Yiannis Vassiliou

International Horse Transport

About Us

Yiannis Vassiliou International Horse Transport was founded in 2001. Hellenic Equine Services based in Greece and Yiannis Vassiliou International Horse Transport based in Belgium.

Yiannis Vassiliou has been with horses since 1983. He competed in National Show Jumping competitions in Greece and was Greek Junior Champion in 1987.

In 1989 he went to England and studied BSC Sports Science alongside completing a British Show Jumping Association program in course building and design.

On his return to Greece in 1994, he began working with the Hellenic Equestrian Federation for six years. His main duties being organizing shows, course building and responsible for the horse transport to International events for which he still is today.

His great love and passion for horses has enabled him to build a reliable first class company where the horses are handled with utmost care and attention.

Gradually demand for the transport of racehorses, show jumpers, leisure horses and dressage horses to and from Greece increased as did Yiannis business. Today trips to many other destinations such as the following countries, England, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland, Switzerland, Cyprus, Denmark and Sweden are undertaken on a regular basis.

Some of our major projects include:


Racetrack Relocation

1200 horses

The company transported 1200 racehorses from the old racetrack in Faliro, Athens to the new venue in Markopoulo on behalf of the Greek Jockey Club. This project was undertaken over a period of three weeks.


Olympic Games

horse transports

The company was in charge of transporting all the horses participating in every equestrian discipline at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

All our lorries are regularly serviced and comply with all regulations for horse transport vehicles, each holding an international operators licence for both short (Type I) and long distance journeys (Type II)

Our main priority is the comfort, safety and wellbeing of the horses and the expertise of our professional team ensures that they reach their destination in the best possible condition.


Road Transport

  • 6 lorries with capacity for carrying between 2 and 19 horses
  • All vehicles approved by AFCA in Belgium, the Greek Ministry of Agriculture and DEFRA in the UK
  • All drivers/grooms are experienced and fully qualified holding the required Certificate of Competence
  • Adjustable partitions, nonslip floor, temperature regulators
  • Constant monitoring of the horses throughout the journey by on board CCTV
  • Competitive rates for both private and shared loads
  • Ferry Bookings
  • Liaise with other companies to arrange air shipment of horses worldwide

We share a wide network of stables across Europe and the horses are unloaded every 8 – 10 hours where they can rest and be attended by a veterinarian should the need arise.

Whilst every care is taken, horses are carried at their owners risk. It is assumed that horses are insured by their owners. Additional transit insurance can be arranged.

Horse Sales

We attend most major bloodstock sales in the UK and Europe and we aim to have a representative at each sale offering our services.


We undertake all export and import documentation required by law:

  • Paperwork across Europe and the UK
  • Import and exports to Cyprus
  • Quarantine
  • Route plans
  • Pre and post stabling
  • Pet Transport
    We are fully licensed to transport your dogs and cats to various destinations in Europe and the UK. 

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Phone/Fax: (+30) 210 622 8155
Mobile: (+30) 6944 54 99 24
(+30) 6948 54 79 57



Hellenic Equine Services & Yiannis Vassiliou - International Horse Transport
2 Karaoli Dimitriou Str., 14572 Drosia Athens, Greece