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BBN Needs YOU! Help Us Win Pitch to Rich

BBN Needs YOU! Help Us Win Pitch to Rich

  • Posted: May 18, 2015
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We Can Still Win BUT We Need YOUR Help Again!

VOTE FOR US HERE!

Winning the Virgin Pitch to Rich contest would enable us to secure funding and support for British Breeders. Voting reopens at 10.00 am today 18th May for 3 days only, to make up for time lost when the Virgin website crashed the first time around, making it almost impossible for BBN supporters to place their votes. We need YOUR VOTES & SHARES before voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday May 20th.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN VOTE:

1. Go to Virgin Pitch to Rich*
2. Click VOTE NOW and enter your name + VALID email
3. Answer spam question + SUBMIT (do not close page yet)
4. Check for EMAIL from Virgin (check spam folder if none )
5. Click the verification link and your vote will now be counted.

IMPORTANT: If you do not verify your email, your vote will not be counted. If necessary go back to Step 3, click “Resend Email” and check for email again – including your spam mail folder!

Why is voting for the British Breeders Network Important?

British horse breeding needs YOUR help, and it needs it now! We only have 3 days to secure a better future for us all. Horse breeding lies at the foundation of all equestrian activities. Without it, there would be no horse riding. But unlike foreign breeders, there is no government support for British Breeders and little reward for the hard work, expertise, and dedication that goes into breeding a good horse. Help us create a level playing field by building an organisation by breeders for breeders to secure a sustainable future for British horse breeding; from grass-roots to more gold medals!

HELP US GET EVEN MORE VOTES BY SHARING THIS MESSAGE:

1. Visit the Virgin Pitch to Rich again and click the social sharing buttons
2. Share this message with your Facebook + Twitter + Linkedin etc) contacts
3. Open your email and share this message with all your email contacts
4. Equestrian organisations please share this with your members’ database

If you’ve already voted, thank you so much. BUT please can we ask you to share this link again as some would be voters were unable to vote before due to Virgin Media technical difficulties. We need them to all try again PLEASE! The more you can do to share this to a wider audience the better our chance of winning. If we reach 1000 votes we’ll offer a special prize to a random voter who forwards their Virgin email to show they voted to info@britishbreedersnetwork.org. If a family member tries to vote but doesn’t see the VOTE link, clear your browser ‘cookies’ so you can use the same device to vote with another email. Here’s how.

British Breeders Network Needs YOUR help to Win but we’ve only got 3 days to do it! VOTE NOW at: http://www.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/pitch-to-rich/start-up/british-breeders-network/

Another Chance to Vote For Us to Win!

Another Chance to Vote For Us to Win!

  • Posted: May 17, 2015
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On Monday 18th May Virgin Media ‘Pitch to Rich’ 2015 competition voting reopens for 3 days, to make up for time lost when the Virgin website crashed the first time around, making it almost impossible for supporters to place their votes.

Voting reopens at 10.00 am on Monday 18th May until 5.00 pm on Wednesday 20th May, so we only have 3 days and need your help to get at least 823 votes to get to the semi-finals. We’re aiming for 1000 votes in that important 3 day period, and with nearly 997 likes on our Facebook page as of today, we’re sure that with your help, we can do it and reach the semi-final this time around.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP US WIN!

Share this message with all your acquaintances and work colleagues now. Then, as soon as possible after 10.00 am on Monday 18th visit the ‘Pitch to Rich’ website and vote. Next, share the link again, telling people them that you have voted and how easy it was to vote now that Virgin’s website is fixed, asking them to do the same and vote for British Breeders Network to Win!

We’re aiming for 1000 votes in that important 3 day period, and with 999 likes this morning on our Facebook page, we’re sure that with your help, we can do it and reach the semi-final this time around.

When you vote, please check your email (including spam folders) for the verification email Virgin automatically send after you cast your vote. When you receive it, you MUST click the verification link to ensure your vote is counted. Make sure also that you tell this to anyone you share the link with. We need to make sure as many of your votes as possible are counted before the competition closes.

If you have already voted, thanks again for all your amazing efforts to help us so far – but please can we ask you to share this link again in case not everyone saw it first time around or were unable to vote due to technical difficulties. We need them to all try again PLEASE!

Also, if you have a family member who would like to vote and you get a message that you have already voted, you need to clear ‘cookies’ so you can use the same device to vote again using a different email address. Here’s how to clear cookies. Alternatively use a different device or browser.

Here’s the link you need to Vote for us to win when voting reopens at 10.00 am on Monday 18th:

http://www.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/pitch-to-rich/start-up/british-breeders-network/

BEF Futurity Teams Up with SHB(GB) & BBN

BEF Futurity Teams Up with SHB(GB) & BBN

  • Posted: May 11, 2015
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On the 10th Anniversary of the Futurity, the British Equestrian Federation introduces a collaborative approach for the benefit of British breeding:

“This year Futurity enters a new age of collaboration. Futurity is set to team up with Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain SHB(GB) and the newly formed British Breeders Network (BBN)(…)”

The BBN is extremely proud to be part of this new initiative. A particularly exciting opportunity that has arisen from it is a British Breeders’ Showcase we will be organising alongside the Futurity evaluation at Hartpury on 9th August, giving British breeders the opportunity to have their young stock present before a wider audience and offering added marketing benefits, such as professional video coverage.

The BEF news article explains:

“The BBN has a high profile youngstock event scheduled at Hartpury College on 9 August to coincide with the Futurity evaluation. Jan Rogers said, ‘This again gives breeders more choice for youngstock outings and an opportunity to showcase their stock in front of both Futurity and BBN audiences. We hope to be able to build on these collaborations in future giving British breeders some much needed opportunities as identified by BBN in their extensive information collection as to what British breeders need in order to be able to succeed and continue to excel'”.

We envisage that this will be the first of many events providing real tangible benefits to our breeders to help them in promoting their youngstock to wider audiences and raising public awareness of the excellence of British-bred young horses.

The BBN website will be announcing detailed plans for the Hartpury event shortly. It will include the ability for Futurity entrants to parade their youngstock in front of a wider audience in gallery of the International indoor arena following their Futurity assessment. Classes for mares will be run alongside the SHB(GB) gradings, and 4 – 5 year-old show-jumpers, eventers and dressage horses will have an opportunity to show what they can do in their relevant disciplines, culminating in a Championship, with a prize for the highest ranked British-bred horse on the day.

Make sure you check back here soon to see what the BBN has planned for Hartpury on 9th August, plus how to enter. Meantime, read the full BEF article on their website at: http://www.bef.co.uk/News-Detail.aspx?news=Futurity-tenth-anniversary

William Fox-Pitt & Chilli Morning Win Badminton

William Fox-Pitt & Chilli Morning Win Badminton

  • Posted: May 11, 2015
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Congratulations to William Fox-Pitt and SHB(GB) Graded Stallion Chilli Morning on their Badminton Victory

We are delighted to announce that the 15-year old stallion Chilli Morning, standing at stud in Great Britain, and piloted by William Fox-Pitt, has won the the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

William and Chilli won in style, finishing on a sub 40 dressage score. After both the dressage and the cross country, the combination were lying 2nd behind New Zealander Andrew Nicholson and Nero. The final positions would therefore be decided on the result of the showjumping round. For William it was his 14th four-star and 55th three day event win of his career. He last won at Badminton in 2004.

Owned by Christopher Stone, Chilli Morning is the first stallion to claim a major four-star event. Chilli Morning is a Brandenburg stallion by the thoroughbred Phantomic, (son of Secreto) out of a half bred mare Koralle who is by the jumping stallion Kolibri. He was produced to four-star level by Nick Gauntlett and has several progeny already competing, both at Badminton and in the Burghley Young Event Horse Class.

Thank You

Thank You

  • Posted: May 05, 2015
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Thank you to all of you who managed to vote for us in the Virgin Media StartUp Business awards. And apologies to all of you who tried to vote but were unable to do so, due to technical difficulties on the Virgin Media Busines website, which crashed repeatedly over the last 3 days and was ‘down’ for most of today. Virgin Media Business acknowledges that this was a major problem preventing voting and their website carried the following message tonight:

“We’d like to apologise to all participants for the recent site issues. This has been caused by excessive surges of traffic to our servers driven by third party organisations ‘crawling’ our site. We recognise that this has been extremely frustrating and are extremely grateful for your understanding. To help compensate for the technical disruptions that have occurred during the final days we will announce a new stream to the competition for all entrants shortly.”

When we know details of the new stream they plan to announce for all competition entrants we’ll post an update here.

Your BBN Central Team

Keep Calm & Double Our Votes (7 Hours Left)

Keep Calm & Double Our Votes (7 Hours Left)

  • Posted: May 05, 2015
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How to DOUBLE OUR VOTES – without cheating – to win the Virgin Media Business Award!

Some of you have tried to have a family member, friend or work colleague vote at the same computer vote, but found they were blocked from voting as the Virgin Media website thinks you have already voted. Here’s how to unblock your browser so SOMEONE ELSE can vote for us with a DIFFERENT email address.

  1. Clear cookies on your device so you can vote again (find instructions here)
  2. Use a different device to vote – e.g. s smart phone or laptop
  3. Use a different browser to vote e.g. IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari

Here’s link again to VOTE FOR US

NOTES:

  • Voters do need to be able to access their email account in order to verify their address when Virgin emails them. Once your email is verified, then your vote will count and be added to our score. If you are not in a situation where you can pick up your email before 5pm your vote will not be counted.
  • Please note we are not suggesting you game the system. Please help us keep this competition clean – we want to win it on merit! These instructions are intended to enable a single device to be used to place a vote multiple times by different voters with different email addresses.
12 Hours left! Vote NOW for 50% off BBN Membership

12 Hours left! Vote NOW for 50% off BBN Membership

  • Posted: May 05, 2015
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CLICK HERE TO VOTE and save 50% off BBN membership – this year or next year’s renewal.

Just forward us the email you got from Virgin Media to verify your email and confirm your vote, and we will send you a discount code to use when registering or renewing your membership for an extra year. We need your help and there is only 12 Hours Left To Vote! Send your emails to info@britishbreedersnetwork.org

We need your help and there is only 12 Hours Left To Vote!

Winning a 6 figure marketing campaign from Virgin Media Business would be a great boost for the BBN with the potential to really help us on our way to helping you, our breeders, to prosper.

Here’s what’s at stake for the winners:

Winner – £150,000 marketing campaign, plus:

  • Branding and PR advice and support from Virgin over 12 months
  • Business planning support and dedicated business mentor via Virgin Start Up over 12 months
  • Virgin train pass worth £15,000, valid on all Virgin train routes for up to 15 staff.

2x Runners up – £50,000 campaign each

So you see we really need you to get voting and sharing this link with all your friends telling them that you have voted and asking them to do the same:

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

URGENT Vote For Us to Win Virgin Media £150K…

URGENT Vote For Us to Win Virgin Media £150K…

  • Posted: May 03, 2015
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CLICK HERE to vote for BBN to win the £150K Virgin Media Start Up Business Award. Votes close 5pm Tuesday 5th May – less than 48 hours away – so this is both IMPORTANT AND URGENT!

Next: Please share this link with everyone you know, friends, acquaintances, colleagues, horsey and non-horsey friends and ask them to vote for us – or you can share this post on our Facebook page.

We need to make sure this message is seen and shared by as many people as possible on Facebook and Twitter so we can get a LOT of votes. A big ask we know as We don’t have very long to nail this – but with your help it is doable.

Remember, you must visit the Virgin Media website at CLICK HERE and click the VOTE button for your vote to be counted.

We can only do this with your help – so thank you to everyone who votes for us in advance.

The British Breeders Network Central Team

Sneak Peak at BBN Entry in Virgin Media ‘Pitch to Rich’

Sneak Peak at BBN Entry in Virgin Media ‘Pitch to Rich’

  • Posted: May 01, 2015
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We thought you may like a ‘Sneak Peak’ at our competition entry and new Video

Visit britishbreedersnetwork.org to view our new video.

After days of work creating a video and an ‘elevator’ pitch, we finally pressed the scary SUBMIT button on our application to the 2015 Virgin Media Business ‘Pitch to Rich’ business competition which closes for both entries (and voting) on 5th May, for a chance to win a £150,000 of marketing campaign funding, that we’d love to use to help and support British Breeders’ Network members achieve success with their own businesses.

We were a bit late entering having only heard about the competition last Sunday and there was a lot work to do before we could even submit our entry. We did that just before midnight last night (phew!) and we’re currently waiting to be approved, but we thought you might like a little sneak peak at our video in the meantime… Here’s the link:

As it’s a Bank Holiday this weekend, approval of our entry may be delayed further, making the task of getting enough public votes to be in with a chance of getting shortlisted for this award that bit harder. But not impossible. So we need your help!

As soon as our entry is approved and receive a public link we’ll let you all know what it is so you can vote for us. What you will then need to do is click the link to view our pitch link on the Virgin Media Business website. Once there we need you to hit the button to VOTE FOR US. Then we ‘ll need you to use the SHARE buttons on the pitch site and on your Facebook and Twitter accounts, to get the word out to all your friends about the competition and that we need your urgently votes to help us win this very prestigious award.

In addition to providing marketing funds that would enable us to promote you and help you sell your young stock to a much wider audience and at better prices, the BBN would also benefit from one year of mentoring from the Virgin Media Business team.

By telling you about this now we hope to get you geared up and ready to start telling the world to vote for us once we share the link with you. Please can you also let all your friends know as well and if they like our page they should also get the heads up from us when our pitch goes live.

Winning this competition would enable us to fund a marketing campaign to support the future of British Breeding with promotional activities to help breeders sell their young stock and to help riders find the right British bred horses for them, raising awareness about breeding: without it, there would be no horse sport and to build a sustainable future for British Breeding and Equestrianism. Please share this message with all your contacts and look out for the next post on our website and social media accounts with a link to the pitch when we are finally approved and live on the Virgin Media Business website