By Katarina Slavich, Image Credit – Riharna Thomson/facebook.com
Tributes are flowing for 22 year old Riharna Thomson, who has died, after she fell off a horse at Thoroughbred Park on Tuesday.
The Canberra girl suffered critical injuries and was put on life support, following the tragic accident.
The tight-knit Canberra racing community is receiving support and counselling.
A ceremony will be held to honour Riharna's memory in the Mounting Yard at the track on Sunday, before the first race of the Black Opal Stakes.
The Canberra Racing Club has released this statement:
The Canberra Racing Club is deeply saddened to advise that Riharna Thomson passed away this morning from injuries sustained in a tragic accident on Tuesday morning whilst riding a horse in track work at Thoroughbred Park.
Riharna was a dedicated track rider rising early every morning to ride track work and was recently promoted to the position of Stable Foreman. She was a young and enthusiastic horse lover who was well respected and loved amongst the local stable fraternity.
Our thoughts are with Riharna’s family and friends during this difficult time. Her family requests that their privacy be respected at this sad time. Everyone in the racing family at Thoroughbred Park is deeply affected by the passing of Riharna. Club employees and stable staff are receiving support and have been offered counselling services locally by Rev Steven Prior and with the assistance of Racing NSW Pastor Rev Colin Watts and through the Racing NSW Racing Mates Assistance Program.
A ceremony to honour the memory of Riharna will be held in the Mounting Yard at Thoroughbred Park at 1.00pm on Sunday prior to the first race on Black Opal Stakes Day.
Arrangements for the funeral in Tamworth are yet to be announced.