More tragic news has emerged in the aftermath of 17-year-old Olivia Inglis’ fatal rotational fall at Scone Horse Trials in New South Wales, Australia on Saturday. (See EN’s report here.)
While Equestrian Australia originally reported that the horse Olivia was competing in the CNC2*, Coriolanus, was in stable condition, a statement released today from Inglis, the family’s bloodstock operation, broke the news that he has since been euthanized.
From the statement:
“Unfortunately Olivia’s much loved horse Coriolanus has suffered injuries much worse than originally reported. Following advice from Scone Equine Hospital, Coriolanus was euthanized earlier today after x-rays revealed he was suffering from a displaced fracture in his neck. He was a talented competitor and loved family member and will be sadly missed.”
Olivia’s parents, Arthur and Charlotte Inglis, spoke out as well:
“We 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. We are blessed to have had the opportunity to share our passion for horses with our children. 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.”
A funeral service for Olivia will be held on Monday morning in Randwick, Sydney.
Our hearts go out to Olivia’s family, friends and the Australian eventing community in this time of unspeakable loss.