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…

No Negligence by Show Society

  The Wagga Wagga Show Society staged its agricultural show in 2012. An experienced show and stock horse rider, Jane Citizen (not her real name), was riding her horse in a designated warm-up area of the showground before a class. Some children nearby caused a loud noise by banging their feet on a metal sheet…

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…

Discipline – Fair Process

Equestrian competition demands a lot of time, money and effort on the part of athletes (including the horse) and their supporters.  Riders, drivers, handlers and breeders come from the amateur ranks mostly, some of them serious amateurs, but there are also many competitors who derive a livelihood from the horse industry. For all competitors, winning…

Defamation – Offer to Make Amends

My article last month on Facebook shaming generated feedback by readers wishing to know what to do if they defamed, or might have defamed, someone on Facebook or online.  They wondered if anything could be done to eliminate or reduce the risk of legal liability. If the aggrieved person raises an objection about the published…