A horse training facility and its operators seek to transfer a man’s suit alleging he fell from a spooked horse to Madison County Circuit Court.
Alton Greenough Jr. filed the complaint on April 24 against Gordon Gubin, individually and doing business as Classic Acres, and Barbara Gubin.
The defendants filed a motion to transfer venue on June 16 through attorney Christopher Bortz of Neville, Richards & Wuller LLC in Belleville.
They claim the alleged negligent conduct occurred in Madison County, where the defendants reside.
“At no time, did any of the alleged conduct occur in, nor did any of the parties reside in St. Clair County, Illinois,” the motion states.
A motion hearing is scheduled for Aug. 8 at 9 a.m.
According to the complaint, Greenough alleges he was riding a horse at the defendants’ arena on Sept. 16, 2015, when suddenly and without warning Gordon Gubin drove a vehicle into the arena.
Greenough claims Gubin spooked the horse he was riding. He was allegedly thrown from the horse, which landed on top of him.
Greenough alleges the defendants negligently provided a vehicle that was too loud for use inside the arena.
The plaintiff seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus court costs.
He is represented by Mark S. Schuver of Mathis, Marifan & Richter Ltd. in Belleville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-215