Equine International Airfreight - December 2018

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With 2018 coming to a close, it is a time to reflect on the amazing year we have had as a transporter of horses throughout the world. We provided services to every horse sport discipline from T thoroughbreds, E C H N Oequestrian, LOGY + DESIGN polo, standardbred, police horses, numerous special breeds and pleasure horses. Perhaps the highlight was taking Team Australian horses to the World Equestrian Games in Tryon North Carolina and the results the team achieved was awesome, having now qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters and loyal clients who continue to rely on our service. We are a small business and we concentrate our efforts on providing a specialised, boutique service whereby we always make sure your horse is our priority whether you are relocating, attending a competition or have acquired a quality horse from Australia or abroad. I would also like to thank our worldwide network of agents who assist constantly and it is these partnerships that ensure a smooth movement for horses. We all share the same agenda and that is to make sure your horse is well care for throughout their journey. Finally, I would like to wish all our staff, clients, club members, officials, owners, agents and our service providers & suppliers a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. May we all work together to make 2019 bigger and better.. – Cameron Croucher.

EIAF FLOWN 2YO's ARE READY TO RACE! EIAF is proud to have transported several horses sold at the recent Inglis Ready2Race sale, the Magic Millions 2YO Horses in Training, and the New Zealand Bloodstocks 2018 Ready to Run sale of 2YO to their new homes abroad. These well credentialed youngsters were flown by EIAF to Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Korea and back to Australia ready to commence their racetrack careers. The Magic Millions 2YO Horses in Training held on the Gold Coast on October 9, featured an exciting catalogue with buyers looking to secure their next stakes winning star, with 23 graduates of last year’s sale winners headlined by recent EIAF transported and Aushorse Golden Horseshoe winner Lim’s Lightning and Australian juvenile stakes winner Krone. “This is a two-year-old sale with proven stakes results for buyers,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. “From the last six editions of the sale 46 stakes performers have emerged.” At Inglis’s new Riverside stables their Ready2Race sale attracted siblings to Group 1 winners, progeny of Group 1-winning mares and 2YOs by some of Australia’s leading stallions headlining a bumper Inglis Ready2Race catalogue. Inglis’ General Manager of Bloodstock Jonathan D’Arcy was thrilled with the strength of the catalogue, which was held at Riverside Stables on Monday October 15 – two days after The Everest. “This is the strongest Ready2Race catalogue we have ever presented to buyers and by coinciding with The Everest, it will cap off one of the biggest weeks in Australian racing,’’ D’Arcy said. While at the final sale, the NZB's 2018 Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds, the New Zealand sires took centre stage with Champion sire Savabeel and fellow leading sire Tavistock in high demand. Victoria's Swettenham Stud sire Toronado also continued to impress with the Circus Polka colt selling for $300,000 sold to Laming Racing. Overall, results were back on last year’s Australasian record-breaking Sale.

Equine International Air Freight Staff Profile SHAUNA NOLAN Q1: How long have you been involved in the horse industry? I first started my obsession with horses as a child however I got my first job working with horses during university. From there I went on to work in show jumping, eventing and racing yards before trading in my boots to take on an office role. Q2: As a flight coordinator with EIAF what is the main function of your role?EIAF My main function here at EIAF is to insure all horses get to where they are going happy and safely meeting all the quarantine and health requirements in between. My days consist of arranging the vetting, vaccination and logistics of all the horses moving in/out of Sydney. There’s a lot that goes into moving horses overseas so check lists and a diary are my biggest assets. Q3: Do you ever travel with the horses? Yes, I assist our head flying grooms with flights. These mainly consist of large charters but occasionally smaller shipments to the likes of Malaysia, Japan, Singapore etc. Getting to travel with the horses makes sure I have a wellrounded view of the process from start to finish. It also gives me the opportunity to meet our partner arrival agents in other countries. When speaking with our clients its always helpful to have had the experience of travelling multiple times with horses so I can explain the process to them. Q4: Which horse disciplines are you most interested in? I’m mainly interested in show-jumping and eventing, this goes back to my groom days in Ireland. I try to follow both in Australia and internationally (Ireland in particular). I have few events on my ‘horsey bucket list’ with Aachen and Badminton at the top! We are also lucky enough to have some jumpers and young horses at home so that gets me out and about to shows (although I usually prefer to keep my feet on the ground). When time allows I also like to pencil or fence steward for local clubs and events. Q5: What do you like most about working on the relocation of horses around world? I think I like the variety the most, no two days are the same. Although I’m predominantly office based I do get to the airport regularly. I also love visiting the horses at Quarantine, it gives me a chance to see their personalities and really helps when it comes to loading them onto aircraft. We like to make sure that the horses leave our care better than they arrive and its nice to see this process in action.

EIAF FLYS ACROSS THE DITCH WITH DHL EIAF are excited to announce that a new service has been established with access to five direct flights per week between Auckland and Sydney and Sydney to Auckland with DHL acquiring a new 767 aircraft that can accommodate fully enclosed horse stalls.

EIAF FLY ARABIAN CHAMPIONS Congratulations to Al Sahrae Arabians, based in Romsey, Victoria with the EIAF transported Arianna CS (imp USA) (JJ Bellagio x Duchess of Marwan) winning the 2018 Australasian Arabian Breeders GOLD senior mare Champion! This is such an amazing achievement for her first show appearance in Australia, and was beautifully presented by Brittney Hardwick While their stallion, El Chall WR was awarded the 2018 Australasian Arabian Breeders GOLD senior stallion champion. El Chall WR was also the winner of the people's choice award!! We are so incredibly happy!! El Chall WR was perfectly handled by Silvio Galea!!

LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE 4* GIRLS AT THE AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL 3-DAY EVENT Congratulations to all competitors who took part in the Australian International 3 Day Event! Shane Rose and Easy Turn put in a foot perfect jumping round in the Horseland CCI2* to finish on their dressage score of 34.90 penalties and take out first place! Stuart Tinney and Leporis 36.90 was 2nd, and 3rd was Emma Mason and Aramatai Fox on a score of 38.40. It was a 1, 2, 3 for the boys in the R.M.Williams CIC3* class. Shane Rose continued his winning streak, taking out first place with Ultimate Velocity on 46.10 penalties, with 2nd going to Callum Buczak and Matavia Cheval 49.90 with Andrew Cooper and Oaks Onyx 57.60 in third. Let’s hear it for the girls! Hazel Shannon and Willinga Park Clifford made history today, becoming the first ever combination to win the CCI4* at the Aus3de more than once! Finishing on a score of 59.50, they also took out the TRSA award for the Best Performed Off the Track Thoroughbred. Amanda Pottinger (NZL) and Just Kidding (63.20) were runner up, with WA Sonja Johnson and Misty Isle Valentino (78.80) in third. This is the first time that there has been an all-female top ten in a CCI4* event across the world. ‘It feels great, as good as the first time, I’m still in disbelief. Willingapark Clifford performs best when he’s fresh, and he loves Adelaide’.

EQUITANA JUMPS OFF! The Horseware Australia Jumping Grand Prix at Equitana was an exciting competition demonatrating the ultimate show of athleticism, precision and speed. The best show jump horses and riders tackle a world cup course of 1.6m jumps designed by the acclaimed Gavin Chester as they vie for the title of Australian Open Champion and take home a share of the $120,000 prize pool! The prize was claimed by Steven Hill and 'Yalambi's Bellini Star' (pictured) win the Horseware Australia Jumping Grand Prix with Chris Chugg and 'PSS Levilensky' going double clear to place second.

TEAM MACKILLOP EQUESTRIAN’S WEG ADVENTURE WITH EIAF As the WEG horses have now arrived home safe and sound, WEG trip of a lifetime winner Stephanie MacKillop returns capturing some amazing moments and some brilliant interviews with Aussie competitors – Here is a snapshot of her social media posts, it was truly an incredible trip!

DIDTHE YOU KNOW? BONEO BOUND FOR 2018 AUSTRALIAN DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS After a great five days of tough competition, it was come back kid Matthew Dowsley and AEA Prestige who became the new Australian Grand Prix champions winning the big tour classes at the 2018 Australian Dressage Championships at Boneo on 19 - 21 October. Dowsley and the 13-year old gelding AEA Prestige (by Prestige VDL x Grand Kavalier) won both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Kur with 72.456% and 75.790%. “The competition was one of the best I’ve ever ridden at within Australia, “ Matthew told Eurodressage. “The Martin Collins surfaces are just beautiful to ride on. AEA Prestige obviously enjoyed the conditions, and the horse is slowly becoming more brave in the bigger atmospheres. The training goal for the pair at the moment is to work on suppleness, elasticity, and developing more power so that they can get through the Grand Prix with ease. “Now he is pretty much the same at home each day, but at competitions the first couple of days he keeps me on my toes,” Matthew stated. “He has has a big personality which I enjoy."

2018 SPRING CARNIVAL WRAP Caulfield Cup week belonged to Pat Cosgrave and Saeed bin Suroor to combine with Benbatl in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes and again with Best Solution the Stella Artois Caulfield Cup. But the most impressive performance was The Autumn Sun in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas. The following week, we head to Moonee Valley for the Cox Plate where Winx demolished her rivals to surge clear with a fourth-consecutive Cox Plate victory with the whole of Australia watching. Brave Smash claimed victory in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes. Then it was Flemigton’s turn, with Victoria Derby Day living up to its title as Australia's best race day with several stunning performances. The Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes known as a stallion-making race was won by the outstanding filly, Sunlight from the Tony McEvoy as she gamely fended off the colts down straight six. Darren Weir and John Allen won eight Stakes races during the 2018 Spring Carnival and their highlight came in the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby on the Victorain bred galloper, Extra Brut, and Godolphin's James Cummings with Best Of Days claimed the Group 1 Kennedy Mile. But the Godolphin blue really shone when Charlie Appleby became the first English trainer to win the Melbourne Cup with Cross Counter in the 158th running great race. On Stakes day Warrnambool horseman Jarrod McLean celebrated his biggest moment in racing when Trap For Fools landed the $2 million Mackinnon Stakes.


GOOREE PARK POLO PONIES ARE FLYING! Gooree Park's Cojuangco Family have entrusted their prized polo ponies to EIAF with end destination Manila Polo Club. One of Mudgee’s historic properties, Gooree Park is renowned both as a world class thoroughbred horse stud and as the largest vineyard in the district, is also responsible for crafting the thoroughbred of wines. In 1979 Filipino businessman Eduardo Cojuangco Jnr purchased "Gooree Park", realising his agriculture and environmental ambitions. Proud sponsors of the Mudgee polo Club, today Gooree Park oversees the breeding & pre-training of the next generation of thoroughbred champions, with dedicated breeding, spelling and training facilities; not to mention our own race track. Gooree Stud still have the blue hen mare Explosive who is the mother of the late Northern Meteor. The sire of Zoustar, who got the Trifecta in the 2018 Coolmore Stakes. A Daughter Of Explosive (Comical Smile) also produced leading Stallion Smart Missile.

EIAF'S EQUINE JOURNEY THROUGH CHINA EIAF’s Chinese representative, Danney Xu has just returned from a trip through China where he attended numerous horse events throughout the country. “My first stop was at the Chengdu Race Meeting to see the magnificent facilities that have been constructed there. There were six races held on the day with prize money for each race RMB150,000 (around AUD $30,000). Following on from the flat racing, the 8th China Horse Carnival organised by the Chinese Equestrian Association was held, with events in show jumping and dressage. Equestrian horse imports to China are ten-times the number of thoroughbred imports serving the huge number of equestrian clubs throughout China. Currently the majority of equestrian horses are imported to China from Europe but there is significant opportunity for Chinese equestrian clubs to look at Australian horses in the future. "I then flew to Hangzhou to attend the 2nd Horse Industry Summit which was an excellent networking opportunity. Not only was there many Chinese Industry participants but it attracted many global players that are looking to do business with the Chinese Horse Industries," Xu said. "After Hangzhou I attended the Wuhan Race meeting for their international race day. In attendance were officials from the Guangzhou Race Club who have been conducting race meeting for the past 7 years. I also had the opportunity and invitation to visit Nanjing Race Track, which is the best racecourse in all of China. This place has huge potential and the officials are working through the logistics of conducting race meetings in the future. They say China is the sleeping giant in the global horse industries. EIAF will be well positioned to work with race clubs, owners & the State to assist with horse transportations and relationships with buyers interested in the quality horses produced in Australia.


EIAF ATTENDS THE 2018 ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL EQUINE EXHIBITION EIAF'S UAE representative Mr Alam Dastani attended the 2018 Abu Dhabi International Equestrian Exhibition. "This exhibition attracts over 60,000 visitors a day of people with equine interests in the Middle East," Alam said. "It was important for us to have a presence at this event and I was able to discuss the processes involved in the relocation of horses from Australia. Many of my past friends and colleagues as well as endurance trainers & officials dropped into my stand and potential new clients were introduced to our services." "This was a very valuable opportunity to have a presence at such a huge equine event in the UAE."

TIGER TARA READY FOR ID18 Standardbred Champion Stallion Pacer “Tiger Tara” crossed the ditch to Christchurch, New Zealand with EIAF and ICE Bloodstock to compete at the highest level this month. Arriving feeling fit and full of running the popular pacer certainly gave it a good go and was a gallant brilliant runner up in the Group 1 Christchurch Casino Trotting Cup. Tiger Tara is an eight-year-old standardbred stallion, trained by Kevin Puzzuto who earlier this season tore shreds off his rivals to score a remarkable 12.2-metre win 21 in the Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton. A crowd favourite, Tiger Tara will now head to the Victorian based ID18 after a second and third in the first two heats and is currently 5th on the pacers standings with 24 points.

TEENAGE WINNER IN QUILTY 2018 EIAF’s shipping coordinator in Melbourne, Sue Ellis made the journey south to beautiful Scottsdale, in Tasmainia to watch this year’s 160km Tom Quilty Gold Cup and with good weather conditions, it made for competitive riding. Tasmainian teenage competitor Jaz Hutchins crossed the line first in the country’s most prestigious equine endurance championship. The 17-year-old from Sassafras rode the mare Beer Street Bewitched and beat competitors from across the country to take line honours. Starting at midnight on Friday, 141 horse-and-rider combinations took part, including competitors from the United States and New Zealand. The field is divided into lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight classes according to the weight of each rider and their gear, as well as a junior section. Ms Hutchins and Bewitched completed in a time of 9:46:27 seconds, however as a junior she is not is not eligible to win. Instead, the trophy was officially won by Kristie Taprell and 11YO mare Castlebar Belair from Victoria. Mrs Taprell got involved in the sport 24 years ago and has now won four Quiltys. “I just love the bond that you get between yourself and the horse and the whole sport in general is fantastic,” she said. The ride is divided into five stages and the horses must pass stringent vet checks between stages in order to continue. They must also pass a final vet check after completing the ride to receive an official Quilty buckle. "All riders who successfully completed the ride won - some just won a little quicker than others."

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