On April 29-30, 2015, the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Law held its 30th annual National Equine Law Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. The annual conference attracts more than 180 participants from 35 states and typically two to three international countries.

The event was chaired by 1996 University of Kentucky Law School graduate Laura D’Angelo, JD, MBA, partner at the Lexington office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. The conference attracted well-known speakers from California, North Carolina, New York, Kentucky, Washington D.C., Tennessee, Maryland, and Michigan.

The conference covers wide-ranging legal topics related to the horse industry and is traditionally attended by lawyers, bankers, accountants, insurance brokers, students, and business people.

Topics this year ranged from medications in racing and sport horse fields to understanding equine insurance provisions and current hot topics facing racing commissions—including the enforceability of out-of-competition testing rules, enforceability of application of house rules at racetracks, equine tax issues, fraud in horse sales, annual equine case law update, and a federal legislative update.

The conference is held annually on the Wednesday and Thursday prior to Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend. Please watch the University of Kentucky College of Law continuing legal education’s website for details about the 2016 program and registration. For the past four years, the event has been held at Keeneland race course and will be held there again in 2016.

Laura A. D’Angelo, JD, MBA, partner at the Lexington Dinsmore & Shohl LLP office, pr