This month marks a year since the deaths of 16 prized polo ponies in the back of a truck that travelled across Bass Strait on Tasmania's premier tourist ferry, and there are still more questions than answers.
As the Spirit of Tasmania saddles up again as a major sponsor of this year's Barnbougle Polo in the state's north-east, a persistent cloud hangs over the deaths and subsequent investigation that has sparked widespread condemnation from animal rights experts, a Victorian court case and talk of a potential criminal prosecution.
The ponies, from the Willo Polo club in New South Wales, perished somewhere between northern Tasmania and a rural Victorian property after disembarking from the Spirit Of Tasmania in Melbourne on January 29 last year, while on the journey home from Barnbougle.
Please click hereto read the article as it appeared on the ABC Rural News website on the 19th of January 2019
Article written by: Peta Carlyon