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Tue 12th Mar 2013

Eight ponies die in polo club fire

A barn fire at Gulfstream Polo Club in Florida over the weekend ends in tragedy

A FIRE AT a polo club near Wellington, Florida has left at least eight ponies dead, and several more injured.

The barn at Gulfstream Polo Club caught fire around midday on Saturday. The blaze is thought to have been started by an electrical overload in the tack room. Eight thoroughbreds are reported to have died.

US five-goaler John Gobin keeps several ponies at a barn directly opposite the one that caught alight and was exercising some of them in a nearby field when the fire broke out. Gobin was a member of the USA team defeated by England in the Arena Test Match at Hickstead in 2012.

Gulfstream Polo Club was opened in 1923 and will celebrate its 90th anniversary this year. Kris Kampsen, Brandon Phillips and Carlitos Gracida are also among the players on the club's roster.

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