BETA’s Innovation Awards are always popular, and it was packed around the stage for this year’s presentation.
The awards are for products which are truly innovative and new to the market, and this year there was a record number of entries.
Innovations which particularly impressed me were:
Feed and Supplements section.
Highly Commended: SimpliFly Inhibitor Supplement, which breaks the life cycle of the fly. From LS Sales (Farnham).
Winner: Gut Balancer by Science Supplements, under the Trilanco banner. (Full details on the link.) This sounds like a fantastic product, a yard staple.
Horse Care and Equipment
Winner: Carr Day and Martin’s Equimist 360.
This dispenser very quietly and evenly delivers the product at any angle, including upside down. As the owner of a horse who is still, at 9 years of age, frightened of sprays, this will be a godsend!
Winner: Horseware’s Sportz Vibe massage therapy rug for dogs. This was designed and developed by Louisa Williams, who was behind the award-winning and very popular Ice Vibe boot for horses. 7 sizes are available. It looks like a fabulous product.
Saddlery & Tack
Highly Commended: Ardall for their Pro-Fit studs and Pro-Fit reamer bit.
Winner: LS Sales (Farnham) for their Stride Free Exercise Saddle
Safety & Security
Highly Commended: Charles Owen & Co for their V8 hat.
Airowear for the Hickstead Body Protector.
This, as you can see, is almost invisible over a show jacket. It is very neatly fitted. I can see this becoming hugely popular among show-jumpers.
There is a complete list of Winners and Products here.