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Inquest into death of Mittagong student underway

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An inquest will continue today into the deaths of two young women who were killed just weeks apart while competing in similar NSW riding events.

Seventeen-year-old Mittagong student  Olivia Inglis  and  19-year-old Caitlyn Fischer both died in rotational falls during eventing competitions in the Hunter region and Sydney, respectively, in March and April 2016.

At an inquest into both deaths starting in Sydney on Monday, counsel assisting Peggy Dwyer said both teenagers were competing at extremely challenging levels and had spent many years working their way up to qualify with their respective horses.

She said the inquest will explore the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fatal accidents, and consider issues including whether safety procedures at NSW equestrian events were adequate to minimise the risk of serious injury or death.

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