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BETA launches free training course for equestrians

Riders – and retailers – will be able to deepen their knowledge with the 30-minute interactive course

The British Equestrian Trade Association has launched its first course on the new website, developed to give riders and equestrian companies access to free training across a wide range of subjects.

The BETA Body Protector Awareness Course puts this important safety garment under the spotlight. Written with the needs of riders in mind, it is based on BETA’s essential work in the field of rider safety and wellbeing. The training highlights the need for correctly fitted and fastened body protectors, their appropriate use across the riding disciplines and an explanation and overview of safety standards.

Riders – and retailers – will be able to deepen their knowledge with the 30-minute interactive course, featuring a quiz and downloadable posters packed with information and perfect for putting up at home or on the yard.

“This free course is a bright, snappy and engaging way for us to ensure that riders have access to potentially life-saving information,” said BETA executive director Claire Williams. “The new website has enormous potential for sharing valuable content with consumers and we have included a business area with training material specifically for trade use. We hope that companies will also see the benefits of using this new resource for their own training to both the trade and rider communities.

“Companies can utilise the associated website, which is the platform to create, manage and track online training and policies. Here, companies can create their own courses, as well as track their own staff and customers as they use the courses featured on their own platform and on Interested companies should contact the BETA office for further information.”

The BETA Body Protector Awareness Course is the first in a training series created by the trade association, with more to follow on subjects such as riding hat safety, bits and bitting, rugs and prohibited substances. Everyone who participates in this BETA course is able to print a certificate of completion.

“The new training website really does make training much more accessible,” Claire added. “There is a real need for expert knowledge out there in the equestrian community, and the website and the BETA training are a fantastic response to this.”

EquiToolz founder Kirsty Collinson said: “This is an exciting new collaboration project that will have great benefits for the equestrian community. There are opportunities for all the fantastic equestrian, sporting, charity and trade organisations out there to become involved.”

Access the BETA Body Protector Awareness Course online, and, for further information on how to access the portal for company training courses, contact Agy Mossakowska, tel 01937 587062 or email

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