Longines Masters of Los Angeles : horses get settled at Long Beach
Last Saturday morning, all 43 showjumping European rider’s horses landed on the Los Angeles airport tarmac after a 10h45 hours flight from Liège, Belgium.
A long-haul flight chartered on the occasion of the American leg of the Longines Masters Series that will be hold from September 29th to October 2nd at the Long Beach Convention Center.
A perfectly well-organized and supervised expedition so that competition stars travel in the best conditions possible as Filip Vande Capelle explained, from EHS, the horse transport society: “flight was comfortable for horses. Emirates has a real knowledge for this. We work with them for several years now. For example, they adapt the angle of the plane during the takeoff and the landing in order to limit strong shocks. These small things make the difference”.
Other characteristic regarding a travel abroad, European horses have to pass a quarantine period to avoid transmission of diseases. Thus, from the airport, horses have directly been charged in a sealed truck, direction Long Beach, where they have been confined in quarantine for 48 hours. Among these exceptional travelers, Orient Express*HDC, world vice-champion with France Patrice Delaveau, traveled the long distance with his precious groom Jennifer Dodeuil: “boarding in Liège and transport went great. With a good organization in the stables, horses are comfortably installed at the showjumping site.
Quarantine is no easy situation but we were able to walk our horses regularly watching to separate stallions from mares”.