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    Got a Small Equine Business? Don't Miss This Event.

    Posted 24 May 2005

    Anyone running or planning small equine businesses such as livery or teaching, organisers of Pony Club or Riding Club events, and those planning other farm diversification projects such as ‘pay as you go’ cross-country courses will not want to miss the latest 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 lecturer, Carrie de Silva, a specialist in law and taxation with many years experience in both industry and education. A rural practice chartered surveyor will also be involved and, as well as the formal presentation, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

    “Previous seminars have been 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, health and safety risk assessments and 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.”

    Ms de Silva will be on the Harper Adams stand at the Royal Show on Tuesday 5th July and at the CLA Game Fair at Belvoir Castle on Saturday 23rd July.

    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 4.00pm. Bookings for the upcoming seminar on 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 £650 and £400 respectively, including travel (on UK mainland) and up to 10 Equine Law books.

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