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Equine Law Contracts: Get it in Writing

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Produced on October 02, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Labor & Employment Animal Sports Law

Course Description

Many equine industry activities, ranging from offering trail rides to entering into co-ownership agreements, are notoriously done on a “handshake” deal. Verbal agreements in the equine industry, however, may create unnecessary liability exposure, detrimentally affect the relationship between parties, render contract terms virtually unenforceable between parties, and ultimately result in many other foreseeable and unforeseeable negative consequences.

Written agreements in equine activities and transactions are legally enforceable if properly drafted and executed. There are liability protections afforded under various states’ Equine Activity Liability Acts to encourage the availability of equine activities. Many of these Equine Acts explicitly enforce written liability releases signed by participants, and most state contract laws enforce these waivers if properly drafted. Certain activities have additional liability exposures not covered by most Equine Acts, but may also be released in an enforceable liability release agreement. Syndicates and other forms of horse partnership agreements reduced to writing are also enforceable if properly drafted under applicable contract law.

Yvonne C. Ocrant, a Chicago based equine transaction and litigation attorney, discusses these liability protections, demonstrates how properly drafted contracts improve equine industry business relationships, explains how a written contract in specific equine activity transactions improves the enforceability of the intended agreement terms, and emphasizes how properly executed contracts are legally enforceable and worth more than the paper they are written on!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize various types of Equine industry contracts
  2. Address the Equine Activity Liability Act, including what protections it does and does not provide
  3. Demonstrate how written contracts can provide liability protection where the Equine Activity Liability Act does not
  4. Identify the manner in which the drafting process improves the relationship between the parties
  5. Discuss examples of additional terms in various equine industry written agreement and how they minimize the risk of contract disputes and further the enforceability of the agreement itself

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Yvonne Ocrant

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Yvonne Ocrant practices in the areas of equine law, title insurance, employment law and commercial litigation. She is a trial lawyer and mediator.

Ms. Ocrant's equine law experience includes handling litigation involving the Equine Activity Liability Act and various other state and federal laws. She assists individual horse owners; trainers; breeders; riding, boarding and training facilities; veterinarians and other entities in the equine industry litigate and resolve claims for personal injury, property damage, breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation and other legal issues. She drafts contracts for horse purchases, sales, leases and commission arrangements, and creates equine liability releases for boarding and training facilities, trainers, transporters and other individuals and entities sponsoring or participating in equine activities.

Ms. Ocrant routinely represents employers under the full range of employment laws, including both federal and state discrimination laws on issues of race, national origin, sex, sexual harassment and religion. She also handles actions under state contract and tort law, including retaliatory discharge, intentional infliction of emotional distress, interference with contract, fraud, and invasion of privacy.

She defends numerous claims in state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies. Ms. Ocrant handles cases and provides counseling in matters involving ADA, ADEA, employee breach of fiduciary duty/confidentiality agreements, Equal Pay Act, FMLA, defamation, Illinois Human Rights Act, and Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.

Ms. Ocrant also handles unemployment cases before the Illinois Department of Employment Security and state court, and provides counseling on numerous unemployment matters such as willful and deliberate misconduct, voluntary termination, refusal of work, chargeability, contribution rates, independent contractor arrangements, and claimant work search requirements.

She also regularly represents title insurance underwriters, agents, mortgage brokers and lenders in resolving claims and litigation cases over title insurance issues.


Julie M.

Smart, very valuable instruction! thank you

Patrick F.

The online format was convenient and accessible.

Nina K.

She was an impassioned and clear presenter -- even though this is not in my practice area. One of your best!

Amy B.

Fantastic presenter. She covers a large amount of material logically and smoothly.

Laura J. R.

Very practical, in a no nonsense presentation, glad speaker has personal experience in equine industry from the horsemen's side not just as an attorney.

Andrew A.

Very Well Organized Presentation!

Julia A.

I would love to see more equine law CLEs. Thanks

John C.

Absolutely an excellent CLE !

Georganne C.

Extremely useful. Thank you.

Linda B.

Knowledge, commitment and passion. Great combination for any speaker!

Mattie A.


Alfred S.

Very informative; excellent presentation

Lisa F.

Extremely helpful!

David P.

As an experienced horseman and trainer, I can say that the things the presenter advocates are well worth the effort to implement. Excellent presentation.

David F.

once again, really great speaker

Daphne Marie C.

Ms. Ocrant is such a great presenter & educator that I would like to see more from her. She makes the subject very interesting and I love that she gets to the core of the issues ... no fluff. She is a real asset to her clients and to Lawline.

Ronna H.

Delightfully comprehensive presentation within the time allowed! They who laugh while learning learn best. Thank you!

Georgian P.

Excellent program! Really enjoyed the topic! Speaker very interesting and informative!

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