Tuesday 20 August 2019

Hairdresser loses case over injury on fox hunt

'The horse rolled back on hairdresser Aisling Begadon after she jumped over a felled tree. Ms Begadon was an experienced rider who, Ms Justice Bronagh O'Hanlon said, ought not to have unnecessarily jumped over the dangerous obstacle.' Stock photo: Depositphotos
'The horse rolled back on hairdresser Aisling Begadon after she jumped over a felled tree. Ms Begadon was an experienced rider who, Ms Justice Bronagh O'Hanlon said, ought not to have unnecessarily jumped over the dangerous obstacle.' Stock photo: Depositphotos

Tim Healy

A woman who sued after she was injured in a horse riding accident on a fox hunt has lost her High Court action.

The horse rolled back on hairdresser Aisling Begadon after she jumped over a felled tree. Ms Begadon was an experienced rider who, Ms Justice Bronagh O'Hanlon said, ought not to have unnecessarily jumped over the dangerous obstacle.

The judge said a warning had been given about the tree.

"Even though she was an accomplished horse person, she was an inexperienced hunter on an inexperienced horse taking part in an entirely unpredictable sport with the fox at its centre," Ms Justice O'Hanlon said.

Ms Begadon (36), Aughmacart, Rathdowney, Portlaoise, Co Laois, had sued Laois Hunt Club Ltd, which organised the hunt.

She also sued James Ferney of Ballgeehan, Ballacolla, Co Laois, who owned the lands where the accident occurred on March 8, 2014.

Ms Justice O'Hanlon said Ms Begadon made the decision to jump the obstacle and the horse's feet got caught in brambles in the tree causing the animal to fall and roll on top of her. Ms Begadon contended she ought to have been advised not to take the particular jump and an insufficient effort was made to pass back information that the "Field Master" had indicated members of the hunt not to take the jump. The judge believed the warning was properly communicated.

Irish Independent

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