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Hipsley and Associates, LLC

Hipsley and Associates, LLC

2720 Wigginton Point
Lexington, Kentucky 40511

Phone(859) 621-6995


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Hipsley and Associates, LLC provides horse legal expertise in a wide variety of areas. The firm has over 40 years of educational and practical experience in the business of horses. Hipsley & Associates is prepared to respond to the needs in a timely, professional manner. Working in partnership with legal counsel to provide the most in-depth and thorough information to support or defend the position of their client. The years of practical experience and strong networking within the horse industry permits Hipsley & Associates to provide an important perspective on any related subject.


Hipsley and Associates, LLC provide services to the owner and legal counsel that can range from case review and advice, to investigations of animal and personal injury accidents, matters of equine identity to ownership. While working with several equine breed associations, one of the criteria was investigations of alleged fraud on false registrations, 'ringers', etc.

Advice is provided to the owner, seller and potential buyers on the qualities of horses. Appraisals of horses for value in relation to prices are provided for insurance and investment.

Expert information and consultation available to horse owners, stable operators, purchasers, sellers, breed associations, state horse councils, state and local organizations, and other associated with the horse industry.

Summary of services:

- Animal Welfare

Providing expert testimony upon examination and assessment of horses, ponies, mules, donkeys and facilities to legal counsel can be accomplished at any location, at all times of the year. While working with veterinary professionals, assessment of a horse's condition, state of health, and potential for recovery can be determined.

- Appraisals

Determining values of horses along with the related supplies and equipment based upon realistic market standards is critical to the equitable process. Many times the values of horses take on imaginary financial projections, realistic market standards must be applied for the breed, type, gender, age, performance record, event winnings, health condition, level of training, and overall behavior.

- Buyer or Seller's Representation

During the course of either buying or selling horses, the buyers or sellers interest can be represented. If you are seeking a horse, or advice on the purchase of a horse, let our agent[s] represent you without the emotional commitment to the acquisition. A very logical, non-emotional approach can be taken to acquire the facts about the horse[s], assess the horse's potential uses, while providing fair representation. We work for either the buyer or seller, but never both on the sale of a horse.

- Evaluation Assessments

Establishing a real market value can be an important need for buying, selling, insurance, and any other type of value assessment. To properly establish a fair market value the use[s] of the horse must be established, and then a careful review of the horse's conformation, pedigree, training, performance, competition accomplishments, breeding history, and veterinary history.

- Arbitration

As challenges arise between buyer-seller and lessor-lessee, arbitration can assist in bringing resolution to the disputed issue providing mutual agreement conclusion.

- Contracts

The contracts used by buyers and sellers must be crafted to protect all parties, with the emphasis of buyer beware. The preparation and enforcement of contracts are in the hands of the legal counsel, however, from time to time, it becomes necessary for outside input, perhaps from someone with more horse expertise in the disposition and uses of the horse. Guidance in the process of crafting the language and benefits of a contract can be significant, whether it be a lease, sale, or breeding contract.

Litigation Support Services

Hipsley and Associates, LLC is willing to work with clients in the resolution of matters as an expert witness with all related matters:

- Preparation of reports
- General advice on attorney preparation interrogatories
- Expert witness testimony
- Expert review of cases
- Expert investigation of cases

Mr. Hipsley has worked on over 50 cases in the past eight years for both sides of issues. He is qualified by the court as an expert witness. Subjects range from intelligent property to fraudulent registrations, personal injury to death.

Areas of Expertise


Wayne G. Hipsley, BSc. MSc. has over 40 years of professional and personal experience in the equine industry. Working in various capacities to achieve first-hand knowledge coupled with academic experience, therefore creating a science-based background to the fundamentals of horses and their care, management, safety and ownership. Travels throughout the world working in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Norway and Denmark.

The following is a summary of his professional experience

1. Worked as a full-time professional in the equine industry as a breeder, trainer, and handler.

2. Upon completion of education, taught Equine Studies courses at the University of Massachusetts, University of Connecticut, University of Tennessee. Served as department head and professor of Equine Studies, Midway College, Midway, Kentucky.

3. Worked for equine breed associations as CEO, Executive Director, Executive Vice-President, dealing with all issues governing the breed. Arabian, Morgan, Appaloosa, Hanoverian, Miniature Horses

4. Consulted for many different equine associations outside of the United States, in establishing protocols and rules & regulations for showing & managing horses.

5. Provided information on animal welfare investigations for American Humane Association.

6. Organized & trained mounted police units, & conducted continuing education for Massachusetts Department of Public Safety. Established and trained the mounted police unit for the City of Providence, Rhode Island.

7. Judge horse shows overall the world, in a variety of breeds and levels of competition.

8. Supervised public riding and trail riding programs for youth summer camps and intercollegiate equestrian programs.

Areas Served

All States and Foreign Countries

Professional Experience

Recently completed an assessment and recommendations for the USDA-Foreign Marketing Service through the US Livestock Genetic Export, Inc. A comprehensive study on the past practices of the marketing of US breeds of horses in Europe, and recommendations for marketing procedures for the future.

Established an organization, HorseSafetyUSA. Dedicated to education on the safety in equestrian sports, relying on the website, news releases, and educational clinics for training equine risk management.


International Licensed horse show judge by 8 different equine breed associations and disciplines
Licensed horse identification technician

Legal Experience & Services

Mr. Hipsley provided legal support for over 60 cases in the past 12 years. Cases ranged from personal injury to intelligent property, human death to horse deaths, horse and vehicle accidents, horse safety to horse training.

He has provided legal testimony for matters associated with disputes over legal ownership of horses; identity of horses; genetic acceptance of blood typing results in Canada for the RCMP; reviews & investigations of insurance personal injury claims; provided dispositions on conduct & procedures for handling matters associated with the registration & transfer of ownership of horses; peer review hearings within equine breed associations on a wide variety of matters, including ethics, ownership, alleged rule violations, fraudulent registrations, fraud dealing with horse identities.

Provided advice on the defense of IRS challenges regarding the validity of the owner operating for profit.
Prepared legal brief and oversight for a matter currently under litigation in the United Kingdom regarding the status and participation of a horse and handler at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show.

Summary of legal experience:
- 6 court testimonies as an Expert Witness
- 14 depositions as Expert Witness
- 25 reports Expert Witness reports
- Over 60 cases reviewed


American Horse Council
American Miniature Horse Association
Ponies of the Americas
Pinto Horse Association of America
Norwegian Fjord Horse Registry
United States Equestrian Federation
International Friesian Horse Show Association
American Quarter Horse Association
American Paint Horse Association


Court Qualified Expert Witness in Equestrian Sports

Awards & Honors

Outstanding Service - presented by the Board of Directors, American Morgan Horse Association
Presidents Award - presented by the President of the International Arabian Horse Association
Outstanding Service - presented by the Massachusetts Cooperative Extension Service
Service to the Horse Industry - presented by the American Horse Publications
Directors Award - presented by the Board of Directors, Norwegian Fjord Horse Registry

Seminars & Training

Conducts seminars on insurance and risk management for equine organizations and industry businesses.

Conducts educational seminars on a wide variety of topics: Advertising and Marketing; Training and Riding; Judging and Selection; Form to Function; Animal Welfare Issues Associated with the Horse Industry.

Conducted seminars and educational programs outside of the United States in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, and Germany.


Numerous articles on equine management and care
Judges Guide and Handbook on Judging the American Miniature Horse
Judges Guide and Handbook on Judging the Norwegian Fjord Horse
European Assessment USDA Foreign Marketing Program
Written manuals for procedures to register and transfer horses
Numerous articles on equestrian safety and documentary, Horse Safety Volume I

Professional References

Available upon request. Many professional recommendations from past clients, including repeat business.


Bachelor of Science, Agriculture/Animal Husbandry, University of Tennessee
Master of Science, Animal Industries, Animal Physiology, University of Connecticut
Partial Completion of Ph.D., Animal Physiology of Reproduction, University of Tennessee
Certificate, American Management Association
Certified Equine Identification, Y-Tex Corporation
Attendee, American Society of Association Executives
Committee Member, American Horse Council - Horse Show Committee
Committee Member, American Horse Council - National Horse Identification Task Force

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