A decade of sponsorship at glorious Gatcombe

The British Equestrian Trade Association marked its 10th anniversary as presenting sponsor of the Festival of British Eventing, at Gatcombe Park, by giving a commemorative clock to all riders and awarding the BETA Anniversary Trophy to Olivia Wilmot on Cool Dancer – the highest-placed rider who completed the British Open for the first time. This new award will continue to be presented each year.

BETA also supported the Pony Club Team Show Jumping, won by Polden Hills PC branch, providing prizes to third place. All riders in this competition and the Mounted Games were given a BETA goody bag and clock when they took up the trade association’s invitation for a free riding hat or body protector safety check.

“The Festival of British Eventing is always very special, but this year was a tremendous landmark for us,” said BETA executive director Claire Williams. “We had a wonderful time chatting to visitors, promoting BETA’s work and rolling out our celebratory competitions and commemorative prizes.”
Competition remained high on BETA’s agenda throughout the event, with the #betagatcombeselfie social media photo challenge and BETA’s luxury prize draw with  £1,500 worth of equestrian goodies up for grabs.

Limited-edition BETA doggy bandanas were handed out to canine visitors in return for a donation to the Riding for the Disabled Association, while Trigger and RoboCob, BETA’s two mechanical horses, were operated by volunteers from The Brooke and the Side Saddle Association. The initiatives raised a total of more than £1,100 for the RDA and The Brooke.
Free riding hat and body protector checks were offered to all riders and BETA gave everyone taking up this service a discount voucher worth 10 per cent off the price of a new safety garment when bought from a participating BETA-member retailer.

BETA handed out goody bags to all those signing up to the National Equestrian Research Panel and held its annual tradestand holders’ breakfast, where the winners of the BETA Best Stand Awards were announced.

Sculptor Sarah Coward – famed for her stunning equine bronzes – took the Best Large Stand Award, with Urchin Clothing as runner-up. Best Small Stand was won by Parkers Cufflinks, a father-and-son team who create jewellery and cufflinks from gun cartridges, with Yorkshire pet food manufacturer Harringtons as runner-up.


Contact: Deborah Hayward, BETA Press Officer
Email: deborahh@beta-int.com
Telephone: 01937 587062/01765 635314