Olympic horses head to Rio from Stansted Airport
- Credit: Jon Stroud Media
A group of Olympic horses flew out from Stansted Airport on Friday (July 29), aboard a special cargo plane bound for Rio.
The Emirates Skycargo Boeing 777 left the UK at 3.20pm carrying 34 horses from 10 nations for the near 12-hour flight to Brazil.
Eventing horses from Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Japan, Italy and China were on board Friday’s flight, which was the first of nine shipments delivering more than 200 horses for the games.
The horses landed at Rio International Airport, before travelling to the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro Olympic Park.
The highly complex operation in getting the horses to Rio involves Stansted, Liege Airport in Belgium, and Miami Airport in the USA.
You may also want to watch:
Overall, the horses and their riders will represent 43 nations from around the world in the Olympic disciplines of dressage, jumping and eventing.
- 1 Dedicated children's hospital set for Cambridge
- 2 Chelmsford bypass 'could provide strategic link' to Stansted Airport
- 3 An afternoon at the Proms for Mountfitchet House residents
- 4 Minute silence at council meeting for 'kind-hearted' Uttlesford officer
- 5 England call-up for Max Malins after hat-trick in Saracens' demolition of Bath
- 6 First 'building block' of Harlow town centre major regeneration approved
- 7 Fine form continues with seven-up for effervescent Saffron Walden Town
- 8 Last-gasp heartbreak for Saffron Walden against unbeaten Ipswich
- 9 David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny coming to Cambridge stage
- 10 Nursery school faces 'imminent closure' without cash boost