Netherlands Equine Law
Holland is well known for it’s breeding and trading horses, in particular sport horses. A lot of horses are exported from the Netherlands to owners in other countries. Dutch Stables have done very well in breeding Dutch warmblood horses. Some perform at the highest level in jumping and dressage. The planned breeding policy of the KWPN (Royal Dutch horses Netherlands) has contributed to this. KWPN is a Dutch organization specialized in the breeding of jumpers, dressage horses, harness horses, and Gelder horses. The quality of the KWPN horse is renowned and praised worldwide. Depending on its bloodlines, conformation, and abilities, a KWPN horse is registered as a jumper, dressage horse, harness horse, or Gelder horse.
Legal aspects when buying a sport horse in Holland
Some specific aspect of Dutch law are relevant when buying a horse in the Netherlands. You can read about this here. I mention briefly the basics a buyer of Dutch sport horse should take into account:
– the duty to investigate the horse, preferably obtain a veterinarian’s examination report of the horse and X-ray pictures;
– there is a difference between buying a horse as a private person or as a tradesman of company; – export rules and regulations;
– contracting out of liability issues;
– short notice period to seller upon discovery after the purchase of a defect, deficiency or disorder in a horse.
I have supported clients in their horse businesses assisting them with legal documentation on horse-related transactions and everything else from reviewing basic contracts involving horses to litigating complex cases.
Contract and legal advice on sport horses
The purchase of a horse in the Netherlands may involve a substantial financial commitment and it’s is in your interests to minimize your risk and seek and obtain professional legal and veterinarian’s advice before committing to the purchase. The issues that arise and the risks attendant on buying a horse increase proportionately with the price and breed of the horse. If you need expert advice from me as Dutch horse lawyer lawyers e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will contact you to discuss your case. Alternatively please call the Blenheim law firm in Amsterdam: telephone 0031 20 5210100.