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Olivia’s legacy

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.

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