Alison Gay

Senior Certified Equine Appraiser

Summary of Expertise

Founder and Senior Certified Equine Appraiser of EquiAppraisal, LLC

  • Over two decades involvement in the horse industry, progressing through grooming, riding, training, teaching, stable management, valuation, and expert consultation

  • Conducted appraisals of several hundred horses, in various discipline and breed categories

  • Completed expert testimony for deposition and at trial

  • Career summary includes operating elite competition stables, both domestically and abroad

  • Experience training and/or managing over 200 horses, with values ranging up to several million dollars

  •  Featured and published in magazine articles, such as:
    o The Chronicle of the Horse—Volume 78 Number 15
    o The Carolinas Equestrian Magazine “Ask The Expert” column
    o Haute Ecole (The Official Magazine of the Lipizzan Association of North America)—Vol. 23 (1)

  • Lectured at Martin Community College to students of the Equine Studies department

  • Public speaking engagements to the equine community


Degrees and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Equestrian Science, with a minor in Business Administration from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. Education specialized in:
    o Hunt seat, dressage, western, saddleseat, and driving disciplines
    o The anatomy of movement, conformation, and breed-type evaluation for performance
    o Digestive physiology, nutrition, and feeding programs
    o Proper farrier methods and variations of shoeing
    o Equine health, first aid, and daily care
    o Stable management and business practices
    o Veterinary medicine and reproduction
    o Riding and teaching techniques
    o Equine behavior and training
    o Among other course objectives

  • Senior level appraisal certification through the American Society of Equine Appraisers

  • Certified to judge hunters, saddleseat, and non-trotting horses at open horse shows

  • 35 hour course and examination on Principles of Valuation by the American Society of Agricultural Appraisers

  • 35 hour course and examination on Advanced Principles of Valuation by the American Society of Agricultural Appraisers

  • 15 Hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) Certification Course


Employment Experience

  • EquiAppraisal, LLC—President/Founder Charlotte, North Carolina
    o Formed company in 2012
    o Senior Certified Equine Appraiser
    o Provide valuation opinions for IRS purposes, insurance, legal matters, sales, etc.

  • Brookwood Farm—Show Manager Greater Chicagoland/Wellington, FL
    o Managed an elite hunter/jumper show barn based near Chicago
    o Traveled to shows across the United States, including a winter base in at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida

  • Castle Forbes Stud—Groom/Rider Co. Longford, Ireland
    o Involved in the care, training, and management of internationally competitive showjumpers
    o Assisted with a globally-respected breeding program

  • Greendale Stud—Rider/Trainer Co. Tipperary, Ireland
    o Started a team of young horses to be developed as showjumpers
    o Directed the care, training, and management of several horses
    o Aided with breeding operations

  • Dover Saddlery—Key Supervisor Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
    o Oversaw a team of 10-15 salespersons
    o Specializing in riding apparel, horse tack, and equipment

  • Cyclo-ssage, USA—Sales Representative Southeastern Region of the U.S.
    o Involved in the sale of advanced therapeutic equine products imported from Europe


Professional Memberships

  • Lifetime membership as a Senior member of the American Society of Equine Appraisers

  • Board of Directors and Committee Member of the North Carolina Horse Council

  • American Horse Council

  • US Equestrian (formerly United States Equestrian Federation)

  • United States Hunter Jumper Association

  • American Quarter Horse Association

  • American Saddlebred Horse Association

  • Masters of Foxhounds Association and Foundation

  • Social Member of the Red Mountain Hounds


Continuing Education

  • Expanded network and education at the 15 hour National Conference on Equine Law at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky in 2015, 2016 and 2017

  • Multiple Hunter, Equitation, and Hunter Breeding judges’ clinics, recognized by the United States Equestrian Federation

  • Various Judges’ clinics for a number of breeds and disciplines, including saddleseat, hunters, equitation, gaited breeds, and western disciplines

  • Attended courses for the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Trainer Certification Program

  • Audited the United States Eventing Association Instructors’ Certification Program

  • 2018 SEAK Expert Witness Conference

  • Expanded education through riding and/or auditing clinics by George H. Morris, Bernie Traurig, Chris Kappler, Linda Allen, Melanie Smith Taylor, Patty Stovel, Jeff Cook, Mindy Bower, Peter Wylde, Leslie Law, Kai-Steffen Meier, and numerous others


Advancement of the Equestrian Community

  • Volunteer experience at a therapeutic riding center for children with disabilities

  • Company sponsorship of the 2018 Young Event Horse (YEH) and Future Event Horse (FEH) programs

  • Company sponsorship of the 2018 United States Eventing Association (USEA) Educational Symposium in Ocala, Florida

  • Company sponsorship of the 2017 Oldenburg Horse Breeders’ Society Mare and Foal Inspection in Tryon, NC

  • Company sponsorship of numerous riding and training clinics promoting education in a variety of riding disciplines

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