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Title: Review of Clifford Panham, 'The Horse and the Law' (Sydney: Lawbook Co, 3rd Edition, 2004) Pages I-L, 1-329. ISBN 0 455 22098 0.
Contributor(s): Bourke, J (author); Opie, H (author)
Publication Date: 2004
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: It is an auspicious day in 1976 at Werribee Park, the new and very grand venue for the Pony Club Association of Victoria's State Championships for Teams-of-Four (Flat) and Novelty races. Spectators watch anxiously as a chestnut horse is ridden flat-chat trying to win a Barrel Race on a course demarcated by nothing but white rope. Cars are parked right up to the white rope; parents, kids, horses and floats. No marshals, no doctors, no vets on hand. The rider of the chestnut horse wants to win but his helmet falls over his eyes – a typical pony club fiasco. He crosses the line but does not stop riding hard. The chestnut horse tries unsuccessfully to jump over a car parked at the white rope beyond the finish line. The rider is pitched onto the roof. The horse goes through the front windscreen. The rider walks out, uninjured; the poor horse is badly injured and soon destroyed. Mercifully no-one is watching from the damaged car. It is not hard to see many legal issues arising from this actual incident and ones like it occurring every year at various community events around the nation. What if the horse was subject to contract of sale? What if a bystander was hurt? What rights had the car owner? Were the Werribee Park trustees liable? What if the rider did not own the horse? What value did the horse have at death in the event someone was liable? What if the horse was in foal to a stallion with a high service fee? What if the horse had bolted (with the same end result) because a spectator's dog had run onto the course? The Horse and the Law by prominent, horse-loving, Melbourne Queen's Counsel, Cliff Pannam, will assist in answering each of these questions and many others that may be asked by the general horse owner. Yet this well-presented volume offers very much more to those interested in racing horses as well as observers of the racing and gambling industries.
Publication Type: Review
Source of Publication: University of New England Law Journal, 1(2), p. 259-271
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISSN: 1449-2199
HERDC Category Description: D3 Review of Single Work
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