Two Shetland ponies from Methlick have set off on a 6,500-mile journey to their new home in America.
Mare Cumliebank Jessie Jade and Stud Stallion Drumnagair Eclipse left the north east for Dover on Wednesday, January 16.
After the appropriate paper work was sorted out they then travelled to Amsterdam for an overnight rest, before taking off for the US on Thursday, January 17.
The ponies were reared at Drumnagair Shetland Pony Stud in Methlick by Nina MacDonald-Lewis.
The stud was initially founded five years ago but they have had horses, including Shetlands for many years.
Nina said: “Deneb Davies of Acampo California, has followed the progress of my ponies through my Facebook page for some time.
“She made contact with me last year, enquiring if I had any ponies for sale as she wishes to found her own stud in California, breeding the old-fashioned, traditional type of Shetland Pony we have here.
“After a great deal of discussion I agreed to sell her Cumliebank Jessie Jade and Drumnagair Eclipse, a very strong colt who is out of Westpark Lady Esta and by Wells Grenadier.
“I am absolutely thrilled that Eclipse is going overseas to play such an important role.
“His bloodlines are incredible and I was very reluctant to let him go, however it is a wonderful opportunity for me to have a homebred colt in the USA and I can’t wait to follow his progress.”
Nina added: “It has been a long process to get to this point, both ponies have had to have a series of vaccinations, bloodtests and swabs over the past few months.
“I am so grateful to Heather of Glenythan Vet Group for all her support.
“It is a very anxious time as it is such a long journey but ETA have been wonderful and assured us that a professional groom will assist the ponies on the flight and we will also be able to track them all the way on their journey.”
The export of the two ponies has been managed by Kent-based Equine Travel Agency.