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WVC 29 - 28 - 9 §29-28-9. Limiting liability; insurance exemption for certain horsemen.
(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section three, article twenty-five, chapter nineteen of this code, an owner of land used by or for the stated purposes of the authority, whether with or without charge, owes no duty of care to keep the premises safe for entry or use by others for recreational purposes or to give any warning of a dangerous or hazardous condition, use, structure or activity on the premises to persons entering for those purposes.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of section three, article twenty-five, chapter nineteen of this code, the landowner or lessor of the property used by the authority for purposes of this article does not thereby:

(1) Extend any assurance that the premises are safe for any purpose;

(2) Confer upon persons the legal status of an invitee or licensee to whom a duty of care is owed; or

(3) Assume responsibility for or incur liability for any injury to person or property caused by an act or omission of these persons.

(c) Unless otherwise agreed in writing, an owner who grants a license of land to the authority for purposes provided in this article owes no duty of care to keep that land safe for entry or use by others or to give warning to persons entering or going upon the land of any dangerous or hazardous conditions, uses, structures or activities thereon.

(d) An owner who grants a license of land to the authority for recreational purposes does not by giving a lease, easement or license:

(1) Extend any assurance to any person using the land that the premises are safe for any purpose;

(2) Confer upon those persons the legal status of an invitee or licensee to whom a duty of care is owed; or

(3) Assume responsibility for or incur liability for any injury to person or property caused by an act or omission of a person who enters upon the land.

(e) The provisions of this section apply whether the person entering upon the land is an invitee, licensee, trespasser or otherwise.

(f) Nothing herein limits in any way any liability which otherwise exists for deliberate, willful or malicious infliction of injury to persons or property: Provided, That nothing herein limits in any way the obligation of a person entering upon or using the land of another for recreational purposes to exercise due care in his or her use of the land and in his or her activities thereon, so as to prevent the creation of hazards or the commission of waste by himself or herself: Provided, however, That horsemen, as defined in section two, article four, chapter twenty of this code, who are using land or facilities held or operated pursuant to this article for equestrian activities and who are in compliance with rules proposed by the authority and approved by the Legislature, but who are not engaged in a commercial profit-making venture are exempt from the provisions of subsection (d), section five of said article.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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