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Robin Trupp, Esq: Florida Amends Natural Guardians Statue for Releasing Minors.

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Robin Trupp, Esq: Florida Amends Natural Guardians Statute for Releasing Minors

Written by: Rebecca Walton
Client: Robin Trupp
Release Date: 2013-02-27

Wellington, FL – February 27, 2013 – Previously, in the State of Florida, it was very important for any barn or stable offering lessons to require riders to sign a hold harmless release, as well as an indemnification release. In 2012, the Florida Legislative amended Florida Statute 744.301. The amendment provides that a release and indemnity signed by a natural parent of a minor may be enforceable provided the conditions set forth in the statute are met. Robin Trupp has been an equine attorney for 30 years, and is well versed in this key aspect of the law, helping to protect barn owners as they open their doors to riders.

Prior to 2012, the State of Florida did not allow parents to give away the rights of a minor. The Florida Supreme Court in 2008 stated that pre-injury release signed by a parent on behalf of a minor child was unenforceable for minor’s injuries resulting in participation of a commercial activity.  Kirton v. Field, 997 So 2d 349 (Fla. 2008).

The new amendment under Section 744.301, of the Florida Statutes, requires that hold harmless releases include certain language, which needs to be conspicuously disclosed in the release and indemnification agreement. It is therefore suggested that any current release which is required to be signed for minors by the stables owners or trainers be reviewed by the attorneys to determine if they are in compliance with the new requirements under the statute.  In addition to a release and indemnity, stables, trainers and owners of horses should be sure that they are in compliance with the states Equine Activity Liability Laws, postal signage and have commercial insurance that would cover the responsible party in the case of an accident.  It is also suggested to seek counsel to assure compliance with the signage and whether or not your commercial insurance covers such actions that might be taken against you.       

Trupp stated, “I believe trainers think because they get a release signed by the parents they don’t have to worry about it. They still need to have insurance, and they need indemnification.”

About Robin Trupp:

With 30 years experience in the courtroom, as well as winning experience in the saddle, attorney Robin Trupp offers expertise to the equestrian industry.  Trupp is a partner maintaining a fulltime litigation practice in the Tampa and West Palm Beach offices of Arnstein & Lehr.  He competed in the show jumping ring for many years, including the American Gold Cup and the American Invitational.  Trupp's skill set allows him to offer legal expertise for equine professionals.

For more information about Robin Trupp, please call (813) 254-1400 or email

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