A 56-year-old Victor Harbor woman has died after falling from a horse at the Riding for the Disabled equestrian center at Hindmarsh Valley this afternoon.
- A Riding for the Disabled volunteer has died after falling off a horse
- Detectives and SafeWork SA staff are investigating
- Counseling is being provided to other volunteers
Paramedics hastened to Southern Fleurieu Riding for the Disabled’s property on Lipizzaner Drive, near Victor Harbor, just after 1pm but the volunteer with the organization died at the scene.
SafeWork SA staff and Victor Harbor detectives attended the scene.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.
Riding for the Disabled provides horse therapy through activities including horse-riding lessons and competitions.
Volunteers from the organization have been consoling each other this evening.
A statement from the organization said the volunteer’s death had “come as an enormous shock to our organization and to the tight-knit RDA community”.
“We would like to thank the paramedics who were quickly on the scene for their professionalism and compassion,” it said.
“She could not have been in better hands; unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.”
Counseling is being provided to other volunteers.
“No program participants were present at the time of the accident,” the statement said.
“We are liaising with the family and will provide further updates to our community as appropriate.
“We appreciate everyone’s understanding during this difficult time.”
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