Some Equine attorneys will specialize in tax and estate matters, some will function as in house counsel to trade associations or governing bodies of the sport, whether state regulatory agencies or private membership associations or organizations. Some will work almost exclusively within one breed (Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Warm Blood/Sport Horses, Saddlebred Horses etc.) or one discipline (racing, dressage, hunter/jumpers, eventing, reining, cutting, etc.) Self-motivation, intense interest or experience in the horse world and a strong desire to help others, as well as an awareness of the competitive nature of the business/sport are important qualities shared by most lawyers practicing in the in Equine Law area.

Our History & Mission

The American College of Equine Attorneys, Inc. was organized on April 23, 2002 as a Kentucky Non-Profit Corporation. The purpose for which the Corporation is organized are:

  • to promote and participate in continuing legal education opportunities relating to the equine industry;
  • to assist in promoting model legislation or rules and regulations relating to the equine industry;
  • to act as a legal resource for parties promoting legislative initiatives which affect the equine industry;
  • to promote ethical practices among equine counsel;
  • to provide a panel of mediators and arbitrators who are qualified to mediate or arbitrate issues in the equine industry;
  • to recognize professional achievement and outstanding contributions to the equine industry;
  • to provide liaisons with industry groups on legal issues;
  • to promote referral network and opportunities in the equine industry;
  • to act as a resource for lawyers about industry professionals such as expert witnesses, appraisers, bloodstock agents, and others;
  • and to promote research and scholarship in the equine industry.