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Equestrian

Equestrian Jump Fall

Heeding teen’s horrific equestrian jump fall ‘could have saved Olivia and Caitlyn’s lives’ The family of Olympic equestrian hopeful Chelsea Higgins realised just how lucky she had been when they heard about the falls that killed two of the promising young riders she had competed against. The family of Olympic equestrian hopeful Chelsea Higgins realised just how lucky she had been when they heard about the...

Equestrian Safety – Generational Change Needed

Please see original article published in The Australian newspaper on 15 April 2019 here: https://koffels.com.au/official-warned-riders-risk-more-falls/ Generational Change Needed to Bring Equestrian Safety into 21st Century Koffels Solicitors & Barristers view with interest and applaud the article in The Australian on the 15 April 2019 regarding safety protocol at Equestrian Events, and specifically in Eventing. We have long held the view that the standards within equestrian sports...

Buying a Horse

What you need to be aware of when buying a horse Contract (applicable to all sales) A contract is entered into between a seller and buyer when an offer is made by one party and accepted by the other. An advertisement (an invitation to treat) is not necessarily an offer and any sale should be confirmed in writing. While a contract can be written and/or oral it...

Golden Slipper – Business of Racing Lunch

Ross & Julia Koffel get as close to the racing industry’s “Golden Slipper” trophy as they could ever have hoped to be Ross and Julia Koffel were the guest of the Commonwealth Bank at the Business of Racing Lunch. The lunch was hosted by the Sydney Turf Club, and the Western Sydney Chamber of Commerce at Rosehill Racecourse. Guest speakers included the top racehorse trainer Chris...

Selling a Horse in Australia

Contract & Misrepresentation (applicable to all sales of horses) The law of contract and misrepresentation apply to sales of horses regardless of whether the seller is conducting a private sale, say a one off sale, or is in the business of selling horses. A purchaser can sue on the contract or in relation to any representation. Care should be taken when selling a horse to ensure...

Action against Equestrian Australia

Equestrian Law / Equine Law Ross Koffel, one of Australia’s leading legal practitioners in Equestrian Law, was quoted in an article appearing in The Australian newspaper today, regarding safety issues for equestrian sport and the perceived lack of action from Equestrian Australia to take affirmative action to make the sport safer for competitors. The issue has come to light pending the Coronial Inquest. This is in relation...

Bullying In Equestrian Sport

Whether physical, verbal, social or online, bullying causes real harm to those targeted and significantly affects well being. It can occur anywhere - in school. on the sporting field, in the workplace or home - and in a myriad of ways. Reports of bullying in the equestrian world - both on the yard and the competition field - are becoming increasingly common, but is...