Takes date horseback riding, gets sued after fall

“I guess you know your date didn’t go very well when you get sued afterward.” [Lowering the Bar; Stanislav v. Papp] Per the New York appellate court’s statement of facts:

Plaintiff was injured when she fell off a horse while on a date with defendant. She alleges that defendant was negligent in failing to properly warn her and appreciate her limited level of skill as a rider, and in failing to pay proper attention to her request that the horses proceed at a slow pace in a careful manner.

The judges, however, upheld a lower court’s dismissal of the case (citations omitted):

Plaintiff has provided no evidence or authority which supports her contention that defendant owed her a duty to insure that the horseback riding experience was safe. As a person with experience riding horses, plaintiff was aware that the risks of falling from a horse or a horse acting in an unintended manner are inherent in the sport. Defendant’s conduct was not so unique or reckless as to create an additional unanticipated risk for plaintiff.


  • The obvious next step in the Trial Lawyer Industry’s ultra-lucrative social parasitism is to begin extorting, oops I meant suing, Match.com and e-Harmony for bad dates.

  • Dear Miss Manners:
    Now that the suit is decided, should I ask her out again?

  • I suppose that it is possible that it was actually the young lady’s insurance company that insisted on suing, in which case she might actually be receptive to another date.

  • Last time I went horseback riding, the attendant at the stable had me and my friends sign liability waivers. I would imagine this place does the same. So I wonder how this woman can claim ignorance of the potential risks.