international federation of horseracing authorities

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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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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IFHA Conference To Spotlight Historic Racing Venue Development

The 51st International Conference of Horseracing Authorities, organized by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), will spotlight historic venue development at both the Curragh in Ireland and Longchamp in France. The conference will be held on the 2nd of October 2017 in Paris, France. Presentations on redeveloping the two historic racetracks will be the […]

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IFHA Appoints Five Analytical Labs As ‘IFHA Reference Laboratories’

It was announced today by International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) Chairman Louis Romanet, following the approval of the IFHA’s Executive Council, that 5 analytical laboratories have each been appointed as an “IFHA Reference Laboratory”. The 5 labs are the following: • (Australia) Racing Analytical Services Limited • (France) Laboratoire Des Courses Hippiques • (Great […]

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IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet Joins WHOA

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 […]

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International Forum For The Aftercare Of Racehorses Concludes First Meeting

International advocates for equine aftercare emphasized owner responsibility and humane treatment in addition to sharing insights on retirement programs for horses whose racing or breeding careers have ended during the two day International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR), which held its first conference in Washington, D.C., on May 17 and 18, 2017. The […]

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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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