North American Equine Services

North American Equine Services provides professional and accurate horse appraisals, in addition
to equine litigation consulting for all breeds, disciplines, and related equine activities.


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Dear David,
Many thanks for allowing
me to solicit your opinion and advice about starting
an equine mediation practice. I sincerely appreciate your taking the time to give me your perspective. 
Congratulations on your years in business. 
I can tell you have
been very successful.

All the best.
- MS


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Qualified Equine Appraisals
NAES Qualified Equine Appraisals North American Equine Services (NAES) offers a variety of equine services including liability and standards and practices review.

Dave Johnson has been performing professional horse appraisals that are compliant with IRS and USPAP guidelines for more than three decades and is the leader in multiple breed equine appraisals. Understanding the different types of appraisals and their unique requirements is the core competency of the business.
Continuing education keeps NAES knowledgeable in multiple breeds, disciplines, and related activities results in a thorough valuation. Qualified appraisals are performed on site, or off site throughout North America. Appraisals from NAES are supplied in a professional bound report.

“Thank you for your outstanding job performance on the equine appraisal of two Haflingers, harnesses, wagon and equipment. The pictures were clear and crisp, the presentation was just what the IRS likes to see and the documentation was specific and detailed. Your expert and thorough work is much appreciated. “ J. H. Alexander more...
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Litigation Consulting
David D. Johnson 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. We are dedicated to every client and make sure all cases are handled with the highest level of confidentiality, experience, knowledge, and ethics.

One of the most important aspects of our work, here at NAES, is the discussions with lawyers, insurance companies and others interested in common standards of job performance in the horse industry. These would include proof that the consultant is using methods acceptable in the industry, proving that they have a deep understanding of all elements involved in the case.
Activities may include: review of cases from retaining counsel, preparation of rebuttal questions, and a candid explanation to counsel on case merits or lack thereof. Verbal or written expert opinions are provided and case files are stored indefinitely in climate-controlled conditions. A list of recent cases in which Mr. Johnson has been asked to provide expert testimony is available at this link: Rule-26-Case-Histories.html
NAES' David D. Johnson
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 39 years throughout North America.

Mr. Johnson’s background includes over 50 years as a professional horse and student trainer. His first professional experience in training both students and horses began when he was 12 years old in 1956 at the facility owned by the Chicago Irving Park YMCA. At the same time Mr. Johnson worked at the Milne stables taking out groups of riders on long trail rides. He was an instructor at both facilities which included acting as a trail ride wrangler. more...
Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy
Code of Ethics 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. This requires our behavior to conform to the highest ethical principles.

For these reasons, North American Equine Services, LLC, (NAES), requires its staff to conduct business with integrity, to maintain a standard of ethical conduct consistent with the regulations of all jurisdictions in which NAES conducts business, and to be guided by the knowledge that we are guardians of equestrian valuation and must maintain the values, spirit, and ideals of the sport and its part in the international movement.
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Safety Policies
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...
Blog - Case of the Month
Blog-Case of the Month Proving again that the truth is stranger than fiction...
I pick out a specific case from the hundreds that I have worked on in the past years and give you a brief rendition of the facts and outcome. And, I may cover 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.
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Blog - Case of the Month from August 2018

As you may know, although I do not specifically practice law, I am asked to review many horse related legal contracts every year. Obviously, I always counsel potential clients to also have your attorney review such documents again.

This is so important to have as many experts and lawyers review any horse related contracts. Even if you are very sure you’ve included all the important contractual points, it’s always so important to have additional wise eyes look at what could bind you for many months or years.

In law schools one of the first courses taught is contract law. Legal contracts are the items which hold our country together and the fact that basic contract law is taught the first year of law school, indicates just how important contracts are.

So obviously, a word to the wise (you) should be enough to convince you of making sure that contracts must be a very important part of your horse-related business.

Contracts are important not just for horse sales and leases but in purchasing items specifically for your horse business as well. Now obviously you and your staff must do a “what if” session where you all think of anything at all relating to your business. Because liability issues are always at the forefront, you must think of ways where a legal action could be taken against you and your business. So it’s not just lessons you and your staff teach but exactly where you are perhaps a bit weak in mandating that “Safety is Job One.”

You’ll need to remember that signs are also very important and go a long way in emphasizing your interest in protecting all those who are on your property, especially if you instruct many people of all ages. Then you must always insist that protective helmets be worn that comply with ASTM-F11-63. And that does not mean you have to supply the proper ones.

One of your signs must say “HELMETS MUST ALWAYS BE WORN WHEN ON ANY HORSE – NO EXCEPTIONS.” Folks who come to ride at your place have to supply their own properly fitted and ASTM compliant headgear. I realize that seems very arbitrary, but ALL your riders must comply because you’re looking out for their protection.

Always make sure your company or personal attorney reviews all contracts you before you even think of signing. And just because your attorney may not be a horse whiz, he or she sure knows more about the laws in your state than you. Now is not the time to be a cheapskate, because your attorney’s time is well worth your protection and peace of mind since any deficiencies in the proposed contract must be pointed out prior to you picking up a signature pen.

Good luck, my friends. We live in a very litigious world.


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