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Western Milling law Suit Linked to Horses' Monensin Deaths

Western Milling Suit Linked to Horses' Monensin Deaths

The death of more than a dozen California horses linked to monensin tainted horse feed has prompted the filing of a lawsuit. The plaintiffs allege Western Milling, LLC, located in Goshen, was negligent in the manufactur...
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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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A Taxing Question: What Deductions Can You Take for Your Horse Hobbies and Businesses?

A Taxing Question: Your Horse Hobby and Business Deductions

Before taking those horse hobby expenses as deductions, you may want to consider the following factors, (since the Internal Revenue Service does) to determine whether your deductions will withstand scrutiny later....
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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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Court Upholds Brigid Colvin's GABA Suspension

NY Appeals Court Upholds Brigid Colvin's GABA Suspension

Brigid Colvin was one of two "horse trainers" suspended after Tori Colvin's mount Inclusive, owned by Betsee Parker, tested positive for gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) at the 2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby C...
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Finding Your Best Equine Attorney

Finding Your Best Equine Attorney

Equine law cases are kind of like the television show Survivor, but in real life, the challenge is to outwit, outlast and out-finance your opponent. Finding your best equine attorney, based on your needs and individual pre...
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AQHA Says Cloning Fight Isn't Over

AQHA Victorious in Cloning Lawsuit

The American Quarter Horse Association can ban cloned Quarter Horses from its breed association. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit entered an order denying the plaintiffs’ petition for a rehea...
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6 Considerations of a Lease-to-Buy Horse Sales Agreement

6 Considerations of a Lease-to-Buy Horse Sales Agreement

If the buyer wants to purchase the horse, the buyer pays the purchase price reduced by the amount of lease payments to date. If buyer decides not to purchase the horse, all of the lease payments made remain with the seller....
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Court Upholds Brigid Colvin's GABA Suspension

Court Upholds Brigid Colvin's GABA Suspension

A New York judge upheld the GABA suspension of Brigid Colvin imposed by the United States Equestrian Federation....
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Hearing Officer: Seizure of Burnell Horses Warranted

Judge Dismisses Jill Burnell Suit Against Local Humane Society

A federal judge in California dismissed a civil case brought against the Marin Humane Society and nine other defendants by convicted animal abuser Jill Burnell. The Gray Fox Farm owner and breeder filed suit in Decembe...
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Hyperbaric Chamber Explosion that Killed Worker

Hyperbaric Chamber Explosion that Killed Worker, Horse Fuels Dispute

A Florida businessman says his insurer unfairly denied coverage after his veterinary facility's hyperbaric chamber exploded with a horse inside, killing a nearby employee....
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USEF Dismisses Protest Against Mandarino

The Slippery Slope of USEF's Rule 404

The United States Equestrian Federation voted to approve an extraordinary rule change of GR404 on June 30, 2015. The new rule adds to the scope of those who may be charged with a drug violation at USEF sanctioned hors...
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Equine Jobs: Deciding the Independent Contractor or Employee Dilemma

Equine Jobs: Deciding the Independent Contractor or Employee Dilemma

There is often much confusion on whether an equine worker is considered an “independent contractor” or an “employee” in the eyes of the law. It is a hot topic given that classification matters because it may materia...
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Frog Pond Farm Horse Rescue Settles Misappropriation Suit for $20K

Frog Pond Farm Horse Rescue Settles Misappropriation Suit for $20K

The founder of an Ohio horse rescue accused of misappropriating funds has accepted a settlement from the state's Attorney General. Lisa Gordon must pay $20,000 and dissolve Frog Pond Farm Draft Horse Rescue....
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Judge Awards Rattner $1.75M Judgment against Horse Trainer Declan Orpen

Judge Awards Rattner $1.75M Judgment against Horse Trainer Declan Orpen

A New York judge awarded a $1.75 million default judgment last week to American financier Steven Rattner against his former horse trainer, Declan Orpen....
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Fight to Save Sweet Briar College Continues in Court

Fight to Save Sweet Briar College Continues in Court

Those eager to forever shut the doors to Sweet Briar College are being limited by a judge regarding the moving of assets. The court amended an Order allowing some concessions, but not when it comes to the sale of the coll...
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