EQUITANA Auckland was proud to introduce the first time to New Zealand the 2019 EQUITANA Business Awards proudly partnered with Show Pony Graphics and NZ Horse and Pony magazine. This new initiative was developed to support, promote and reward our New Zealand Equestrian Businesses.
The Innovation Awards celebrate new and innovative products which are the driving force of the equestrian industry. This award is for products that have not been on the New Zealand market for more than 24 months or being launched at EQUITANA Auckland and are either significantly different to what is currently available on the market, or seek to improve what is already out there.
Our panel of three judges included Dr Nerida Richards (AUS), Sarah Catherwood (NZ) and Sue Mackay (AUS) had a tough job judging our excellent entrants. This year we introduced the two-step judging process. The first round of finalists was selected off a written submission, and then the finalists were asked to present to our panel of judges. This enabled the judges to interact with the products and ask more questions.
On Saturday night the EQUITANA Auckland Business Awards presentation night was held. EQUITANA Auckland Event Director Director Rod Lockwood presented the awards along side Despina Mitrakas from Show Pony Graphics and Sarah McKinlay from NZ Horse and Pony magazine.
We would like to congratulate the following winners and runner-ups:
Horse / Saddlery Innovation Award
Winner Bi-NateLine presented by Schleese Saddlery
The judges loved the presentation and the science presented to support the product. The second highest scored product overall.
Runner Up GoLeyGo submitted by NZ distributor Shoof International
The judges loved the safety benefits and that the easy to use functionality meant it can be used across all demographics of horse owners.
Vet / Feed Innovation Award
Winner BioWorma / Livamol with BioWorma presented by International Animal Health Products
This product was the highest scoring product overall. The judges commented brilliant product desperately needed before we have levels of worm chemical resistance we can’t come back from.
Runner Up The Chaff Chaps
The judges loved the idea of the paper bags for feed and the thought that has gone into this product.
Technology Innovation Award
Winner Follow the Leader by Leading Edge Life Skills
The judge’s comments that it was a really innovative concept and easy to understand and use.
Runner Up Equiwatch
The judges commented great wireless and portability with a lot of functions. Easy to use and simple to install.
Clothing Innovation Award
Winner Lamington Equestrian Socks
The judges loved that they well made out of natural materials and that the range suited the whole family.
Runner Up Punk Ponies Touchscreen Friendly Gloves
The judges loved that these gloves actually work, and the large size range and colours.
People’s Choice Stand Display Award
Thank you to photographer Libby Law. Pictured our event winners with EQUITANA Auckland Event Director Ron Lockwood on the left with Despina Mitrakas from Show Pony Graphics and on the far right Sarah McKinlay from NZ Horse and Pony magazine.