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Finding Fault

Falling off a horse is an inherent risk of riding and does not always mean that someone, somewhere, was negligent....

Inherent Risks

State equine activity liability laws reduce personal injury lawsuit numbers by legislatively mandating the assumption of many risks by participants. But do the statutes provide too much protection for farm owners and competition sponsors?...

Trainer Liability

If you train riders in any discipline, at any level, a recent decision from an appellate court in California should give you pause. In November 2006, while competing in a two-star eventing competition at Galway Downs near Temecula, California, 17-year-old Mia Eriksson was killed during the cross country phase. Her horse, Koryography, fell at a water jump and the rider came off over the animal’s head...

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