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    Equine Law Seminars at Harper Adams

    Posted 5 November 2004

    Anyone running or planning small equine businesses such as livery or teaching, organisers of Pony Club or Riding Club events, and those planning farm diversification projects such as ‘pay as you go’ cross-country courses will not want to miss the Equine Law seminars being presented by Harper Adams University College, Shropshire.

    The legal and professional seminars will also appeal to keen amateur horse riders and owners.

    The seminars will cover the purchase and sale of horses, grazing, animal welfare, riding on the road, licensing, planning permission, equine industry welfare guidelines, rights of way and health and safety. Other topics covered will include farm diversification issues, negligence, trespass, loans and trial periods, livery contracts, ragwort, riding schools, taxation, change of use, business rating and structure, and occupiers’ liability.

    The seminars will be presented by Harper Adams Carrie de Silva, a specialist in law and taxation with many years experience in both industry and education. Planning specialists and chartered surveyors will also be involved to discuss their specialisms and answer questions.

    “The last seminar was enthusiastically received and delegates have found them to be extremely informative, providing them with up-to-date information on a wide range of essential topics and a useful clarification of legal responsibilities. Many delegates particularly commented on how much they enjoyed networking with people involved in similar businesses,” said Ms de Silva.

    “We aim to provide an awareness of potential liabilities, planning procedures, and health and safety risk assessment, as well an introduction to the terms which should be included in contracts for livery, loans and grazing, and an understanding of the status of the equine business for tax purposes.”

    A full day seminar at Harper Adams University College, Newport, which includes lunch and the Equine Law textbook, costs £65, and runs from 9.30am until 4.30pm. Bookings for upcoming seminars on 11 March 2005 and 14 July 2005, are being taken now. For further details please contact Carrie de Silva, Senior Lecturer, Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB, tel. 01952 815304, email

    Alternatively, full or half-day seminars can be delivered at a location of your choice, at a cost of £350 and £250 respectively.

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