Nottingham, United Kingdom -- A quick-release thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) device for keeping horse rugs in place won this years’ Design Innovation in Plastics competition, sponsored by Covestro.
Annabel Burton, a second year Product Design student at the UK’s Nottingham Trent University has redesigned the buckle on the surcingle, or strap that fastens round a horse's girth for the competition.
The surcingle attaches to a horse’s rug in the same way as current designs to keep it in place, but quickly releases under stress, preventing injury if the horse's leg gets caught in the strap, and also preventing the rug from ripping.
Annabel won £1,000 plus a visit to Covestro’s Leverkusen HQ and a placement at PriestmanGoode, a design and brand agency specialising in aviation, transport and product design.
In addition, she will receive an invitation to the banquet given by The Worshipful Company of Horners that is held annually at The Mansion House in the City of London.
The contest is organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining and the Worshipful Company of Horners.