BETA’s annual New Product Awards, which are divided into different categories, including Safety and Security, Saddlery and Tack, Feed and Veterinary and Rider Clothing, are always hotly contested. They provide a valuable insight into new ideas and innovations for horseowners and riders – look out for these products in your tack shop this season.
Safety and Security
The helmet weighs 290gm with 11 air vents plus elastic retention systems to give a head-hugging, cool fit. It is certified to SEI/ASTM F1163-01 standards and approved to AS/NZS 3838 level and is available in five colours.
Contact Equine Science (tel: 00 61 3930 3448)
Saddlery and Tack
A concealed “V” girthing system eliminates bulk under the rider’s leg and contoured Velcro knee blocks offer the option to alter the position and type of block to suit your needs. An open-headed, narrow-waisted tree allows maximum wither clearance.
Available in sizes 17in-18in, in seven different tree widths, in a choice of black, havana or nubuck. Cost at around £1,200.
Contact Frank Baines (tel: 01922 640847)
Feed and Veterinary
When used for heat treatment, the company claims that the system provides quick relief from muscle and joint pain, stiffness and swelling. If used cold, it can help in the treatment of damaged tissue and in reducing the risk of injury after intensive exercise. Cost at around £44.95.
Contact Armadillo (tel: 01980 629796)
Added extras include a removable hood, storm flap, zipped pockets and concealed arm pocket with key ring attachment. Mesh-lined underarm vents can be zipped open for extra breathability. Available from August. Cost at around £110.
Contact Horseware Ireland (tel: 00 353 42 9389000)
Horsecare and Equipment
Contact Equiplus International Ltd (tel: 01308 423129)
Contact Stage Coach Games (tel: 01425 485124)