Bridget Brandon is the principal of ValueMyHorse LLC. Bridget grew up in Little Rock, Ark and has had a lifelong passion of horses. She attended Southern Methodist University graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. After graduation, she worked professionally in marketing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area developing products from inception to the marketplace for the banking and telcom industries for over 20 years. She also obtained her P & C Insurance license and her certification from the American Society of Equine Appraisers where she is a Senior Appraiser and a lifetime member.
Bridget has been serving as an expert witness, equine legal consultant and writing appraisals for over 16 years. She is USPAP Certified and has been qualified as an expert witness. She works on both Plaintiff and Defendant cases with it being about a 40% Plaintiff and 60% Defendant split. She has been hired by insurance companies such as Zurich, SafeCo, Farmers, Liberty Mutual, to name a few. She has extensive experience working on cases involving the death of a horse (s), breeding, loss of income, sales, fraud, safety, and standards in the industry. She has also been hired on numerous occasions to find experts in other fields for equine legal cases. As of June 2017, Bridget has had 1 Bench Trial, 1 Deposition, 15 Opinion Reports, Reviewed 21 Cases, Currently 4 Open Cases and has performed over 230 appraisals. By providing well written, fact driven opinions, Bridget has been successful in being able to assist in successful resolution at mediation or before.
Bridget has been showing as an amateur owner in hunters, jumpers and dressage, and breeding for the hunter/jumper, dressage and eventing market since 1990. She trained with Allana Featherstone, Russell Frey, Belinda Bond and Lyndon Rife. Either she or her horses have numerous top place ribbons, awards and championships from venues such as Devon, Capital Challenge, Washington National, Harrisburg, Gulfport, Kentucky, St. Louis, Thermal, Katy, and Atlanta to name a few.
Bridget has owned and operated a breeding farm and boarding facility for retired show horses. She was the inspection site host for the German Oldenburg Verband and Rheinland Pfalz-Saar Verband for many years for the DFW area. Her offspring have sold to professionals and amateurs across the country in hunter/jumper, dressage and eventing. She owns and manages the semen of TriStarr, Crypso, Dutch Holsteiner Stallion imported by Allana Featherstone. He was a grand-prix jumper and later became a successful grand-prix dressage stallion winning Grand Champion Mature Stallion at Devon.
With Bridget’s marketing and entrepreneurial background, she has worked with professionals such as Russell Frey and Tom McCutcheon on starting and developing their own equine business ventures. When Russell Frey moved to Texas, Bridget assisted him on locating and designing his farm and on developing a business plan to launch and grow his Elysian Fields Farm to Texas. When Tom McCutcheon wanted to develop an online training and information platform, he reached out to Bridget to developed www.VirtualHorseHelp.com from inception to the marketplace. It has grown to one of the largest informational Performance Horse and Reining sites on the internet.
Bridget has the unique perspective of being extremely knowledgeable in the equine industry while maintaining her status as an amateur. She has a keen understanding of how the buying and selling process works from both an amateur’s perspective on buying and selling horses and from years of working with professionals on selling her own breeding and investment stock.
Bridget has attended several judges and stewards clinics in Wellington and Kentucky and judges several local shows in the North Texas area each year. She was a former board member of the North Texas Hunter Jumper Club, on Tom McCutcheon’s Advisory Committee, Member of USEF, USHJA, USDA, USEA, AQHA, APHA, and an attendee of the Conference on Equine Law since 2011.
Either Bridget or one of her horses have been published in The Chronicle of the Horse, The Plaid Horse, Warmblood Magazine, LoneStar Horse Report, and Texas Hoofbeat