27 March 2014 - MEDIA RELEASE - IRT opens office and quarantine in Germany

IRT is pleased to announce the opening of our German office and quarantine facility, which is now available for use immediately.


With offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Newmarket, Chicago, Los Angles, Miami and now Germany, IRT is the world's largest horse shipping agency.


“I am proud to announce that IRT are again expanding,” said Chairman Quentin Wallace. “With a new office and quarantine centre in Germany. This office will manage all of IRT's operations in continental Europe (particularly shipments between Europe and Australia), whilst our new Government-approved quarantine centre will be capable of quarantining horses for shipment around the world. The facility has stabling for 12 horses, indoor and outdoor arenas, turnouts and accommodation for riders and grooms.”


Jim Paltridge, IRT’s UK-based Director, will oversee this new venture. The day-to-day activities in Germany will be managed by Claudia Friedrichs, who until recently, worked in IRT’s Chicago office managing exports to Australia and NZ. Such experience, as Mr Paltridge put it “means Claudia is fully conversant with the route to ‘down under’ and the high standards IRT set for quarantine care and client service.”


The new quarantine facility is just over the Dutch border in Germany and about 2 hours from Amsterdam airport. With so many Australian Equestrians training in Europe and with the World equestrian Games in Normandy this year, IRT expect this new quarantine centre to be very popular with our large client base.


Mr Paltridge goes on to add that “flights will operate from Amsterdam approximately every 5 weeks and be accompanied by highly trained IRT horse attendants and a vet for shipments to Sydney.”


Chris Burke, who has been with IRT Australia for almost 20 years, and was recently appointed Managing Director of the business in Australia, added: “The opening of an office and quarantine centre in Germany is a significant step forward in our relationship with the Equestrian Industry in Australia, where we are a major sponsor of Equestrian Australia and their preferred supplier of logistics around the world. With our passion for the industry, high standard of care for the horses entrusted to us and our purpose built flight manager data base we can provide an unparalleled customer experience.”


In 1972 IRT pioneered the movement by air of horses from the northern hemisphere to Australia and NZ. First from the UK and then from North America. During that time, from our bases in Newmarket (the home of UK racing), Canada, USA, UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan, IRT has flown over 25,000 horses “down under”.


IRT is very well known in the horse industry and amongst many achievements, was entrusted by the Sydney 2000 Olympics to coordinate the transport of the horses to and from the Games. In 2012 IRT was chosen by the connections of BLACK CAVIAR to transport the champion sprinter to and from Australia to perform at Royal Ascot, and by the Equine Theatre Group Cavalia to make all air transport arrangements for their tour of Australia and then on to the Middle East in 2014. In 2013 IRT were the sole agent for the FEI World Endurance Championships in UK.


For further information on this new facility and how IRT can help you and your horse, please contact your nearest office.


IRT Australia:

Tel +61 3 9643 3000


IRT Germany:

Tel +49 171 784 7447


IRT New Zealand:

Tel +64 9297 2022


IRT North America:

Chicago: Tel +1 630 513 0312

LA: Tel +1 310 306 0262

Miami: Tel +1 305 444 8184



Tel +44 1638 668 003



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