Finding Defensible Value

It's easy to value a car.  Open a bluebook.  But there are no bluebooks for horses.  Getting real prices boils down to research and connections. Getting true values means true comparables - what actually sold at a price - and what horses are sufficiently similar to be of equal value. Only a lifetime horse person with honed research skills, a willingness to call the right people and a superb network of industry specialists can get those values.  Don't forget discretion!  A client's confidentiality is paramount. 

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About
Tania Evans


It's not easy to find correct values of horses.  Tania Evans, owner of REA, has done that for 15 years as a professional appraiser. She earned in 2013 the top appraisal credential, Senior Appraiser. There are fewer than 40 in the U.S.  Her reports are based on 50 years in horses as an advanced level eventer; a rated polo player; a foxhunter in several countries; a horse trainer, buyer/seller, coach, mentor, and equine welfare advocate.  

As an award-winning, non-fiction writer, Tania Evans has interviewed Olympic level riders, generous philanthropists, veterinarians with specialties, owners and trainers with discipline know-how. 

Tania finds the attributes that go into establishing defensible values, the figures that hold up in court. 

Some Successes

  • In 2009, 21 polo ponies died on the field. Tania appraised them for their value as rare, top level, 6-figure, playing ponies.
  • In 2010, Tania helped a 17-year old 4th level dressage horse find a perfect therapeutic home.
  • In 2011, a careful rider asked Tania to find a Whip horse with experience in the hunt field. Good Whip horses are not sold often.  But Tania found one and it's still whipping in 2018.
  • In 2012, a farm took on a stallion off the track. While he hadn't won much, he had a terrific pedigree. Tania found a value that helped establish a stud fee.
  • In 2013, Tania found the replacement value of a family mule that had been killed on the road by a truck. The mule was loved - the children rode him safely for years; he pulled a cart and worked on the farm. He would not be easy to replace.
  • In 2014. Tania found a donation value for a lovely grand prix jumper who needed an easier life - as a dressage horse. 
  • In 2015, a jumper became a stopper because of medical reasons - he needed an appraisal for his new value.   
  • In 2016, divorce caused a dissolution of a farm. Tania appraised those 26 horses in a way that was fair to both parties.  
  • In 2017, a dressage horse needed a career change - he gained value as a therapeutic vaulting horse!