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Crombie Wilkinson offers a range of legal services to individuals and businesses in the equine community.
From our base here in Yorkshire, which we are proud to say is one of the leading equine regions, we offer a wealth of advice to clients, these include jockeys, equine vets, horse owners and trainers.
Don’t gamble on your horse’s future: Succession Planning for Racehorse Owners
If you own a racehorse outright, it is important to include provisions in your Will detailing what will happen to your horse after you die. Your horse is an asset and like the rest of your property, you need to decide who should take ownership after you die.
Your Will should state whether your horse is sold or left to a specific person. You should discuss this with your trainer and executors before finalising any arrangements in your Will.
It is possible to leave a lump sum of money in a Will to cover your horse’s upkeep. This money is normally left on trust to a specified person who will deal with any payments such as trainer’s fees. This person should be someone you trust to handle your money sensibly and ideally who understands what racehorse ownership involves.
You could write a separate letter of wishes setting out how the money is to be used. You could include other plans for your horse such as specific races you would like it to enter or what will happen to the horse if it is injured or retired.
With careful advance planning, you can avoid taking a gamble on your racehorse’s future.
Setting up a horse riding or trekking centre
Spring into action with new ventures - advice from Lucy Steven, Private Client solicitor in our Agricultural Law team, on setting up a horse riding or trekking centre and what you should consider about your business when you come to pass it on to the next generation