Recently, the District Court found in favour of Schelstraete’s Client, Inna Logutenkova (UKR Olympic dressage rider), in a matter concerning unpaid commission fees in relation to the sale of horses. Inna Logutenkova trained six horses for a former owner of an equestrian training centre in North Brabant. The purpose of the training agreement was for Inna Logutenkova to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with at least one of the horses. Part of the training arrangement included an agreement that in the event of any of the horses being sold, Inna Logutenkova would receive 10% of the selling price as a commission fee. To the surprise of Inna Logutenkova, the former owner sold all six horses without her knowledge and subsequently refused to pay her the agreed commission.
Inna Logutenkova was able to successfully prove that a binding agreement existed between the parties in relation to the commission fees due arising from the sale of the horses. The District Court therefore disagreed with the former owner who argued that any agreement with Inna Logutenkova had been terminated upon the sale of the horses and held that the former owner was liable to pay the agreed commission. Schelstraete successfully arrested the property of the former owner and following the District Court ruling, all commission fees due and owing to Inna Logutenkova have been settled.
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Client was assisted by Piotr Wawrzyniak & Joelle Bongers.
Inna Logutenkova (UKR) and Don Gregorius at Jumping Indoor Maastricht 2016. © Hippo Foto