The Longines Masters L.A. | October 2015

October 1st-4th, 2015

Apollo Equine Transport is an affiliated horse transporter for this year's 2015 Longines Masters of Los Angeles. This..
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International Imports

Apollo Equine specializes in the importation of horses into the USA, mainly on the West Coast and can also assist for imports into the East Coast. We can handle the entire process from landing at LAX until released from quarantine and if needed, delivered to your barn. The entire import process is the same for any horse but the logistics are different depending on the country of origin. We work with several agents around the world. As a team, we can help organize your trip from the stable of origin, the flight to the USA and the importation. Whether you are importing a newly purchased horse, a beloved family member, a show horse or racehorse; No matter what the need, we can help fulfill it.  

Horses are flown in jet stalls. These stalls can accommodate up to three adult horses. If you are importing foals, weanling or yearlings, you have the option of flying 4+ horses depending on their size and of course the airline will have the final say for the horses safety. 

Most horses are flown in a triple (single stall). Your horse would fly with two other horses. This is the least expensive option also known as “economy class”.  

If you would like for your horse to have more room and travel more comfortably on his/her flight, please consider flying in a stall and a half (double stall). Your horse would fly with one other horse. This option costs more but your horse would much appreciate flying “business class”.

All horses are accompanied by a professional horse attendant. Having an experienced horse handler attend to the horses during the loading, flight and offloading process is very beneficial for the safety of the horses, as some can become very restless and endanger themselves and/or others.

We make all necessary arrangements in Los Angeles for you. These include standard import quarantine, USDA monitoring, USDA lab testing, USDA import permits, transportation from aircraft to quarantine, accredited private veterinarian for blood draw and medical treatment if necessary, transfer of blood from Los Angeles to NVSL in Ames, Iowa, customs clearance, equipment pick up from airline, vanning to final destination and CEM quarantine reservations. We, Apollo, are always present at every import into the U.S. and ensure that the horse is put into quarantine safely and secure.


Importing your horse: All horses must complete standard import quarantine once landed at LAX.

USDA Requirements: All horses must be accompanied by an official health certificate written in English. The official health certificate must be endorsed by a full-time veterinary officer of the National Government of the country of export. The health certificate must state: 

  • The horse has been in the region for 60 days immediately preceding shipment to the United States. If not, the horse is to be accompanied by a health certificate issued by a full-time salaried veterinary officer of the National Government of each country in which the horse has been during the 60 days immediately preceding shipment to the United States.

  • The horse has been inspected and found free of contagious diseases, and insofar as can be determined, exposure thereto during the 60 days immediately preceding exportation.

  • The horse has not been vaccinated with a live or attenuated or inactivated vaccine during the 14 days immediately preceding exportation.

  • The horse has not been on a premises where African horse sickness, dourine, glanders, surra, epizootic lymphangitis, ulcerative lymphangitis, equine piroplasmosis, equine infectious anemia (EIA), Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis (VEE), or vesicular stomatitis has occurred during the 60 days immediately preceding exportation nor have these diseases occurred on any adjoining premises during the same period of time.

  • The horse has been inspected and found to be free from ectoparasites. 


Pre-Export Testing for CEM: In addition to the health certificate information above, for all stallions and mares over 731 days of age, and for stallions and mares under 731 days of age which have been bred, the official health certificate must include the following attestations: 

For stallions: culture specimens taken from the prepuce, urethral sinus, fossa glandis (including the diverticulum of the fossa glandis) and distal urethra have been cultured with negative results.

For mares: culture specimens taken from the clitoral sinuses and clitoral fossa, and if the mare is not pregnant, the distal cervix or endometrium have been cultured with negative results.

[The dates and time of specimen collection and culturing, and the results of such cultures with the name of the laboratory must be recorded on the health certificate.]

  • All specimens were collected within 30 days of the date of export, and were received within 48 hours of collection by a laboratory approved by the animal health authorities of the National Veterinary Service of the region of export.

  • The horse has not been bred naturally or by artificial insemination from the period of time after specimen collection until the horse was exported. 

If any specimen collected is found to be positive for CEM, the stallion or mare must be treated for CEM in a manner approved by the National Veterinary Service of the region of export. After the treatment is completed, at least 21 days must pass before the horse will be eligible to be tested again. All test results, treatments performed, and the dates of the treatments must be recorded on the health certificate 

**Mexico is considered free of CEM. Horses from Mexico are NOT required to pre-test for CEM or complete CEM testing after serving their standard import quarantine. 

**P.R.E. horses originating from Spain are also exempt from CEM testing after release from quarantine in the U.S.. The exemption only applies to P.R.E. horses that have never been on a premise that is excluisvley for breeding, the horse has never bred or breeding of the horse has never been attempted, the horse has never been left unattended with horses of the opposite sex.  


General U.S. Import Requirements: 

All horses presented for importation into the USA, must be quarantine at the port of entry while tests for dourine, glanders, piroplasmosis and equine infectious anemia (EIA) are conducted at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (N.V.S.L.) in Ames, Iowa. The official tests are the complement fixation test (CFT) for dourine and glanders, competitive enzyme linked immunsorbent assay (cELISA) and CFT for piroplasmosis, and agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID, Coggins test) for EIA. Horses that are positive to tests for any of these diseases will be refused entry.

Horses must remain in quarantine until test results are returned, and the horse is certified as free from clinical evidence of disease. The quarantine period is a minimum of 42 hours.

The minimum quarantine length is necessary to allow Veterinary Services (VS) time to evaluate the horses and, as required by Federal regulations, certify that the horses are "free from clinical evidence of disease." Evidence of freedom from clinical disease includes, but is not limited to, three normal temperature readings during the 24 hours preceding release. Normal temperature for this purpose is considered to be 101.5° F (38.6°C) or less. If anti-inflammatory or fever-reducing drugs, such as phenylbutazone (Bute) or flunixin meglumine (Banamine), have been administered, a 24-hour washout period must elapse from the time the last dose is given before the first of the three required normal temperatures can be established. This 24-hour washout from anti-inflammatory medication also applies to horses under treatment for pain or injury. If a horse with a medical condition that requires continued treatment is shipped, release from quarantine will be delayed accordingly.   


42- Hour Quarantine -What it means to you:  

  • The horse will remain in quarantine for a minimum of 42 hours before release if it is NOT treated and the 3 temperatures taken during the last 24 hours before release are normal (101.5°F or 38.6°C)

  • If the horse is treated on arrival at quarantine with an anti-inflammatory drug, fever reducing drug, treatment for pain or injury, a washout period of 24 hours from the time of treatment will elapse before the 3 normal temperatures can be taken.  Example: If a horse arrives at quarantine at 5:00 PM on Monday and it is treated at that time, the 24 hours washout time will end at 5:00 PM on Tuesday. The first of the 3 temperatures will be taken after 5:00PM on Tuesday, the second will be taken Wednesday morning and the third will be taken at release time at 5:00 PM on Wednesday. Release time could be delayed more, depending on when the last treatment was done.

  • The three normal temperatures will be taken during the last 24 hours before release.  


CEM Quarantine: Upon completion of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) import quarantine and testing requirements, stallions and mares over 731 days of age, must be consigned to a CEM testing facility in a state approved to receive mares and stallions from CEM-affected countries to undergo the prescribed treatment and testing requirements.  

**If you have a USA origin mare or stallion and have not been out of the USA for longer than 60 days, you can return on a waiver and not have to complete CEM quarantine. 


Countries Eligible for 3-Day Quarantine: Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Bermuda, British Virgin Island, European Union Countries* (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finaland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland and Turkey.


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