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Information about forthcoming equestrian safety seminars, conferences, events and exhibitions...



Riding hat specialist Charles Owen & Co is to sponsor the Horse Demonstration & Seminar Arena at BETA International 2013, where it will introduce The Charles Owen Learning Centre to showcase live-action product displays and retailer information sessions. 

Charles Owen will present an essential and interactive guide to hat manufacture, testing and fitting, with the help of Charles Owen sponsored riders and Q&As with members of the audience.

BETA International is the world’s leading trade fair for the equestrian, country clothing and pet products markets. It will be held at the NEC, Birmingham, from 17 to 19 February. Entry is open to the trade only and free on pre-registration at www.beta-int.com.


Last year, BETA International visitors were teated to a performance from Topthorn, a life-size black stallion puppet from the West End hit production War Horse. The following video Riding Safely captures their performance which demonstrates how the puppeteers breathe life and a sense of reality into the stallion puppet.





Topthorn, a life-size black stallion puppet and actors from the West End hit production War Horse along with Britain’s finest riders and trainers discussing London 2012 are just two of the treats in store for visitors to the BETA International 2012 trade fair. BETA International is the world’s leading trade fair for the equestrian, country clothing and pet products markets. It will be held at the NEC, Birmingham, from 19 to 21 February. Entry is open to the trade only and free on pre-registration at www.beta-int.com.


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UK - London: Free Legal Seminar - 26 May 2011

Hardwicke is a barristers’ chambers with a niche area of expertise in Equine Law.  They are running a seminar on the 26th of May covering the legal liabilities of horse ownership.  Find out more >



UK London: Free Health & Safety and Legal Advice Seminar - 28 February 2011

HOOF, the British Equestrian Federation’s Olympic Legacy Project is supporting a free Health and Safety and Employment Law seminar for the London Horse Network.

The London Horse Network which consists of riding school managers, livery yard owners and freelance and retained instructors and grooms will benefit from the workshop being held at the Hilton Olympia Hotel on Monday 28th February.

“These subjects may seem rather dry on paper but have sparked some serious debate during previous London Horse Network meetings”, explained Volunteer Chair of the London Horse Network, Jodie Maile, adding, “We are very grateful to HOOF Ride London for offering to support a day where the Network can learn from the experts.”

The British Grooms Association, recently appointed as a member body of the BEF, will be introducing its role within the industry and presenting the ‘Equine Employer’s Handbook’, produced by the BGA to the audience.

Regarded as a ‘must have’ for all equestrian establishments, 30 copies of the 39.95 Equine Employer’s Handbook are generously being donated to the Network by HOOF Ride London.

Career Grooms, sponsors of the BGA will also conduct a workshop to aid understanding of the problems and solutions when recruiting, training and retaining staff, and Nicole Seaman LLP, an Employment Law solicitor from Warner Goodman will be on hand to answer any specific questions from the London Horse Network.

London Representative of the BEF, David Gadsby said, “Between HOOF and the London Horse Network, we have a comprehensive line up of professionals that will aim to introduce their expertise, answer specific questions on the day and indicate various channels through which Network members can access continued support.”

The day will also include a workshop with Ray Hipkin CMIOSH, MEWI.

Health and Safety Officer for British Eventing, Ray manages safety issues at Blenheim, Bramham and Weston Park International Horse Trials, he is also Chairman of the National Farm Attractions Network and an independent advisor on Health and Safety Issues to a wide range of commercial clients.

Jodie concludes, “It’ll be great to have an industry expert on hand who understands the challenges faced in equestrianism especially the demands placed on centres and instructors when dealing with young, old, nervous and otherwise vulnerable, disadvantaged or disabled people in a high risk environment.”

To find out more about the London Horse Network or to register a question for the experts to answer, email jodievm@aol.com . For more details on the BEF Olympic Legacy Project, HOOF Ride London, visit www.hoof-in-town.com.

The LHN Health & Safety and Employment Law Seminar, 10am-3pm, Monday 28th February 2011, Hilton Olympia Hotel, London. Contact jodievm@aol.com for more details.


 Royal Society - London - UK: National Equine Forum - 4 March 2010

The National Equine Forum (NEF), held annually at the Royal Society in London, is the only event of its kind in the UK to bring all sectors of the equine industry together under one roof to discuss topical and controversial issues in a non-partisan and non-commercial fashion.



Sand Horses
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BETA International, which celebrates its 31st anniversary in 2010, is the world’s foremost equestrian, pet product and country clothing trade exhibition. Admission is strictly trade only.

Pictured  is the sand sculpture completed by Andrew Baynes; the result of three days performance art that took centre stage at BETA International 2008.

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"Sensibly priced, practical idea with big bonuses in muddy weather.  A product that fulfils a real, rather than a perceived, need."  These were the comments from the judges of the 2009 BETA Innovation Awards for the award winner Golly Galoshes in the Saddlery and Tack category, among them Yogi Breisner and Pammy Hutton.  A triple-purpose quality British made product, Golly Galoshes are leg gaiters designed to keep boots and bandages clean and horses’ and ponies’ legs dry, clean and comfortable during work.  The hi-viz option also adds visibility when out hacking.  Other award categories included rider clothing, feed & supplements, horse care products & equipment, and safety & security.  Ken Law, Editor of Riding Safety said "For me, this was the product of the show.  I can see this as something that people will want to use to save time, with benefits to the horses and ponies wearing them.  Drivers will be alerted through the movement of the legs when the hi-viz gaiters are worn, making them part of overall hi-viz clothing for horse and rider."

More information from www.gollygaloshes.com


Beta International 2011 - 20 to 22 February - NEC
Beta International 2012 - 19 to 21 February - NEC

Dorset – UK: Free health and safety training workshop for equestrian businesses

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Local Councils in Dorset are working in partnership with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Kingston Maurward College to bring those in the equestrian industry a free health and safety training workshop.

The workshop will take place at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester (DT2 8PX) from 10.30 – 3.45 on Thursday 12 November 2009.

Topics during the day will include how to comply with legislation and the supporting role of the HSE and Local Authorities. At a practical level there will be a focus on manual handling, ATV (quad bike) and machinery safety, human and equine personal protective equipment, supported by ridden demonstrations from the equestrian department at the College.

Those attending will have the opportunity to ask questions in a friendly and relaxed environment.

To register to attend this event e-mail Glenda Treneary at shads.glendatreneary@hse.gsi.gov.uk or call 01752 276300 and ask for Glenda Treneary or Paul Webber.  Closing date for registration will be on 1 November 2009.





ABRS Annual General Meeting & Conference 2009

The Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) is holding its Annual General Meeting and Conference on Monday 19 October at Shrigley Hall, Pott Shrigley, Manchester, Cheshire SK10.

Further information about the event and booking can be found at: www.abrs-info.org/



BHS Safety Conference - 3 October 2009

The British Horse Society will be hosting its biennial Safety Conference on Saturday 3 October at Highgate House, Creaton, Northamptonshire, NN6 8NN, and if you are a British Horse Society member, entry will be free.

The conference is due to run from 10:00 am to 4.00 pm, with lunch and refreshments provided.

This year will see a great line up of speakers, including Mr Roy Burek, Managing Director of Charles Owen & Co Ltd, and Professor Michael Gilchrist BE, MEngSc, PhD, DEng from University College Dublin, who will address current research into development of riding hats; Air Ambulance Paramedic Mr Anthony Bleetman FRCS;  Police Captain Andy Mortimer from North Midlands Helicopter Support Unit; Wing Commander Jon Taylor, Director of Air Staff at the Ministry of Defence who will all address issues surrounding helicopters  and Riding Safely journalist Mr Ken Law will be speaking on equestrian accidents statistics.

If this superb line up of speakers has raised your interest, and you would like more information, or to book tickets, please contact Jackie Gallocker, BHS Safety Department on 01926 707745.

Please note to secure tickets, a booking fee of 25 is required, which will be returned on the day to those who attend the event.



British Eventing Safety Forums - July 2009

British Eventing (BE) is leading the way on safety with four regional safety forums to be held during July to update members on what the organisation is doing and to invite input and suggestions on further initiatives for consideration.

BE Safety Committee Chairman Iain Graham, National Safety Officer Jonathan Clissold, and Safety Committee member and Course Designer and builder Adrian Ditcham, will be on hand to discuss the latest safety research news and developments. Following the presentation there will be an open forum for input and questions from the floor.

Speaking to Horse & Hound Mr Clissold said "We want to tell people about the history related to the safety of the sport and what we're doing to improve safety in the future."

Topics will include how BE collects data, how to complete a safety audit, updates on the second-generation (frangible) pin and the safety and research fence sponsored by Goodyear.

BE spokesman Liza Randall said: "BE has done so much research over the past six years that we thought it was time to share [our work]. We hope as many people as possible come along and throw ideas round so we can progress even further."

BE is also producing a safety manifesto Changing Tracks, to be released later this year.

All four safety forums will be held during the evening from 7 - 9 at the following locations:

  • Scottish and Northern Region - Monday 20th July - The SNEC, Oatridge College, Ecclesmachan, Broxburn, West Lothian, EH52 6NH.
  • Central South Region - Wednesday 22nd July - Huntingdon Marriott Hotel, Kingfisher Way, Hinchingbrooke Business Park, Huntingdon, PE29 6FL.
  • Central North & Wales Region - Tuesday 28th July - Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, Leahurst, Chester High Road, South Wirral, CH64 7TE.
  • Southern Region - Thursday 30th July - Wiltshire College Lackham, Lacock, WIltshire, SN15 2NY.

The forums are open to both members and non-members. To book your free place, please call Carolyn Simm at British Eventing on 02476 698821 or e-mail carolyn.simm@britisheventing.com

Source: British Eventing and Horse and Hound


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