WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ--(Marketwire - Aug 23, 2012) - The dressage and jumping events were among some of the most popular at the Olympic Games, as they showcased the power of the equestrian athletes and the strength of their bond with their riders. Many spectators may have wondered how the horses were transported to the event, as they came from countries around the world. The Huffington Post has published an article that highlights the travel accommodations that these animals received while making their way to the United Kingdom. Cesar Parra, founder of Piaffe-Performance, explains how the horses traveled to the Games.
The horses arrived several weeks before the games began, giving them time to acclimate to their new surroundings and recover from the minimal stress that travel causes. Because most of these animals are seasoned competitors, the act of traveling -- even overseas -- is not as difficult for them to handle as one might assume. Joanie Morris, who is the Press Officer for the United States Equestrian Foundation, explains: "These horses are all older animals who are used to travel. Horses in general are pretty good travelers, so they don't mind their overseas adventure."
The air travel required to get the horses to London was, according to Susan Kayne, Team Manager of Unbridled Racing, the easiest part of the process. "More of an issue to the horse comes with the different water and feeds they intake in their new environment," she asserts. Morris adds that the attitude of the country to which they travel is important, as well. She notes that, as a "very horse-friendly country," England has easy to follow quarantine regulations and is used to welcoming traveling horses within its borders.
"Bringing a horse to the airport and loading him onto a plane to be shipped overseas may sound slightly out of the ordinary," comments Dr. Cesar Parra. "As it turns out, it is a very common practice in horse sport. Horses ship regularly in and out of John F. Kennedy airport and even though air travel may sound strenuous on a horse it is actually quite comfortable for them. Most of the horses flying to Europe for the Olympics are veterans of flying as well. Horses travel with professional grooms who make sure that all the equine athletes are travelling safely and remain healthy and without stress."
Cesar Parra is proud of the work that all of the equestrian athletes completed during the Olympic Games. He is excited to be a part of the sport and looks forward to continuing to encourage new athletes to compete in dressage and other equestrian events.
Dr. Cesar Parra founded Piaffe-Performance, which is a full-service equestrian training team. With its roots in classic German training methods, Dr. Cesar Parra incorporates integrity, perseverance, self-control, courtesy, sharing, and strength of character into his program. Through each class, Dr. Cesar Parra teaches his students to communicate with their horses and work together to achieve their goals.