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    Eventing Worldwide is delighted to introduce Knight Frank as its new property specialist. In their first article they talk about eventers first choice of location and advise the key when looking for your ultimate equestrian property is "to keep an open mind and look at all possibilities and visit as many different properties as possible"…. Keeping an Eventer in business is serious money. It’s not just the feed, farrier and frequent training, decent facilities are needed, close to hand.  According to Rupert Sweeting, head of Knight Frank’s country house department, ... Read More


  We welcome Fox Grant to our property section. To start us off here is their Christmas Property Special, focusing on which houses we might like to put on our list to Santa.... Building a Christmas wish list is never easy so why not think big this year and add the equestrian property of your dreams. We’ve selected some of the best equestrian properties, from the very large equestrian competition centre to the perfectly formed equestrian smallholding.  They’ve all got something special to offer. Outstanding Country Estate  Read More


  Petplan Equine, one of the UK’s leading horse insurance providers, is delighted to announce that the seven sponsored riders who were selected from among 464 hopeful ambassadors earlier in the year, will continue to enjoy support from the insurer for a second year throughout 2016. “The success of the scheme and the enthusiasm and professionalism with which each and every rider has embraced their ambassadorial roles has led to us deciding to continue what is a really positive ... Read More

Can I launch a private prosecution?

  Following a road traffic accident we are often asked the above question by the riders that we represent. Clients are understandably keen to ensure that the third party responsible for their (and often their horse’s) injuries are brought to justice. The police will frequently go for the best chance of achieving a prosecution. Having considered the evidence, they will often consider it to be easier to succeed with a charge of driving without due care and attention than with dangerous driving. The difference lies in the burden of ... Read More


Before you take your trailer out make sure you familiarise yourself with the law and consider whether you might benefit from further training to protect the horse(s) in your trailer and other road users, including other riders. You should be aware that vehicles towing trailers or caravans may be inexperienced in doing so and may not drive suitably when passing. You may recall HorseSolicitor’s recent settlement, as published in Horse and Hound and on the HRSA forum. Our client, who was wearing hi-vis clothing, was riding her ... Read More


In a recent online quiz by Petplan Equine, one of the UK’s leading specialist equine insurance providers, riders were invited to answer a number of questions designed to test their response to common situations that can occur and show to what degree they are a responsible rider. The Petplan Equine responsible rider quiz  focused on best practise in horse health and wellbeing but also included questions that related to accident prevention with the aim of increasing awareness of the importance of and what it takes to be a responsible rider. The insurer ... Read More


Professional negligence claims such as against a vet require specialist knowledge. In veterinary practice, negligence may arise where: The vet owes a duty of care – the normal skill and judgment that would be expected of the average or reasonably competent vet. A vet is expected to exercise a reasonable degree of care and skill in their practice. A duty of care is owed to all clients and patients and sometimes to third parties; and That duty of care is breached – a failure to maintain the standards expected of an average or reasonably ... Read More

In Praise of the Older Horse

Event rider Jeanette Brakewell’s great Olympic partner “Over To You” was still storming around the cross-country course at Badminton for the seventh time at the age of 19 before he was finally retired from top-level competition in 2007. “Jack” as he was known, epitomised the modern older horse. Although not all event horses can boast as many Olympic, World Equestrian Games, European medals and top ten placings at Badminton as Jack there are many examples of older horses eventing into their twilight years. Thanks to improvements in veterinary science, welfare and equine nutrition horses, like people, are not only living longer ... Read More

Sustained injury as a result of a violent crime whilst riding your horse?

There have been cases reported in which riders have been injured as a result of youths throwing stones. In such cases it is possible for the victim to receive compensation. If those responsible are traced the claim would be against the home contents insurer of the individual responsible if their parents have such cover (which includes negligent acts of members of the household whilst away from the property). If the individual is not traced the claim would be brought against The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), which usually pays money only to victims of violent crime. CICA deals with compensation claims from people ... Read More – Dealing with untraced driver claims

In her second informative article for EWW Horse Solicitor Hanna Campbell talks about riding injury resulting from an untraced driver and how to make a claim if you are injured. If you have an equine accident related question for Hanna please email us at At HorseSolicitor we are passionate about increasing access to justice for injured riders and one of the ways that we do this is through education. It is a common misconception that it is not possible to pursue a claim for injury if the driver responsible ... Read More