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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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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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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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Show Jumping’s Holger Hetzel Sued for $1M-plus for Fraud

Show Jumping’s Holger Hetzel Sued for $1M-plus for Fraud, Negligence

A Florida lawsuit accuses show jumping’s Holger Hetzel of fraud, civil theft, and professional negligence. The plaintiffs are seeking more than $1 million in damages and injunctive relief for the return of one of their ...
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8 Pre-Purchase Exam Tips Before Buying a Horse

8 Pre-Purchase Exam Tips Before Buying a Horse

The prospective buyer should ensure that the vet selected to perform the exam is free from any conflicts of interest and/or undue influence and it will be an “independent examination”. If there are affiliations, those s...
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Equine Law Matter - Closed - Get Information, Read Court Documents

ANN S. REILLY Plaintiff v. Jennifer Brinkley and Jules Nyssen, Defendants.

North Carolina dressage trainer Jules Nyssen is being sued in federal court for more than $250,000 after he allegedly misrepresented a Dutch Warmblood when acting as his client's buyer's agent....
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Kim Stewart is Spellbound

Kim Stewart is Spellbound

Fliers litter the 2014 Pony Finals announcing the sale of the highly sought after pony Spellbound at public auction by Kimberly Stewart of Glennwillow Farm Inc....
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Michigan Equine Veterinarian Charged with Felony Forgery

Michigan Equine Veterinarian Charged with Felony Forgery

Michigan veterinarian Julie Rossetto, DVM is facing four felony counts for allegedly forging documents, including a Bill of Sale and an insurance claim, for her dead horse....
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Overcoming Consignment Horse Challenges

Overcoming Consignment Horse Challenges

Selling a horse is a dreaded experience for some riders who don’t have the required resources to get the job done on their own. Consignment farms can be a solution, although like anything else, not all are created equal....
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Equine Law Matter - Closed - Get Information, Read Court Documents

ANDRONICKI MICHELLE SHAH, Plaintiff, vs. VALERIE RENIHAN and MELINDA (MINDY) DARST, Defendants.

Pony trainer Mindy Darst and another top hunter jumper trainer, Val Renihan are being sued for allegedly making fraudulent claims, through their agent, Sarah Doyle, in order to sell a lesser pony for $100,000 at the 2011...
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Equine Law Matter - Closed - Get Information, Read Court Documents

STEVEN ESRICK, and KIKI ESRICK, -vs- DENNIS MITCHELL, KIM BURNETTE a/k/a Kim Burnette Mitchell, KIMBERDEN FARM, INC.,et al.

The Esricks argue that they are entitled to summary judgment on their breach of contract claims against the Mitchells and Kimberden, because the undisputed material facts demonstrate there was a valid and enforceable oral ...
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