Polo pony breeder Johnny Kahlbetzer suing Spirit of Tasmania ship after horses ...

A multi-millionaire is suing the Spirit of Tasmania after six of his polo ponies, worth more than $100,000 each, suffocated to death while on board the ferry.

Breeder Johnny Kahlbetzer said a total of 16 horses died during the nine-hour journey from Devonport, Tasmania, to Melbourne on January 29.

Mr Kahlbetzer owned six of the ponies while the other seven belonged to former Australian polo team captain Andrew Williams. 

Breeder Johnny Kahlbetzer (pictured with partner Donna Gardner) is suing the Spirit of Tasmania after six of his polo ponies, worth more than $100,000 each, suffocated to death while on board the ferry

Breeder Johnny Kahlbetzer (pictured with partner Donna Gardner) is suing the Spirit of Tasmania after six of his polo ponies, worth more than $100,000 each, suffocated to death while on board the ferry

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Breeder Johnny Kahlbetzer said a total of 16 horses died during the nine-hour journey on board the Spirit of Tasmania (pictured) from Devonport, Tasmania, to Melbourne on January 29

Breeder Johnny Kahlbetzer said a total of 16 horses died during the nine-hour journey on board the Spirit of Tasmania (pictured) from Devonport, Tasmania, to Melbourne on January 29

Mr Kahlbetzer said owners were not allowed on board with their animals, but were assured they would be well looked after by crew.

Mr Kahlbetzer said he was shown pictures of his prized horses upon their arrival and 'it wasn't pretty'.

Mr Kahlbetzer's company, Twynam

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