At approximately 5:00 am on April 20th, 20 of the world’s top 5* Elite-level international horses landed at JFK Airport, ready to compete at the debut Longines Masters of New York, April 26-29. The sight at JFK offered a unique glimpse into how these often multi-million dollar Elite equine athletes travel when they jet around the world for competitions and the care they receive during flight, which often rivals the travel experiences of their human teammates.
The horses traveled from Belgium to New York on an 8 ½ hour flight, each with their own passport and accompanied by their entourages of groomsmen/women, a flight attendant, and a vet to tend to their every need. This morning’s arrival was one of the largest equine cargo shipments to ever land at JFK and one of the biggest transportations of horses anywhere in the world, a feat which Longines Masters Series creators EEM undertake each year to ensure that the world’s top horses are able to compete.
Once unloaded from their plane, the horses were immediately inspected and placed in quarantine for 48 hours. Following quarantine, the equine athletes will be caravanned down the Long Island Expressway and walk a literal red carpet into their home for the next week specially-built stables at NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
In total, almost 200 horses from representing 10 countries will remain at NYCB LIVE throughout the prestigious four-day competition, presented by EEM with the support of Title Partner and Official Timekeeper and Watchmaker, Longines, as they compete daily with their riders for prize money of up to $382,000 per class.