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  • The Goring Hotel and Material Change Ltd are sponsoring the National Team Chase Championship for the 2011-12 season.Their sponsorship means each event which holds a qualifier for the national championships will receive £1,000, with additional funding for the championships itself, held at the Fernie in April.

    The Goring Hotel, which celebrated its centenary in 2010, is the only family owned and run five star hotel in London, and played host to Kate Middleton and her family before the Royal Wedding.

    Material Change Ltd specialises in recycling and green energy generation, operating seven compost sites in the Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Suffolk area.

    Senior figures in each company are closely involved in team chasing. George Goring is patron of the Boring Gorings who have competed at open level since the sport began in 1974, and the Goring Hotel sponsored the National Championships from 1994-2006.

    And James Buckle who is chairman of Material Change is chairman of the MFHA’s team chasing committee and hosts the Essex and Suffolk event.

    George Goring, who is still competing in intermediate classes at the age of 73, commented: “The Goring Hotel is looking forward to increasing its commitment to team chasing once again. It offers an excitement that is unique and addictive, and we are very glad to support it.”

    The team chase order of merit, formerly sponsored by Mr Goring, will now be sponsored by Mark and Rosie Vestey under the banner of Coombe Farm Wine, a vineyard in Australia that they own.

  • The sponsors for the BETA Business Awards 2012 have been announced.Clothing brand Joules will continue to sponsor the Equestrian Event of the Year section has become a highlight of the awards.

    Other categories include The categories include the UKTI Export Award, TSM Rider Award, SEIB Retailer of the Year, BETA Lifetime Achievement Award, Equine Careers Sales Representative of the Year, Harry Hall Retail Employee of the Year, ETN Trade Supplier of the Year, Haygain Nutritional Helpline of the Year and the BETA Trade Website of the Year.

    “We are extremely grateful to Joules and the rest of our sponsors for their enthusiasm and support,” said BETA executive director Claire Williams.

    The BETA Business Awards, now in their ninth year, are presented during the BETA Gala Dinner, at the National Motorcycle Museum, near Birmingham, on Sunday 19 February 2012.

  • Yorkshire horsebox manufacturers Equitrek have had a close relationship with Rockwood Harriers branch of the Pony Club for many years, which came in very handy for last week’s Horse of the Year Show (HOYS).Having qualified for the mounted games Prince Philip Cup at HOYS some of the members of the Harriers Senior Mounted Games Team needed onsite accommodation.

    To help out, Equi-Trek donated the latest 18-tonne Voyager Excel to accommodate the team during the week-long show (4-9 October).

    The team had a successful week, narrowly missing a place in the final.

    Managing director Tom Janion said: “As a former Harrier, I was glad to help.

    “Equi-Trek horseboxes are already the choice of champions, including former Harriers Oliver Townend and Michael and John Whitaker, but we also like to support grass roots equestrian talent – the people who we hope will become future riding stars.”