Millions pay tribute to Olivia Inglis with the viral campaign #rideforolivia
Written by Amy Bennett
After a tragic incident where 17-year-old Olivia Inglis died in a rotational fall on Sunday (6th March) while competing in the CNC2* at Scone Horse Trials in Australia, riders are sharing this viral campaign in Tribute to the young rider.
The #rideforolivia campaign involves riders posting a photo of themselves with their horse on social media along with the hashtag. Social media pages have been inundated with the riding community joining in to share their thoughts with Olivia’s family at this sad time.
The campaign started in a bid to accumulate enough images to be used in a large collage of Olivia riding which will then be presented to her parents. Since it’s inception, the campaign has been shared more than 3.2 million times and has been joined by such high profile names as Charlotte Dujardin, William Fox-Pitt and other Olympic riders of all disciplines.
Unfortuantey further news broke yesterday (8th March) that the horse Olivia was riding, Coriolanus, was put down yesterday after vets found his injuries were more severe than they originally thought.
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It has been heard that a fund is being set up in Olivia’s memory that people can donate to called the Olivia Inglis Young Rider Scholarship. It’s purpose is to give a talented young rider the chance to travel overseas to train and compete.
Scone Horse Trials has donated its unpresented prize money to the foundation, set up in conjunction with Equestrian New South Wales and details on how to donate are set to be available tomorrow (10th March).
A Facebook page has been set up in memory of the rider, visit the page by clicking here