Probe ongoing into sudden death of 21 Wellington polo horses

By: Andrew Marra, Bill DiPaolo, and Mitra Malex

Source: Palm Beach Post

Some collapsed in a grassy green field near where hundreds had gathered to watch them play. Others fell in their stables.

“The magnitude of this is shocking,” said Peter Rizzo, executive director of the United States Polo Association. “Whatever killed these horses, we don’t want to see it again.”

Team owner and Venezuelan multimillionaire Victor Vargas was there, cradling the horses in his arms like babies, struggling to hold onto these creatures who were so much more than animals. In the polo world, they were powerful, admirable, fearless. And they were Vargas’ pride and joy.

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