The 2009 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas are starting today with a warm up class in the Thomas & Mack exhibition centre in Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A, on April 15, 2009. All European horses arrived safely on Saturday after a 10-hour direct flight from Liege, Belgium, to Los Angeles, CA.
Upon arrival, blood was taken from all horses and shipped to Ohio for testing. The temporary quarantine stables in Las Vegas were big but the air circulation was not optimal. The tents, which are wrapped with plastic, were aired only a few times out of fear to release European viruses. The horses were only able to be walked in hand in those tents for two days. On Monday morning the blood tests returned with good results and all horses were moved from the quarantine tents for their permanent stables.