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Certified Equine Appraisals from NAES

North American Equine Services is the leader in multiple breed equine appraisals.
We can give you the most accurate and professional certified appraisal in the industry.
Our discounts apply to Associations, Barns and Multiple Horses.
Call for a free quote: 1-800-575-1669

Featured Case of the Month

Proving again that the truth is stranger than fiction...
I’ll be picking out a specific case out of the hundreds I’ve worked on in the past years and give you a brief rendition of the facts and outcome.

Taking advantage of situations that have occurred to others may lead you to say things to yourself like, “Boy I’m glad that didn’t happen to me!” Anyway, for sheer entertainment value, you’ll like them.

After reading the Case of the Month, please feel free to call or e-mail with any questions or comments.

The Case of the Month for October 2016...

The reason humans and especially horsemen are well thought of is their high level of responsible and generally intelligent behavior. (I know a bunch of you are asking “Has Dave gone nuts”?)

Unfortunately, four such pillars of the intelligencia tried target practice on the farm of the older brother of one of the culprits. They then managed to wound two horses and put several holes into the barn before somebody complained; fortunately, no people were hit.

It’s hard to imagine that in a state as large as Wyoming, where this accident happened, something like this could happen. One of the reasons this particular farm was chosen was the giant size of the land including several berms which could offer excellent backstops, and the fact that the farm had sat vacant for over 10 years.

(I know they were thinking….”What could possibly go wrong?”)

These guys were so lucky they weren’t in jail but they were only charged with minor disorderly conduct charges. They had to retain very high-dollar defense attorneys who worked their butts off trying to convince the court that their clients were.

Unfortunately, our client’s failure to verify just where the bullets would end up was ultimately the cause of injury to the horses stabled next door were struck in their sides. One of the horses died several weeks later.

It just amazes me how dim people can be. Wouldn’t one think that bullets can and do travel well over a mile? The case cost the insurance companies well over $1,000,000.00 because there were four defendants and responsibility had to be adjusted accordingly to which defendant was specifically responsibility; in short it was a logistical nightmare.

David D. Johnson – Senior Equine Appraiser
(Designation from the American Society of Equine Appraisers, number 1050)

Certified Equine Appraisals from NAES

What is a "Certified Appraisal?", or CMEA, (Certified Master Equine Appraiser)

As a potential purchaser of horse appraisal services, it’s important that you have a clear idea as to items that go into making an appraisal "CMEA" designated by NAES.

1). The potential appraiser should be able to show that he or she has gone out of the way to learn and use common standard appraisal practices. Even though the term "Certified" is used frequently it needs to apply to the individual themselves, not just the fact that they "passed" a course examination. Since the acquisition of comparative sale prices is so difficult, the client must make sure that the appraiser has a more than significant background in the horse business; (IE, it’s not enough to have merely owned and loved horses).

When any other horse appraiser states they are "Certified," it only means they have taken the courses offered by an institution. The level of requirements which apply to our appraisers is significantly above anyone else’s, and only after rigorous testing will appraisers be able to use the term "Certified Master Equine Appraiser."

The primary goal of the appraiser at the outset is to convince the client that he or she really knows the specific business.
The potential client must feel that the appraiser can realistically provide a totally unbiased evaluation of their animal.

2). Taking the Preliminary and Advanced appraisal courses offered by the ASEA from Twin Falls, ID often gives the appraiser a systematic method in the actual appraisal preparation, which is good; (The ASEA "Certifies" that the individual has taken the courses. See paragraph 2 above in section 1). Please note that David D. Johnson has taken both the beginning and advanced schools offered by the ASEA and is one of the very few Senior Equine Appraisal Specialists in North America.

3). In addition, the good appraiser should have been active in many facets of the horse world; IE, showing, judging, show management, auctioneering, sales, etc. Participation in national associations can also give the "Current" appraiser the broad perspective necessary to give an accurate portrayal of a horse’s worth.

A client must feel that the appraiser can professionally withstand the vigorous questioning of an opposing attorney since all documents are open to hard-nosed legal review.

At NAES we take great pride in awarding the CMEA designation, stamping and thus guaranteeing the accuracy of the dollar amount placed on your horse.

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If you or your farm belongs to any of the following associations, call us and see if you can qualify for a substantial discount on your next horse appraisal.

Some of many associations that are included are:

AHA – (Arabian Horse Association)

American Connemara Pony Society

American Hanoverian Society

American Saddlebred Horse Association

American Trakehner Association

American Warmblood Association

APHA – (American Paint Horse Association)

ApHC – (Appaloosa Horse Club)

AQHA – (American Quarter Horse Association)

Equestrian Programs Operated Under NCAA Collegiate Rules

IHSA – (Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association)

International Andalusian/Lusitano Horse Association

NRHA – (National Reining Horse Association)

Paso Fino Horse Association

PCHA – (Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association)

PHA – (Professional Horsemen’s Association)

The English Warmblood Association

The Oldenburg Horse Breeders Society

US Eventing Association

USDF – (United States Dressage Federation)

USEF – United States Equestrian Federation (formerly the AHSA)

USET – (United States Equestrian Team)

USTA – The United States Trotting Association

Welsh Pony/Cob Association

Please call us and see if your association qualifies.

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The Following is a Recent List of Breeds Appraised:


American Hackney Horse

American Paint Horses

American Quarter Horses

American Saddlebred show horses

American Standardbred Race Horses




Argentine Thoroughbred


Belgian Cleveland Bay

British Riding Pony


Connemara Ponies

Draft Horses

Dutch Warmbloods


Frozen Semen Straws used in AI, (artificial insemination for breeding process)

German Riding Ponies

Gypsy Vanner

Half Arabians




Miniature Horses

Missouri Foxtrotters




National Show Horses


Paso Fino


Peruvian Paso



Tennessee Walking Horse

Thoroughbred Paint Horses

Thoroughbred race horses

Thoroughbred/Warmblood crosses


Welsh ponies


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