A panel at the Saratoga Institute for Equine, Racing, and Gaming Law on Aug. 11 discussed New York’s need for a law to protect sponsors or organizers of public equine activities, such as racetracks and breeding farms.
New York is one of five states that lack an equine liability statute, according to Karin Bump, a professor of equine management at Cazenovia College.
The purpose of such statutes, Bump said, is four-fold: reduce frivolous lawsuits; encourage earlier settlement of suits; end lawsuits earlier; and reduce risk to insurance companies, which results in greater access to insurance coverage for those that provide activities involving horses.
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