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Page 26 of 91 K WInTeR 2014 27 once you get into some of the Mid- dle Eastern countries and places like Australia or South Africa the require- ments will vary quite a bit, based on the demands of that ministry. Our job is to handle it from A to Z," he added, noting that this includes fulflling each country's veterinary conditions, making quarantine arrangements, preparing travel documents (horses have passports, too), to scheduling all vans, fights, and professional "fy" grooms. "We like to make it a simple process for the client," he said. Mersant will also work to make it as economical as possible for the client. Santarelli estimates that an average trip to Europe can cost an owner between $8,000 and $12,000, depending on specif- ics. Meanwhile, a trek to the Middle East or Australia would be more like $15,000 to $21,000 per horse. When traveling internationally. hors- es go via plane. ("We do a lot of ocean freight," said Santarelli, "but not with horses.") And Mersant has partnerships with numerous airlines, including KLM, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo, Emirates, and Federal Express. The over- sized passengers travel on "pallets" that are more or less movable stalls that accommodate three equines — think of this as fying coach. A client can request more legroom for his horse, such as only two on a pallet (sort of like business class) or even one (luxury frst class). Needless to say, when dealing with 1,200-pound animals a lot could go wrong at 37,000 feet. But interestingly, From left, Harry "Pancho" Zahariou, Joe Santarelli Jr., and Keeneland's Tom Thornbury anne m. ebeRhaRdt the Pin Oak S t a l l i o n S Alternation by Distorted Humor Broken Vow by Unbridled Cowboy Cal by Giant's Causeway Sky Classic by Nijinsky II Pin Oak Stud

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