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…

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…