IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet Joins WHOA

by | 07.10.2017 | 5:05pm
Louis Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities

The following statement was released by the Water, Hay Oats Alliance from their newest member Louis Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities:

“I am pleased to see the reintroduction of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, which will bring the United States closer to international standards of doping control rules, in-competition and out-of-competition testing, and enhanced laboratory proficiency standards, requirements, procedures, and protocols.

“I support WHOA and other likeminded individuals and organizations who support stricter and more uniform measures of doping control.

“The main objective of racing regulators is to protect the integrity of horseracing and the welfare of the horse through controlling the use of prohibited substances. Under no uncertain terms horses should compete only when free from the influence of medication and drugs and there is a clear need for worldwide harmonization of rules that implement such doping control policies.

“It is vitally important that racing authorities all over the world adhere to strict measures of doping control as detailed in Article 6 of the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering. Harmonious rules, regulations, and protocols are critical to the development of global racing, as well as in one's own country, and to the safeguarding of fair play for participants, bettors, and stakeholders all around the world.”


Louis Romanet's professional career has been entirely devoted to his passion, the racing world. For more than 40 years, he has been in charge of important responsibilities within the French Horse Racing Institution. The links between his family and French racing date back to 1907, 110 years ago.  He is the fourth person in his family, over a span of three generations, to work for the Société d'Encouragement.  Mr. Romanet joined the organization in 1968 and was appointed Director General in 1986.

When FRANCE GALOP was created in May 1995, Louis Romanet was appointed FRANCE GALOP Director of Organization and International Affairs. Then, Director General in 1998 until 31st December 2007, the date of his retirement.  Since January 2008, he has served as the Counsellor of the Chairman of France Galop for International Affairs.

Louis Romanet has served as Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), since its creation in 1994, 23 years ago. And since 2004, he has been the Chairman of the French Racing & Breeding Committee.

Over the years, Mr. Romanet has been awarded the decoration of Officer of the Legion of Honor (2009), The Derby Award by the British Association of the Racing Press (1990), The Gold Medal of the US Jockey Club (2007), The Special Sovereign Award from the Jockey Club of Canada (2007), The Gold Medal of the German Direktorium für Vollblutzucht und Rennen (2008), and The Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon (2010).  In 2016, The Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit was presented to the Romanet Family

The Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) is a grassroots movement of like-minded individualswho support the passage of federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of horse racing. The appointment of an independent anti-doping program run by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will solve the problem of widespread drug use in American racing and put U.S. racing jurisdictions in step with international standards.
Doping destroys public confidence in racing, defrauds the betting fan, weakens the genetic pool and, most importantly, puts the life and limb of our equine athletes and their jockeys at risk. It is obvious that after years of committee review and discussion, America's racing industry cannot police itself by eliminating the proliferation of performance-enhancing drugs in our sport, nor does it possess the power to adequately punish the purveyors of these drugs.
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