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Equine Insurance, Legal & Accounting 2021

Mr. Tarshis, himself a competitor, understands legal representation

After many years as a member of large law firms, in 2008 Mr. Tarshis established his own law practice concentrating in his areas of his specialty representing entrepreneurial, closely held businesses, commercial real estate developers and commercial financing institutions.

Equilaw 1But Mr. Tarshis also decided to go off on his own so he could devote more time to his passion for horses and competitive riding.

Over the course of the last 25 years, he has competed in combined training (commonly referred to as eventing), show jumping and for the last 10 years in dressage, where he currently competes at the Prix St. George level.

Equilaw 2In addition to his competitive achievements as a rider, several years ago Mr. Tarshis became intrigued by the sport of standardbred harness racing and has become a breeder of standardbred racehorses as well as an owner of both pacing and trotting racehorses.

Mr. Tarshis' unique and complete immersion in both the world or sport horses and racehorses has provided him with an understanding and connection with the horse community that provides his clients a great sense of confidence and comfort that he “gets it” when they come to him for legal representation for a myriad of legal issues and challenges that confront horse owners every day.

Mr. Tarshis generously gives his time to all horse people and invites anyone with a legal issue facing their horses or their horse business to contact him and take advantage of his free consultation policy.

Equilaw 3He can be reached at (844) 737-8452.

The horse industry is unique. So are we at Ragsdale Liggett

Being part of the equine community means access to wonderful opportunities.

RaggsdaleThere are also industry-specific challenges.

Whether you own horses for pleasure or operate an equine-related business, your animals or business should be your priority.

Having a knowledgeable lawyer to manage equine legal issues for you is critical.

Dottie Burch, chair of our Equine Law Practice Group, does not simply understand these issues, she is a lifelong equestrian with a thorough and direct knowledge of the legal aspects of owning and managing horses and related businesses.

Raggsdale 2As the leading equine lawyer in North Carolina, Dottie’s depth and breadth of legal knowledge related to horses gives you a distinct advantage.

Dottie is also an NCDRC Certified Mediator – Superior Court/Clerk of Court/Farm Nuisance

We work with:
- Horse Owners and Lessees
- Equine Businesses (Non-Profit and For-Profit)
- Equine Professionals (including riders, trainers, breeders, veterinarians)
- Equine Boarding and/or Event Facility Owners, Managers, Tenants
- Other Equine Service and Product Providers

Raggsdale 3What we do:
- Prepare documentation regarding ownership, management and transfer of horses and operation of equine businesses (e.g., waivers and agreements related to boarding, leasing – farm and equine, sales, breeding, training, and employment, including noncompetes)
- Assist with resolution of disputes, whether- breach of contract, fraud, personal injury, property damage, negligence or other through negotiation, mediation, litigation or arbitration
-Analyze and advise clients of their options regarding any of the above

For more information, contact Dottie Burch, North Carolina Equine Lawyer at Ragsdale Liggett, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 919.881.2206

The Legal Equine now provides legal services to equestrians in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania

CLARKSBURG, W. Va--The global pandemic has had a way of organizing people’s priorities, and attorney Allison J. Farrell is one of those people.

Legal Equine 1Farrell had been practicing law for more than a decade when, in the height of the pandemic's uncertainty, she decided she needed to prioritize horses in her life.

There was no time to wait.

Thus, in 2020, not only did Farrell launch The Legal Equine in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, but she and her husband also started Almost Heaven Vanners, LLC.

Farrell's journey from horse-crazy girl growing up in Buffalo to an equine attorney licensed in three states has some twists and turns.

But at all times, horses were "an organizing principle of life," Farrell said.

Legal Equine 2As a child, she harangued her parents for trail rides where the barn-sour horses taught her the importance of “keeping her seat.”

She spent summers at Houghton College Horse Camp and Seven Hills Girl Scout Camp, and in college made friends with a few Montana cowgirls who generously shared their rides.

As a journalist in her early twenties, Farrell worked a second job on a Haflinger breeding farm in Central New York, which is where she began her love affair with cobs and drafts.

Farrell settled in West Virginia in 2005 to start law school.

In an effort to keep her sanity during this stressful time, she bought her very first horse, a large mare whom she questionably named "Miss Oats."

Fifteen years later Farrell is still based in central West Virginia, but her law practice with Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC is as mobile as her clients need it to be.

Leal Equine 3"Lawyering in my horse trailer is definitely preferable to lawyering in the office," said Farrell.

Farrell and her husband live on a farm where they raise Gypsy Vanners.

Farrell is licensed in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania and is a partner at Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC.

Legal equine resources can be found at:

Who needs insurance? You, most likely! Go to Fry's Insurance

Fry's Equine Insurance has a policy designed for you whether you own your own farm or lease property to run your equine operation, or you are an independent instructor or trainer going to different locations, or you host shows and/or clinics.

Frys 1Fry’s can also help protect your equine club or association and the individual horse owner.

When a property has an equine business (boarding, training, lessons, etc.) most homeowners policies may be lacking important coverage for both property and liability claims.

frys 2An equine insurance agent can help you decide the best way to protect yourself.

As insurance companies are requiring farm owners to get proof of insurance from trainers/instructors, clinicians, and clubs who come to their property, Fry’s Equine Insurance can help there as well by providing long or short-term policies for these business and associations.

frys 3The individual horse owner also needs to think about liability coverage.

If their horse hurts someone or damages property, you could be named in a claim and your boarding facility’s policy will not cover you (and many homeowners' policies will not either).

Whether you need to insure your farm or equine business (boarding, lessons, training, shows, clinics), club or association, or your horse (mortality, medical, loss of use), Fry’s Equine Insurance Agency can help you.

Give Fry's a call at 614-875-3711 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a free, no-obligation quote.

Check out the website at for more valuable information.

Susan Strawser, Owner/Agent

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ~ Fax 614-875-1549

Cheryl Allerton and Rebecca Bell offer a wide variety of legal services

Allerton Bell, P.C. is a small law firm situated at the junction of Montgomery, Berks and Chester Counties.

Allerton2Cheryl AllertonFrom this location, the law firm provides a wide variety of business, litigation, estate planning, orphan’s court, and family law services.

Cheryl Allerton’s practice areas include equine and agricultural law, business, and commercial litigation.

Her clientele includes horse owners, horse breeders, trainers, jockeys, racing stables, stud farms, boarding barns, farriers, veterinarians, and a host of service providers in the equine industry.

Rebecca Bell photo1Rebecca Bell In addition to representing equestrian clients throughout Pennsylvania, Cheryl works with both national and international Cherclients involved in the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry.

An avid horsewoman, Cheryl has been riding since early childhood and has owned horses for most of her life, which gives her a unique insight and understanding to better assist and relate to her clients.

Andrew MuirAndrew MuirRebecca Bell’s practice areas including divorce, custody, support, guardianships, adoptions, estate planning and estate administration.

A former Berks County prosecutor, Rebecca is a tireless advocate and counselor for clients faced with navigating significant life challenges in the family law context.

Her pragmatic approach to resolving difficult issues and achieving successful outcomes for her clients is the cornerstone of her practice.

Attorney Andrew Muir joined the firm in 2020.

Mr. Muir is a trial attorney representing businesses and individuals in several areas of law, including Business, Commercial, Construction, Labor and Employment, Personal Injury, and Estate Administration.

He also serves as general counsel for corporate clients.

For more information, please call 610-385- 0055 or go to


Jeffers Insurance is a full service insurance agency specializing in equine insurance

RED LION, PA.--Jeffers Insurance is a full service Independent Insurance Agency, in Red Lion PA built on Trust, Knowledge, and commitment.

Jeffers Group photo 2 1Jeffers serves Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and Virginia.

We bundle your insurance needs within our agency to eliminate potential gaps in coverage allowing discounted pricing for multiple lines.

Specializing in Agricultural/Equine Insurance, we offer comprehensive farm and equine package policies in addition to farm auto packages.

Jeffer’s staff has combined 90+ years insurance experience providing clients with professional advice and recognizing individual farming exposures for customized insurance packages.

Those packages include:

Jeffers Walt and Teresa and Amys horse 1Walt and Teresa Jeffers and Amys horse 1Equine Commercial Liability- Lessons, Boarding, Care Custody Control, Training, Shows, Independent Instructors Insurance, Leased Farms.

Farmowners – Gentlemen Farms, Equine & other livestock, Crop, Hobby, Tenants

Homeowners- nonfarm, renters, mobile home,

Auto- Farm Pickups, Trailers, Personal

Boats, ATVs, Golf Carts, Snowmobiles

Equine Mortality and Major Medical - Competitive pricing, expanded coverage

We are committed to serving the farm community.

Jeffers Group Photo 6Mr. Jeffers served as past President of Pa. Equine Council.

During his term he was actively involved in passing the Pa. Equine Liability law.

This was an important movement in Pennsylvania.

Jeffer’s owns a livestock/crop farm and understands what it takes to protect your farm today.

Give Jeffers Insurance a call at 800-304-0739 or click on the Ad “We got your Back” for a link to our website and request a free quote.

Duke Accounting offers a variety of services

Duke Accounting & Consulting LLC, offers a variety of tax, accounting and small business consulting services.

Duke account 2 SonnySonnyOwned and operated by Jenn Wilson, EA, MBA since 2009, Jenn prides herself on customer service and attention to detail with her clients.

Focused primarily on Tax services, Jenn, with experience in a variety of industries, both for-profit and non-profit, has a magnitude of clients ranging from individuals to professional businesses and horse farms.

Duke accout 1Duke Accounting offers personal and professional service without the high costs associated with most firms.

Jenn received her EA credentials in 2011.

EA's (Enrolled Agents) are America's Tax Experts, regulated by the IRS's, Office of Professional Responsibility, EA's have the authority to represent their clients in front of the IRS.

For more information, contact 610-780-9011; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

To insure or not to insure. Is your horse covered? Go to Blue Bridle for coverage

Past studies have determined that the leading cause of death among horses, ages 6 months to 19, is colic followed by injury/wounds and trauma.

Blue BridleIt is common now for equine mortality insurance policies to include an emergency colic surgery provision, however there are other medical endorsements available.

Major Medical (which includes surgical) provides the broadest coverage and may be an option for horses at 30 days of age to age 20.

Most policyholders add Major Medical and/or Surgical endorsements to help defray the cost of necessary veterinarian treatment if the horse is injured or becomes ill.

There is also an alternative coverage called Catastrophic Accident and Illness which provides coverage for illness, acute injury or colic and is less expensive then major medical.

This is available regardless of insured value.

These medical coverages are important and easily understood with the guidance of your equine insurance agent.

Without insurance, the decision to treat an illness or euthanize the horse is an emotionally painful one.

Horse insurance can restore you financially and so for many, it is a sound investment.

It is important to explore all the options available to you.

Please call Blue Bridle Insurance at 800-526-1711 today for your free quote or go to

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