Well known Australian polo player grieves for ponies

Andrew Williams (white shirt) on Tallabung Nemesis his famous stallion who was the sire of four horses who tragically lost their lives crossing the Tasman

Andrew Williams (white shirt) on Tallabung Nemesis his famous stallion who was the sire of four horses who tragically lost their lives crossing the Tasman

Andrew Williams, former captain of Australia's polo team is demanding answers after 16 of his polo ponies were discovered dead shortly after disembarking the Spirit of Tasmania on Monday, January 29. 

Polo legend Andrew Williams said he was shattered by the death of his beloved ponies.

Mr Williams said he had done the same trip 11 times before in the same truck and that he knew something was wrong when he drove through Melbourne shortly after unloading.

Mr Williams rang his head groom travelling with a second load of ponies and asked if they were travelling well and was told the second load of horses couldn’t wait to get off the truck.

“I knew then that something was potentially wrong as mine was not indicating the usual activity.

“Within an hour of leaving the boat, I had 16 horses that were cold dead and two fighting to survive,” he said.

Mr Williams off-loaded the surviving two at a friends property in Yarra Glen before driving the 16 dead ponies to the Wagga Equine Hospital.

Wagga Equine Hospital is conducting autopsies, the results of which are unknown.

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