a fully comprehensive transport service


The BBA Ireland Shipping Office has been offering a fully comprehensive door to door personal service for our clients’ horses since 1956. Throughout that time we are very proud to have always been at the forefront of international health and trade negotiations to enable Irish horses reach their countries of destination in the safest most efficient and seamless fashion.

We feel privileged and incredibly lucky to count some of the best owners, trainers and breeders in the business as our clients. It is their faith in us that motivates us daily to give them and their horses the best possible tailored service 24/7/365. Our clients are absolute perfectionists and so too must we be.

The roll-call of horses we have shipped to win international Group /Grade 1 races reads like a who’s who of Irish and International Racing. We have shipped winners of the Epsom Derby, 2000 Guineas, 1000 Guineas, Champion Stakes, Arlington Million, Beverly D, Man O’War, Canadian International, Melbourne Cup, Japan Cup and multiple Royal Ascot G1 winners.

We were the proud shippers of the first two home in the 2017 running of the Melbourne Cup. We work for our luck in travelling racehorses to Melbourne, we pioneered this route and were proud shippers of Vintage Crop (first foreign winner, 1993) and Media Puzzle (winner, 2002).

We also pioneered travelling Irish shuttle stallions to Australia in the 1970s. We continue to ship Irish shuttle stallions to and from the Southern Hemisphere every single year since.

BBA Ireland recently successfully exported the largest ever airlift of Irish horses to mainland China. This was a great success story for team BBA Ireland, for our visionary client and for Irish Breeders. It all went so well that we did it all again a year later.

We are immensely proud when a horse that we have shipped is first past a foreign winning post, or is settling into its new home on the other side of the world or if we have just broken new ground in landing Irish horses in a new frontier.

Please feel free to contact ann.munnelly@bba-ireland.ie to discuss all your shipping requirements.

Albigna (IRE) wins the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac, Criterium Des Pouliches Group 1, Paris Longchamp 6th October 2019.

Air transport arrangements by BBA Ireland

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Record airlift of Irish horses to China
Air Travel

We offer a regular scheduled service flight options and private charter aircraft options throughout the world. The more unlikely the destination and the more impossible it may seem to land horses there, the better we like it.

Land & Sea

We provide Road and Sea travel options throughout Europe on a weekly basis.


We have Sales Representation globally. BBA Ireland have Shipping Offices at all major Irish and UK Sales.

Quarantine Management and Consultancy services

Effective biosecurity measures are quite rightly a hugely important part of exporting horses. As part of their import protocols, many destination countries require varying pre export quarantine (PEQ) periods in Ireland. At BBA Ireland we work closely with Competent Authorities and our clients to write Standard Operating Procedure manuals for effective and secure pre export quarantine procedures.


Ann Munnelly Director of Transport

Ann has spent her entire working life in the horse transport industry. Starting with the Curragh Bloodstock Agency in 1990, she later came to BBA Ireland before moving on to Horse France Ireland, gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience along the way before finally returning to the BBA Ireland family and has enjoyed every moment since. She manages the BBA Ireland Shipping Office and overseas the company’s shipments throughout the world.

Ann can be reached at:

  • (T) +35345 877001
  • (M) +35387 9979045

Bernie Irving

Bernie joined the team in 2013, having been involved in the horse transport industry for over 35 years. Her exceptional wealth of experience and knowledge within the industry is unique. Bernie’s specialist areas of expertise include North America and Eurasia. It is no doubt testament to Bernie’s professionalism that she has been shipping horses for some of the same clients since the beginning of her career.

Bernie can be reached at:

  • (T) + 35345 877001
  • (M) +35387 2834676

Ian Mac Kenzie Smith

Ian’s experience and professionalism as a Flying Groom is unparalleled. The former South African Champion Apprentice jockey moved to Ireland in 1967 to begin his career as a professional flying groom. In recent years, his role remains mainly on terra firma where he oversees, works with and advises a team of professional grooms that travel with our shipments throughout the world. Ian also supervises the import and export of almost all of our shipments at Irish ports, ensuring that horses and their documentation arrive and depart safely.

BBA Ireland Limited
Kilwarden Lodge
Co Kildare
W91 T998

Tel: +353 (0)45 877001
Fax: +353 (0)45 877688

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