The first horses from outside the country began arriving this week for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games after clearing quarantine in Miami.
At first, it was just a trickle: a Colombian endurance horse got to the Kentucky Horse Park first on Thursday morning, according to WEG officials.
Eight endurance horses from Chile and Guatemala rode in Friday afternoon in horse trailers.
But the floodgates will open next week when the quarantine facility at the Northern Kentucky-Cincinnati Airport opens. More than 400 horses are scheduled to arrive there from Europe over the next few weeks. It is said to be one of the largest post-war horse airlifts.
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Horses from the Pacific Rim will fly into Los Angeles to be quarantined there before heading to Lexington. The Games begin Sept. 25 with the reining competition and run through Oct. 10. World championships will be awarded in eight equestrian disciplines: reining, endurance, dressage, eventing, jumping, para-dressage, vaulting, and driving.
For more information on the Games and tickets, go to Alltechfeigames.com.