On Sunday, Sept. 25, 43 of the world’s best horses touched down at Los Angeles International Airport to compete in the Sept. 29-Oct. 2 Longines Masters of Los Angeles.
This is the third year of the L.A. Masters and it involves a change in venue. After two years in the heart of downtown Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the show is moving 20 miles south to Long Beach, Calif., and the Long Beach Convention Center.
You’ll be able to follow along with COTH for all the action as Mollie Bailey is heading out to California to cover it. Last year, she posted things like “Back In The Barn: Longines L.A. Masters Style,” a look into the stabling at the convention center, and “It Is Hollywood, After All,” a fun look at the costume class, along with all her competition coverage.
All photos by Bernstein Associates for EEM
The 43 horses from Europe arrived on an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777-F plane after an 11-hour flight from Liege, Belgium.
The grooms awaiting their horses in the pre-dawn dark.
Peeking out from the airplane shipping pallet.
After offloading from the pallets, horses were loaded onto one trailer then walked from trailer to trailer.
Onto the truck from the plane pallets.
Arriving in Long Beach at about 7 a.m.
The convoy of trucks carrying the European horses.
There was also some essential cargo—carrots!
Unloading and straight to quarantine for 48 hours.
The Long Beach Convention Center.
Waiting patiently to unload.
FEI passports at the ready for these world travelers.
Emanuele Gaudino’s horse Caspar arrived at the Long Beach venue.