Behind the Scenes: Transporting Elite Equine Athletes by Air

Get the scoop on what went in to transporting 40 horses from Europe to Las Vegas for the upcoming FEI World Cup Finals.

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Valuable cargo was loaded onto the Qatar Airways B777 chartered freighter aircraft departing Schiphol Airport in The Netherlands at 5:55 a.m., local time, on April 11.

“We estimate there’s about €150 million (nearly $158,250,000) worth of horses on the flight,” said Tim Dutta, the man in charge of transporting many of the world’s elite equine athletes from Europe all to the way to Las Vegas for the Fédération Equestre Internationale  (FEI) World Cup 2015 Finals, taking place April 15-19.

“Horses are just like you and me,” Dutta said. “Some fall asleep before departure and snooze most of the way, and others start praying from the minute they take off and don’t stop until they’ve landed! But the majority of them are like seasoned CEOs—they’ve flown so many times that they just take it all in their stride.”

Dutta has been in the horse transportation business since the Dutta Corporation was established in 1988

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