After a decade of experience in the shipping industry I took the leap into starting my own company. In 2016, Centurion World Logistics was born. Over the past year I have singlehandedly taken on the roles of horse travel agent, freight forwarder, airline broker, and Indirect Air Carrier. Confused? So are all my friends. Can you use Expedia to organize your trips? How do horses go on the airplanes? Do they need passports? What does your passport look like? What countries do you go to? These are the most common questions that come my way.
My passion for this industry was instilled in me by my parents. A childhood of mucking stalls and spreading shavings in trailers laid the groundwork for me to take on more responsibilities as I grew older. I learned quickly this unique and rewarding profession comes with more than its fair share of stressful situations my non-
My years in the shipping industry prior to founding my own company showed me the strong demand for horse travel agents that offer cafeteria-
Being available and adaptable is crucial for any logistics company. This is true even more so when dealing with large live animals, as not every airline and airport can handle them. If one of my flights gets delayed or canceled, it’s never a basic matter of pulling up an app on my phone and booking whatever takes off next. For example, the recent hurricane that hit Texas caused George Bush Airport in Houston to shut down. Other passengers might have been able to catch a similar flight out of Hobby or find something with a connection at DFW, but when you are sitting in the cargo lot with a trailer full of horses needing to arrive to their destination in time for a race the logistics become more complicated. Keeping organized travel documents and being prepared to provide animal care longer than the initial planned travel time helps manage these unforeseeable delays.
When I talk to my friends about my work, they tend to be dazzled by my almost-
With all the logistics and hoops I jump through, those same friends often ask me why I do this job. A 9-