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North American Equine Services provides the most professional and accurate horse appraisals plus equine litigation consulting for all breeds, disciplines, and related equine activities.

Every client is insured that all cases are handled with the highest level of confidentiality, experience, knowledge and ethics. Discounts available to nationally recognized associations, barns and multiple horses.
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Blog - Case of the Month
Proving again that the truth is stranger than fiction...
I’ll be picking out a specific case out of the hundreds I’ve worked on in the past years and give you a brief rendition of the facts and outcome. And, I may cover pertinent equine related topics.

Taking advantage of situations that have occurred to others may lead you to say things to yourself like, “Boy I’m glad that didn’t happen to me!” Anyway, for sheer entertainment value, you’ll like them.

After reading the Blog, please feel free to call or e-mail with any questions or comments. Although I will not be taking comments on this blog, your feedback is welcomed. Archived Blogs available at this link.

NAES BLOG - July 2019

Placing a spotlight on the actual dollar costs involved in owning a horse often comes as a surprise to the new owner. However, if the new owner also wishes to go to and compete in various horse shows, the costs of being trained, buying tack and equipment and the many necessary extras, can come as a super shock.

I’ve been involved in the horse world for many years, beginning at age 5. Seeing the anguish on my parent’s faces was a literal forecast of what was to greet me as an adult with my son who loved horses and had a very strong talent to ride very well, and get the horse to do anything he wanted.

In the early 1980’s I became very active in the politics of the horse world and got appointed to the AHSA/USEF board of directors. After chairing the Connemara Pony Committee for several years, I became very active in show standards and ended up as Chairman of the Show Standards Committee for 15 years.

Serving on the board gave me a great idea of just what the horse show exhibitor was concerned about. The biggest problem was the steadily increasing cost of horse showing.

So not only is the cost of the horse, plus training, tack and equipment, but the cost of finding a good trainer who will be excellent at teaching the horse and perhaps your child…… then there’s the added cost of association memberships, so any points you’re able to win get added to the correct horse show association.

Then, when we get right down to it, you have to pay for entry fees, drug fees, stall fees, office fees and also pay for the hay and grain company who has an exclusive to provide feed and bedding for each horse stabled, (So all the effort you and your paid help spent in loading hay and bedding from your own barn, was a waste of time).

Oh, and so you don’t have to sleep outside, you’ll have to get a hotel room with all the incidentals.

By the way, all the above will amount to over $2000 per week, and your fancy show horse hasn’t even shown in one class yet. Yup horse showing is super expensive, which is exactly why many people have had their horse show age kids join groups like the IEA.

The IEA sponsors horse shows all over the United States, where all the child has to do is show up at the correct time and hopefully draw for a horse that will make them look super. The IEA is available to both girls and boys in the junior high school and high school ages. There are charges for both annual dues for the IEA, and the local IEA Chapter plus reasonable fees when actually participating at the sponsored shows. But even with those charges, they represent a mere fraction of the thousands of dollars spent at the “Rated” shows.

So, what it all boils down to is that the school-age youngsters who wish to learn horsemanship, do not have to put a second mortgage on their home, but can participate in a very sound program of riding. It’s also good to note that the IEA is an affiliated member of the USEF and be assured of the “Safe Sport” protection program.

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Qualified Equine Appraisals
NAES is the leader in multiple breed equine appraisals. We can give you the most accurate and professional qualified appraisal in the industry. more...

NAES' David D. Johnson
David D. Johnson operates North American Equine Services, LLC as its President and CEO. The company, based in Phoenix, Arizona specializes in litigation consulting, related activities and horse appraisals for the legal and insurance communities and has been doing so for the past 30 years throughout North America. more...

Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy
As the premier financial appraisers and evaluators of the equestrian sport in the United States and North America and because we operate in the public spotlight, we are expected to conduct our affairs in a manner consistent with the great trust that has been placed in us. more...

Safety Policies
As a licensed official with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Mr. Johnson fully supports and promotes the organization’s efforts with the safety and welfare of horses and riders. The USEF has instituted a Safe Sport Policy available at this link.

Questions and answers regarding the USEF Policy are available as FAQ’s at this link. NAES has had similar policies in place since its inception.

NAES clients expect absolute confidentiality in their dealings with our firm. more...
Horse of the month
Horse of the month for July 2019
Horse of the Month for
July, 2019

...Is the Danish Warmblood gelding, “French Match.” more...

Past horses of the month

Tip of the month

July 2019

Safe Sport is the program adopted by the US Congress as a remedy in the junior aged athletic sports which provides protection for young people who may be targeted by child predators.

The program is important in making sure our young athletes don’t fall victim to these very bad people. All adults involved in the horse sports are required to comply with the rules.
Current & Past Tips

Litigation Consulting
NAES, while not giving legal advise of any kind, provides a full range of services to horse owners, and the legal and insurance communities. Check our Legal Services page for more.

- FREE phone discussion for however long it takes to discuss anything horse-related.

- NAES can then guide you in the areas of standards & practices, accident investigation and anything involving horse activities.

- We also provide expert witness testimony for settlement conferences, arbitrations, mediations and at trial.


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