It’s the start of an incredible journey for 34 event horses from Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Japan, Italy and China as they were boarded on an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777-F freight aircraft out of Stansted on Friday to head down to the Rio Olympics.
The horses worth multi-millions are the first of nine shipments organised by Peden Bloodstock to Rio International Airport. The travel arrangements for these world class dressage, show jumping and eventing stars are very complex and involves three hubs in Europe and America.
Some quick facts:
· Flight time to Rio – 11 hrs and 40 minutes
· A horse's baggage allowance include hay, 30kg shavings, tack, and of course the horse
· The horses eat a bran mash before flying and then have hay and water on board
· As well as a passport, microchip they have an export health certificate
· Horses wear as little as possible to keep cool when flying, but usually have leg protection
· Horse's stalls are 112cm wide, with two horses per pallet
· Stallion travel at the front so they’re not close to mares
· Vets travel on board the same flight in case there’s a health issue