Anne doesn’t need to be educated on the basics when working with clients on equine-related issues, as she already “speaks horse.” When she was nine, her parents bought a pony thinking she would outgrow the horse phase, but she never did. She has spent her life around horses, owners, and trainers and has an appreciation for a wide variety of breeds and disciplines. Decades of experience with horses, coupled with nearly 20 years of law practice, form the cornerstone of knowledge she relies upon when counseling clients in the equine industry.
As a rider and horse owner, Anne is well situated to assist clients ranging from hobby farm owners to large training stables to non-profit riding clubs and horse rescues. She has counseled clients on diverse equine-related issues, such as setting up board and training operations, effective drafting of sale and lease agreements, and advice on risk management, including liability waivers and best practices under the Kentucky Farm Animal Activity Act. In addition, as an experienced litigator, she has represented clients in disputes involving sale/lease agreements, soured partnerships, oversights in pre-purchase exams, and equine-related personal injury and product liability matters.
Anne also understands the time and expense of litigation is often a barrier to small- and medium-sized equine industry clients, particularly when it comes to breach of contract disputes. At the same time, equine stakeholders need and deserve a forum to resolve disputes in a cost-effective manner. Anne believes mediation offers a cost-conscious alternative to litigation, as well as an opportunity for parties already in litigation to find certainty and finality in what is often an uncertain process. She is uniquely suited to mediate equine-related cases as she can combine her litigation experience, “horse sense,” and mediation training to assist parties in exploring potential resolutions.
Counseled Client through Settlement with Veterinarian
Our client purchased an American Saddlebred show horse in reliance upon a pre-purchased examination performed by a local veterinarian. The examination failed to note navicular cysts in both front feet despite the cysts being visible on radiographs taken during the exam. The horse became chronically lame and required management for the rest of his life. We assisted our client in submitting a claim to veterinarian’s malpractice insurer and in negotiating a settlement without the need for litigation.
Assisted Client through LLC Formation and Tenant Troubles
We formed the client LLC and facilitated transfer of a farm into the LLC. We worked with the client to negotiate a lease agreement with a horse trainer interested in leasing the property. After advising the client on several issues related to the trainer’s compliance with the lease, we assisted the client in declaring the trainer to be in default, terminating the lease agreement, and initiating and completing forcible detainer proceedings to evict the trainer. We then assisted the client in negotiating a new lease agreement and a settlement agreement with the trainer.
Assisted Client with the Formation of a Horse Boarding Operation
Our client purchased a farm in Shelby County with the intent to start a horse boarding operation. In conjunction with the client’s accountant, we advised them on entity formation and formed two LLCs to hold the real estate and run the business, respectively. We prepared a lease agreement for the business LLC to lease the farm from the property LLC, and we facilitated transfer of personal property (horses) into the business LLC. We also advised the client on risk management and insurance issues relating to a boarding operation.
Outside Counsel for Nonprofit Horse Rescue
Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. (SBR) is a non-profit horse rescue based in New Jersey. We serve as SBR’s outside counsel and advise on corporate governance and non-profit best practices. We also prepare adoption agreements and advise on a variety of issues related to fundraising, social media, and staffing.
Ongoing Counsel to Show Horse Training Barn
Our client is an American Saddlebred training operation with show horses and a large lesson program. Over the years, we have advised the client on reinstatement of the LLC, registration of an assumed name, property lease negotiations, and collections matters. In addition, we have prepared show horse lease agreements and advised on general risk management issues.
Pro Bono Counsel to Historic Riding Club
Our client is a historic riding club with 501(c)(3), and we assist with pro bono legal work. We have prepared license and lease agreements, advised on property valuation issues, and counselled on insurance and liability issues for both the club and its annual horse show.