ETN reports from the trade association’s AGM.

The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) AGM, held on 26 February, began with Chairman, Michael Darley, reporting on his busy year.

Executive Director, Claire Williams, then gave an overview of BETA’s activity during the last 12 months. 

BETA executive director Claire Williams reported on a series of successful campaigns run by the trade association. 

Successful campaigns included the Summer of Safety and Feed Fact Fortnight; while the rebranded British Equestrian Trade Awards (the BETAs) were presented at a sold-out Gala Dinner.

The trade association also continued to support the trade and educate consumers and participate in working groups addressing key issues, said Ms Williams. 

BETA’s accounts were shared with the AGM by treasurer, Wendy Hofstee, who highlighted a positive year with the association returning to profit.

A proposed 5% increase in subscriptions was agreed by members. 

Three new members joined the BETA Council…

Olivia Turner is an animal behaviourist and bit and bridle fitter, Nic Preston is from Kent based retailer Speedgate Equestrian and Ishbel Watson is from wholesaler Abbey England. 

Thanks were given to members stepping down from Council – Chris Gordon (Dodson & Horrell), Ian Silman (Equicraft), Ian Mitchell (Heritage Marketing) and Peter Phillips (Abbey England). 

The AGM was closed by BETA’s President, Jane Holderness Roddam.