2015 winner - Hannah Wild:

Hannah Wild, from the online company Supplement Solutions, was crowned the 2015 Virbac 3D Worming Equine SQP of the Year.  ‘All the candidates were of a high standard’, said Chris Taylor Virbac Technical Director ‘but Hannah demonstrated a full working practical knowledge of worming’

Hannah set up Supplement Solutions in 2004 and has grown the business into a well known brand.

‘My responsibility is to run the company and look after the team, ensuring that everything is done correctly and legally. We have a brilliant team of just four “can do” people and the business is operated with excellent customer service in mind’

Hannah is a stickler for correct procedures, which has led to the company winning the BETA retailer of the year award on four occasions, and operates an online sheet for her customers to fill in and tailors a worming programme for all her clients.

‘Having had many years as an AMTRA Examiner I know what is required in reference to the AMTRA code of Practice’ added Chris Taylor.  ‘Hannah was able to give correct information on worms, resistance and timing of treatments’.

‘It is really great to be recognised for our efforts’ said Hannah. ‘We are on online retailers but we are committed to advising our customers of the correct worming approach for the time of year.  I am over the moon to have won this award, really pleased. It rewards where I have been heading with the business and is a brilliant accolade for that. We want to do the things right so it’s so good to be acknowledged for putting that into practice. Virbac have always been an excellent company to deal with and I appreciate the partnership we have developed over the years’.

As winner of the Virbac 3D Worming SQP of the Year Hannah enjoyed a VIP trip to The Horse of The Year Show held at the NEC Birmingham in October.

The Finalists of the 2015 Virbac Equine SQP of the Year were Domino Phillips,Joanne Taylor, Nikki Harris, Kay Roper and Mary Lennon

2014 winner-  Domino Phillips:

Suitably Qualified Person’s (SQP’s) have a huge responsibility to provide members of the equine community with sound, knowledgeable and responsible advice on horse worming, whilst being aware of their wider obligations under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations. The Virbac 3D Worming Equine SQP of the Year Award aims to recognise the work undertaken by those SQP’s who go the extra mile achieving both a high level of competence and support for their equine customers. Now in its fourth year the award has become a highly regarded and prestigious industry accolade.   

This year it was Domino Phillips, of Carrs Billington in Cumbria who was crowned the winner of the Virbac 3D Worming Equine SQP of the Year. The title and award was presented to Domino by Katie Jerram at a prestigious champagne reception at this year’s Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), held at the NEC Birmingham in October.

Domino has been working for Carrs for the last 18 months and during that time has thrown herself into her work as an SQP, finding the theory behind faecal egg counts and giving customers good advice the most rewarding part of her job. Domino herself has an ex racehorse that she hopes to compete, so knows all too well the importance of correct worming for top condition and good general health; knowledge that she regularly passes on to her customers. “I am extremely proud to be part of this competition and to win is just a complete surprise, I am chuffed.” said Domino “Also to be at Horse of the Year show is a real treat, my dream is to ride here one day”.

To decide on a winner from the strong field of contenders, all five finalists were subjected to an interview that took place during the afternoon with an expert panel chaired by Mr Chris Taylor, Virbac Technical Director, with Miss Claire McArthur, a parasitology PhD student from the world renowned Moredun Institute and last year’s winner Simon Wetherald, owner of Bardsey Mills Ltd and www.wormers-direct.co.uk. The finalists had also undergone a ‘mystery shop’, earlier in the year, the results of which were evaluated by the panel before they decided on this year’s winner.  

The winners’ presentation took place during the VIP evening champagne reception at HOYS. All finalists were presented with their prizes by Virbac’s Sponsored Rider, Katie Jerram, who, after the awards presentation, hurried back to ride her Lightweight Hunter Gortlas Rinarinca, in the Hunter Championship during the evening performance.

SQP finalists and their partners were invited to join Virbac as their guests for dinner, where they were treated to a scrumptious meal whilst enjoying the best of equestrian entertainment during the evening performance and watched Katie take the Reserve Hunter of the Year Championship under the floodlights in the international arena.

2013 Winner - Simon Wetherald:

Simon Wetherald, owner of Bardsey Mills Ltd and www.wormers-direct.co.uk was crowned the winner of the prestigious 2013 Virbac Equine SQP of the Year on Sunday 17thFebruary. The title and award was presented to Simon, who is based in Leeds, on the BETA International Fashion Show Stage by BBC Countryfile presenter, Ellie Harrison.

SQP’s have a huge responsibility to provide members of the equine community with sound, knowledgeable and responsible advice on horse worming, whilst being aware of their wider obligations under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations. This award aims to recognise the work undertaken by those SQP’s who go the extra mile to achieve a high level of competence and support to their equine customers. 

The day before the presentation each of the five finalists were subjected to a gruelling interview with an expert panel that included Miss Claire McArthur, a parasitology PhD student from the world renowned Moredun Institute, Mr Callum Blair, MRCVS, Virbac Senior Veterinary Advisor and Liz Benwell editor of the equestrian trade journal Equestrian Trade News. Having undergone a ‘mystery shop’ earlier in the year, these results were also evaluated by the panel before they decided on this year’s winner.  

During the exciting presentation the finalists assembled nervously behind BBC Countryfile presenter, Ellie Harrison, to await the all important result. After an intense few moments Ellie announced Simon as the winner and presented him with a crystal trophy and bottle of champagne.

Simon has had his shop for 38yrs and has been running his online business for 15 yrs. Simon originally started the business with his father and was one of the early adopters of trading horse wormers and pet products online. Simon explained that he had to adapt to market trends with his website and finds he is asked for his advice on horse worming more via his website than from people who come into the shop. Simon has a free phone line for users to use to call for advice and has adopted his approach to online horse worming advice within the shop applying his ‘decision support tool’ method. Simon has been an SQP since the inception of the scheme in the late 70s and is regularly inspected by the VMD, who Simon says are very rigorous. “This is the first award I’ve been presented in my life” said an elated Simon “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of all SQPs, who all work so hard, we all work to the benefit of all in the equine community”.

The panel were pleased with the result and expressed the closeness of the final decision; Miss McArthur said “This year all finalists were very close; they all had good ideas and approaches, making our job much more difficult”. Added Mr Callum Blair “I agree with Claire; Simon though, came through very strongly on the mystery shopping phase of the process, providing sound, solid and unbiased advice on wormers and  the use of faecal egg counts to the horse owner”. “I would just like to congratulate all of the contenders they were all worthy finalists and the decision process wasn’t an easy one” concluded Liz Benwell.

2012 Winner - Claire Sellors

Sellors Ltd, a country store based in Calverton, Nottingham had great reason to celebrate on the night of Sunday 19th February, as proprietor, Claire Sellors was announced the winner of the prestigious 2012 Virbac Equine SQP of the year award during a presentation held on the impressive BETA International Fashion Show Stage.

SQP’s have the huge responsibility to provide members of the equine community with sound, knowledgeable and responsible advice on horse worming and this award aims to recognise the work undertaken by those SQP’s who go the extra mile to achieve a high level of competence and support to their equine customers. 

Having been mystery shopped earlier in the year, the day before the event all 6 finalists underwent an intense interview with an expert panel that included Dr. Claire McArther, parasitologist from the world renowned Moredun Institute, Mr Callum Blair, Virbac Senior Veterinary Advisor and Virbac Equine Product Manager, Mr Tom Blacklock. After this process the panel selected their SQP who would be announced as the 2012 winner.

During the exciting presentation the six finalist assembled nervously behind the renowned broadcaster and horse owner, Mr Alistair Stewart, to await that all important result. Mr Stewart wowed the crowds through his skilled stage presence and highlighted the sense of achievement of all 6 finalist should be feeling for having reached this stage of the competition.

Mr Stuart called Claire forward as the winner and presented her with a crystal trophy and bottle of champagne. Claire has been an SQP for 13 years and has just sent her first member of staff on her way to achieving SQP status. Claire said: “Winning this award means a great deal to me. I have been prescribing wormers for many years now; it’s something that I am very interested in. The standard of competition is exceptionally high and I am extremely pleased to have been chosen as the winner.” Claire went on to say “a big thank you to all of my customers for taking the time to nominate me, I think that I will enjoy celebrating with them when I get back! And thank you too to our wonderful staff for all their support throughout this process. I will continue to keep up the good work for them all”

Mr Stuart added “I was particularly delighted to be presenting this award, because as an owner of horses and a proud father of riders, quality advice and service, particularly in veterinary care, is crucial. This award acknowledges the best and brightest SQP’s and all are worthy of our praise. Claire is the best of a great bunch”

The panel were delighted with the result, Dr McArther said “We were all very impressed with Claire, she not only has excellent background knowledge but also is committed to her customers and dedicated to improve knowledge”. Added Mr Tom Blacklock “this award is unique in that each SQP had to be nominated by a customer to be eligible to reach the final 6, meaning no one could nominate themselves.” Mr Blair went on to add “I would just like to congratulate all of the 6 finalists; they are a credit to SQP’s and were worthy finalists”

 

2011 Winner - Suzi Law 

On a star studded stage at BETA international on Sunday 20th February, the inaugural Virbac Equine SQP of the Year Award was awarded to Suzi Law, Manager of WCF Pet and Equine Lanarkshire in Scotland.

During 2010 horse owners nominated their local SQP who, in their opinion, goes the extra mile to offer expert help and advice on worming issues. From the nominations a short list of six finalists was selected, who having been mystery shopped earlier in the year, then went before the Virbac judging panel of Equimax and Eraquell: Brand Manager Callum Blair BVMS MRCVS, leading international riders William and Pippa Funnell and parasitologist Claire McArthur from the world renowned Moredun Institute.

The exciting winner’s presentation took place on the Fashion Show stage in front of a large audience, who gathered to witness Suzi announced as the Virbac Equine SQP of the Year 2011 by well known actor and TV favourite Mr Martin Clunes, who presented a delighted Suzi with her crystal trophy.

‘All of our finalists were outstanding’ said Callum ‘however Suzi not only demonstrated her overall technical knowledge but impressed the judging panel by her willingness to work with other healthcare professionals and influence company policy to ensure that customers received correct and up to date worming advice’

 ‘All of the finalists were of such a high standard so I am honoured and delighted to have been chosen as the 2011 Virbac Equine SQP of the Year’ said a clearly surprised and delighted Suzi. ‘It’s so important to be able to give non-biased and accurate advice to those who trust the welfare of their horses to us. Virbac take their SQP, CPD training and education very seriously and have pushed that more than any other company; they have been a great help in furthering my knowledge and education.’

Virbac are currently celebrating 10 years since their entry into the equine market place with the now leading wormer brands Equimax and Eraquell. The company are headline sponsors of BETA International 2011 and 2012