A traffic accident has claimed the life of a bright Thoroughbred horse show star, killing him instantly. Stevey’s Lad had competed at the Horse of the Year Show in the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class and was on the way home with his owner, Donna Bamonte, at the time of the accident.
According to Samantha Osborne, who rode Stevey at the Horse of the Year Show on the 13th, Bamonte was driving and felt the horse box lumbering and losing power. She pulled the rig over onto the hard shoulder on M5. She was only 45 minutes from Devon and being home. In just a matter of a minute or two, their horse box was hit by another rig.
It all happened so quickly. Donna was stationary and had put the hazards on, but a lorry which was 100 yards behind crashed into the rear driver's side of the lorry, at around 60 miles per hour. Stevey was killed pretty instantly. Donna’s mum, who was in the vehicle as well, had to be cut out, but nobody was hurt.
A spokesman for the Avon Fire and Rescue service at the scene said they found the vehicles on top of one another.
The two women qualified for the Horse of the Year Show this year. They were thrilled. It had taken them a lot of hard work and heaps of money. They were looking forward to the show. All they wanted was for Stevey to be a good boy and they’d collect the best memories.
Bamonte said, “I never dreamed in a million years I would be able to be part of something so special as the Horse of the Year Show." And therein lies the gripping tragedy.
The event marked the best and the worst day for both Bamonte and Osborne.
All they have left now are memories and thoughts of what might have been. They cherish that Stevey always gave 100 percent and allowed them to experience shows of their dreams.
Through tears and with heartfelt emotion, Bamonte said, “He was also so sweet and friendly. You could sit and talk to him about anything and he would cuddle up.”
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