The reports relating to the tragic death of Olivia Inglis at the Scone Horse Trials and Caitlyn Fischer at the Sydney International Horse Trials have now been completed and Equestrian Australia (EA) has received a number of recommendations.
EA CEO, Paula Ward said, “It is with heartfelt thanks that I received the Review Panel reports. Both panels have worked thoroughly and diligently to provide their reports to EA. We will be doing all we can to put relevant processes in place as we work through the recommendations to ensure we do as much as possible to prevent any further tragedies occurring.”
As the first step of this process, on Monday, the EA Board reviewed the recommendations and will now be providing the details to the National Eventing Committee (NEC) for their consideration early in the new year.
As announced last week, EA is also now looking to recruit a National Safety Officer (NSO). Once appointed, the NSO will work closely with the NEC as to how we will move forward with the Review Panel recommendations.
Olivia Inglis died following a rotational fall from her horse Coriolanus, who was later euthanised, in competition in Scone in March whilst competing in the two start competition. Caitlyn Fischer suffered a fatal accident while competing in the cross country phase of the Sydney International Horse Trials in April whilst riding the horse Ralphie in the one star competition.