Friday, October 04, 2019Contact: Andrew Chesser
IFHA Conference Open Forum to be Live Streamed

The open forum of the 53rd International Conference of Horseracing Authorities, organized by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), will be available on the IFHA’s website ( beginning at approximately 11:00 CEST (GMT+1) on Monday 7 October via live stream. Additionally, a replay of the Conference will be posted in the days following the event.

Horse welfare and public perception will be the main focus of the Conference, while other subjects to be covered include a trainer’s panel on international racing experiences and individual presentations by IFHA member authorities in South Africa and Saudi Arabia.

Jim Gagliano, the president and chief operating officer of The United States Jockey Club as well as one of the co-chairmen of the IFHA, will introduce the main morning session comprising international racing. Media presenter Rishi Persad will then moderate a panel that will include trainer John Gosden (by pre-recorded interview), retired French trainer Criquette Head, Japanese assistant trainer Yoshitake Hashida, and Ezequiel Valle, a director for the Argentinian farm Haras Firmamento.

During the afternoon sessions, horse welfare and public perception will take centerstage, and the keynote address will be given by Tracey Crouch, a member of parliament for Chatham and Aylesford in the United Kingdom as well as UK Sports Minister from 2015-18.

The full agenda of the conference can be found at
About IFHA

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) is the world peak body for the international sport of Thoroughbred racing. Its members are the national racing authorities across the globe which stage Thoroughbred races.

Major areas of the IFHA’s activities include:

    •           Making and amending the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering (the IABRW)
    •           Policy development relating to welfare and safety of horses and riders
    •           International Race Planning and Grading (“black type”)
    •           World Rankings
    •           The fight against Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices
    •           Harmonization of Race Day Rules
    •           Certification of IFHA Reference Labs
    •           Fostering commercial development of the racing industry globally

The IFHA is a foundation member with Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) of the International Horse Sports Confederation and is affiliated to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

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