Compensation for Horse Rider Injured in Fall

Posted: 7th July 2011

Horse in FieldA woman who broke her neck during a horse riding lesson has won £60,000 in compensation.
Maxine Wright and her husband had been taking riding lessons in preparation for a horse trekking holiday in Spain. The accident happened during a lesson when Mrs Wright’s horse, Marmite, was jumping a fence made from oil drums. The horse’s hind legs clipped the fence, which shifted, causing the horse and Mrs Wright to fall.
Mrs Wright suffered two broken vertebrae in the fall. She was in hospital for two weeks and was unable to work for four months after the accident. She has been told she will be unable to ride again.
She made a claim for compensation from the riding school where the accident occurred. The construction of the jump at which her horse fell did not comply with British Eventing rules as it was unfixed and the oil drums had not been weighted down. Lawyers for Mrs Wright argued that this made the jump ‘inherently dangerous’. The riding school’s insurers admitted liability for Mrs Wright’s injuries and an out-of-court settlement of £60,000 was agreed.
If you have had an accident while participating in an organised leisure activity, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries sustained. Contact us for advice on making a claim.