Eurotunnel has announced plans to develop its horse transport service ahead of the London 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, when thousands of horses will arrive in England and France.

The company has signed an agreement with the Equine Travel Agency (ETA), which has been authorised by Eurotunnel to transport horses on the shuttles since 1 November.

ETA is a professional international horse transport company that uses air conditioned vehicles and experienced staff. It also offers complimentary services including dealing with export papers and customs formalities.

Eurotunnel commercial director Jo Willacy said: “[We are] delighted to help sportsmen and women with their equine travel arrangements.

“It is important to extend our relationships with reputable and reliable international transporters.”

Eurotunnel is already in partnership with British transport companies Peden Bloodstock, Harbour Shipping and John Parker International Ltd.

However ETA will focus on providing Eurotunnel services to customers on mainland Europe.

ETA is accredited by the veterinary services and holds a DEFRA licence meaning it can run a long distance service between Great Britain and any departure point in Europe.

Chief executive of ETA Graham Eggleton said: “With the shuttle there will be no worry about sea-sickness. The grooms can remain in the vehicle to look after their animal.”

Horses have been travelling on the Eurotunnel since March 2010.