - Gaiters by Golly Galoshes
Judges' comments: Sensibly priced, practical idea with big bonuses in muddy
weather. A product that fulfils a real rather than a perceived need.
Highly commended - EVO 80 L lightweight stirrups from Equine Management Ltd
Judges' comments: Makes life easier for the less than perfect rider.
Winner - Rambo Newmarket Waterproof Blouson Jacket from Horseware Products
Judges’ comments: Attractive, modern looking jacket with a warm body
and cool arms; so waterproof you can pour water over it.
Highly commended - Ariat Eco Range from SMD Group.
Judges’ comments: Exciting collection made from 50% recycled materials
and that’s ideal for men and women.
FEED & SUPPLEMENTS
Winner - Equimax Tabs from Virbac Animal Health
Judges' comments: A genuinely innovative idea that cuts down on waste and makes
worming easy. The subject of excellent, robust trial work.
Highly commended - Joint RLF from Blue Chip Feed
Judges' comments: entering a crowded market, this is a product with some science
behind it and one that uses a new ingredient.
HORSECARE PRODUCTS & EQUIPMENT
Winner - Elim-a-net from Parell Products
Judges’ comments: A sensible and useful product based on a simple idea
to slow greedy eaters. I’d go and buy 50 straight away!
Highly commended - Rambo Helix Rug from Horseware Products
Judges’ comments: A versatile rug for every temperature. Lightweight
and based on some interesting materials initially used by chefs in Cambodia.”
SAFETY & SECURITY
Winner - RS-Tor Rider Security Aid from Libbys
Judges’ comments: Ideal for inexperienced riders, could save a fall or
a horse’s mouth. Anyone could benefit by using it on a young horse.
Winner - Page Play from Abbeyview Equine
Judges’ comments: Makes it affordable to every equestrian to have their
own website. Useful to a wide range of people across all horse sports and businesses.
Highly commended - Flat-packed Showjumps from Classic Showjumps
Judges’ comments: These bar-coded flat-packs are a great way to enable
retailers to stock good quality show jumps.