New Yorker Cynthia Wong

New Yorker Cynthia Wong flew her two horses over to Ireland so they could retire in Co Donegal. Transporting the horses cost $25,000.

She told the Belfast Telegraph about the decision, “After much thought, I made the decision to take my horses to a place that is peaceful and an area that has soft ground for their feet.” She added, “My trainer and his wife recommended Donegal and it wasn’t an easy decision because it meant that I couldn’t see them every weekend.”

Transporting the horses from New York to Donegal was an extensive and expensive process. Wong told the BBC, “They had to fly to Amsterdam for a while before they were transported to Dublin and then Donegal.” Despite the long travel, Wong wanted to make her pets were happy. “Yes it was expensive, but my animals are my priority. I have cats at home and some of their bills can get quite high too. It was important for me that they were going to a happy place.”

One of the horses, Toy, died last year, but 30 year old Mist is doing well. “Mist’s real name is Irish Mist and he really enjoys the Irish weather and the air.”

Wong occasionally visits them. “I try to come at least twice a year. I know they are fine but I just like to see them. Donegal is the most wonderful place for them”