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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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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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Dr. Terry R Smith, PhD
President & CEO
W10726 Woodland Rd.
Bruce WI 54819
USA
phone: 608-335-0709
fax: 206-202-6468
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Terry R. Smith, PhD, is an industry leader in the area of Dairy Farm Systems Management, Analysis, and Performance Benchmarking. He is a former Professor of Dairy Science and Director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Dairy Profitability.

Dr. Smith is a highly regarded Dairy Systems Specialist, consultant, educator and researcher with extensive experience working with the dairy industry domestically and internationally. He specializes in the development and extension of analytical and decision-making strategies for improving dairy herd and farm management systems, including economic analysis of dairy production and management sub-systems, and new dairy technologies and improvement of dairy farm management information and decision support systems. He has participated in Dairy Development Projects in 25 U.S. States and Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, China, Russia, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay.

Litigation Support - Dr. Smith has provided economic and damage analyses to a broad range of plaintiffs and defendants across agricultural enterprises, with a focus on the dairy sector. He has non-litigation and litigation-related clients in more than 20 states in the US and also in a number of foreign countries.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Dairy Farm Systems Management
  • Dairy Performance Benchmarking
  • Dairy Farming
  • Dairy Business Analysis
  • Dairy Financial Analysis
  • Economic Damages Analysis
  • Dairy Farm Bankruptcy
  • Chapter 11 Reorganization
  • International Agriculture
  • Dairy Debt and Equity Financing
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Statistical Analysis
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    Bridget Brandon, ValueMyHorse LLC
    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.