An international eventer has spoken of his heartbreak after four horses were killed when a lorry crashed into their broken-down truck.
Nick Gauntlett was heading to the Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials at Pitlochry when the horror crash occurred on Tuesday evening.
After the truck broke down on the A9, just 30 minutes from Blair Castle, all team members exited the vehicles but left the horses inside.
While waiting for recovery services to arrive, Mr Gauntlett and his team watched in horror as a lorry smashed into the side of their truck.
His beloved horse, Party Trick, died alongside three others that belonged to US-born eventer Sophie Hulme.
Police in Scotland are investigating the circumstances of the crash that hospitalised two people, Worcester News reports.
Mr Gauntlett, who is an international eventer and coach, wrote on Facebook: "My amazing my family are fine and that is definitely the main thing.
"We lost Party Trick. Having broken down just 30 mins from Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials we sat on the grass verge and watched a lorry plough into our truck.
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"You don’t need the details, but we lost all four horses on board. We are obviously all heartbroken."
Gloucestershire-based Ms Hulme, who was already at Blair Castle, said: "I am so absolutely devastated and at a loss for words.
"Three of my lovely horses my precious babies are gone. Taken far too soon from this world.
"My beautiful Charisma and Feyre are gone and my lovely Fintan as well. I’m so sorry for Nick and Amanda and for their loss. The world can be such a cruel place."
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She went on: "My world is completely upside down at the moment.
"Everyone please give your horses an extra hug and kiss from me as you never know what might happen."
A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police, fire, and ambulance attended and two men from one of the lorries were taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.
"One of the lorries was carrying four horses. We can confirm that two of the horses died and two had to be euthanised by vets.
"The road was closed until around 9.30pm. Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash remain ongoing."
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