(745 ILCS 47/10)
As used in this Act:
(a) "Engages in an equine activity" means riding, training, assisting in
medical treatment of, driving, or being a passenger upon an equine, whether
mounted or unmounted, or assisting a participant. The
term "engages in an equine activity" does not include being a spectator at
an equine activity, except in cases where the spectator places himself in
an unauthorized area and in immediate proximity to the equine activity.
(b) "Equine" means a horse, pony, mule, donkey, or hinny.
(c) "Equine activity" means:
(1) Equine shows, fairs, competitions, performances,
or parades that involve any or all breeds of equines and any of the equine disciplines, including, but not limited to, dressage, hunter and jumper horse shows, grand prix jumping, 3 day events, combined training, rodeos, driving, pulling, cutting, polo, steeplechasing, English and western performance riding, endurance trail riding and western games, and hunting.
(2) Equine training activities, teaching activities,
(3) Boarding equines.
(4) Riding, inspecting, or evaluating an equine
belonging to another, whether or not the owner has received some monetary consideration or other thing of value for the use of the equine or is permitting a prospective purchaser of the equine to ride, inspect, or evaluate the equine.
(5) Rides, trips, hunts, or other equine activities
of any type however informal or impromptu that are sponsored by an equine activity sponsor.
(6) Placing or replacing horseshoes on an equine.
(d) "Equine activity sponsor" means an individual, group, club,
partnership, or corporation, whether or not the sponsor is operating for
profit or nonprofit, that sponsors, organizes, or provides the facilities
for an equine activity, including, but not limited to, pony clubs, 4-H
clubs, hunt clubs, riding clubs, school and college sponsored classes,
programs and activities, therapeutic riding programs, and operators,
instructors, and promoters of equine facilities, including, but not limited
to, stables, clubhouses, pony ride strings, fairs, and arenas at which the
activity is held.
(e) "Equine professional" means a person engaged for compensation
(i) in instructing a participant or renting to a participant an equine
for the purpose of riding, driving, or being a passenger upon the equine, or
(ii) in renting equipment or tack to a participant.
(f) "Risks of engaging in equine activities" means those dangers of
conditions that are an integral part of equine activities, including, but not
(1) The propensity of an equine to behave in ways
that may result in injury, harm, or death to persons on or around them.
(2) The unpredictability of an equine's reaction to
sounds, sudden movement, and unfamiliar objects, persons, other animals, or other things.
(3) Certain hazards such as surface and subsurface
(4) Collisions with other equines or objects.
(5) The potential of a participant to act in a
negligent manner that may contribute to injury to the participant or others, such as failing to maintain control over the animal or not acting within his or her ability.
(g) "Participant" means any person, whether amateur or professional, who
engages in an equine activity, whether or not a fee is paid to participate
in the equine activity.
(Source: P.A. 89-111, eff. 7-7-95.)