In case you missed our webinar entitled "Top Three Things that Cause Equine Litigation and How to Avoid Them," you can still view the entire archived webinar which can be accessed by following this link

If you did not previously register for the webinar, you should be able to access the webinar with the above link after filling out the quick registration questionnaire.

 Have a great weekend!

Good morning, dear Equine Law Blog readers. The ABA Journal is compiling its annual list of the 100 best law blogs (i.e. “blawgs”), and is seeking nominations for 2012.  I was so pleased that the Equine Law Blog was included on the ABA’s 2011 list.  Thanks so much to everyone who nominated and/or voted for this blog last year!

If you find this blog interesting or informative, please nominate it for the 2012 ABA Blawg 100 list.  

You can access the on-line ABA Journal nomination form to nominate the Equine Law Blog here

When you fill out the nomination form, the ABA will ask for the URL for this blog, which is http://equinelaw.alisonrowe.com. The nomination form will also ask you to state in 500 words or less why you think the Equine Law Blog should be included among the ABA’s 100 Top Blawgs of 2012.  The entire nomination process should take 5 minutes or less.

The deadline for nominations is September 7, 2012.

Thanks for reading the Equine Law Blog! 

Happy Monday!  This picture was posted on Facebook this morning by cutting horse trainer Uwe Roeschmann.  I don’t know whose truck is pictured here, but if you are the owner…thanks for the laugh!

Those of you who have a blog are probably aware that many bloggers have a “stats page” where the blogger can view the specific Internet search terms that land visitors on their blog.

Possibly due to the recent news reports about the arrest and conviction of another Texas lawyer named Allyson Rowe, several visitors have landed on the Equine Law Blog after entering search terms such as “allison rowe conviction 2012”.

Out of an abundance of caution, I would like to make clear that I am not the lawyer referenced in these recent news stories. My full name is Alison McCormack Rowe, and my practice is based in Fort Worth, Texas.  I have never been arrested, and I have never been charged with any crime of any nature. 

For more information, see my full biography.

Four years ago this week, the Equine Law Blog was born.  This blog has “grown up” and evolved a lot since February 2008.  But if I did one thing consistently, I hope it was to provide Texas horse owners with useful insights on noteworthy legal issues and developments.

The Equine Law Blog won its first award last year (ABA Top 100 Blawgs). I was very pleased and surprised by this distinction, especially given the high quality of the other blogs on the ABA list.  And (also surprisingly), this little ol’ blog has been viewed somewhere over 171,000 times since its inception.

But to be honest, what I like most about doing this blog is receiving comments from readers who find the blog interesting or helpful. 

If you have not posted a comment in the past, I’d be very pleased it if you would send me an email to let me know one thing you like or dislike about this blog. Or let me know a topic you’d like for me to cover in the future. (But please don’t post a comment or send a message seeking legal advice or asking specific questions. I cannot answer due to ethics rules). 

You can also join my Facebook group and provide some feedback there.

In case you were curious, the following were the top 5 posts of the past year, based on number of page visits (in no particular order):

1) Obama Lifts Horse Slaughter Ban–PETA Says It’s A Good Idea

2) Can Jaci Rae Jackson Be Hanged for Horse Theft?

3) New Requirement for Texas Sales Tax Exemption Number May Affect Horse Businesses

4) DOT Says it Will Not Adopt Regulation Requiring CDL for Farmers & Ranchers

5) Time to Get New Warning Signs: Equine Activity Act Amended in 2011

Thank you for your loyal readership of this blog! I’m looking forward to an exciting fifth year.

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP’s Agricultural Law and Equine Law practices were featured in Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate’s 2012 Sale of Champions Guide.

Several Kelly Hart attorneys attended the Sale of Champions on February 4, 2012, where the Grand Champion Steer sold to Dick Wallwrath for a record $230,000.

Ross Perot, Jr. bought the Reserve Grand Champion steer for $155,000.

For the photo shoot, Stephanie Kaiser and I were standing in the Coliseum arena at Will Rogers Memorial Center near the bucking chutes.  This photo was taken before the rodeo started, and you can see that new footing was about to be put into the arena.

Happy Friday to all!

I am so excited, y’all! Yesterday, the ABA Journal released its 2011 list of the 100 best law blogs (“blawgs”), and the Equine Law Blog was included on the list.  I am so happy and honored that this blog was selected from over 1,300 worthy nominees. Thanks to the readers who make this blog possible and worthwhile. Thanks especially to Holden Hoggatt, equine attorney from Jennings, Louisiana, and others who nominated this blog for inclusion on the Top 100 list.

The Equine Law Blog is now up for another vote in the “Niche” category of law blogs. There are a whopping 14 blogs included in the “Niche” category, including heavy hitters like China Law Blog and TaxGirl.  You should check out the amazing blogs on the Top 100 list, if you have not already.

Here are some of my favorite blogs on the Top 100 List:

  1. Popehat
  2. The Appellate Record
  3. Connecticut Employment Law Blog
  4. Food and Agriculture Law Blog
  5. Real Lawyers Have Blogs

In case you’re wondering how to spend all your “free time” between now and December 30, 2011, you can vote for the Equine Law Blog in the “Niche” category by clicking on the ABA Journal Blawg 100 badge in the left hand column of this blog. You don’t have to be a subscriber of the ABA Journal or a lawyer to vote. Pardon the "bleg," but I would appreciate your vote!

Thanks again, everyone, for your support and for your readership of the Equine Law Blog.  Have a great weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving 2011 to you and yours, Equine Law Blog readers!

As those fortunate enough to own horses, we all have a lot to be thankful for.

On this Thanksgiving Day, please enjoy this article from America’s Horse Daily, where others share how they are thankful for their horses and the special people in their lives.  

Safe travels and blessings to you!

Last night’s “All Things Equine” event, held at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, was a great success. Approximately 60 attendees from across the North Texas and beyond were in attendance. Guests were greeted by the women of the TCU Womens Equestrian Team, who handed out awesome LL Bean-style totes loaded with goodies and materials. 

Pat Riley, Executive Director of the Cowgirl Museum, was in attendance at the event and graciously opened the entire museum and gift shop to attendees after normal business hours.

The evening commenced with an elegant cocktail hour, catered by Reata, put on by hosts US Trust and Marsh.  Afterwards, the panel of experts held their equine business and risk management forum in the Cowgirl Museum’s theater, which was equipped with an excellent PA system manned by Cowgirl Museum staff. 

Here are some highlights from the presentation, in order of speaker appearance:

  • I (Alison Rowe) covered the main sources of business-related disputes involving horses and how to avoid them. The sources of equine litigation I spoke on included 1) transfer of title disputes; 2) fraud and negligence claims involving lameness issues discovered soon after a sales transaction; and 3) partnership / possessory disputes. Some take-aways from my portion include 1) especially for expensive horses, always insist on a thorough pre-purchase exam that includes radiographs of all limbs and a blood sample; 2) never provide a bill of sale or turn over possession of a horse until all pre-sale conditions have been met; 3) put all long-term agreements such as partnerships and training agreements in writing and include all important terms.
  • Gina Teresi of Chartis Insurance flew in all the way from Rochester, New York to discuss the risk transfer features of equine, farm and ranch insurance. Gina’s presentation centered on how important it is for equine and ranch owners to 1) discuss with their agent the specifics of how their horse operations work; and 2) choose an insurance agent who specializes in equine, farm and ranch insurance and has industry experience. Gina discussed ways in which these safeguards help owners ensure that all areas of risk are identified, considered, and covered “in black and white” in the insurance policy.
  • John L. Taylor of US Trust discussed the wide array of corporate fiduciary (trust) assistance that he and his colleagues use to protect the assets of affluent individuals who own horses and ranches. John, a native of rural West Texas, and his team do everything from finding, buying, selling and financing the ranch land, to finding tenants, managing crops or livestock, risk management, enhancing ROI on investments, and working with wealth strategists to make sure that horse and ranch owners’ estate plans are in line with their goals.
  • Logan Fiorentino, hunt seat head coach of the TCU Womens Equestrian Team, explained the process of how horses are donated to her program and answered audience questions concerning things such as eligibility and the scouting process.

After the panel concluded, there was an engaging Q&A session during which attendees posed questions to the speakers. 

The open bar stayed open after the event, and many attendees hung out for a while to chat, exchange business cards, and tour the museum. 

If you missed the event and have questions or would like contact information for the panelists, please let me know.  US Trust and Marsh are planning a similar event for next year, and I will be sure to post information about it when it becomes available.

On November 16, 2011, U.S. Trust and Marsh Insurance will be hosting a forum on equine real estate, legal and liability issues in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Photo:  National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas

 

Event details are as follows:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame
1720 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
 

Panelists will include:

  • John L. Taylor, Jr., Senior Vice President and National Executive for the Farm & Ranch Group at US Trust
  • Gina M. Teresi, Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Chartis Insurance
  • Alison M. Rowe, Equine Attorney, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

If you’ll be in the Fort Worth area on November 16, 2011, please let me know if you would like to attend the event.  This event ought to be a great business networking opportunity, and we hope attendees will find the panel discussion and audience Q&A to be interesting and informative.  

To get more information or to request an invitation, please send an e-mail to rebecca dot upward at kellyhart dot com.