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Equestrian Business Advice Seminar in Gloucestershire

Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016 by Heather Dodd


A contract legal expert from South West law firm Lodders will be ‘in the saddle’ at a seminar for equestrians and landowners who are running or thinking of starting an equine business.

Organised by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), the Equine Seminar ‘Putting the Industry Through Its Paces’ takes place on Thursday 10th November at the Unicorn Trust Equestrian Centre, Netherswell, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire.

At the event, Lodders’ partner and contract expert Stephen Thomas (pictured) will provide an insight into the do’s and don’ts when buying and selling horses and how to manage the risks associated with damage that can caused by horses. He explains:

“The CLA Equine Seminar is a chance for people already running an equine business, or those considering setting one up, to gain top-level insight into the challenges and opportunities the equine industry presents.

“Alongside our advice on buying and selling horses, the event will cover presentations from equine industry experts on issues including planning, rates, property and tax.

“It will be an informative, practical session that will explore a wide range of issues from liveries to legislation,” he says. “Not only does its speakers include professionals and advisers, it also has international event rider and chartered surveyor Ben Way, who will offer an insight into the different sides of working for and running an equestrian business.”

The equine industry contributes some £7 billion a year to the UK economy and provides full time employment of about 200,000 people, mainly in rural areas. CLA South West Director, John Mortimer, comments: “The summer Olympics highlighted some of the extraordinary equine skills we have in the UK, and with nearly four million people involved in riding or equestrian sports in this country, many see this as a great business opportunity.”

As well as Lodders, the event is supported by Butler Sherborn, McLoughlin Planning and Hazlewoods; the cost is £30 to CLA members and £40 to non-members.

For more information and to reserve a place at the CLA Equine Seminar, visit:

Recent changes in legislation have led the CLA to produce a new handbook on horses and law, and this will be launched at the November event.

Lodders’ dedicated Equine Law team draws on the firms’ renowned and industry-leading strengths in agricultural law, private client matters, corporate and company law, dispute resolution and planning.

Celebrating its 230th anniversary this year, Lodders has 25 partners, a portfolio of sector and market specific legal teams, over 120 fee earners and support staff across its office network, and has recorded year-on-year growth in recent years.

It is an established and thriving law firm based in Cheltenham, Stratford upon Avon and Henley in Arden, and is recognised as a leading private client law firm, offering specialist advice to both private individuals and privately owned businesses, including its highly regarded work in the agricultural and real estate sectors. For more information, visit:

Gala evening sees equestrian stars on stage

Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Heather Dodd

Some of the leading names from the equestrian world will take centre stage as part of a gala evening at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire on Friday 4 November, and all in a bid to raise funds for charity.

Premium Italian saddle brand Amerigo is hosting the event where it’s ambassadors including dressage stars Michael and Maria Eilberg, showing supremo Louise Bell and top event rider Nicola Wilson will each perform a 30 minute riding demonstration.


The evening will be compèred by eventing stalwart Lucinda Green, while Amerigo’s renowned saddle designer, Peter Menet will provide insight into horse biomechanics.

“It’s fantastic that we are able to bring together some of our leading ambassadors in this one evening, giving spectators a real treat,” said Simon Middleton, managing director at Zebra Products, who is organising the event. “Alongside viewing the fabulous riding demonstrations, spectators will be able to learn more about the importance of correct saddle fitting and understand just how influential saddles can be in terms of their, and their horses, performance.”

Tickets cost £15 each in advance or £20 on the door, with all profits going to two charities; The Brooke and The Injured Jockey Fund.  Tickets also act as a 5% discount voucher on all Amerigo saddles and accessories until 31 December 2016. A raffle will also be held on the night to support the fundraising efforts with various Amerigo items of tack and accessories up for grabs.  The bar and restaurant will be open for the evening – serving a range of hot and cold refreshments and drinks.

Doors will open at 6pm ahead of a start time of 7.00pm. Please call Abigail Unwin on 01352 763350 or email  to purchase tickets.






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