One horse was killed and five others injured after a trailer overturned in an accident near Dalton, Georgia yesterday.
The horses were part of US eventing international Michael Pollard’s team, and the accident happened just five miles from his training centre.
Pollard’s new stallion, VDL Ulando H, died at the scene, and Icarus, Schoensgreen Hanni, Jude’s Law, Raphael and Little Star sustained minor lacerations. They were cut free from the trailer.
A spokesman for Pollard said the accident occurred when a vehicle pulled out in front of the vehicle carrying the horses, and did not see the trailer. A groom for Pollard was driving the trailer, and the other staff in the trailer were not injured.
The spokesman said police at the scene said there was “nothing that could have been done to avoid the oncoming vehicle”. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.
Pollard, who was out of the country on holiday at the time of the accident, said: “I felt like Ulando was the most exciting horse in the barn and I was already getting teased by the girls that he was my pet. I am devastated by the loss.”