RIDER ASSUMED THE RISK OF BEING THROWN FROM A HORSE.
The First Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined defendants’ motion for summary judgment should have been granted. Plaintiff was injured when thrown from a horse during a recreational ride at defendant’s stable. Plaintiff was deemed to have assumed the risk of being thrown from the horse:
The risk of a horse acting in an unintended manner resulting in the rider being thrown is a risk inherent in the sport of horseback riding … . There is no evidence that defendant stable was reckless, nor were there any concealed or unreasonably increased risks … . To the extent plaintiffs’ expert opined otherwise, such opinion was conclusory, since it did not rely on any rules, regulations, laws or industry standards, and therefore, it fails to raise a triable issue of fact … . Blumenthal v Bronx Equestrian Ctr., Inc., 2016 NY Slip Op 01545, 1st Dept 3-3-16
NEGLIGENCE (RIDER ASSUMED THE RISK OF BEING THROWN FROM A HORSE)/ASSUMPTION OF RISK (RIDER ASSUMED RISK OF BEING THROWN FROM A HORSE)/HORSES (RIDER ASSUMED RISK OF BEING THROWN FROM A HORSE)