Considered one of the world's leading agricultural appraisers & expert witness, Tracy is a senior agricultural, livestock, farm equipment, and equine appraiser with the American Society of Agricultural Appraisers, certified agricultural, livestock, farm equipment, and equine appraiser with the Canadian Society of Agricultural Appraisers, certified member with the International Society of Appraisers, and a private investigator specializing in equine & livestock cases. She has been performing agricultural appraisals for over two decades, along with being hired globally as an agricultural, livestock & equine expert witness and consultant for litigation cases. Tracy is qualified as an expert in court proceedings in both Canada and the United States and has helped her clients win millions in litigation judgments and settlements.
Tracy is part of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) Private Client Services group, a program for appraisers who work with both High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) and gatekeepers specializing in private client services. Only 5% of ISA members make it into the Private Client Services program, which up until now, has consisted exclusively of high-end gems & jewelry, fine art, and antiques appraisers. Tracy is the first livestock appraiser to be accepted. Her HNW clients include Grand Prix & Olympic competitors/owners, celebrities, high-profile investors, and members of the Forbes list. Tracy is also a member of the Personal Property Resource Panel for The Appraisal Foundation, an organization that sets the U.S. congressionally authorized standards and qualifications for appraisers.
Tracy has appraised some of the most well-known Holstein, Angus & Jersey cattle in North America and has also appraised some of the top jumper and dressage horses in Europe through Daventry Equine Appraisal Services, a division of Daventry Appraisal Services. She works closely with several of the major insurance companies in both the U.S. and Canada on livestock death-claim reimbursements and fraud investigation, completed appraisals for multi-million dollar estate and insurance settlements, tax audits, divorce disputes, and has performed appraisals for multi-million dollar hog, poultry, dairy and beef operations. Tracy is also a livestock, game, marine, zoo, and endangered animal appraiser for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS).
Tracy is also known in the industry as the go-to appraiser for obscure and exotic animals. She has extensive experience appraising breeding/show dogs, breeding/show cats, animal actors for film & television, and game, exotic, and endangered animals (both land and marine) for various private zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries, and non-profit foundations throughout North America.
Early on in her career, Tracy volunteered her time at a local zoo while enrolled in pre-veterinary medicine at the University of Alberta. This work experience gave her a back door pass into some of the largest zoos in North America and insight into the private world of zoo animal sales and exchanges. She has extensive experience working directly with both Asian & African elephants, Bactrian camels, birds of prey, capuchin monkeys & gibbon, fruit bats, harbor seals & sea lions, ring-tailed lemurs, river otters, tigers, wolves, a variety of snakes and reptiles and extensive experience raising bear and cougar cubs in the nursery. She was also lucky enough to work directly with the endangered Swift Fox as part of a government recovery program.
The co-owner/operator of Daventry Equestrian, Tracy has shown successfully on the American and Canadian hunter/jumper A circuits as well as the dressage A circuit over the last 25 years, is an accomplished judge and has also been an avid equine breeder and trainer for the last 20 years, including winning several Canadian National and US National show hunter titles, as well as multiple National Championships in western pleasure and trail. Over the last 25 years, Tracy has also had extensive experience breeding and showing llamas.
Tracy runs a successful breeding operation, standing several stallions and managing a successful shipped semen operation with a high first cycle conception rate each year. She personally freezes semen on all of the resident stallions, as well as performing palpations, ultrasounding and embryo transfers on her own mares. Tracy has taken extensive courses in equine embryo transfer, equine ultrasound and equine frozen semen with some of the most respected equine reproduction specialists in North America.
In 2017, Tracy graduated from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with distinction focusing on Criminal Justice and Public Policy and is now a full-time instructor with the University of Guelph for their Equine Studies Diploma and Equine Business Management programs. She also has an Equine Studies Diploma with distinction from the University of Guelph as well as completing an Equine Science Certificate with distinction, Equine Business Management Certificate with distinction and Equine Welfare Certificate with distinction. She also works for the Government of Alberta as an equine, dairy production, cow/calf, swine & sheep production tester for their Green Certificate Program.
Tracy recently completed a Civil Expert Witness Certificate with the prestigious Cardiff University School of Law in the United Kingdom. Training included testifying multiple times as an expert witness during mock trials, submitting expert witness reports for grading and intensive workshops on the strategies of being an expert witness. Combined with her background and credentials in the agricultural & animal industry, Tracy's appraisals and expertise provide a valuable asset in the courtroom!
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Read more about Tracy's experience with various breeds of livestock and horses HERE.
Tim has nearly three decades of involvement with the agricultural and oilfield industry. He works for a major global company that designs, manufactures, distributes, and services diesel and natural gas engines and electrical power generation systems. As both a heavy duty mechanic and industrial electrician, Tim's expertise and trouble shooting ability comes in handy when inspecting farm equipment. He also has experience operating equipment for logging and aggregate companies as well as operating lifting equipment for the oilfield, transport and construction industry.
Tim's livestock experience is extensive. He previously raised black angus cattle and reining horses. For the last two decades, his family has been raising warmbloods and Welsh ponies for the dressage and hunter/jumper rings. Tim is experienced with all aspects of equine breeding and foaling, including handling and collecting stallions, freezing semen, artificial insemination, and embryo transfers.
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The Ark Watch Foundation
The Akhal-Teke Foundation
Marin Humane Society
The Livestock Conservancy
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