The scholarship established this week in memory of Olivia Inglis will provide emerging riders with funding to support their training and competition.
Inglis, 17, died as the result of injuries sustained during a cross-country event in New South Wales at the weekend. The horse she was riding, Coriolanus, also died from his injuries in the rotational fall.
Equestrians around the world have flocked to pay tribute and support Olivia’s family, by posting pictures online under the hashtag #RideForOlivia that will be made into a large mosiac picture of Coriolanus and Olivia. Millions of people around the world have shared the post, and hundreds of riders have added their images.
The Olivia Inglis Eventing Scholarship was kick-started by the Scone Horse Trials Organising Committee, which donated the remainder of prizemoney from its March 2016 event for the memorial fund. The event was cancelled after Olivia’s accident.
The announcement of the scholarship was made at Wednesday night’s at the Equestrian New South Wales annual awards dinner. It has a goal to raise $1 million, and already nearly $11,000 has been raised.
Scone Horse Trials president Blair Richardson said the fund would be administered by Equestrian NSW in conjunction with the Australian Sports Foundation. Donations are tax deductible.
“The scholarship will be awarded at the Equestrian NSW Annual Awards held in March each year, to help young riders in the sport of eventing,” Richardson said.
“These riders can use the funding to obtain extra lessons, or schooling, to help them in their career over the coming years.”
Richardson said: “It is our sincere hope the fund will achieve four purposes: to honour an incredible and all too short life, help ease the pain we are all feeling, ensure something good comes from this tragedy, and produce a new generation of Australian Olympians.”
Master of ceremonies Alan Jones said: “It is difficult to put words to the sentiments that people feel towards the family and it is very difficult for the young people in the room in particular to come to grips with what has happened to someone that moved amongst them.
“Olivia doing what she loved and what she did so successfully. The best way we can honour Olivia is to continue to do what you do well with the enthusiasm and commitment she showed with everything she did.
“We can’t change what has happened, what we can do is to determine the way we respond, we will best honour this wonderful 17-year-old girl who moved amongst us and was loved by all of us.”
Inglis’ Managing Director Mark Webster thanked those involved in setting up the scholarship, on behalf of the Inglis family.
“What a wonderful tribute to Olivia, hopefully she can assist many other riders to achieve their dreams in the future via this important fund.”
Olivia’s funeral service is at 11.30 am on Monday 14 March 2016 at St Judes, Avoca Street, Randwick, Sydney. The Inglis family requests in lieu of flowers that members of the community consider making a donation to the fund.
Donate to the Olivia Inglis Eventing Scholarship.