Spanish Riding School 2005 American Tour

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

They're Here: The Stallions Have Landed!

Two KLM jets touched down at New York's JFK International Airport this weekend and unloaded a most precious cargo: 30 Lipizzan stallions of the Spanish Riding School.

Yes, we tried to get on the tarmac to photograph the arrival, but security at JFK doesn't allow anyone anywhere near the planes.

On Saturday, just a few miles away, the Breeders Cup races were being run at Belmont Park. What a concentration of valuable animals in one neighborhood!

The SRS riders and support staff did not fly with the horses, but instead flew to the USA on Austrian Air, with a domestic connection on to Columbus, Ohio, first stop on the tour.

The horses are headed to the New York Animal Import Center at Newburgh, New York, where they will be quarantined for a few days by the US Department of Agriculture. More about that tomorrow!


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