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Participation Agreement, Release,

& Assumption of Risk

In consideration of the services of City Island Stables, Inc., their agents, owners, officers, volunteers, employees, and all other persons or entities acting in any capacity on their behalf (hereinafter collectively referred to as "CIS"), I hereby agree to release, indemnify, and discharge CIS on behalf of myself, my spouse, my children, my parents, my heirs, assigns, personal representatives, and estate as follows:

  1. I acknowledge that my participation in Hand-Led or Ring-Only Pony Rides, Horse Training, Trail Rides, Horse Boarding, Training, and Instruction entail known and unanticipated risks that could result in physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, or damage to myself, to property, or to third parties. I understand that such risks cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity. These risks may include, but are not limited to, exposure to and travel in rugged terrain, exposure to potentially dangerous wild animals, insect bites, and hazardous plant life; exposure to temperature and weather extremes; losing control of your horse and falling; my own physical condition, and the physical exertion associated with this activity. Major injuries are a risk as are sprains, strains, scratches, bruises, abrasions, cuts, lacerations, broken bones, fractures, musculoskeletal injuries including head, neck, and back injuries; injuries to internal organs; a horse, despite its training and usual past behavior, may act unpredictably at times based upon instinct, fright, which may cause you to be thrown from your horse or injured by the horse; horses may do such things as bite, kick, buck, stumble; may slip and other tack or saddle problems may develop as a result of normal use and wear; your horse may collide with or encounter variations in terrain such as creeks, water, bridges, traveled roads, wild animals, birds, stumps, forest growth, rocks, and cliffs and other obstacles whether obvious or not and whether man-made or natural; transmissible pathogen disease; riding a horse requires the participant to balance on the saddle; saddle girths and saddle fasteners around the horse's belly might loosen during a ride. If a rider notices this, he/she must alert the nearest guide or wrangler as quickly as possible so action can be taken to avoid injury and a potential fall from the horse; accidents or illness can occur in remote places without medical facilities and emergency help other than CIS personnel may be rendered. Furthermore, CIS personnel have difficult jobs to perform. They seek safety, but they are not infallible. They might be unaware of a participant's fitness or abilities. They might misjudge the weather or other environmental conditions. They may give incomplete warnings or instructions, and the equipment being used might malfunction.

  2. I expressly agree and promise to accept and assume all the risks existing in this activity. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary, and I elect to participate in spite of the risks. Additionally, I agree to wear a fitted, security-certified helmet while participating in this activity.

  3. I hereby voluntarily release, forever discharge, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless CIS from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action, which are in any way connected with my participation in this activity or my use of CIS's equipment or facilities, including any claims which allege negligent acts or omissions by CIS.

  4. Should CIS or anyone acting on their behalf be required to incur attorney's fees and costs to enforce this agreement, I agree to indemnify and hold them harmless for all such fees and costs.

  5. I certify that I have adequate insurance to cover any injury or damage I may cause or suffer while participating, or else I agree to bear the costs of such injury or damage myself. I further certify that I am willing to assume the risk of any medical or physical condition I may have.

6. In the event that I file a lawsuit against CIS, I agree to do so solely in the state of New York. I agree that the substantive law of that state shall apply in that action without regard to the conflict of law rules of that state. I agree that if any portion of this agreement is found to be void or unenforceable, the remaining document shall remain in full force and effect.

By signing this document, I acknowledge that if anyone is hurt or property damaged during my participation in this activity, I may be found by a court of law to have waived my right to maintain a lawsuit against CIS on the basis of any claim from which I have released them. I also agree that this document is valid for subsequent visits and participation at CIS. I have had sufficient opportunity to read this entire document, I read and understood it, and I agree to be bound by its terms.


PARENT'S OR GUARDIAN'S ADDITIONAL INDEMNIFICATION (Must be completed for participants under the age of 18)

In consideration of the following minor(s): name(s) and DOB(s))

being permitted by CIS to participate in its activities and to use its equipment and facilities, I further agree to indemnify and hold harmless CIS from any and all claims which are brought by, or on behalf of minor(s), and which are in any way connected with such use or participation by minor(s).

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