Curar joins BETAMarch 18, 2014
BETA was formed in 1979 and has grown to be recognised and accepted as the official representative body for the equestrian manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade by Government and leading riding organisations. BETA has over 800 member companies, covering a wide range of businesses including not only retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, but also agents, dealers and many service based businesses for example farriery, veterinary and related animal healthcare services. All the companies are involved in some way with equestrianism.
We were particularly interested in the market information that BETA collects in its surveys. The 2011 National Equestrian Survey - conducted by Sportswise - highlights new spending patterns and changing trends over the past five years which helps to give a clearer picture of the British equestrian sector. The headlines from this survey include:
· There are an estimated 900,000 privately owned horses and 451,000 horse owners in Britain. This figure rises to just below 1 million when the 88,000 horses owned by the professional sector are added.
· Overall, the survey showed a gross output of the equestrian sector is valued at £3.8 billion a year, lower than previous years which reflects the shrinking consumer market caused by the economic downturn. It is still, however, an extremely large figure, boosted significantly when other equine-related activities such as racing (an estimated £3.7 billion) and major equestrian events are factored in.
Joining BETA gives us the opportunity to meet people from different fields within the equestrian world and to discuss Sonivet and tendon & ligament injuries in horses, more widely with the equine community. If you would like to discuss Sonivet further, we can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0191 375 9083
You can also find us on twitter @SONIVETUK and YouTube