Media and recent cases

Media & Recent cases

Our Lawyers write articles that are published in the international magazine Horse International. Other articles and newsfacts are also published on the websites www.horses.nl and www.horsesinternational.com

Changes in the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited Substances List For Human Athletes and the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List

By europeanequinelawyers | October 19, 2017

WADA The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was founded with the aim of bringing consistency to anti-doping policies and regulations within sport organizations and governments across the world. They oversee compliance with the anti-doping code, complete research and provide education on the dangers and consequences of doping. The FEI is a signatory of the World Anti-Doping […]

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Wrong Horse Put Down By Vet; Diligence Requirements For Vets To Avoid Law Suit

By europeanequinelawyers | October 19, 2017

Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (SEL) have for a long time been cooperating with equine veterinarians in order to establish thorough protocols to assure comprehensiveness and to avoid possible legal complications. As we all know, vets are only human and thus also capable of making mistakes. However, when it comes to the wellbeing of horses and even […]

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Freestyle copyright violation at the `Pony´s Kür op Muziek´ in Geldrop, the Netherlands

By europeanequinelawyers | October 12, 2017

Copyright laws Copyright infringement laws are in place in order to protect the original works of a creator from being stolen and reproduced, sold or performed. Although copyright laws are in place for many different fields, may it be music, film, writings as well as dressage freestyle pieces, infringements occur frequently. Copyrights in Dressage The […]

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Schelstraete Advocaten wins summary proceedings with regards to lifting a seizure; The depositary is allowed to train and to compete with the horse in competitions

By europeanequinelawyers | October 12, 2017

Schelstraete’s client – owner of a show jumping stable – was training and taking care of a horse on behalf of its owner for 1,5 years. The owner never paid a single penny for this. On request of the client Schelstraete seized and deposited the horse at a renowned stable. The owner now claims in […]

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Horse International: RISKS AND LIABILITIES

By europeanequinelawyers | October 3, 2017

In this edition of Horse International we would like to discuss with our readership the risks and liabilities that may be triggered by your horses participation at equestrian events. Equestrian competitions, horse shows and other equestrian events are almost always events that attract large numbers of visitors that have come to enjoy the ambiance and […]

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Schelstraete Equine Lawyers won in Court of Appeal: No consumer purchase

By europeanequinelawyers | October 3, 2017

In a court ruling from the Court of Appeal in Arnhem-Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, last week, Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (SEL) successfully argued the position of it´s client, not allowing the opposing party to get away with ungrounded accusations and statements. The European consumer protection laws In the case at hand the opposing party sought to be […]

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Horse International: Legal and Veterinary Journal – Schelstraete Equine Lawyers Join Veterinarians at the 2017 European ISELP Module

By europeanequinelawyers | October 3, 2017

In this issue of Horse International’s Legal and Veterinary Journal we would like to draw our readers attention to the lecture that was given by Schelstraete Equine Lawyers during the recent meeting of The International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) in the Netherlands. ISELP and SMDC At the beginning of September the Sporthorse Medical […]

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Recognize signs of pain from a ridden horse’s facial expressions

By europeanequinelawyers | October 3, 2017

New research by scientists at the Animal Health Trust Centre for Equine Studies (AHT), in Newmarket, U.K., aims at producing a practical tool to help owners, riders, trainers, and veterinarians recognize signs of pain from a ridden horse’s facial expressions. Owners and trainers do not widely understand facial expressions of pain in ridden horses. This […]

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Horse International : BLOOD RULES

By europeanequinelawyers | September 27, 2017

It is funny throughout sports horse magazines we discuss ‘blood’ and generally in a good way; “the horse had plenty of blood,” indicating the horse has thoroughbred in his genealogy. “I made the time cross country because he is a blood horse, three quarters thoroughbred.” We consider blood in a positive and practical way. The […]

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Proof of ownership – How do you prove that your horse is actually yours?

By europeanequinelawyers | September 27, 2017

Most riders, grooms and owners will be able to recognize and identify their horse from miles away. Not to mention that there is a multitude of identification methods for horses such as; microchipping, DNA, hot branding, freeze branding, iris scans as well as passports, which include a detailed description of the horse. However, none of […]

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Another win for Schelstraete Equine Lawyer’s client: Co-owner got sued for diminishing the value of the horse

By europeanequinelawyers | September 27, 2017

It is common in the horse business that equine enthusiasts co-own horses. This can be co-ownership to split expenses, to sponsor or to divide risk. It is further also common that only one party trains and develops the horse and when the horse is sold, costs are deducted and the money is divided. Things did definitely […]

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Four horses eliminated under the blood rule in the Dressage and Para-dressage Competitions during the European Championships in Gothenburg

By europeanequinelawyers | September 21, 2017

The FEI dressage blood rule states, “If the Judge at C suspects fresh blood anywhere on the Horse during the test, he will stop the Horse to check for blood. If the Horse shows fresh blood, it will be eliminated. The elimination is final. If the Judge through examination clarifies that the Horse has no […]

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Schelstraete Equine Lawyers wins short law suit regarding seized horses

By europeanequinelawyers | September 21, 2017

Could you imagine having your horses seized due to financial issues of your trainer!?… Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’ client, Mr. van der Endt, returned home from his holiday, only to find out that his two horses had been seized by a bailiff. This seizure was made on the basis of a court order, which had nothing […]

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Mr. Luc Schelstraete appointed as the Legal Advisor of VSN in the Netherlands

By europeanequinelawyers | September 12, 2017

As per September 1st, Luc Schelstraete from Schelstraete Equine Lawyers and the EUAEL will be active as the legal advisor of the board of the VSN. This organisation unites the interests of the horse dealers in the Netherlands. His knowledge in the equine legal field together with his experience in the equine business for more […]

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The Control of Horses Act 2015 (CHA 2015): Question and answer on UK equine queries

By europeanequinelawyers | September 3, 2017

The Control of Horses Act 2015 (CHA 2015) received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. It amends the Animals Act 1971 (AA 1971) to give local authorities, freeholders and occupiers of land in England the power to deal more efficiently with fly-grazing horses. The amendments came into force on 26 May 2015. The definition of […]

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Swedish VAT liability for equestrian sport prize money here to stay despite EU judgment

By europeanequinelawyers | August 28, 2017

Strictly prize money or supply of services for consideration? That is the question in the EU judgment that came close to jeopardizing how the Swedish tax authorities see the VAT liability for prize money in equestrian sports.   Since 1991, prize money won in the Swedish harness and thoroughbred racing industries was considered subject to […]

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The Importation of Embryos, Ova and Semen in the UK

By europeanequinelawyers | August 22, 2017

Under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 1984 The Importation of Embryos, Ova and Semen Order 1980 as amended it is unlawful to import equine semen without a qualifying health certificate. Notwithstanding the regulations UK veterinary surgeons are regularly being asked to break the law by inseminating imported equine semen that does not have an […]

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Horse International: Equine cloning: the legal aspects

By europeanequinelawyers | August 15, 2017

In this issue of Horse International’s Legal and Veterinary Journal we take a look with our readership into cloning of horses and its legal implications. This article provides useful overview on the approach adopted within various jurisdiction worldwide approach cloning. In 2012 the FEI lifted the ban on cloned horses in international competition. Almost a […]

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PRACTICAL TIPS – FEI DOPING CASES

By europeanequinelawyers | August 14, 2017

The article below was published in Horse Times. In this edition of HT our legal experts discuss some of their thoughts on doping cases. In their daily practice they often represent athletes and horse owners in doping cases, pending for instance, before the FÉDÉRATION EQUESTRE INTERNATIONALE (THE “FEI”). In this article the experts examine the […]

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The Control of Horses Act 2015 (CHA 2015): Question and answer on UK equine queries

By europeanequinelawyers | August 14, 2017

The Control of Horses Act 2015 (CHA 2015) received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. It amends the Animals Act 1971 (AA 1971) to give local authorities, freeholders and occupiers of land in England the power to deal more efficiently with fly-grazing horses. The amendments came into force on 26 May 2015. The definition of […]

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Article Horse International: Some thoughts on dopingcases

By europeanequinelawyers | July 10, 2017

In this edition of Horse International we would like to discuss with our readership some thoughts on doping cases. Tweet

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The horse I’ve purchased turns out to be a cribber, what to do now?

By europeanequinelawyers | July 3, 2017

Stable vices such as cribbing (and also air sucking) appear quite often with horses. This even appears with horses which are further healthy. It is a nasty habbit which you, being the owner of the horse, most definitely would not accept. Whenever cribbing is mentioned in this article this should be understood as being air […]

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Recent FEI doping case of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers

By europeanequinelawyers | June 6, 2017

The defence team consisting of Mr Piotr Wawrzyniak of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers and the co-counsel Ms Lisa Lazarus, Esq. successfully represented a Saudi Olympic Equestrian in controlled medication proceedings before the FEI Tribunal. The cases involved triamcinolon acetonide usage. Despite the fact that the athlete observed the withdrawal / detection period of the medication as […]

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Dutch judge declares to be competent in an International Equine dispute between Dutch principal and an Italian Architect and Italian Interior decorator

By europeanequinelawyers | June 6, 2017

The Court of Oost-Brabant has made a decision in an interim judgement during a court procedure between a Dutch equine business owner and her Italian counter parties with regards to her competence in this matter. The case concerns the performance of an agreement with regards to contracting of work in the Netherlands. The equine business owner […]

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Court rules in favour of client Schelstraete Equine Lawyers in case of sold horse with fleeing behavior

By europeanequinelawyers | May 31, 2017

On the 17th of May 2017 the Court of Midden-Nederland came to a final decision in a litigation procedure which was started by the buyer of an Icelandic mare. Schelstraete represented the seller in this case. The buyer stated that the horse is showing fleeing behaviour, is suffering from a defect on the eye as well […]

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Schelstraete Equine Lawyer’s client wins case about sold horse with back problems

By europeanequinelawyers | May 31, 2017

The case revolves around the purchase of a horse by Schelstraete’s client which took place about the 28th of August 2013. After several months the buyer contacted the client stating that the horse has back problems and that the horse was no longer suitable for the dressage sport. The buyer demanded that the client would […]

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Health Certificate Cross Border Horse Transports No Longer Needed

By europeanequinelawyers | May 24, 2017

The countries Belgium, the Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and France signed on the 15th of May a memorandum of agreement concerning the transport of horses. This in consequence of a new initiative of the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food-chain (FAVV in Belgium). The main idea behind this agreement is to […]

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EUAEL now on Equnews.nl

By europeanequinelawyers | May 16, 2017

Together with our Belgian and Dutch Alliance Partners; Beelen Lawyers and Schelstraete Equine Lawyers, EUAEL now has its own Section on Equnews.nl. Placement on the Belgian version of the website (equines.be) will be affective shortly. View the section on Equnews.nl (on the right, approximately in the middle of the webpage) Tweet

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Gattiker Rechtsanwälte (EUAEL’s Swiss Alliance Partner) Joined The Law Firm Lanter Attorneys & Tax Advisors In Zurich, Switzerland

By europeanequinelawyers | May 16, 2017

Gattiker Law was founded in 2013 by Dr. Monika Gattiker, who has specialised in healthcare and life sciences as well as in equine law for the last 15 years. This law boutique was recently on the list of 600 top law offices in Switzerland (top 20 in Healthcare and Life Sciences) of the Swiss Financial […]

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A Swiss buyer of a show jumper in Belgium triumphs in litigation procedure against a Belgian veterinarian

By europeanequinelawyers | May 10, 2017

The in Switzerland located client of Beelen Advocaten in Leuven and Schelstraete Advocaten in the Netherlands had a pre-purchase vet check performed by a veterinarian located in Belgium. The horse in question was an expensive show jumper which was clinically and radiographically examined by the veterinarian. The vet check took place on June the 4th […]

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New Alliance partners in Germany and Sweden

By europeanequinelawyers | May 3, 2017

European US Asian Equine Lawyers proudly presents two new Alliance Partners in Europe. The German law firm; Berner Fischer & Partner is located in Verden (in the North of Germany) and was founded in 1912. Our new Swedish partner; Gulliksson has branches in Malmö, Lund, Stockholm,  Göteborg and Helsingborg. Both partners are very solid and respectable law firms with […]

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Seizure of a horse on Criminal Law grounds remains in effect

By europeanequinelawyers | May 3, 2017

In the Netherlands there is a possibility for the public prosecutor to seize goods which are related to criminal offences. Recently the public prosecutor has made use of this possibility and seized a horse. Three other parties complained against the seizure now that they claimed that they were the owner of that particular horse. The […]

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Luc Schelstraete participates at 2017 Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour

By europeanequinelawyers | May 1, 2017

On the 27th of April 2017, Luc Schelstraete participated at the 2017 Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour — Sino Europe Industry Exchange Seminar. Luc was asked to speak about the Legal aspects of Equine Business. For more info, contact: L.Schelstraete@schelstraete.nl Tweet

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Pony with permanent tendon issues sold as a top class sport pony, Schelstraete (EUAEL Alliance Partner) reaches a very advantageous settlement

By europeanequinelawyers | April 11, 2017

Schelstraete Advocaten (EUAEL Alliance Partner) has reached a very advantageous settlement in a case regarding a pony which due to frequent tendon issues is no longer suitable to serve as a sport pony. By reaching the settlement the client not only receives a refund of the purchase price but also compensation for nearly all the […]

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Amendment to law for horse sales highlights the importance of equine law knowledge – Gulliksson (EUAEL Alliance Partner)

By europeanequinelawyers | April 5, 2017

The Swedish Parliament’s Committee on Civil Affairs has decided that the Consumer Sales Act must be amended regarding the sale of live animals. “Trading in animals is always a specialised area, but with horses, you have the professional sports angle – where one animal could ruin an entire career if it fails to meet expectations. […]

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Introduction – European US Asian Equine Lawyers

By europeanequinelawyers | March 21, 2017

I am honoured and pleased that so many outstanding Law Offices showed their interest in our new Alliance:  EUROPEAN-US-ASIAN EQUINE LAWYERS. In the last decade the Equine Industry has been growing ever since. Also the International horse deals keep increasing annually. My firm, Schelstraete Equine Lawyers, focuses her practice on the International clients as a […]

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Court of Leuven has ruled in favour of client Beelen Advocaten (EUAEL Alliance Partner) in case of horse with behavioral issues

By europeanequinelawyers | January 31, 2017

Recently the Court judged that the claim of a client of Beelen Advocaten (EUAEL Alliance Partner) is to be awarded since the horse in question was showing behavioural issues. An amateur buyer purchased a show jumper from a professional dealer. After delivery the horse showed resistant behaviour during the jumps. The Court ruled that the […]

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Mr. Van der Vaart and Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client: Mr. Hervas Ascencio ended their dispute with regards to the horses Let it be VDV and Cyrano VDV.

By europeanequinelawyers | January 24, 2017

In August 2015 a dispute arose between Mr. Van der Vaart, the owner of the largest share in the horse Let it Be VDV and Cyrano VDV Z, and Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client: Mr. Hervas Ascencio, the trainer and co-owner of the horses with regards to – among others – the training […]

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The Court of Gelderland judged in favour of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client on the 11th of January 2017

By europeanequinelawyers | January 23, 2017

In 2013 a client of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner)  sold a horse to a buyer based in the U.S.. After delivery to the buyer the horse showed resistant behaviour. The buyer therefore stated that the horse did not comply to the agreement.  Our client contested this after which the buyer summoned the seller to […]

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Legal Rights of a buyer against a seller of a horse in England that goes lame

By europeanequinelawyers | January 23, 2017

Under English law horses are treated as being goods and the law relating to the sale of goods applies to them. The law regards the purchase of a horse as being a purchase of an unknown quantity. As a general rule the principle “caveat emptor” (“let the buyer beware”) will apply and, therefore, the buyer […]

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Joint venture P.C. WOO and Zhonglun law firm

By europeanequinelawyers | December 14, 2016

On Wednesday the 7th of December, Luc Schelstraete was invited to Zhenzen at the opening/ fusion meeting of the joint venture of Hong-Kong office P.C. WOO and China mainland office Zhonglun. Luc attended the interesting meeting which was part of the GLA (Global Legal Alliance).   Tweet

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Article Horse International: THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF EQUINE LOCOMOTOR PATHOLOGY

By europeanequinelawyers | December 9, 2016

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Article Horse International: Legal and Veterinary journal

By europeanequinelawyers | November 22, 2016

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Schelstraete Lawyers receives invitation for Global Legal Alliance Conference

By europeanequinelawyers | November 14, 2016

Schelstraete Advocaten, The Dutch member of the Global Legal Alliance (GLA), will participate in the annual conference in Hong Kong and Shenzhen from the 5th to the 7th of December 2016. GLA is a not-for-Profit Organisation which commits to bring together the best of legal service providers for some roundtable discussions on the development of international […]

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Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) achieved settlement in a case regarding a non-conforming pony

By europeanequinelawyers | October 31, 2016

Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) has achieved a favourable settlement on behalf of her client in a case regarding a non-conforming pony. By reaching this settlement she did not only receive a refund of the purchase price, but they also received compensation for a part of the expenses which were made for the pony. The […]

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Court in The Hague has ruled in favour of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers’s (EUAEL Alliance Partner) client with regards to arguments on the ownership of several horses

By europeanequinelawyers | October 26, 2016

On October the 18th 2016 the Court of The Hague came to a judgement with regards to an argument between the client of Schelstraete Equine Lawyers (EUAEL Alliance Partner) and his ex-partner on the ownership of several horses. The client entered a divorce procedure. One of the subjects in this procedure was the ownership of the […]

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US client wins case from Belgian horse dealer concerning the horse’s character

By europeanequinelawyers | October 18, 2016

Our client, a consumer buyer from the US, purchased a showjumper from a Belgian horse dealer. Soon after the horse arrived in the US it started to misbehave and refused to jump. Because of this our client decided to start a legal procedure in front of the Belgian Court in Leuven in order to return […]

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Press release regarding the case of the Ukrainian judges Mrs Irina Shulga, Mrs Maria Dzhumadzuk and the National Equestrian Federation of Ukraine against the FEI

By europeanequinelawyers | October 11, 2016

Messrs. Luc Schelstraete and Piotr Wawrzyniak of European Equine Lawyers, with the head office in the Netherlands, represent Mrs Irina Shulga, Mrs Maria Dzhumadzuk and the National Federation of Ukraine in the appeal proceedings against the FEI before the FEI Tribunal in Lausanne. Just to remind our  Mrs Shulga and Mrs Dzhumadzuk have been accused by […]

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