BETA’s triumphant return visit to Blair Castle

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BEST STAND: BETA Best Stand Award winners, Bonnie Desborough (left) and Laura Marsden were thrilled to scoop a gold standard and Best in Show accolade at Blair Castle International Horse Trials. (FW36-523NN)

GLORIOUS sunshine shone on BETA’s return visit to Blair Castle International Horse Trials, where the trade association supported the Scottish Grassroots Eventing Festival, won by Rose Macpherson on ‘HHS Canya’ (BE 100) and Annie Sandell on ‘Murrah Hall Midnight Maelstrom’ (BE 90), and organised the Best Stand Awards, announced at the Tradestand Holders’ Drinks Reception.

“We have enjoyed two contrasting Blair experiences,” said BETA executive director Claire Williams. “Last year’s début was rather wet and cold, while this time we had the very best weather that a British summer can offer. The one remaining constant, however, was the incredible equestrian experience on offer.

“The organising team had done a great job, the tradestands welcomed a significant amount of footfall and visitors were thrilled to see such competition, from top level to grassroots.

“The event allowed us to promote the work of BETA and our members, and to hear about the issues that are important to riders and owners.”

The BETA stand welcomed visitors throughout the event’s four days, with many bringing their riding hats and body protectors along for a free safety check.

In return, they received a discount voucher worth 10 per cent off the price of a new safety garment when bought from a participating BETA retailer.

The spirit of competition that ran through the event was also evident on the BETA stand, where visitors took the BETA Test, with a goody bag prize for those who passed.

Blair visitors were also invited to play their part in helping to shape the future of our sport by joining the BETA National Equestrian Research Panel, where they can share their views on all things horsey with the industry. As a token of the trade association’s appreciation, everyone who signed up was automatically entered in the BETA Prize Draw, with the chance to win £1,000 worth of clothing, feed and equipment for horse and rider.

As part of its commitment to supporting the equestrian trade, BETA hosted the Best Stand Awards, which are divided into three categories – Equestrian and Saddlery, Lifestyle, Pet and Fashion and Food and Beverages, with each stand judged according to BETA’s set criteria and awarded either a gold or silver standard. This year, the following companies were announced as winners:

In Equestrian and Saddlery, Equikro, Voltaire Design – which also won Best in Show – Joshua Jones, Horse Direct and Wychanger were awarded gold, while silver went to Ayr Equestrian, Libby’s International, Coltsfoot Equestrian and Bareback Footwear.

In the Lifestyle, Pet and Fashion section, gold was won by Old Barn Leather, with silver going to Collared Creatures, Scotia Cabins and Hanbury Watches.

Food and Beverages saw gold go to Clootie McToot Traditional Dumplings and Pizza Box, and silver go to Bruadar, Smoky Brae and Aelder Elexir.

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