EN is devastated to confirm that Olivia Inglis, 17, was killed today at Scone Horse Trials in New South Wales, Australia, in a fall on the CNC2* cross country course while competing Coriolanus. Details on the exact nature of the accident have not been confirmed.
Equestrian Australia confirmed the fatality in a statement: “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.”
Olivia was riding Coriolanus, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by her family, in her first two-star competition. She had previously competed two CCI* and one CIC* with the horse. Coriolanus did not suffer any major injuries in the accident.
John Nicholson is the course designer at Scone and has also designed the courses at the New Zealand National Three-Day Event Championships, Kihikihi, and numerous events in Thailand and Western Australia. He took over designing the courses at Virginia Horse Trials last year.
Scone has cancelled the remaining portion of the horse trials due to the fatality.
Counseling services with Davidson Trahaire are available for anyone who attended the event. Please call 1300 360 364 and mention Equestrian Australia to be directed to a counselor.
The EN team extends our deepest condolences to Charlotte and Arthur Inglis, their family, and all who knew and loved Olivia during this tragic time.