Specialist horse transportation company Peden Bloodstock, working alongside The Dutta Corp., has coordinated the logistics of transporting the airlift of 550 horses to the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, the company said.
Horses from six of the world´s seven continents will fly into Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) in South Carolina and Miami, Florida.
The world´s largest commercial airlift of horses has begun ahead of the FEI World Equestrian Gamesâ¢ Tryon 2018, with a total of 550 horses flying to the USA to join 270 horses coming overland to the Games, one of the biggest sporting events on US soil this year.
The horses will be flying into the USA on a total of 23 flights from LiÃ¨ge (BEL) and Dubai (UAE), plus flights from 11 South American cities including Buenos Aires (ARG), Sao Paolo (BRA), Santiago (CHI), Lima (PER), Montevideo (URU) and San JosÃ© (CRC).
The first 67 of a total 550 supremely fit airborne equine athletes will arrive on the Tryon International Equestrian Center venue, nine days before the start of one of the biggest sporting events on US soil this year.
The horses are flying on a specially designed Boeing 777 freighter aircraft in customised stalls, with independently air conditioned zones maintaining the perfect temperature for these four-legged athletes, which weigh anywhere between 450kg for the lighter Reining and Endurance horses, and 840kg for the heavyweight Vaulting giants.