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Parents of dead rider want tighter rules
06:00 AEST Tue May 31 2011
The parents of a Newcastle girl who was killed in a horse riding accident at Dubbo TAFE are hoping an inquest into her death will result in tighter regulation of the riding education industry.
Sarah Waugh, 18, died in March 2009 after a horse she was riding at a horse training course bolted, causing her to fall off.
Waugh thought she was riding a four-year-old thoroughbred called Dargo when it was actually a racehorse known as Snakey Thought, which had run its fourth race of 2009 just days before the TAFE course had begun, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
An inquest begins at the Glebe Coroner's Court next week and will attempt to determine why a racehorse was being used by novice riders.
Waugh had enrolled in a jillaroo course at Dubbo TAFE in 2009, planning to spend her first year out of school experiencing rural life before embarking on a veterinary science course at university.
The riding industry is not governed by mandatory regulations and Waugh's parents, Juliana and Mark, want this changed.
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