(03) 9720 2922

Jansen Walsh and Grace


What we do

We provide advice and assistance on a wide range of equine and equestrian issues to riders, trainers and owners in the Yarra Ranges (Coldstream, Hoddles Creek, Woori Yallock, Gruyere, Macclesfield, Seville, Mt Evelyn, Wonga Park, Christmas Hills, Seville, Steels Creek, Yarra Glen, Yea, Yering), Outer Eastern Melbourne (Lilydale, Wonga Park, Emerald, Gembrook) and South-Eastern Melbourne (Berwick, Cranbourne, Pakenham), such as:

•   Agistment
•   Appeals to VCAT from the RADB
•   Banned substance hearings
•   Breeding contracts
•   Bridleways
•   Buying and selling horses
•   Dressage training contracts
•   Eventing agreements
•   Failure to disclose vices
•   Horse breeding
•   Joint ownership agreements
•   Livery agreements
•   Livery yard leases
•   Longeing pen (or round yard) construction contracts
•   Managed investment schemes
•   Manège construction contracts
•   Rider disciplinary hearings before the RADB
•   Servicing agreements
•   Spelling service agreements
•   Stables construction contracts
•   Syndicate agreements
•   Training contracts
•   Welfare of horses

Buying your horse

We come across a lot of horses which were bought on Facebook.  Here are some simple rules you should follow.

1.  Don't purchase a horse sight unseen based only on a photo on Facebook, in a horse magazine or in a video.

2.  Be clear about what type of horse you can ride.

3.  Don't say you are an experienced rider if you aren't or, as one person did, say you are experienced with brumbies when you aren't.

4.  The contract should be in writing: vendor's name, your name, price and any conditions (it can be handwritten).

5.  Get a vet check before you buy or a sale subject to a satisfactory vet check!

Racing syndicates

The agreements for standard racing syndicates are well-drafted documents.

However, we frequently see agreements for racing syndicates which are promoted on the internet which are targeted at the unsophisticated general public.  They usually feature a horse without much racing history and the horses are to be raced on small provincial racecourses.  While the agreements are quite detailed, they are avoided by sophisticated investors.  Why?

While no trainer can guarantee that a young horse will win a single race, these agreements are very unfair because they contain two features which, by their nature, make them a bad investment.  You should examine the agreement before you sign, or ask us to look at them before you part with your money.

Family Law

Who owns the horse and the float after you and your spouse or partner break up?

We clarify the rules with a binding financial agreement.

Project Hope Australia

Project Hope Australia rescues neglected horses.  Both our principal and our consultant have either been active in or supported Project Hope since the early 1980s.  Our consultant has worked for Project Hope rescuing horses and was mentioned by name by Derryn Hinch on his radio program.  We encourage everyone to support its work. Click on the logo for a link.  We continue to provide advice to Project Hope about neglected horses

Most of the disputes we receive each week involve disputes between landowners and horse owners over the terms of agistment agreements or involve a horse which has been recently purchased and has a vice or where a horse owner has sold her horse and the buyer is demanding a refund.  Our average fee for most of these is $395 including GST.  It depends on what you want done.  Unless you have an account with us or are a regular client, we usually require payment on account or credit card details.   We will provide you with a fixed fee before we start work so you know where you stand.

Our experience

Our consultant has ridden as a track rider of horses which won races at Flemington and other Melbourne and provincial races.  She rescued other owners' horses in the "Ash Wednesday" bushfires on 16 February 1983 and, again, in the "Black Saturday" bushfires on 7 February 2009.  Our principal has provided advice in this area over many years, including appearing in the Supreme Court on behalf of a stablemaker on an appeal by the owners. The stablemaker was ultimately successful.

We have also assisted purchasers in successfully recovering compensation for defective horses in the Civil Claims List of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.