Eventing deaths under scrutiny: Equestrian Australia “committed to safety”

By | May 27, 2019
Australian passenger Olivia Inglis died at the historic menstruum of  Eventing deaths nether scrutiny: Equestrian Commonwealth of Australia “committed to safety”
Australian passenger Olivia Inglis died at the historic menstruum of 17 after a cross-country autumn inwards 2016.

A Coroner’s inquest into the deaths of immature Australian eventers Olivia Inglis in addition to Caitlyn Fischer inwards 2016 is nether means inwards Australia.

The kickoff 2 weeks of the inquest concluded final Friday, in addition to is adjourned until the calendar week starting July 22. The circumstances of both accidents are beingness examined yesteryear Deputy province coroner Derek Lee at Lidcombe.

Olivia Inglis, 17, was competing on her family’s Equus caballus Coriolanus inwards a two-star event at the Scone Horse Trials, in addition to suffered a rotational autumn on the cross-country inwards early on March, 2016. Victorian passenger Caitlyn Fischer, 19, died every bit a upshot of injuries sustained inwards the one-star event at the Sydney International Horse Trials only weeks after on Apr 30.

Expert witnesses at the coronial research stimulate got included course designers Mike Etherington-Smith in addition to Alec Lochore from Britain, in addition to Australian Grant Johnston, likewise every bit leading Australian eventing passenger Paul Tapner.

While non commenting on the proceedings, Equestrian Commonwealth of Australia CEO Lucy Warhurst said ensuring equestrian sport is the safest it tin live on for the thousands of people who participate every calendar week throughout Commonwealth of Australia is her priority.

Australian passenger Olivia Inglis died at the historic menstruum of  Eventing deaths nether scrutiny: Equestrian Commonwealth of Australia “committed to safety”
The picture Caitlyn Fischer shared for the #RideforOlivia campaign. © Main Event Photography/Caitlyn Fischer

The coronial procedure has been “a challenging, confronting in addition to emotional fourth dimension for many inwards our equestrian community”, Warhurst said.

“We are co-operating amongst the Coroner to ensure nosotros build on the travel already done inwards opportunity mitigation in addition to improved security for our participants.

“Olivia in addition to Caitlyn are greatly missed yesteryear all of us. We immature lady seeing them on the course, riding their horses in addition to doing what they loved every unmarried day.

“We part the decision of the Inglis in addition to Carr/Fischer families to trim down the opportunity of a hereafter serious incident or tragedy inwards our sport.”

Warhurst said Sport Commonwealth of Australia had provided funding additional to the Terry Snow ‘Making Eventing Safer Fund’ to employ the National Safety Officer from a part-time footing to a full-time role. “For the kickoff time, EA volition stimulate got a dedicated security specialist who volition live on available across the 8 equestrian disciplines.”

Warhurst said that since the 2016 deaths, Equestrian Commonwealth of Australia had taken constructive steps forrard in addition to was committed to taking farther proactive measures.

Key changes included:

  • Frangible devices are straight off mandated inwards 2 star in addition to higher upwards cross-country competitions;
  • Mandating the minimum standards of lawsuit medical services in addition to equipment;
  • Upgrading lawsuit briefings amongst emphasis on security in addition to opportunity mitigation;
  • Improving preparation in addition to preparation of lawsuit volunteers;
  • Purchasing in addition to implementing the EquiRatings eventing security rating system, in addition to making this information accessible online via the myEA site.

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