The Kyneton & Hanging Rock Racing community is in mourning after the death of Woodend based horse trainer Frank Conlan.
It is believed Mr Conlan was riding a horse along Cobb and Co Road in Carlsruhe at about 9am on Thursday when he "was dislodged" and fell to the ground.
Racing Victoria chief executive Giles Thompson led the tributes for the trainer.
"On behalf of the Victorian racing industry, I would like to extend our prayers and heartfelt condolences to Frank's family and friends following the terrible news of his passing," said Mr Thompson in a Racing.com statement.
"Frank was a much-liked member of the Kyneton racing community where he trained his horses and worked for the club on race day. He was passionate about thoroughbred racing and a valued member of the Victorian racing industry who will be missed by many."
Kyneton & Hanging Rock Racing Club General Manager Jon Dight said the community was devastated by the loss of Frank Conlan.
"His sudden passing is a shock to us all and one that will take time to overcome," Mr Dight said in a Racing.com statement.
"On behalf of the Kyneton & Hanging Rock Racing Club and our local trainers, I want to extend our sincere condolences to Louise and the family on their loss. Frank was a terrific bloke who will be sadly missed."
Some of Mr Conlan's most successful horses were Melba's Maestro, Verreaux and Brown Energy.
Mr Conlan is survived by wife Louise, son Tom, who is also involved in the racing industry, and daughters Sophie, Genevieve and Monique.
The exact circumstances of Mr Conlan's death are now subject to a WorkSafe investigation, whilst Victoria Police are preparing a report for the coroner.
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