THE eventing community worldwide has been plunged into grief again after a second teenager in a matter of weeks lost her life following a cross-country fall in Australia.
The tragedy happened on Saturday when 19-yar-old Caitlyn Fisher and her horse Ralphie fell at the second fence on the one-star cross-country track.
Sydney International Horse Trials immediately cancelled all competitions at the venue.
The organisers said: “It is with the deepest regret that we announce Miss Caitlyn Fischer suffered a fatal accident while competing at the Cross-Country competition of the Sydney International Horse Trials at 10:40am on Saturday 30 April 2016.
Caitlyn, aged 19 from Bairnsdale, Victoria, was riding the horse Ralphie in the one star competition when the accident occurred at fence two.
Caitlyn was provided urgent medical attention by the on-course paramedic and doctor but unfortunately was unable to be revived.
Caitlyn’s horse Ralphie is in a stable condition and remains under the observation of veterinarians.”
Equestrian Australia Chairwoman Judy Fasher said: “On behalf of the whole sport I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Caitlyn’s parents Ailsa Carr and Mark Fischer and her family. The thoughts and prayers of horse people all over the country are with Caitlyn’s family and friends at this sad time.”
Caitlyn's death comes just weeks after 17-year-old Olivia Inglis died in another cross-country accident in New South Wales in early March.