Equestrian Australia has confirmed that a teenage girl has died at a horse eventing championship in the Upper Hunter Valley, NSW, over the weekend. She was just 17-years-old.
Olivia Inglis was competing at the trials near Scone when her horse got into trouble during a combination jump and flipped.
The event was subsequently cancelled.
Speaking with ABC News, Equestrian Australia said that the accident happened when Olivia was riding the family horse in the event’s competition at around 9.20am.
Ms Inglis was treated by staff on the course and medical crew from the Westpac rescue helicopter but died at the scene.
Judy Fasher, Chair of Equestrian Australia described the accident as “absolutely horrendous”.
“This is exactly what we dread in eventing. It is an awful thing to happen,” she said. “This was absolutely something that we couldn’t have predicted. The fence had actually been jumped by three other riders before Olivia was present at the fence and there had been no problems at that fence. It is also a fence that was used in the same course last year.
“But just occasionally horses make a mistake … [and] when they do it can be catastrophic.”
Olivia is the daughter of Charlotte and Arthur Inglis, a well known family in the world of horseracing and breeding. The family operates the leading bloodstock company which also carries their name.
Eventing is a horse event discipline which involves dressage, cross country and show jumping.
Equestrian Australia said counselling services had been arranged for event attendees.
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