The horses from Michael Pollard’s eventing team injured a traffic accident in Georgia on Friday are recovering from their injuries, with the most seriously hurt undergoing surgery.
Pollard lost the stallion VDL Ulando H at the scene of the accident near Chatsworth, when a vehicle pulled out in front of the vehicle carrying the horses. Ulando, owned by Ruth Armstrong, died at the scene after sustaining head and neck injuries.
Icarus (Fly), a 14 year old grey thoroughbred gelding owned by Michael and Nathalie Pollard, suffered the most serious lacerations, to his off-hing fetlock joint, and will today undergo surgery at Rood & Riddle Veterinary Clinic in Lexington, Kentucky.
The other horses are recovering at the Pollard Eventing Training Center in Dalton, Georgia.
Schoensgreen Hanni (Hanni), a 9 year old German Warmblood mare owned by Nathalie Pollard, suffered some superficial cuts but is not expected to miss any work in her preparation for Bromont CCI3* from June 8 to 10 in Canada.
Jude’s Law (Jude), an 11 year old Irish Sport Horse Gelding owned by Michael Pollard and John Bryant, has minor cuts that required stitching but should be able to return to work in a few weeks.
Carl Bouckaert’s Raphael, who won the Chatt Hills Open Preliminary division last week, sustained some bruising and will be given time to recover from the shock before returning to work.
Little Star, a brood mare, suffered cuts to her hind legs and is expected to make a full recovery.