Fédération Equestre Internationale ships Olympic horses to Rio

Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has reported the first group of Olympic horses departed from London Stansted Airport (GBR) on an Emeritas SkyCargo Boeing 777-F cargo plane bound for Rio 2016, the company said.

The company said 34 horses from 10 nations were loaded into customized pallets for the almost 12-hour flight.

Eventing horses from Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Japan, Italy and China are the first of nine shipments delivering more than 200 horses to Rio International Airport, en route to the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro Olympic Park.

The FEI is the world governing body for horse sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and was founded in 1921. The FEI is the sole controlling authority for all international events in the Olympic sports of jumping, dressage and eventing, as well as driving, endurance, vaulting and reining.