Tougher policy promised by Polo Association

April 29, 2009

The US Polo Association promises a tougher prohibited substances policy will come out of the deaths of 21 polo ponies in Florida.

Executive director Peter Rizzo was commenting on findings from Florida agriculture officials that an overdose of selenium is the probable cause of death.

"The Florida Department of Agriculture report confirms that what happened to the Lechuza Polo Team was a tragic accident," Rizzo said.

He pointed to the association's decision to form a special committee "to examine additional safety measures and regulations to further protect our horses".

"We will examine these reports and develop a stronger prohibited substance policy that will ensure the safety and wellbeing of polo horses in the future," he said.

"The US Polo Association is 100 per cent committed to preventing a tragedy of this nature from happening in the future."