The British Equestrian Trade Association works to support our members in their efforts to achieve the highest level of repute, knowledge and profitability.
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.
We currently have 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. All our members are involved in some way with equestrianism.
We are committed to the promotion of BETA members to the riding public, to on-going market research to inform both our members and the wider equestrian industry on the state of the market and horse riding as a leisure activity.
Some of our main achievements over the past 30 years include:
- Changes to the Medicines’ Act to allow retail members to sell wormers for horses.
- The development of BETA International as a world respected Trade Exhibition.
- The National Equestrian Survey.
- Development of training courses to enable retailers to become more knowledgeable and professional.
- BETA Body protector standard.
We also represent the trade on a number of bodies including:
- European Body Protector Committee
- British Equestrian Federation
- British Horse Industry Confederation
- Horse & Pony Taxation Committee
- BHS All Party Parliamentary Group for the Horse
- BSI Standards Committee for hats and body protectors
- AMTRA (Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Committee)