BETA Business Award Finalists 2016

The finalists in the 2016 BETA Business Awards can now be unveiled. These companies, individuals and events that have made a huge difference to the equestrian industry are listed below.

We have been overwhelmed by the number of nominations received for each of the awards from both trade members and consumers, and we send our hearty congratulations to all those who have made it through to the finals of these highly regarded business accolades.

Our thanks must also go to the companies that lend their support to the awards and without which none of this would be possible.

Winners of the awards will be presented during the annual BETA Gala Dinner, at the National Motorcycle Museum, near Birmingham, on Sunday 24 January.

Although the finalists have now been named, the search for the ultimate winners is still ongoing. Depending on the category, this can include members’ votes, visits from secret shoppers, incognito telephone calls and submissions being considered by an independent panel.

The winners of the 2016 BETA Business Awards will be revealed at the BETA Gala Dinner.

Harry Hall Retail Employee of the Year
Anna McGurk – Tower Farm Saddlers, Rugby, Warwickshire
Jane Yeoman – Countrywide Farmers, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan
Claire Forgacs – Countrywide Farmers, Marlborough, Wiltshire
Ellie Parker – Countrywide Farmers, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire
Leesa Marples – Milton Equestrian, Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Equestrian Event of the Year supported by Henson Franklyn
Your Horse Live
Royal Windsor Horse Show
Horse of the Year Show

BETA Rider Award
Piggy French – Dodson & Horrell
Sophie Webster – Neue Schule
Ricki Riley – Horzehoods
Kristie Clinch – Airvest
Ben Hobday – Equilibrium Products
Marie Sandell – Bliss of London

SEIB Retailer of the Year – Mail Order/Internet Retailer
Silverburn Browbands – Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire
VioVet – Luton, Bedfordshire
Mane Supplies – Harrogate, North Yorkshire
The Saddlery Shop – Beaworthy, Devon
Houghton Country – Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland

SEIB Retailer of the Year – Large Tack Shop
Aivly Country Store – Ringwood, Hampshire
Speedgate Enterprises – Longfield, Kent
Norvite Farm & Country – Insch, Aberdeenshire
CCF Aberystwyth – Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
TSC Country Supplies – Berkeley, Gloucestershire

SEIB Retailer of the Year – Medium Tack Shop
Tower Farm Saddlers – Rugby, Warwickshire
RB Equestrian – Great Brickhill, Buckinghamshire
Houghton Country – Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland
College Farm Saddlery – Finchley, London
Jet Set Saddlery & Countrywear – Dundonald, Ayrshire

SEIB Retailer of the Year – Small Tack Shop
Tower Farm Saddlers – Earls Barton, Northamptonshire
Equicraft of Backwell – Backwell, Somerset
Eskdale Saddlery – Carlisle, Cumbria
First Saddlery & Countrywear – Fenwick, Ayrshire
Northern Pet & Equestrian Supplies – Penrith, Cumbria

Haygain Nutritional Helpline of the Year
Allen & Page
Baileys Horse Feeds
Saracen Horse Feeds
Science Supplements
TopSpec Equine

Equine Careers Sales Representative/Agent of the Year
Suzi Law – TopSpec Equine
Sarah Rushby – Saracen Horse Feeds
Bryan Fearn – Carr & Day & Martin
Nicola Brown – Matchmakers International

UKTI Export Award
Bliss of London
Dodson & Horrell
Group55 (Animology)
Pet Rebellion
Vale Brothers

Blacks Solicitors Trade Supplier of the Year
Battle, Hayward & Bower
Bliss of London
Matchmakers International

TSM Social Media Award
Aivly Country Stores
Burghley Horse Trials
Dodson & Horrell
Pet Rebellion
Tower Farm Saddlers
Bliss of London
Country & Stable of Olney
Derriere Equestrian
Horseware Ireland