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Magnusson -v- Park Farm Stables (2015)

27 May 2015, 11:11 by John Snell

Labels: damages, equine-law, horse-law, horse-owner, liability, spooking, the-animals-act-1971

Nathalie Bull, Barrister at New Walk Chambers, recently successfully defended a claim for damages made against the owner of a horse that had collided with a vehicle whilst spooking.  The Judge considered spooking to be normal equine behaviour, rather than an 'unusual characteristic except at particular times or circumstances' as required in order to satisfy the test under The Animals Act 1971 to create strict liability. 

Nathalie wrote an article regarding this important judgment, which has been published in 'Central Horse News Magazine' (June edition), the article can be viewed using the following link. This article will also be published in the legal journal 'Horse Law' in June ( and on the British Horse Society website (


Racehorse 'Ringer' Fraud

08 May 2008, 08:52 by Nathalie Bull

Labels: equine-law, horse, law, racing, scam, tribunal

In the recent case concerning Robert Tierney a farrier, and his son Richard Tierney an amateur jockey, one of the biggest racing scams was proved.  In this case a horse was put into two races to impersonate another horse, in breach of Regulation 161(v) of the Jockey Club Regulations for Point-to-Point Steeple Chases.  The tribunal panel stated: "Running a ringer strikes at the very heart of the integrity of the sport".  The tribunal disqualified Robert Tierney from participating in the sport for 6 years.  As Richard Tierney was only 17 years old at the time of the scam and had acted under the influence of his father, the tribunal disqualified him for 2 years.

A full report of this case can be found in Volume 13, Issue 2 of ‘Horse Law'.

Written by Nathalie Bull, Barrister at New Walk Chambers, specialising in Equine Law.


Horse Insurance

31 Jan 2008, 12:33 by Nathalie Bull

Labels: barristers, birmingham-high-court, equine-law, racehorse

Currently it is not compulsory for horse owners to take out public liability insurance, which leaves uninsured owners at great risk of being sued for substantial damage awards, should their horse injure a third party. However, this may all change soon. As a result of a racehorse assistant being badly injured after being kicked on the head at Wolverhampton Racecourse in 2005, the Claimant is in the process of suing both the insured trainer and uninsured majority owner for approximately £3m in damages. It is thought that the outcome of this case will have serious consequences within the equine arena. The trial of Kinane v Irvine is due to take place in the Birmingham High Court later this year.

Written by Nathalie Bull, Barrister at New Walk Chambers, specialising in Equine Law.


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