Shortlist announced for the 2018 BETA Business Awards

Nominations for the 2018 BETA Business Awards – leading B2B accolades to reward and recognise companies and individuals making a significant difference to the equestrian industry – have now closed and the finalists can be revealed.

“To make it through to the final stages of the awards is an accomplishment in itself,” said British Equestrian Trade Association executive director Claire Williams. “The standard of nominees is always extremely high and selecting the final few is a tremendous challenge. We wish all our finalists the very best of luck as we continue the search for those who will go on to win one of these highly prized awards. Depending on the category involved, this will include member votes, secret shoppers, incognito calls and consideration by an independent panel.”


The winners will be announced during the BETA Gala Dinner, at the National Motorcycle Museum, near Birmingham, on Monday 22 January. The finalists are:

Weatherbeeta Retail Employee of the Year
Charlotte Bilbie – Tower Farm Saddlers, Rugby, Warwickshire
Lisa Wilsher – The Ark, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire
Claire Limburn – Hampshire Saddlery, Botley

Equestrian Event of the Year supported by Henson Franklyn

Westcountry Equine Fair
Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials & Country Fair
Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials

BETA Sponsored Rider of the Year

Georgie Wood – Simple System Horse Feeds
William Fox-Pitt – Musto
Gemma Tattersall – Weatherbeeta
Jess Dimmock – Weatherbeeta

SEIB Retailer of the Year – Equestrian Retail Store
Aivly Country Store – Ringwood, Hampshire
The Ark – Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire
Carlton’s Equine – Whitley Bay, Northumberland
Houghton Country – Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland
Millwheel Tack Shop – Binfield, Berkshire
Tower Farm Saddlers – Earls Barton, Northamptonshire
Tower Farm Saddlers – Rugby, Warwickshire
Westleigh’s Saddlery & Country Clothing – Ramsden Bellhouse, Essex

SEIB Retailer of the Year – Online/Mail Order Retailer
Equus Products & Services – Walkern, Hertfordshire
Feedmark – Harleston, Norfolk
Houghton Country – Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland
Supplement Solutions – Preston, Lancashire
Urban Horse – Alston, Cumbria

Haygain Nutritional Helpline of the Year
Allen & Page
Science Supplements
TopSpec Equine

Equine Careers Sales Representative of the Year
Emily Jackson – Allen & Page
Vicky Mitson – Science Supplements
Patrick Robertson – Allen & Page
Georgina Teece – Bedmax Shavings

Ceris Burns Equestrian Export Award
Dengie Crops
Parallax Plastics
Science Supplements

BETA Trade Supplier of the Year

Horseware Products
Shires Equestrian Products

TSM Social Media Award – 15 Hours & Under 
Aivly Country Store
Simple System Horse Feeds

TSM Social Media Award – Over 15 Hours
Horseware Products
TopSpec Equine
Weatherbeeta/Dublin Clothing

Contact: Deborah Hayward, BETA Press Officer
Telephone: 01937 582111/01765 635314