Risk of ‘Gifting’ a Horse in a Pandemic

COVID-19 has necessitated mobility restrictions for horse owners everywhere.  As a result, the care of a horse could become a burden. The opportunity to exercise, ride and compete the horse is not only curtailed but, by reason of restricted access arrangements in place at agistment centres, many owners no longer enjoy unlimited freedom to feed…

Buying a New Horse Truck

A person contacted me to say he planned to purchase a new horse truck: A new cab chassis (unusual, as many so-called new horse trucks in fact use a 2nd hand cab chassis) plus horse box to be manufactured for the chassis. The purchase was costly.  The client worried that, as the manufacturing process would…

Senate Inquiry into Feasibility of a National Horse Traceability Register for all Horses

On 4 September 2019, an Australian Senate committee began public hearings into the benefits of a national register for all horses in Australia.  Individuals and organisations involved in the horse industry or responsible for its regulation made written submissions to the inquiry.  At scheduled hearings, Sydney on 4 September, followed by one in Canberra on…

Disciplinary Action against a Member

Disciplinary processes are important. Drug cheating and defamation of fellow members, competitors and judges on social media platforms are just 2 serious trouble spots.  Nowadays, organisations also have “rules” about discrimination in all its forms, harassment and bullying. Voluntary equestrian organisations are free to decide their own disciplinary scheme (by ‘scheme’ is meant the disciplinary…

Will it stand up in Court?

It is surprising to me that, in a modern rules based society with such a well resourced and competent judiciary, anyone should ask this question. But there is a perception that documented agreements are not worth the paper they are written on. I suspect that the cynicism comes from those who, without the necessary skill…

Horse Syndicates

In equestrian sports, “part ownership” is the usual reference to a shared ownership arrangement, but reference to “syndicate” is gaining traction, especially in jumping and eventing circles.  Syndicates are common and long standing in Thoroughbred racing, so it is inevitable that the equestrian industry will adopt “syndicates” in reference to these arrangements. There are several…

Sale of an Embryo

If you own a mare with an outstanding pedigree, magnificent performance record or unrivalled history of producing competitive progeny, it makes sense to profit from her breeding potential.  The sale of embryos occurs across many breeds and disciplines in just these sorts of cases, but legal risks abound and must be managed. Breeding by embryo…