Tent city rises as WEG approaches

August 25, 2010

A tent city is rising from the asphalt in Kentucky to quarantine horses arriving in Lexington for the the World Equestrian Games.

Around 500 horses from all over the world will pass through the centre in the lead-up to the games, which start on September 25.

The temporary quarantine facility is being erected in a car park at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Games organisers had to arrange with the US Department of Agriculture to have the quarantine centre classified as a port of entry, albeit a temporary one.

The minimum quarantine will be 42 hours and the first horses are expected nine days before the games begin.

The centre will be a high-security venue, with 24-hour patrols and security fencing.