Olivia Inglis was killed when her horse fell during an equestrian event. Picture: Supplied by Charlotte Inglis
Olivia Inglis was killed when her horse fell during an equestrian event. Picture: Supplied by Charlotte Inglis

Medic ‘struggled’ helping injured horse rider

The mother of teenage horse rider Olivia Inglis held her daughter's hand as a medic "struggled" to operate his equipment and save her life following a fall, a Sydney inquest has heard.

Charlotte Inglis, a highly respected rider in her own right, told the NSW Coroners Court on Thursday she'd walked the cross country course at an equestrian event in Scone with her 17-year-old daughter twice before Olivia's accident in March 2016.

They were concerned by five of the jumps "as soon as we saw them", the mother said, including the jump at which the teenager died.

Olivia Inglis was killed after her horse fell during an equestrian event. Picture: Supplied by Charlotte Inglis
Olivia Inglis was killed after her horse fell during an equestrian event. Picture: Supplied by Charlotte Inglis

 

Olivia’s mother rushed to her daughter’s side, while a medic attended the teenager. Picture: Facebook
Olivia’s mother rushed to her daughter’s side, while a medic attended the teenager. Picture: Facebook

When the radio call came through that there had been a serious fall, Ms Inglis said she knew immediately it was Olivia and rushed to her side.

"When I walked towards her I asked (medic) David Keys if she was dead because she had her eyes wide open," Ms Inglis said.

"He said no she has a faint pulse … Mr Keys was struggling to work his equipment. I sat beside them and held her hand."

At the time of her daughter's fall, Ms Inglis said she and her husband had no idea that Equestrian Australia no longer provided licenced paramedics at events.

Olivia’s parents, Charlotte and Arthur Inglis, arrive at the Lidcombe Coroner's Court this week. Picture: Peter Rae
Olivia’s parents, Charlotte and Arthur Inglis, arrive at the Lidcombe Coroner's Court this week. Picture: Peter Rae


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