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Bridget R. Brandon
ASEA Certified Senior Equine Appraiser & Expert
1817 Knight St.
Argyle TX 76226
USA
phone: 817-454-4537
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Bridget BrandonValueMyHorse Bridget Brandon of ValueMyHorse Equine Appraisals specializes in educating attorneys in case specific horse terminology, developing valuation appraisals, testifying in court, finding critical evidence, analyzing crucial facts, and creating relevant witness questions. She provides the legal community with a wide range of analysis, education and support for equine-related proceedings throughout the United States. ValueMyHorse services clients from any locality and any state needing expertise in the area of Sporthorses, Performance Horses, pleasure horses and breeding. Bridget has testimony experience and is qualified as an expert.

USPAP certified, ValueMyHorse understands Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliance issues. They also know what it takes to comply with the IRS Federal Code of Regulations with respect to being “qualified” appraisers developing a “qualified” appraisal in accordance with AQB (Appraisal Qualifications Board). Whether to support business valuation and profit motive claims for dissolution of marriage, charitable donations of horses, estate valuation, partnership disputes, or IRS related issues, ValueMyHorse is available with regard to IRS Hobby Loss Issues, the Relevant Market, Type of Horse, Horse Show Issues, Breeding Issues, Boarding, Care, Custody and Control, Highest and Best Use, and Fungibility.

Selected Case Examples
  • Appraised investment horse for syndication group law suit (plaintiff)
  • Appraised show jumper in lawsuit concerning misrepresentation of age (plaintiff)
  • Consulted on malpractice law suit concerning value of deceased dressage / breeding stallion - loss of income from stud fees and sale of offspring (defendant)
  • Appraised imported Grand Prix prospect in a trailer accident and eventually euthanized due to injuries (defendant)
  • Appraised dressage horse injured in care of veterinarian (defendant)
  • Appraised jumper injured in a trailer accident (defendant)
  • Appraised a deceased western pleasure show horse who was electrified (defendant)
  • Appraised reining horse for bank regarding defaulted loan (plaintiff)
  • Appraised jumper who died of injuries obtained while in her stall (defendant)
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10/29/2012 · Animals
On May 30, 2011, the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners became one step away from having the authority to regulate non-veterinarian equine dentists.

4/5/2012 · Animals
Because the cost of a lawsuit is so steep, make sure your "horse transaction" is memorialized with a lawyer-prepared, well-written contract. The small contract prep charge will be a fraction of litigation expenses and heartbreak. If you cannot locate an equine attorney, an attorney specializing in contracts will work just fine. It always amazes me that written contracts are not demanded of every horse purchase or sale. Even on "small&qout; transactions…demand them in writing or do not do the "deal&qout;!

12/9/2011 · Animals
There are some very important preliminary questions you should always ask when buying a horse. These screening questions should be asked right up front. If at all possible, you should ask these questions initially on the phone prior to seeing the horse.

9/21/2011 · Animals
You've decided to buy a horse and you have now located the horse of your dreams. There are a lot of emotions involved.

8/3/2011 · Animals
Open-ended horse deals are quickly coming to an end. Florida has a statute (Section 535.16 of the Florida Statutes) and the California Legislature recently amended a similar one that now requires written documentation for horse sales.

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PO Box 1211
Monroe GA 30655
USA
phone: 770-314-9254
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Edward W. Dabney is an award winning Horse Trainer and Master Riding Instructor with over 40 years of experience. Mr. Dabney is an International Clinician, teaching in many areas of the United States and Europe for university, civilian, military, and police organizations. He has trained horses for ranch work, trail riding, competition, and for the film industry.

From the Wyoming Outfitters School in Cody Wyoming, Mr. Dabney received instruction and hands-on experience learning skills in guiding trail rides, wilderness first aid, horse packing and handling strings of pack horses, farrier skills, driving wagons with teams of horses, wilderness camping, survival skills. He also attended the National School of Academic Equitation in Seattle, Washington where he received formal instruction and riding skills training on the Professional Instructor level, in advanced methods of horse training and upper level Classical Equitation which were developed and employed by the French horse masters of the 1600’s and 1700’s. Mr. Dabney has received his “Horse Professional” certification to facilitate Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Session.

Litigation Support - Mr. Dabney provides litigation support services to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. His cases involve generally accepted best industry practices in care, custody, control, safety, and transportation of horses. His services include case analysis and accident reconstruction.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Horse Behavior
  • Horse Instincts and Reactions
  • Horse Training
  • Trail Riding
  • Horseback Travel
  • Horseback Vacations, Camping
  • Horseback Hunting, Outfitting
  • Mounted Patrol Horses - Police, Military, National Park
  • Horses in Film Industry
  • Horse Tack, Riding Equipment Suitability
  • Equine Facility Management
  • Equine Event Management
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    J. Cooke (Formerly Known As: J. McEwan)
    Manager
    P.O. Box 607
    Barrington IL 60011
    USA
    phone: 847-277-7950
    J. Cooke

    is a Horse Trainer, an accredited Equine Appraiser, a certified riding instructor, a champion horse show rider since 1960, a winning and licensed thoroughbred race horse trainer and exercise rider, and has earned a graduate degree in paralegal studies. Currently she provides equine-related technical advice, consultation, and expert witness work in legal and non-legal related issues, to include risk assessment, risk management and risk reduction.

    See CV at website for additional background information. Call for rates and references.
    10/18/2001 · Injury
    Equine activity sponsors and professionals are not required to eliminate the risks inherent in horse sports, but they must use due care not to increase the risks to participants over and above those that naturally occur in equine

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    Interactive Horsemanship Center
    Rod W. Bergen, PE
    23939 Ventura Blvd.
    Calabasas CA 91302
    USA
    phone: 818-591-7896
    fax: 818-222-6911
    Rod Bergen has an extensive education and background in Horse Behavior and Horsemanship. Mr. Bergen is nationally certified as an Advanced (Level III) Horseback Riding Instructor by the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) in Dressage, Recreational Riding and Mounted Patrol. He has owned and managed horse training, breeding and boarding facilities for over 30 years. He is a Certified Equine Appraiser and member of the American Association of Equine Appraisers.

    Mr. Bergen is qualified to testify as an Equine Forensic Consultant in the California Superior Courts. He has served as a Horse Expert in over 40 legal cases (including 5 deaths) involving horses and horse facilities. Mr. Bergen is listed with the L.A. County Bar Association as an Equine Forensic Consultant / Expert Horse Witness.

    Specialties:
    • Personal Injury & Property Damage
    • Equine Accident Reconstruction
    • Horse Facility Evaluations
    • Riding Equipment Suitability
    • Horsemanship Safety Standard of Care
    • Equine Problems & Personal Liability Issues During Competitions
    • Trail Riding
    • Parades
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    David D. Johnson
    President & CEO
    35644 N. 11th Avenue
    Phoenix AZ 85086
    USA
    phone: 800-575-1669
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    NAES provides the most professional and accurate certified horse appraisals plus equine litigation consulting for all breeds, disciplines, and related activities. Within the realm of litigation consulting, NAES also serves as an expert witness at trial.

    At the Court's direction via a properly served subpoena, NAES is specifically called upon to provide a myriad of legal opinions in order to clarify confusing equine activities. These opinions are necessary in enabling the court in forming the correct decision.

    According to Mr. Johnson, “When looking for an "equine expert," either consulting or testifying, it is important to find an individual that has a broad background in the specific areas of your interest, (i.e., training, sales, commissions, breed knowledge, trail rides, horse showing, judging, etc). It’s not necessary that the chosen "expert" have a law background, but rather an extensive horse background. Since courts often look at an expert as a "teacher," the expert should impress you with how well they comprehend the set of circumstances.”

    Mr. Johnson has been deposed more than 90 times and in most circumstances cases are settled after the deposition. Mr. Johnson is considered one of the premier providers of expert witness testimony in the United States and Canada.

    Selected Case Histories - A list of over 600 recent cases in which Mr. Johnson has been asked to provide expert testimony is available on the NAES website.

    Consulting Services Provided:
    • Review of testimony and exhibits from witness depositions
    • Review of cases from retaining counsel
    • Preparation of rebuttal questions
    • Candid explanation to counsel on case merits or lack thereof
    • Case files stored indefinitely in climate controlled conditions
    • Provide either verbal or written expert opinions
    • Farm operations and appraisals
    • Review of opposing valuations and appraisals
    • Certified Equine Appraisals (multi-breed and performance disciplines)
    Selected Testimonials: “You come highly recommended from several sources. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.” - R. S. Andrus, Humphrey & Peters

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    Donald E. Sanders, DVM
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    2837 Old Troy Pike
    Urbana OH 43078
    USA
    phone: 937-371-8330
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    Donald E. Sanders, DVM, is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenology, the branch of veterinary medicine concerned with reproduction, including the physiology and pathology of male and female reproductive systems of animals and the clinical practice of veterinary obstetrics, gynecology, and andrology.

    A practicing veterinarian since 1968, Dr. Sanders has consulted on the reproduction of cattle, horses, swine, sheep, and small animals in Ohio and throughout the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Korea, China, and Japan. He was named by Bovine Practitioner Journal as one of the Top 20 Bovine Veterinarians in North America in 2013 and has authored numerous books on cattle and swine reproduction. From 2006-2013, Dr. Sanders served as an Associate Clinical Professor for the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University, Marysville, Ohio.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Sanders has been providing expert witness services to the legal industry for over 25 years. His services are available to counsel representing Plaintiff and Defense. Dr. Sanders has testified at depositions and court and reviewed and/or wrote reports in preparation for court. His cases involve Food Animal Agriculture / Agribusiness Investigations including:
    • Veterinary Surgery
    • Animal Reproduction / Breeding
    • Animal Science / Genomics
    • Animal Testing
    • Stray Voltage
    • Animal Nutrition / Disease / Welfare
  • Toxicology
  • Antibiotic Contamination - Feed, Milk, Meat
  • Water Quality
  • Animal Housing
  • Small Animal Medicine
  • Food Animal Management
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    Donald Sanders, DVM, DACT, PAS
    A complete guide to raising pigs for exhibit or profit.
    Donald Sanders, DVM, DACT, PAS
    This book is your reference for raising a heifer calf from her birth to birthing a calf of her own.
    Donald Sanders, DVM, DACT, PAS
    his book provides a wealth of practical information invaluable to 4-H participants and small scale farm operators who plan to raised dairy feeder calves for show or dairy feeders for market.
    Donald Sanders, DVM, DACT, PAS