A saddle made by Bates in Australia is being auctioned for the Olivia Inglis Eventing Scholarship, created in memory of the young rider who died in an eventing accident earlier this month.
The scholarship which will provide emerging riders with funding to support their training and competition, was set up following the accident that claimed the life of Inglis and her horse Coriolanus at the Scone Horse Trials.
All proceeds from the online auction, which closes today, will go to the scholarship.
Scone Horse Trials President Blair Richardson said Bates Saddles supported the event each year with sponsorship and the donation of two saddles. One saddle is the first prize in the event’s raffle and the second is drawn from amongst all the individual class winners.
“As just one class was completed before the event was called off we were going to return the second saddle to Bates but they have very thoughtfully suggested that it be sold to benefit the scholarship fund and I can’t thank them enough for their heartfelt gesture,” Richardson said.
The auction winner can choose any saddle from the extensive Bates Saddles range, which are valued at up to A$5,195 and are used by many top riders around the world including Australian eventing olympians Shane Rose and Stuart Tinney.
At the time of writing, bidding was at $A2100.
“With freight covered to anywhere in the world, the auction is open to bidders from both home and overseas and marks a tremendous opportunity to support the Olivia Inglis Eventing Scholarship by acquiring a top-class Bates Saddle,” Richardson said.
The auction is being hosted by Horsezone, a division of William Inglis & Son Ltd.