More than 700 people farewelled Australian eventer Olivia Inglis at a service in Sydney on Monday, as the memorial #RideForOlivia mosaic was presented to the Inglis family.
Olivia, 17, died on March 6 as the result of injuries sustained during a cross-country event in New South Wales. The horse she was riding, Coriolanus, also died from his injuries in the rotational fall.
Thousands of equestrians posted pictures of themselves under the #RideForOlivia tag, to make up the picture of Olivia and Coriolanus.
Inglis Bloodstock CEO Mark Webster said the service was “deeply moving”, and posted the below image of the #rideforoliviamosaic presented to Charlotte and Arthur Inglis, which he described as “stunning”.
The funeral service at St Judes in Randwick was attended by schoolmates, friends and family, many from the equestrian and thoroughbred industries. Several large canvas photographs of Olivia riding horses were displayed in the church grounds.
Her parents, Arthur and Charlotte, spoke at the funeral, as did Olivia’s younger sisters Antoinette and Alexandra. Arthur Inglis thanked the thousands of riders from around the world who had shared their images and sent messages.
“Thank you to the equestrian and equine world. The messages and gestures have been absolutely astonishing,” he said. “Horse lovers the world over, no matter their discipline or level of involvement, seem to have so profoundly and accurately empathised with the driving force within Olivia.”
Two mounted police officers waited outside the church during the service, and escorted the hearse carrying Olivia’s teal blue coffin.
The Olivia Inglis Eventing Scholarship set up last week to honor the rider has raised nearly $30,000 of the $1 million target.