Considered one of the world's leading equine appraisers & expert witness, Tracy Dopko is a senior equine, livestock, farm equipment, and agricultural appraiser with the American Society of Agricultural Appraisers, certified equine, livestock, farm equipment, and agricultural 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 appraisals for over two decades, along with being hired globally as an equine expert witness and consultant for litigation cases. Tracy has been appraising for over two decades 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 equine appraiser to be accepted. Her HNW clients include Grand Prix & Olympic competitors/owners, celebrities, high-profile investors, and members of the Forbes list.
The owner/operator of Daventry Equestrian, Tracy has shown successfully on the American and Canadian hunter/jumper A Circuit and Dressage A Circuit over the last 25 years, is an accomplished judge and has also been an avid breeder for the last 25 years. Tracy has also successfully shown in western pleasure, pleasure driving, Sport Horse, Welsh Pony and Arabian circuits and qualified for the Ariat US National Adult Medal Finals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Tracy has won over $50,000 in hunter earnings, produced countless hunter futurity, hunter classic & hunter derby winners and has won over 100 A circuit championships in both hunter and dressage, including several Canadian National and US National hunter titles, as well as multiple National Championships in western pleasure and trail.
Daventry Farms opened in 1991, now known as Daventry Equestrian. Tracy taught the advanced lesson program, which incorporated dressage, hunter/jumper and equitation training, until deciding to focus solely on training and resales in 2003. Tracy has been breeding Warmbloods, Welsh Ponies & Cobs and Hunter Ponies for over 25 years, including hosting mare and stallion inspections at her farm for the ISR/Oldenburg Registry NA, Rheinland Pfalz Saar International (RPSI) and the German Westphalian Verband.
Besides showing and training, Tracy can be found judging and stewarding throughout the year in both Canada and the United States. She is one of the first Canadians to hold a USEF R Hunter Breeding judges card. Tracy is also the only Canadian to hold a USEF Welsh & Connemara Judges' cards. She is asked regularly to give judging clinics throughout North America and is the facilitator for Equestrian Canada's General Performance/Western and Hunter/Hack & Equitation judges clinic in Western Canada. Tracy owns and operates a successful website design company called Daventry Web Design, which specializes in equine websites, and is an equine freelance writer.
Tracy also 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 freezes semen on all of the resident stallions, as well as performing palpations, ultrasounds, 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 2013, Tracy completed an Equine Studies Diploma with distinction at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, as well as completing an Equine Science Certificate with distinction, Equine Business Management Certificate with distinction, and Equine Welfare Certificate with distinction. In 2017, Tracy graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with distinction focusing on Criminal Justice and Public Policy and is also a full-time instructor with the University of Guelph for their Equine Studies Diploma and Equine Business Management programs.
Tracy recently completed a Civil Expert Witness Certificate with the prestigious Cardiff University School of Law in the United Kingdom. Training included testifying several 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.
Daventry Equine Appraisal Services is a division of Daventry Appraisal Services. Tracy has traveled all over the United States and Canada conducting equine appraisals and has appraised some of the top jumper and dressage horses in Europe. She has been hired globally as an appraiser and consultant on multiple court cases, is qualified as an equine expert in court proceedings in both Canada and the United States, works closely with several of the major insurance companies in the U.S. and Canada on death claim reimbursements and fraud investigation, completed appraisals for multi-million dollar estate and insurance settlements, tax audits, and has even done a large appraisal involving over 150 horses for a non-profit organization in the United States. Tracy's appraisals are considered certified for legal purposes internationally and are known for their thoroughness and attention to detail. Combined with her background and credentials in the horse industry, Tracy's appraisals and expertise provide a valuable asset in the courtroom!
We take pride in our community involvement and have donated our services or offered greatly reduced services to the following worthy causes:
The Ark Watch Foundation
The Akhal-Teke Foundation
Marin Humane Society
Background and Experience
Over three decades of involvement with the equine industry, which includes;
Read more about Tracy's equine experience with various breeds HERE.
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Courses & Clinics Completed
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