Trailer Accident Kills Tennessee Walking Horses, Trainer

Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jeffrey Givens and three Tennessee Walking Horses were killed Oct. 6 when their truck and trailer overturned on Interstate 71 in Gallatin County, Ky. Givens' assistant, Tim Taylor, was also injured in the incident.

Gallatin County Sheriff Josh Neale said that county police began receiving 911 calls about the accident around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6. Neale said Givens was hauling a 40-foot long horse trailer containing six Tennessee Walking Horses en route from a horse show on I-71 when the incident occurred.

“The trailer just hit the guardrail and jackknifed,” Neale said. “The truck and (trailer) flipped.”

Rain and slick conditions are blamed for the incident, he said.

Neale said that police extricated all the horses from the trailer, but that three of the animals died as a result of the incident.

“One horse died immediately at the scene,” he said. “The back legs of two others were severely injured so (the horses) couldn't use them at all.”

Those two horses were euthanized at the scene by a veterinarian, Neale said.

The three other horses survived the incident, Neale said. Of those, two were recovered; the third horse was seen running into the woods nearby, however Neale did not have a description of that horse.

“We've put local farms on alert about the missing horse, but we're still looking for it,” he said.

Givens, the trainer and exhibitor of world champion Tennessee Walking Horse Trigger Treat, was killed instantly and pronounced dead at the scene, Neale said. Taylor was treated at an Ohio hospital for his injuries, he said.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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