The eventing world is in shock this morning (6 March) following the death of Olivia Inglis, 17, at Scone Horse Trials in Australia.
The teenager was competing in her second national two-star (CNC2*) competition riding her family’s Coriolanus, an 11-year-old throughbred chestnut gelding. The pair had previously completed their first CNC2* competition – which has the same dimensions as an FEI two-star competition – with a clear cross-country round on 20 February.
The partnership had been together since 2013 and had enjoyed a number of successful results at national competitions including 13 runs at one-star level, gaining nine qualifying results along the way.
The accident took place on the cross-country. Olivia received urgent medical assistance from the on-course paramedic and doctor, plus the Westpac rescue helicopter service, but her life could not be saved.
In a statement, Equestrian Australia said: “It is with the deepest regret we announce that Olivia Inglis suffered a tragic accident while competing in the cross-country phase at the Scone Horse Trials, today Sunday 6 March.
“Olivia was riding the family’s Coriolanus in the two-star competition, this morning when the accident occurred.
“Olivia was given urgent medical attention, attended by the on-course paramedic, the on-course doctor and the Westpac rescue helicopter service but unfortunately was unable to be revived.
“Coriolanus is in a stable condition and remains under veterinary observation.
“The Scone Horse Trials committee and Equestrian Australia offer their heartfelt condolences to Charlotte and Arthur Inglis and their family for their tragic loss.”
No further details of the accident are currently available. Counselling services have been set up for those affected.
The remainder of Scone Horse Trials has been cancelled.