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Graham Fletcher: ‘It’s an exasperating situation’ *H&H Plus*

Opinion

Graham Fletcher reflects on Brexit problems, and looks to the Olympics

I warned that transporting British horses to European shows post-Brexit would be more expensive, more time-consuming and would take a lot of getting used to after the ease we’ve enjoyed for decades now. In reality, it’s turning out to be far, far worse than I imagined. And I’m not alone.

“The whole thing is a ridiculous joke,” John Renwick told me last month as his
wife Laura, one of our most successful international riders, was about to leave for the tour in Vilamoura, Portugal.

As well as the increased costs involved, there’s the time and effort our vets need to scrutinise the horses because, if anything’s wrong, the customs officials
at Calais will send you back to Dover.

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