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Protecting Your Child in the Stable

Equestrians, Are You Wearing Your Riding Helmet Correctly?

As a plaintiff attorney, calls to my office have increased from injured equestrians or family members of injured riders. Often they question whether their head injuries are the result of a failed helmet design. Find out if...
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Absolute Insurer Rule for Trainers Unconstitutional: Kentucky Court

Absolute Insurer Rule for Trainers Unconstitutional: Kentucky Court

A Kentucky court finds that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's absolute insurer rule for trainers is unconstitutional. The totality of the ruling could impact future drug and medication guidelines and due process fo...
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Legislators voted to temporarily repeal the state veterinarian rule requiring a vet license in order to offer equine massage services.

Tennessee Legislation Allows Equine Massage Therapists to Work Legally

Tennessee law now allows equine massage therapists to massage their customer's horses without a veterinarian license....
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17 Horses Euthanized Due to Contaminated Horse Feed: DOJ Suit

17 Horses Euthanized Due to Contaminated Horse Feed: Suit

The United States Department of Justice filed an enforcement action Wednesday against a Florida feed manufacturer to stop what it calls the adulteration and misbranding of medicated animal feeds....
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FDA Action after 17 Horses Euthanized due to Poisoned Feed

Okeechobee, Florida A Florida court has permanently enjoined an animal feed manufacturer. It comes after 17 horses were euthanized due to the company's alleged misbranding and adulteration of pelleted horse feed. Th...
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Gina Gregory and her family are being sued by the CA Attorney General for running scam charities that were supposed to benefit horses and military veterans.

Horse Rescue Bilked Donors out of $500K: California AG

California is seeking $500K from two fraudulent charities for rescue horses and veterans.The AG says its operated by Gina Gregory of Star Equestrians and family....
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Arizona Equine Massage Therapist Wins Suit against Veterinary Board

Arizona Equine Massage Therapist Wins Suit against Veterinary Board

Equine massage therapists in Arizona can now give their four-legged customers a massage without having to obtain a veterinary license. ...
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Horse people tend to have very traditional notions about how to do business. Many prefer talking in person or on the phone to communicating by e-mail or text. It’s not at all uncommon to meet people who feel like every deal should be made on a “handshake” and that putting things in writing is a sign you don’t trust the other party.

Business of Horses: Replacing the Handshake with Contracts

Horse people may have traditional notions about how to do business, but don't put yourself in a bad spot when the other person proves untrustworthy. Find out how to protect yourself when doing horse business....
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FEI, Global Champions League End Legal Battle

Global Champions League FEI-Series The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and the Global Champions League (GCL) reach an accord after a hard-fought legal battle. FEI, GCL and the Longines Globa...
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Maria Borell Allegations of Animal Cruelty

Borells Have No Ownership Claim to 40+ Abandoned Horses: Judge

A Kentucky judge ruled Maria Borell and her father, Charles "Chuck" Borell, have no ownership claim to 42 horses abandoned in June....
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Decoding Horse Sales Fraud

The scenario is repeated all too-often in the equine industry. A private individual or entity purchases one or more horses, only to find later the horse has some sort of veterinary or behavioral defect that was not disclose...
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Licorice is believed to have died after eating contaminated horse feed made by Tribute.

Horse Owners Sue Kalmbach over Contaminated Equine Feed

An Ohio couple accuses the maker of Tribute Equine Nutrition of knowingly distributing ionophore contaminated equine feed. An FDA investigation asserts Kalmbach manufactured a medicated feed immediately prior to Lot #7...
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Do you feed ADM Horse Feed? There is a Class Action Lawsuit.

ADM Horse Feed Poisoned with Monensin: Class Action Suit

Horse owners allege Archer Daniels Midland Company poisoned their horses to death with monensin-contaminated horse feed. A class-action suit was filed Tuesday. Plaintiffs Beth Berarov and Annelisa Bindra filed the c...
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21 Dead Polo Horses' Owners Awarded $2.5M

21 Dead Polo Horses' Owners Awarded $2.5M

A Florida jury awarded over $2.5 million to the owners and insurer of 21 polo ponies on Friday. The horses began dying during the 2009 U.S. Open Polo Championship, in Wellington, after being injected with compounded sup...
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USEF's 12 Hour Rule Takes Effect December 1

Understanding Care, Custody or Control Insurance in Equine Industry

A review of certain master policies reveals that care, custody or control (“CCC”) is expressly excluded from coverage. Further, CCC policies only cover damage to the horse and not damage to third parties....
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Matt Martin and Debi Connor are being sued by Martin's former Georgia client for allegations of fraud.

Horse Trainers Martin, Connor Sued for Shady Sales Practices

Plaintiff Lynn Kassem, of Georgia, is also suing Florida horse agent and trainer Debi Connor. The suit claims ‘many’ of almost $1 million in horses purchased by Kassem, with Matt Martin’s help, came through Debi...
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Archie Cox Challenges USEF’s GABA Science in Court

Archie Cox Challenges USEF’s GABA Science in Court

California hunter/jumper trainer Archibald (Archie) Cox, III, of Brookway Stables, and horse owner Meredith Mateo are challenging USEF's GABA science in a New York court....
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Florida Horse Trainer Charged with Giving Minors Alcohol prior to Accident

Child's Riding Injury Stems from Alcohol, Horse Trainer's Negligence: Suit

A thirteen-year-old horseback rider's injuries were allegedly caused by a Florida equine professional's negligence involving horses and alcohol, according to a recently filed lawsuit. Horse trainer and riding instructor Gi...
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USEF Back to Court for Drug and Medication Policy

USEF Back to Court for Drug and Medication Policy

The United States Equestrian Federation is facing an administrative hearing arising out of the association's anti-doping provision for therapeutic substances. Petitioners connected to the hunter/jumper mare Fonteyn, are ...
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No Penalty for Equestrians Competing in Global Champions League

No Penalty for Equestrians Competing in Global Champions League

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) is now in compliance with provisional measures imposed on the governing body of international equestrian sports. The FEI's exclusivity clause is no longer in effect and the ...
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