Legal Services

Equine Law

Archer’s Equine Law Practice Group practices equine law nationally, with a primary focus on the Mid-Atlantic region.  We provide legal counsel and solutions for various legal issues relating to horses, and related business and real estate issues.  We have represented numerous horse owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys and veterinarians, both individually and in connection with their business interests.  We are General Counsel to the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association — the organization which represents all owners and trainers who race thoroughbred horses at Parx Racing in Bensalem, PA — and also have represented the other organizations who represent thoroughbred and standardbred horsemen in Pennsylvania.  We have worked closely with regulatory bodies, including the Pennsylvania Racing Commission and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, both formally and informally.  For example, we have drafted equine drug and medications rules and enforcement regulations and have handled numerous violation hearings.

Our equine practice spans the full variety of transactional and litigation contexts, including the following:

Agent purchase and sale issues
Bill of Sale Drafting and Issues
Breeding Contracts
Boarding Agreements
Commissions Agreements
Contract Disputes
Counsel and representation before equine sport governing bodies
Disciplinary Hearings
Divorce and horses
Drug and Medication Rules Violations
Employment issues (including employee vs. independent contractor issues)
Equine Business formation, transactions and counseling
Equine liens (also known as horse liens, agister’s liens, stablekeeper’s liens)
Gaming and licensing issues
Insurance policies and coverage disputes
Jockey Issues
Liability Releases
Liens for Stablekeepers, Farriers, Veterinarians and others providing horse care
Permitting and Construction of Equestrian and Polo Facilities
Purchase and sale contracts
Racetrack Issues
Steward disputes
Drug and Medications violations
Labor disputes
Racing and Licensing Regulation Issues
Releases, Waivers and Liability Disputes
Sales Commissions Disputes
Syndication Agreements
Tax and Value Adjustment Board applications and appeals
Tax exemptions and other issues affecting equine businesses
Trainer Liability
Wage and Hour issues
Zoning Applications and Zoning Appeals


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