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Olivia Kasper and bad horse deals pony - she shares how to protect yourself

Horse Buying Common Cents or Dirty Secrets?

What to look for when horse buying? Buying a new horse is an exciting time for any rider. However, the more time I spend in the equine industry, as an adult, the more I understand that buying a horse is harder than it se...
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Gina Gregory Law Offices _ CA AG Case Scam Charities

$8+ Million Verdict Against Gregory Family for Horse Rescue Scam Charities: California AG

California's top attorney announced a jury verdict of almost $8.8 million in favor of the state against equestrian turned lawyer Gina Gregory and her immediate family for scam charities. It comes after they fraudulently so...
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Are you ready for horse ownership? 3 Questions

Are You Ready for Horse Ownership? 3 Considerations

There are a lot of moving parts to horse ownership. If your head doesn't join forces with your heart on this decision, it could end up being your worst nightmare instead of the realization of your fondest dream. ...
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Hunter/jumper trainer EMC International Evan Coluccio Charged in Multiple States

Evan Coluccio Rides Course to Jail on Felony Charges

Unmasking Evan Coluccio. The hunter/jumper PRO has active criminal cases in at least two more states currently. An exclusive story only from Horse Authority....
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Equine Law Matter - Closed - Get Information, Read Court Documents

LYNN KASSEM v MATT MARTIN, DEBI CONNOR aka DEBORAH CONNOR dba DEBI CONNOR SALES, et al.

Tennessee hunter/jumper trainer Matt Martin is being sued for failing to disclose health and behavior issues of sales horses he recommended. The suit accuses Martin of fraud, breach of contract and negligent misrepresenta...
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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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Equip Yourself for Horse Buying Success

Equip Yourself for Horse Buying Success

Equine legal answers to equip yourself for horse buying success. Some in the equine industry may mask the truth of a horse’s past lameness with half-truths. Consequently, your trusted horse sales agent may be focused on ...
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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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5 Steps to Build a Better Emergency Contact Sheet for Your Boarding Stable

5 Steps to Build a Better Emergency Contact Sheet for Your Boarding Stable

If unexpected illness or injury occurs to a horse, a well written emergency information and contact sheet can provide some clarity as to the barn owner’s wishes for their horse. It also helps protect the barn owner if an ...
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Equine Law Matter - Closed - Get Information, Read Court Documents

MARIA CHUNGUNCO, Plaintiff, v. KIMBERLY STEWART and HOPE BATCHELOR, DVM., Defendants.

The owner of the coveted show pony, Spellbound, has filed suit against her child's former hunter/jumper trainer, Kim Stewart and veterinarian Hope Batchelor, DVM in Florida. The allegations include fraud and profession...
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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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Equine Law Matter - Closed - Get Information, Read Court Documents

GLENWILLOW, INC. v. MARIA CHUNGUNCO

A billing dispute with her child’s trainer, Kimberly Stewart of Glenwillow Farm, Inc. in Maryland has turned into a horse owner’s nightmare. Maria Chungunco’s highly sought after pony, Spellbound, is scheduled to ...
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Horse Leases: What You Need to Know

Horse Leases: What You Need to Know

A pony, qualified for Devon and Pony Finals, was leased for a year. The Lessee arranged to make two payments to the Lessor. The second was due after Pony Finals. After the competition, instead of paying the funds, the ...
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Heritage Farm Motion to Dismiss Denied in Alleged Pony Sale Cover-Up

Heritage Farm Motion to Dismiss Denied in Alleged Pony Sale Cover-Up

Barbara Tichner-Dildabanian can file a separate lawsuit against the sellers, Bibby Farmer, Lane Change Farm, Larry Glefke and Kelley Farmer in Florida, for their failure to disclose, since the sales transaction took p...
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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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How to Buy a Horse and Not Get Taken for a Ride

How to Buy a Horse and Not Get Taken for a Ride

A lawsuit filed against Heritage Farm in New York alleges the stable and co-defendants, who were working on a pony mom's behalf, withheld key info. The $325K claim is a good reminder that equine sales agents have a duty ...
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BARBARA TICHNER, Plaintiff, -against- GOLDENS BRIDGE INC. d/b/a HERITAGE FARM, PATRICIA GRIFFITH and CHRISTOPHER B. MILLER, DVM. P.C., Defendants.

Pony mom Barbara Tichner-Dildabanian alleges the defendants withheld key information from a pre-purchase exam. She is suing Heritage Farm, which is owned by Andre Dignelli, their former trainer, Patricia Griffith, and ...
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Equine Law Matter - Closed - Get Information, Read Court Documents

AMBER HILL FARM, LLC, Plaintiff, v. SAMANTHA LAWTON-DUTHIE, et al, Defendants.

A suit filed by Amber Hill Farm, LLC seeks to exert editorial control over Rate My Horse PRO and others. Amber Hill Farm is owned by Georgia (and NJ) pony trainer Elizabeth Mandarino. A judge dismissed the suit a...
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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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The Truth: Horse Sales and Undisclosed Commissions

The Truth: Horse Sales and Undisclosed Commissions

In 1997, the Neal family engaged internationally known dressage trainer Sjef Janssen to sell their horse. Janssen told the Neals that he could only get $312,000 for Aristocrat, but unbeknownst to the Neals, Janssen actu...
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