May E-News


Welcome to the all-new LEGISequine E-News! We strive to keep you informed not only of what’s going on here at LEGIS and our involvement in the horse community, but with some of our sponsored riders and clients as well. This month, we’ll hear from Nancy Thomas, who completed the Boston Marathon last month—what a feat! Meanwhile, here in the office we’re studying hard for certifications and working to make sure our clients have just the right coverage at a price that fits their budget...that is, when we’re not out enjoying this fabulous weather on our own horses!

LEGIS Company News

This April LEGIS celebrated its fourth anniversary, and in that short time span it has taken its place as a top insurer of all things horse. Under the umbrella of its parent company, Langer Equestrian Group, LEGIS has the benefit and resources of an established, experienced and successful company, combined with the enthusiasm and dedication of its young staff.

“First and foremost we look for individuals who have some experience with and knowledge of horses,” states LEGIS Managing Director Marnye Langer. “After that we teach them about insurance. We have internal procedures, and we also engage in a lot of formal education.”

Both Marnye and Operations Manager Sarah Berry are designated as Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialists (AFIS). They are currently on track to receive their Certified Insurance Consultant designations from the National Alliance by the end of the year. Courtney Leonard, an Account Executive, has started on the AFIS track and is a third of the way through the program. “I am really learning a lot,” comments Courtney, “and I know I will be able to help our clients with their insurance needs even better.”

Recently, LEGIS welcomed Claire Johnson to the team. Claire grew up riding hunters and equitation and spent some time training young horses and teaching lessons to young riders, giving them a solid foundation for their riding careers. “My own horse and I are still going strong after ten years together,” she says. “I’m new to the insurance world, but I’m excited to grow my knowledge of equine insurance and continue learning from my coworkers. I feel incredibly lucky to have the chance to join such a great team of people.”

LEGIS works with only top rated carriers in the United States, and the variety of carriers allows the LEGIS Team to obtain various quotes in their quest to obtain optimal coverage for clients at competitive prices. In addition to insuring horses, LEGIS helps clients with a range of insurance needs. “We work with a lot of professional horsemen,” explains Sarah. “We help them with their business liability, Care, Custody, and Control, and Workman’s Compensation.” LEGIS also helps private horse owners address their liability exposures specific to owning a horse, as well as working with clubs, associations, and horse show management groups. Finally, LEGIS also works with owners of horse property – small and large – along with providing coverage for autos, excess or umbrella liability, tack and equipment, and other related needs.

For the LEGIS Team, insurance is about much more than selling a policy. “Selling a policy is only the final result of forging a relationship with our clients, and helping them identify their risks and protect their assets,” explains Marnye. “We want to be a part of our clients’ enjoyment and success with horses.”


LEGIS Hunter Rider Bonuses

As an insurance agency of horsemen, LEGIS supports the sport that it is involved in. “As a professional horseman myself,” explains Larry Langer, CEO & President of Langer Equestrian Group, the parent company of LEGIS, “I really wanted to see LEGIS continue the tradition that LEG started, that of creating and supporting programs that reward the professionals in our sport.” From that motivation, the LEGIS Rider Bonuses were created. In 2014 alone, LEGIS is offering almost $50,000 in rider bonuses.

The LEGIS Hunter Rider Bonus is just one of these programs, and in 2013 Michael Leon won five hunter derbies on Copado (Piñon West LLC, owner) during the seven-show Gold Coast Series. He was ecstatic with his $5,000 LEGIS bonus check. “I appreciate LEGIS recognizing the tough economic times we are all in. We all love horses and we love our sport, and incentives such as these help us all continue giving to our sport. It was an honor, and I am grateful to win an award like this.”

LEGIS sponsors a total of four LEGIS Hunter Rider Bonuses: Woodside, LEG’s “A” shows at LAEC, Gold Coast Series, and Collman Equestrian Productions’ four premier shows in Phoenix (Arizona). So far this year, two riders have put themselves in contention for a bonus check at CEP shows: Becky Warner and Meredith Houx Remiger. Becky won the USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Scottsdale Spring Festival, while Meredith won at Scottsdale Spring Classic. They will have their chance to earn a check by winning a second and possibly a third class to at the Arizona Season Finale I and II horse shows. “It’s great to have a rider bonus like this to put the spotlight on the hunter ring,” says show manager Chris Collman. “As an organizer, it’s nice be able to offer a bonus like this to add some excitement to the show.”

LEGIS will continue to look for ways to support equestrian sports, while providing excellent service and information about insurance for the horse industry.

Nancy Thomas Competes in 2014 Boston Marathon

For Nancy Thomas, outside of the show ring and working at Millennium Farm, running is the most important aspect of her life. She started running eight years ago as a way to get in better shape for riding but enjoyed it so much she decided to get serious about it as a sport. Since then, she has joined the Impala Racing Team and participates in a variety of different races throughout the year including this year’s Boston Marathon.

“My grandfather and uncle both ran in the Boston Marathon, so I was the third generation to run it,” she explains. “It’s a very prestigious race, and if you’re going to run a marathon that’s the one to do because you do have to qualify for it and it’s such a big event. The first marathon I ran in was a very low key race. Not many people knew about it, whereas with the Boston Marathon, the whole weekend leading up to it was all about the race.”

Nancy runs year-round and competes in a series of cross country races in the fall. She began focusing her training towards the Boston Marathon on January 1, 2014. In preparation for the marathon, she ran every day up until the race, running between 50 and 90 miles per week.

“During my training for the marathon, all I did was ride, run, eat, and sleep,” Nancy said. “I always make time for running; it’s not optional. After a long day at the horse show, it’s always harder to get going at first, but I don’t think about it too much. I just put my shoes on and start running.”

Working alongside business partner Jill Hamilton at Millennium Farm in Portola Valley, California, Nancy does most of the riding and showing for the business. Together they have created a competitive yet comfortable learning atmosphere for riders of all skill levels to become successful at the toughest “A” shows in California. Nancy works hard to manage her time and commitment between her two big passions, riding and running.

After all of her consistent training and preparation, Nancy finished the Boston Marathon in three hours, eleven minutes, and 24 seconds. “I wish I could’ve run it a little bit faster but that was a pretty good time still,” said Nancy. “I didn’t just want to participate; I wanted to go as fast as I could and run it competitively. Even though the time wasn’t quite as good as what I wanted, I put my full effort into it and gave it everything I had.”

With the bombing that occurred at the 2013 Boston Marathon, this year’s race was an event the whole city of Boston and nation rallied behind to support the racers and those affected by last year’s tragedy. “There were thousands of people there,” Nancy recalls. “I went to sleep the night after the race with my ears still ringing from all the people cheering on racers. It was incredible to experience!”

Nancy will continue to train for more races while riding and showing throughout the summer, but says she will be focusing more on competing in cross country races this upcoming fall. She says does not plan on trying to qualify for the 2015 Boston Marathon. “I’m going to focus on shorter races for now. I don’t like doing the same thing all the time. Since I’m not a professional runner, I can do any distance I feel like doing and I like to change it up.”

Congratulations to Nancy on her accomplishments from all of us at LEGISequine!

That’s all for this issue, but keep your eye on your inbox for more exciting news from LEGISequine!


Michael Leon accepts his LEGIS Hunter Rider Bonus check
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  Nancy Thomas runs the Boston Marathon
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