Riders pay tribute to young eventer in viral #rideforolivia campaign

  • Riders across the world are sharing their favourite picture of themselves and their horse in a tribute to Olivia Inglis, who died in an eventing accident.

    The 17-year-old died in a rotational fall on Sunday (6 March) while competing in the CNC2* at Scone Horse Trials in Australia.

    Her family’s horse, Coriolanus, was put down yesterday (8 March) after vets found his injuries were worse than first thought.

    The #rideforolivia campaign involves riders posting a photo of them and their horse on social media along with the hashtag.

    Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 3.13.49 PMThese images will then be incorporated into a mosaic of Olivia riding, to be presented to her family.

    The hashtag has been shared more than 45,800 times on Instagram as well as thousands of times across other social media sites.

    Riders of all disciplines and levels are taking part, including dressage star Charlotte Dujardin, jump jockey Aidan Coleman and eventers Laura Collett and William Fox-Pitt.

    A composite photo of Olivia riding through clouds with the caption “fly free, fly high”, by Allira Fontana Photography, has also been shared thousands of times.

    Judy Fasher, of Equestrian Australia, told H&H a scholarship is being set up in Olivia’s memory that people can donate to.

    “It will be called the Olivia Inglis Young Rider Scholarship and it will give a talented young rider the chance to travel overseas to train and compete,” she said.

    Scone Horse Trials has donated its unpresented prize money to the foundation, set up in conjunction with Equestrian New South Wales.

    Details on how to donate are set to be available tomorrow (10 March).

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    Olivia’s parents, Arthur and Charlotte Inglis, said they have been “overwhelmed” by the kindness and sympathy from family and friends throughout the school, equestrian and thoroughbred communities.

    “We are so proud of Olivia and the beautiful young woman she was in every way,” they added.

    The funeral service and celebration of Olivia’s life will be held at 11.30 am on 14 March at St Judes, Avoca Street Randwick, Sydney.

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