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Helena Trail Riders, PO Box 4801 Helena MT 59604
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Read the Equine Liability Law

WARNING: It is the law of the State of Montana that a person is not liable for damages sustained by another solely as a result of risks inherent in equine activities if those risks are or should be reasonably obvious, expected or necessary to persons engaged in equine activities. (27-1-725 to 27-1-727, MCA)

Participant (trainer, rider, driver, handler or caretaker) acknowledges that he or she is aware that the risks inherent in equine activities means dangers or conditions that are an integral part of equine activities, including but not limited to:

a. the propensity of an equine to behave in ways that may result in injury or harm to or the death of persons on or around the equine.
b. the unpredictability of an equine's reaction to such things as medication; sounds; sudden movement; and unfamiliar objects, persons, or other animal(s);
c. hazards, such as surface and subsurface ground conditions;
d. collisions with other equines or objects;
e. the potential of another participant to not maintain control over the equine or to not act within the range of the person's ability.

Participant acknowledges that he or she is responsible for his or her own actions and is in the best position to avoid and detect any hazards or foreseeable risks in his or her proximity, and that he or she is in the best position to avoid harm to himself or herself.

Owner/rider is hereby warned by Helena Trail Riders that all horse handlers and riders should purchase and wear properly fitted and secured protective head gear (equestrian riding helmet), while mounting, riding, dismounting and being around horses. Such helmets may prevent or reduce severity of some head injuries and may even prevent death happening as a result of a fall or other occurrence.

Participant agrees to hold harmless Helena Trail Riders, its officers, directors and agents in the event Participant is injured in any Helena Trail Riders' events or activities in which Participant is engaged.

Participant agrees to release, acquit and forever discharge Helena Trail Riders from any and all actions, causes of action, claims, demands, damages, costs, loss of services, expenses and compensation on account of, or in any way growing out of, any and all known and unknown personal injuries and property damage which may result from Participant's activities while on Helena Trail Riders' property or participating in any Helena Trail Riders' activities or trail rides.

Do not sign this release agreement unless you have read it and fully and understand it.

Participantís Name Printed

Participantís Signature & Date

Emergency Phone Number    

This is to certify that I, as parent/guardian with legal responsibility for this participant, do consent and agree to his/her release as provided above.

Name of Minor Printed

Parent/Guardian Name Printed

Parent/Guardian Signature & Date

Emergency Phone Number

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