2016 Equine Law Scholarship!

Announcing an Equine Law Student Scholarship Opportunity!

In the interest of promoting the study and development of the field of equine law, the American College of Equine Attorneys annually offers a Scholarship Opportunity to a qualified law student.

The winning essay will be selected by the ACEA Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship is a $500 tuition value to attend the UK College of Law Equine Law Conference in Lexington Kentucky and receive a jump drive including hundreds of pages of the incredible equine law materials and resources. The Scholarship may be applied towards the 2016 or 2017 Conference.

Winner shall be announced by April 1, 2016.

Student is responsible for transportation and lodging.

To Enter

Please address the following equine law prompt and submit to [email protected] by March 10, 2016.

American College of Equine Attorneys Law Student Essay Contest

 Not more than 7 pages

Cite to your in-state law where appropriate


Sally Buyer, an enthusiastic amateur western pleasure rider, who had achieved national recognition in horse showing, decided to buy for training, showing, and eventual resale, a young quarter horse colt that would have value as a stallion.

She bought a horse from Jimmy Seller, a local horse dealer who mostly sold prospects for quarter horse racing.  The bill of sale listed the sale as being “as is.”  Jimmy Seller, in talking up the horse, told Sally that he was a “fine prospect for showing” and would make a “great horse.”   The horse was vetted by a vet known to Jimmy Seller.  The veterinarian Doc Smith noticed that the horse, when taken out of the stall, seemed a little stiff in his back legs, but he quickly warmed up and there was no further issues during the exam.  The vet noted the stiffness on the pre-purchase but had no other comment and did no other testing.

Three weeks after the sale, the horse came down with a severe case of “stringhalt” which made the horse worthless for either showing or breeding.  This neurological malady causes a horse to goose step with his hind legs very strongly so that the hooves hit the horse’s belly.  As a result of this malady, Sally attempted to return the horse.  Jimmy Seller refused.  Sally reckoned that the veterinarian Doc Smith should have known that the horse had a neurological malady and sued both Jimmy and the veterinarian.

Discuss all claims and the likelihood of success for each.