Four horses die in A9 lorry crash on way to Perthshire trials

A leading eventer has spoken of his devastation after four horses were killed in a road accident when a lorry crashed into their broken-down truck.

Nick Gauntlett was heading to the Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials at Pitlochry, Perthshire, when the accident happened on Tuesday afternoon.

After the truck broke down on the A9, just 30 minutes from Blair Castle, all team members left the vehicle while the horses remained inside.

While waiting for recovery services, Gauntlett and his team watched as a lorry collided with their truck.

His horse, Party Trick, died alongside three animals belonging to the American-born eventer Sophie Hulme.

Police Scotland are investigating the circumstances of the crash and said two people were taken to hospital.

Gauntlett, who is