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Horses Arriving For World Equestrian Games

Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager for the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office, says all the horses are walked to an on- site evaluation facility.

By Alan Lytle, Kentucky Public Radio

Many of the estimated 800 horses from 62 countries competing in the World Equestrian Games began arriving at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport Wednesday.

Rusty Ford, Equine Programs Manager for the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office, says all the horses are walked to an on- site evaluation facility.

“We’re actually looking at these animals, monitoring their food intake, water intake, temperature, respiration and pulse; looking for any evidence or signs of an illness. So, it’s not just the specific diseases that we’re testing for; when the horse leaves here it is going to be declared disease-free, and moving to the Kentucky Horse Park,” he said.

Ford says the process will continue around the clock through October 14th, when the game end.