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[This is Wiltshire] Stable lads from Manton have received counselling after their horsebox was involved in a horrific motorway crash in which two people and a horse died.
The horsebox from Brian Meehan’s yard was badly damaged in the crash on the M11 on Thursday afternoon as it travelled to an evening meeting at Newmarket.
Mr Meehan, who has trained on the Sangster-owned estate since 2006, said: “The whole thing has been a terrible shock to our yard and it will take a while for people to fully recover. Our Paint Pony Pistolero died on Thursday evening at the Newmarket Equine Hospital.
“Although he was called a Paint Pony that is actually a breed of horse in America he was actually 16.2 hh horse that had been with us for eight years.
“He was used to settle our race horses both at home and on the course. He was a great character.
“He was Western-trained and was a treat to ride and children, in particular, used to love him. He was, without doubt, one of our stable stars, and we shall all miss him greatly.”
“The staff on board the box were traumatised and in a state of shock after the accident.
“It was an horrific incident on the motorway and we would like to send our sincerest condolences to the families of the people who lost their lives.They are foremost in our thoughts.”
His four male stable lads and the horsebox driver have now received counselling from experts from Racing Welfare and are back at work.
20th May, 2014