First Foreign Horses in USA, Heading to WEG

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A last-minute picture before heading to Kentucky. © 2010 Missy Sage for dressage/news.com
A last-minute picture before heading to Kentucky. © 2010 Missy Sage for dressage-news.com

MIAMI, Sept. 8–Argentine and Colombian endurance horses, the first foreign arrivals for the World Equestrian Games, left quarantine Wednesday for Lexington and likely to be the first admitted to the Kentucky Horse Park as official WEG entries.

The horses are the first in the largest airlift of show horses in history and are scheduled to arrive Thursday night at the Kentucky Horse Park, the venue for WEG held once every four years and in the United States for the first time.

Loaded up and ready to go. © 2010 Missy Sage for dressage-news.com
Loaded up and ready to go. © 2010 Missy Sage for dressage-news.com

Entries indicate that about 514 horses will be arriving from outside North American–446 from Europe flying directly to a multimillion dollar quarantine center set up at Cincinnati about an hour from Lexington, 49 from Latin America flying into Miami and 19 from the Pacific region flying into Los Angeles. Several foreign horses are based in the United States or have been here for several months preparing for WEG.

Dutta Corp., the New York and Florida-based transportation company, coordinated the shipping from their home countries, quarantine in Miami and ground transportation to Lexington of the Argentine and Colombian horses as the company will for all horses from Latin America.

Dutta will also coordinate quarantine of all the horses from Europe as the official shipper, a British-German company, is not licensed to operate in the United States and has no office or employees in America.

Missy Sage of Wellington, Florida, was the on-the-grounds coordinator for Dutta at Miami.

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