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IFHA’s Executive Council Reaffirms Anti-Doping Commitment

The Executive Council of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) has unanimously reaffirmed its commitment to a stringent anti-doping policy and has authorized the IFHA Chairman to directly engage with relevant racing jurisdictions to emphasize the importance of implementation of this policy. “The Federation’s commitment to a stringent anti-doping policy has been a core […]

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IFHA Adopts Model Interference Rule To ‘Achieve Greater Uniformity In Raceday Rules’

The Executive Council of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) today unanimously approved a change to its International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering (IABRW), as recommended by its International Harmonisation of Raceday Rules Committee (IHRRC), to establish a model interference rule. “Achieving greater uniformity in raceday rules is important to the development of […]

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Six Takeaways From The 51st Annual IFHA Conference

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities held its 51st annual conference in Paris on Monday with a focus on Thoroughbred aftercare, uniform rules, international wagering, and racetrack improvements. If you weren’t in Paris for the event, here are a few takeaways: Aftercare wasn’t always an uncomfortable topic for breeders – it was once a faux […]

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2017 IFHA Conference: Racing In A Global Market, Racehorse Aftercare Among Wide Array Of Topics Discussed

Historic venue development at both the Curragh in Ireland and Longchamp in France were in the spotlight during the 51st Conference of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), held today in Paris, France. The first International Conference of Horseracing Authorities was organized and hosted by the Société d’Encouragement in Paris, France, on October 9, […]

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IFHA Reference Laboratory Program Progressing, Aims To Inspire Labs To Step Up

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities’ reference laboratory accreditation program continues work towards its mission to raise lab standards across the world, according to a presentation at the organization’s annual conference Monday. Louis Romanet, chairman of the IFHA, reported five labs have met the organization’s standards, including University of California-Davis in the U.S. and LGC […]

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Lifestyle Marketing May Be The Best Way To Attract New Owners

According to a recent survey in Ireland, owners value the lifestyle and experience of attending the races over profit and prize money. Horse Racing Ireland CEO Brian Kavanagh presented figures on owner motivation as part of the recent International Federation of Horseracing Authorities conference in Paris. Additional speakers on the topic included Olivier Delloye, director […]

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Owers: OTTBs Deserve Good Life And ‘A Good Death,’ Even If It Means Euthanasia Or Slaughter

At the 50th annual conference of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities in Paris last week, horse welfare experts encouraged racing officials to take a proactive approach to racehorse aftercare. A difference in cultural thinking was also on display, as welfare groups provided international leaders with a few pieces of advice that might be termed […]

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International Horse Racing Authorities Move Forward With Lab Accreditation Program

Progress continues on an international accreditation program for laboratories conducting drug testing on Thoroughbred racehorses, according to an update this week. Dr. Yves Bonnaire spoke before the 50th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities with additional details on the program, which was started in 2014 and should launch next year. The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities […]

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50th IFHA Conference Commemorates Accomplishments, Looks Toward Future

During the 50th Conference of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), Chairman Louis Romanet commemorated the accomplishments of the past 50 years of the annual forum as well as addressed the core opportunities and challenges to international horse racing for the future. The first Conference, held in 1967, was chaired by Romanet’s father, Jean […]

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Arc Proves Japan A Rich New Frontier For International Simulcasting

Horse racing fans in Japan bet approximately $40 million on Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe from France in Japan’s first imported simulcast since a new law went into effect this year. That bodes well for the upcoming Breeders’ Cup and, possibly, the 2017 Kentucky Derby. According to Paulick Report features editor Natalie Voss, who […]

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