China Southern delivers prized Quarter Horses
China Southern Cargo played host to some special guests at Tianjin International Airport in May, after a 13- hour long journey in a China Southern B747-400 freighter.
July 15, 2012
China Southern Cargo played host to some special guests at Tianjin International Airport in May, after a 13- hour long journey in a China Southern B747-400 freighter. The unique ‘guests’ were 59 American Quarter Horses which were specifically purchased for National Barrel Racing Championship and the Barrel Racing Grand Prix of 2nd International Horse Culture Festival. These 59 5-year-old Quarter Horses (including 15 stallions) are worth nearly US$1.5 billion in total and originate from various US states such as California, Ohio, and Kentucky. Transporting 59 horses has led China Southern Cargo into a brand new field of delivery—horse transportation. While China Southern has wide ranging experience transporting live animals including panda, breeding pigs, minks and cattle etc, this was the first time it had transported horses. In order to guarantee the success of the uplift, China Southern Cargo set up a professional support team who immediately organised coordination meetings to make clear the handling procedures, link each department involved and specify the respective responsibility, the carrier said. Three equine specialists were assigned to serve as grooms along with the horses during the flight. They were responsible for monitoring the condition of horses, watching closely for any erratic behavior, food and water if needed, as well as regulating the temperature of the cabin etc. The aircraft landed as scheduled on the date of arrival. Once the necessary Customs, quarantine and other formalities were completed upon arrival, the China Southern Cargo team worked closely with their ground handling colleagues of Tianjin Airport to ensure that the horses were unloaded safely. Within 40 minutes, the 24 containers were unloaded from the aircraft smoothly, with all the prized horses in perfect condition. The 59 Quarter horses were then delivered by horse trucks to the isolation field in Beijing for quarantine examination. After the 45-day isolation period, they will be transported directly to the pasture in Erdos in order to take part in the equine events. The American Quarter Horse is the most popular breed in the US today and is a breed of horse that excels at sprinting short distances. Its name comes from its ability to outdistance other breeds of horses in races of a quarter mile or less with some horses clocked at speeds up to 88.5 km/h, which is fit for barrel racing, reining, cutting, calf roping etc.