The arrival of this year’s array of dazzling new products was celebrated in the Innovation Awards during BETA International 2019, at the NEC, Birmingham this week
Sponsored by the show’s media partner and leading industry title, Equestrian Trade News
magazine, the awards are designed to reward creativity, craftsmanship,technology and inspirational invention. They have not been introduced to the market during the 12 months preceding the show.
All products entered into the awards’ eight categories are considered by a panel of independent judges – each carefully chosen for their skills and expertise in a specific field.
This year those with the challenging task of selecting the winners were British Eventing team vet Liz Brown, saddler and saddle-fitting expert Kay Hastilow, Steve Hodgson, owner of retail store Nags, Essentials, Kathryn Jaquet, equine nutritionist Essentials, Kathryn Jaquet, managing director of retail business RB Equestrian, Catherine Rudenko and international event rider James Sommerville.
“We have been bowled over by the quality of new products being launched at BETA International,”said show organiser Claire Thomas.
“It is extremely exciting to see the industry working so hard to generate all these fantastic new things, with a great deal of enthusiasm, time and money being invested in them. We were thrilled to see the awards go to all those who played a part in their success.”
Winners of the 2019 Innovation Awards were: Country Clothing and Footwear. Best products on display at BDETA International, Country Clothing and Footwear.