A feeder that incorporates face recognition technology and a multi-purpose arena leveller and roller were among the winners at this year’s Equitana Innovation Awards, in Germany.

The annual awards are intended to identify and reward new, creative and useful product developments in the equestrian sector.

This year there were 108 nominations across six categories.

The winners were:

Stable, hall and arena construction, training technology category: Ramplemann & Spliethoff for its Platz-Maxi Multi multi-purpose arena leveller, which can be used on a range of surfaces and also doubles as a roller.

Stable technology, pasture and agricultural equipment category: Hau Stallsysteme for its Corn Max automatic feeder with attendance monitor, which incorporates a light sensor to dispense small portions of feed at regular intervals.

Health and care category: iHr-Medizingerate und Vertrieb for its Flexineb Inhalator, which allows the safe administration of a variety of medicinal products.

Nutrition category: Agrobs for its AlpenGrun Mash, a raw fibre, low-additive feed, which contains no minerals or grains.

Vehicles category: Weidemann for its VLS Driver Assistance System, which helps stabilise vehicles carrying heavy loads.

Riding and work fashions, and safety products: Waldhausen for its Davis Special Tie Rope, designed to make leading and tying up horses easier.

A special award for best product under construction was presented to HIT, for its automated feeder with face recognition. The product uses biometrical parameters to identify individual horses at the feeder and release feed accordingly.