Cowboy sues Chaparral Energy after falling off horse

David Yates Apr. 21, 2011, 9:00am

While trying to roundup a stray calf, Jesus Luis Rivera fell off his horse and injured himself.

On April 15, Rivera and his wife, Martina, filed suit against Chaparral Energy – the owner of the premises where the incident occurred – and the owner of the horse, George Bean, in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that on July 19, 2009, a stray calf got loose on Chaparral Energy property. Rivera took off on Bean's horse to roundup the animal when he "became dislodged from the horse."

The suit alleges Bean should have made sure Rivera was capable of riding the horse beforehand and that Chaparral Energy also negligently failed to maintain its gates and fences.

Rivera is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

His wife is suing for loss of consortium.

Provost Umphrey attorney Paul Ferguson Jr. represents them.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B189-796

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