EIAF Newsletter June 2018

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JUNE 2018 NEWSLETTER busy S C I E N C E + T E What C H Na O L Ofew G Ymonths + DitEhas S I been G N and, as we turn the corner into

the second half of 2018, it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. The equine world has a lot of balls up in the air at the moment – a little in-flight humour! – and the increase of air transport, for all breeds, is nothing short of phenomenal. But now we want to put YOU in the air too and you’ll see below our special offer, in association with Equestrian Australia, to fly two people to the US in September for the World Equestrian Games. I hope you enjoy our latest newsletter and reading up on the to-ing and fro-ing of horses (not to mention a few zebras!). Enjoy. – Cameron Croucher.

WHO WANTS TO WIN A TRIP TO WEG? EIAF working together with Equestrian Australia have put together this fantastic opportunity, to offer you a chance to win a trip to the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 being held in Tyron, USA this September. Not only will we fly you over but we’ll also provide you and a travel partner with an “All Session Pass” to ALL competition sessions throughout Week 1 of WEG 2018. Imagine soaking up the atmosphere at the purpose-built Tryon International Equestrian Centre (TIEC) in North Carolina, while watching your favourite FEI discipline (Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining) and cheering on the Australian Eventing team! To register for your chance to WIN this awesome prize visit our website for more details.

MACEDON’S READY-MADE STAYERS HAVE HEADED TO NZ EIAF was privileged to fly five potential Melbourne Cup runners from Melbourne to Auckland on behalf of leading trainer Graeme Rogerson. With an eye on adding a second Group 1 Melbourne Cup to his mantle alongside Efficient’s win 11 years ago, Rogerson is investing heavily in the world’s greatest staying race with his recent acquisitions. After securing the opportunity to buy ready-made stayers from Cup specialist, Macedon Lodge’s Lloyd Williams, the new stablemates will also provide a significant boost to the New Zealand racing economy. "We flew to Melbourne and spent the day with Lloyd at Mount Macedon,” Rogerson said. “We've bought five horses off Lloyd and we think this will be a great lift for New Zealand racing.” The five horses joining Rogerson Racing Stables include crowd favourite, Group 1 winner Gallante. A runner in the 2016 & 2017 Melbourne Cups, the seven-year-old gelding has earned more than $A2 million from just 20 starts. Rogerson is planning on starting Gallante in the Group 2 Awapuni Gold Cup, before targeting the seasoned campaigner towards the $2 million Group 1 Sydney Cup. While Makybe Diva’s son Surrey has certainly hit the ground running for his new stable, having impressed in his debut maiden victory over a mile at Matamata, he gave a solid runner-up effort at Te Rapa from an unfavourable barrier. "The dream is the first Tuesday in November, and I think he's a Cup horse in the making. I'm just going to give him two more starts and then give him a break and come back in the spring and see if we can get him over there and make a challenge,” Rogerson enthused about the patiently handled five-year-old. The other purchases included proven galloper, Assign, a 2016 Melbourne Cup runner and Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes winner, Pattern, a Flemington winning son of High Chaparral, and the Galileo sired, My Bantry Bay. EIAF look forward to Rogerson Racing returning with a strong team in the spring.

DO YOU WANT A FREE EQUESTRIAN AUSTRALIA MEMBERSHIP? As the official airfreight partner for Equestrian Australia, we are excited to offer all its members FREE EA membership when you fly with Equine International Air Freight. If you're in need of international airfreight for your horse, you will save money from this offer. We're happy to provide this benefit to all EA members and look forward to making your horse our PRIORITY! To take advantage of this offer, please visit our website for full details.

DUBAI CALLING FOR MATAR ENDURANCE ARABS Matar Endurance Stables welcomed a group of expertly bred Arabian Endurance horses to their first class facilities in Dubai. Judging by this photo, they have all settled in beautifully to their new home and are looking forward to being competitive on the challenging endurance circuit.

FAREWELL CHASE HELLO EUROPE EIAF is proud to be associated with Matt Harnacke and “Chase” (top), a promising dressage combination. Harnacke is also known for his International modelling career and a whopping 275K Instagram followers. Having signed up with other premier partners including the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) & LONGINES, he is credited with being the number 1 #EquestrianInfluencer worldwide. Harnacke flew out with showjumper Dito for Chuggy Equestrian (bottom) who both departed safe and sound to Europe.



Transportation of unusual equidae – EIAF's agent in Texas Cavaletti Equine has recently transported these Zebras foals on board a cargo flight. The colour coded headstalls are a clever way to tell them apart!


EIAF's dependable and trusted global transport network has now taken another massive stride forward in recent years with thier fully operational UK quarantine facility. Based at Newmarket in the heart of horse racing, Blackhorse Farm is spread over 30 acres of lovely, pastured land with modern stabling, safe fencing (Diamond Mesh), turn out paddocks, horse walker and lunging ring, outdoor dressage arena, veterinary facilities and isolation stables. Managed by well-known and highly respected horseperson, Leanne Needham for the last two years, Blackhorse Farm is an Australian Government approved quarantine facility and will present owners with a professional and competitive option to transport horses from the United Kingdom to Australia. Flying horses across the world is a highly specialised field, but with EIAF you can trust that the care of your equine partner during passage and the safe delivery to their final destination will be EIAF’s number one priority.

EVENTING CHAMPION VIRGIL READY TO JET TO WEG! WEG bound, Shane Rose Eventing stole the show at Equestriad held in the Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park. The Rio Olympics bronze medalist proved he's well on track for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon with a first and second placing in the TRM CIC3* class. The win on Virgil also earned him the title of Australian Eventing Champion, after finishing on top with 38.40 penalties.

EIAF SHINES AT MELB INTERNATIONAL 3DE There is also news from the Melbourne 3 Day over Queens Birthday weekend, with Stuart Tinney and Celebration (EIAF EU import for Elizabeth Brinton/Tinney Eventing) winning the CC12*, while Shane Rose and Easy Turn placed 1st in the CCI 1*. Showing consistency and brilliance before their WEG departure Shane Rose and Virgil 2nd in the CIC 3*. For all the results please click on http://www.bspscoring.com/M3DE/2018/M3DE_2018.html and https://www.facebook.com/MI3DE/


When was the first time you travelled a horse from your native land, New Zealand? In 1973 I came to Australia with my showjumper, El Kabah (photos attached). We competed in NSW and Victoria and had a very successful season culminating at Melbourne Royal. I fell in love with Australia then. What are some of your highlights in the horse industry? Flying Daria’s Fun to Australia for the 1987 Melbourne Cup. With Shane Dye aboard, she was a fast-finishing 7th. Daria’s Fun was “stayer of the year” in NZ in the 1987/88 season where she won the Group 1 Wellington Cup breaking the Australasian record 3 mins 15.59 (which still stands to this day). Also, Counties Personality of the Year was a bit of a surprise. Why did you move to Australia? For the racing in 1991 with husband Dene, 2 children, Kate and Rachel, Emily was born in Australia, we flew 20 racehorses, 1 pony, 2 cats. A truck full of belongings came by ship. Was it a good move? Absolutely – we have had a great life here. The horses all performed well too with both Reno Belle and Ahora stakes performers. So how do you enjoy your latest role working for EIAF? Challenging at times and a steep learning curve but I am certainly enjoying it. Flying horses can be stressful for some of our clients and I understand that and get a lot of satisfaction out of helping make it all go smoothly.

EIAF CHARTER MAGIC MILLIONS BOUND EIAF arranged a charter flight from Auckland to Brisbane with horses bound for the Magic Millions National Weanling, Broodmare and Yearling Sale on Friday May 25th 2018.

EIAF DIRECTOR FLYS THE AUSTRALIAN FLAG EIAF Director, David Chester, a respected figure in the Australian thoroughbred industry, has been flying the EIAF flag internationally recently with a visit to Korea for the Asian Racing Conference. David brings a lifetime of horse experience, and as one of the major figures behind Magic Millions’ continued growth over recent decades, David’s connections in Asia are warmly welcomed and valued. With EIAF granted the preferred airfreight partner of Magic Millions Sales, his presence overseas helps grow the EIAF brand, while educating clients on our ever-increasing capacity to meet their international equine travel requirements. Photo: Korean Asian Racing Conference – Derby Day.

EIAF JUMPS HIGH ON THE AQUIS CHAMPIONS TOUR Merrick Ubank (top) shone in the Aquis Gold Tour Final, enjoying the spoils of the wealthiest week in Australian showjumping history. Held in Queensland, at Elysian Fields there was a large and excited crowd to watch a brilliant display of jumping throughout the competition. Riding Alantinus, Merrick went double clear to win the Pryde’s EasiFeed Gold Tour Final to win the richest event on the Australian Jumping calendar, while Jess Brown’s Medusa (bottom), owned by Karen Tinney, was flown by EIAF and was the star of her team finishing 6th in a hotly contested Mini Prix. Congratulations to all the competitors and organisers involved in the 2018 Aquis Champions Tour. EIAF is proud to support and fly competitors, to help them reach new and exciting heights.

SHOOBRIDGE’S ESCALA RW FLYS HIGH Flown by EIAF, Amanda Shoobridge on Escala RW were awarded the 2018 Champions at the Sydney CDI Dressage Festival in the Hanoverian Horse Society of Australia 4YO Young Horse class. Eve Crestani's German Oldenburger mare Escala RW was presented beautifully by Amanda Shoobridge., scoring highly with all judges in the walk 7.8, trot 7.9, canter 7.6, submission 8.2 and general impression 8.5. Guest rider Vanessa Way was so impressed she wanted to take her back to her barn in NZ !! EIAF sends our congratulations to all the connections and a very special thank you for trusting us with your precious cargo. Credit: Stephen Mowbray Photography

BRIGHT FUTURE FOR EIAF TRAVELLERS EIAF travellers brought home the goods at the Sydney International Horse Trials when competing in the prestigious and hotly contested Young Event Horse class for six-year-olds. The class was won by Stuart Tinney riding Daleena Daydream, with third place awarded to Rachael Lee on Toulando. Both EIAF clients, they were competing on their promising European imports, We’ll be keeping a close eye on them both when they step up and become eventing stars of the future.

EIAF IS CHINA BOUND Off the back of the first ever thoroughbred auction to be held on the Chinese mainland, EIAF were in the air and flying a well-bred group of thoroughbred horses to the progressive racing destination. The Yulong Thoroughbred Sale, touted as a success was topped by the Yulong Jockey Club’s Horse of the Year in 2017, Embiran at 1.35 million RMB or A$279,100. Overall, 43 horses of 71 catalogued sold for A$2,688,211 with well respected auctioneer Peter Heagney on hand to auction the first three through the ring. With EIAF Director David Chester, having reliable and well-respected connections throughout China, Hong Kong and Asia, this will no doubt be a popular flight path for Australian-bred thoroughbreds in the future. Photos: David Chester (far right) in China with Daney Xu (EIAF Chinese Representative), Cameron Croucher and leading Chinese owner/breeder, Mr Zhang from Yulong Horse Sale.

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