SANTA FE — The family of a Farmington woman is suing the organizers of barrel racing competitions, alleging that negligence led to her fatal brain injuries caused by a runaway horse.
The lawsuit maintains that despite the “obvious danger” posed by a 7-year-old girl and her horse named Truck, they were allowed to participate in a barrel racing competition in Farmington on Feb. 2.
The girl “had a demonstrated history of not being able to control her horse,” the suit says.
After the girl and Truck completed the racing course, the girl lost control of the horse, which ran out of the arena at McGee Park with the girl “barely” holding on.
Truck ran into two other horses, including one that 28-year-old Amanda Decker was sitting on while socializing, the suit says. Decker was a visitor at the competition and was “not participating in any equestrian event.”
Decker was thrown off when Truck hit her horse in the shoulder area. Decker’s head struck the ground. She was taken to a hospital, but she never regained consciousness and died the next day.