Jockey paralysed after racehorse he was riding trampled on him as he lay on ground, court hears
A 33-YEAR-old jockey was left paralysed from the waist down after a racehorse he was riding bucked him and trampled him as he lay on the ground, the High Court heard.
Lukasz Jedrysak, the court heard, had the hoof print of the six year old horse stamped on his back after the accident at the start of a ride out in Co Cork four years ago.
Mr Jedrysak, who lives in Kinsale and is now confined to a wheelchair, has sued horse trainer Patrick Cronin, Castlepook Stud, Doneraile, Co Cork and jockey and trainer Pierce Anthony Gallagher of Lisnagoureen, Casteltownroche, Co Cork, as a result of the accident in October 2010.
His counsel, Liam Reidy, told Mr Justice Sean Ryan a horse expert will give evidence he is certain that what the horse did on the day was not a once off and that the horse owners must have known of the animal's propensity.
It is claimed there was a failure to warn Mr Jedrysak that the horse had a tendency to bolt and buck its rider and a failure to warn that the horse had a difficult nature.
It is further claimed there was a failure to inform Mr Jedrysak the horse had thrown its rider in the past and allegedly demonstrated a vicious and unmanageable tendency.
There was a further failure, it is alleged, to warn that other riders were wary of the horse.
The defendants deny the claims and say the horse's temperament was not misrepresented.
Outlining the case, Mr Reidy said on October 9, 2010 Mr Jedrysak travelled to Fermoy to ride out horses.
The training exercise was organised by Pierce Anthony Gallagher.
Mr Gallagher said his ride out of his group of horses was running late and he needed another jockey.
Counsel said Mr Gallagher asked Mr Jedrysak to ride out a horse, which was already tacked up.
The horse, which was owned by Mr Cronin, was called 'It's a New King.'
Counsel said Mr Jedrysak asked Mr Gallagher what was the horse like and he was told "he is grand, just a bit funny jumping off."
On the way down to the gallops. Mr Gallagher said "sit tight and he will be alright."
After 560 yards, counsel said, the horse dropped its head and tried to bolt or run away .
Mr Jedrysak managed to get the horse under control but it started to buck and the saddle went forward.
Counsel said Mr Jedrysak was thrown over the head of the horse to the ground and the horse then trampled on him causing the injuries to his back.
Counsel said after the accident a paramedic asked would the horse be shot and somebody said it was not the first time it had been suggested the horse be put down.
The case resumes next week.