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The equestrian world came together over an extraordinary few days in March with a worldwide outpouring of love and support following the death of Australian teenager, Olivia Inglis (above), while eventing.
Friends and connections of Olivia (17) were originally asked to post a photograph of themselves on their favourite horse on social media, with the hashtag #rideforolivia, with the aim of creating a mosaic of hundreds of images to comfort her family.
What started as a local tribute soon blossomed into an international phenomenon, with upwards of 3.2 million horse lovers from around the world taking part, from the highest profile Olympians such as Michael Jung, Sir Mark Todd, Ingrid Klimke, Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester, Tim and Jonelle Price and William Fox-pitt to happy hackers from all corners of the globe, and from every possible discipline including Western riders, endurance, showing and more.
Olivia’s parents, Charlotte and Arthur Inglis, of the renowned Inglis thoroughbred breeding dynasty, said they had been overwhelmed by the kindness and sympathy from the equestrian and thoroughbred worlds, and Olivia’s school community – where she was the equestrian team captain – following the loss of their eldest daughter on March 6.
“We are so proud of Olivia and the beautiful young woman she was in every way. We are blessed to have had the opportunity to share our passion for horses with our children,” the couple said in a statement.
“This has led us on a great journey where we have been able to spend countless happy moments and special family times. So much to celebrate and a life so joyous and well lived.”
Olivia was riding her family’s Coriolanus in the CNC2* at Scone Horse Trials in NSW on March 6 when the accident happened, described as a rotational fall.
It was the pair’s second two-star competition, but the partnership had been together since 2013 and enjoyed a number of successful results, including 13 runs at one-star.
“Olivia was given urgent medial attention, attended by the on-course paramedic, the on-course doctor and the Westpac rescue helicopter, but unfortunately was unable to be revived,” said a statement from Equestrian Australia.
Her 11-year-old chestnut gelding was later euthanised when it was found he had sustained a displaced fracture in his neck.