Eventing horse killed in traffic accident

Ulando, ridden by owner Ruth Armstrong.
Ulando, ridden by owner Ruth Armstrong. © Pollard Eventing

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.

Update: Two more horses die after traffic accident

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.”


6 thoughts on “Eventing horse killed in traffic accident

  • May 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    WTF?? How in the heck do you “not see” a fricking giant truck and trailer? REALLY PEOPLE?? What a waste of skin (I mean the human). Yeah, when driving a truck and trailer, the driver is supposed to keep a “cushion” between their vehicle and the ones in front. Problem is, stupid tools pull right in then slam on their brakes because, Lo & Behold, there are more cars, hence taking away the “cushion” and causing us to slam our horses around. What part of living, breathing 900-1900+ cargo do you not understand people! What a tragedy!! Inconsiderate Bastards!!

  • May 26, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    It was a 2 lane road and sometimes things happen. Maybe it will comfort you to know he went to jail for not having insurance.

  • May 27, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Similar accident happened when we were competing at HITS Thermal a few years back: a tractor pulled onto the highway directly in front of a horse trailer carrying horses that were set to compete at Thermal. Fortunately, the two horses and the people in the truck were not seriously injured. I find it hard to believe that people can’t see a truck and trailer…
    Sympathies to Michael Pollard, Ruth Armstrong, and all others affected by this horrible tragedy.

  • May 27, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I find it very common that people think they are the ONLY ones on the road and are so inconsiderate of EVERYONE else… Awful that there was a life lost in this accident.

  • May 28, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Just an update.. Another Horse has Died As A Result Of This Accident. Icarus (Fly), 14 year old grey Thoroughbred gelding owned by Michael & Nathalie Pollard, was euthanized early this morning due to the severity of the injuries he sustained in the accident. Please keep The Pollards and those affected in your prayers during this tragic time.

  • July 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I believe most people don’t know that a truck can not stop like a car. My condolences to the Pollard’s. And of course the man did not have insurance so all the burden falls on them. Lost of the truck ,trailer and horses. Such a waste.


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