International Agreement


 

INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT ON BREEDING AND RACING
AND APPENDIXES

Changes made since the previous edition
Article 3B(BREEDING) - CLEARANCE FOR HORSES BREEDING PURPOSES
Article 3D(RACING/BREEDING) - PERMANENT EXPORTATION
Article 6A(RACING) - PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES– Clause 16
Article 6E(RACING) - OUT OF COMPETITION TESTING
Article 10A – RIDERS RIDING ABROAD - DELETED
Article 10B – OWNERS, TRAINERS AND RIDERS BANNED ABROAD - DELETED
Article 10C – RECIPROCATION OF PENALTIES - DELETED
Article 10D – SUSPENSION OF HORSES – DELETED
Article 10(RACING) - DISQUALIFICATIONS AND SUSPENSIONS AND THEIR INTERNATIONAL APPLICATION (new)
Article 12(BREEDING)- DEFINITION OF A THOROUGHBRED
Article 13(BREEDING)- REGISTER OF NON-THOROUGHBRED HORSES
Article 19- DISQUALIFIED PEOPLE AND HORSES - DELETED
Article 29(RACING)- LICENSING CRITERIA FOR TRAINERS AND RIDERS
    - - Appendix 12(ex- Appendix 6A - updated): Foreign-based Rider's Clearance Form approved by Jockey's Insurance Working Party

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OBJECTIVES

The International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering is published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities and brings together a series of Articles, appendices and guidelines setting out recommended best practice in significant areas of racing, stud book administration and wagering common to all jurisdictions. The Agreement is designed to assist horseracing authorities by promoting the following objectives:

All members of the Federation commit themselves to furthering those objectives and undertake to use their best endeavours wherever this is reasonably possible. Under each Article is a list of those countries which have adopted the Article, indicating in some cases those parts which they have excluded. Members who have adopted an Article in full or in part shall make provision within their domestic rules implementing its intentions.

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RACE HORSE WELFARE

The IFHA, in its role to promote good regulation and best practices internationally across horseracing, recognises the central role played by the horse itself and so the importance of its welfare.The Federation, recognising the diversity of cultural, political and legislative and other perspectives that underpin approaches to animal welfare around the world, has therefore adopted a number of broad principles of racehorse welfare that would be implemented by the Federation's members into detailed local outputs to assure racehorse welfare :

Principles :

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Article 1(RACING). – RECOGNITION AND CATEGORIZATION OF QUALITY RACES,
(Group/Graded and Listed Races)

Last update : JANUARY 2016

Fully signatory - agreed by:

AUSTRIA
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
CZECH REPUBLIC
GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
IRELAND
ITALY
JAPAN
LIBYA
MACAU
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
PANAMA
POLAN
QATAR


SOUTH AFRICA
SWEDEN







SERBIA
TURKEY
URUGUAY






Signatory working toward implementation, not currently in compliance - by:

AUSTRALIAISRAELOMAN

Partial signatory - by:

MALAYSIASINGAPORE

Not a signatory - by:

SERBIA

Replies awaited - by:

AZERBAIJAN
BARBADOS
BRAZIL
CANADA
CHINA
CROATIA
CYPRUS
DENMARK
FRANCE
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
KOREA (except §2)




MAURITIUS
MOROCCO
NETHERLANDS
PERU
ROMANIA
SAUDI ARABIA



SLOVAKIA (except § 3.1 (c) & 3.2 (c)
SLOVENIA
SWITZERLAND
TUNISIA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (except § 3.2)


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Article 2 (RACING) - EQUIVALENTS IN DISTANCE AND WEIGHTS.

In reckoning qualifications, penalties and allowances, distances shown in English measures as well as weights, should be changed into metric distances by reference to the following way :

Comparative tables
between meters and furlongs
200 meters = 1 furlong
1000 meters = 5 furlong
1200 meters = 6 furlong
1400 meters = 7 furlong
1600 meters = 1 mile
1700 meters = 1 mile, ½ furlong
1800 meters = 1 mile, 1 furlong
2000 meters = 1 ¼ miles
2200 meters = 1 mile, 3 furlongs
2400 meters = 1 ½ miles
2600 meters = 1 mile, 5 furlongs
3000 meters = 1 mile, 7 furlongs
3200 meters = 2 miles
3600 meters = 2 ¼ miles
4000 meters = 2 ½ miles
4800 meters = 3 miles.
Equivalence of weights for penalties and allowances
kg. lb. kg. lb.
1 2 ¼ 5 ½ 12
1 ½ 3 ¼ 6 13 ¼
2 4 ½ 6 ½ 14 ¼
2 ½ 5 ½ 7 15 ¼
3 6 ½ 7 ½ 16 ¼
3 ½ 7 ¾ 8 17 ¼
4 9 8 ½ 18 ¾
4 ½ 10 9 20
5 11 9 ½ 21
Comparative tables between kilos and pounds
(Pounds are shown to the nearest ½ lb)
kg. st. lb. kg. st. lb.
41 6 6 52 ½ 8 4
41 ½ 6 7 ½ 53 8 5
42 6 9 53 ½ 8 6
42 ½ 6 10 54 8 7
43 6 11 54 ½ 8 8
43 ½ 6 12 55 8 9
44 6 13 55 ½ 8 10
44 ½ 7 0 56 8 11 ½
45 7 1 56 ½ 8 13
45 ½ 7 2 57 9 0
46 7 3 57 ½ 9 1
46 ½ 7 4 ½ 58 9 2
47 7 6 58 ½ 9 3
47 ½ 7 7 59 9 4
48 7 8 59 ½ 9 5
48 ½ 7 9 60 9 6
49 7 10 60 ½ 9 7
49 ½ 7 11 61 9 8 ½
50 7 12 61 ½ 9 10
50 ½ 7 13 62 9 11
51 8 0 ½ 62 ½ 9 12
51 ½ 8 1 ½ 63 9 13
52 8 3 63 ½ 10 0
Comparative weights for use from 1986
with the scale for International
Classifications
1 lb = 0,453 kg.
Rating kgs nearest Kgs
141 63.873 64
140 63.420 63,5
139 62.967 63
138 62.514 62,5
137 62.061 62
136 61.608 61,5
135 61.115 61
134 60.702 60,5
133 60.249 60
132 59.796 60
131 59.343 59,5
130 58.890 59
129 58.437 58,5
128 57.984 58
127 57.531 57,5
126 57.078 57
125 56.625 56,5
124 56.172 56
123 55.719 55,5
122 55.266 55,5
121 54.813 55
120 54.360 54,5
119 53.907 54
118 53.454 53,5
117 53.001 53
116 52.548 52,5
115 52.095 52
114 51.642 51,5
113 51.189 51
112 50.736 50,5
111 50.283 50,5
110 49.830 50

Last update : JANUARY 2016

Fully signatory - agreed by:

AUSTRIA
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
CZECH REPUBLIC





GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
IRELAND
ITALY
JAPAN




LIBYA
MACAU
MALAYSIA
NEW-ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
POLAND
QATAR

SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SOUTH AFRICA
SPAIN
SWEDEN
TURKEY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
URUGUAY

Signatory working toward implementation, not currently in compliance - by:

AUSTRALIA ISRAEL PANAMA

Partial signatory - by:

Not a signatory - by:

Replies awaited - by:

ARGENTINA
AZERBAIJAN
BARBADOS
BRAZIL
CANADAA
CHILE
CROATIA
CYPRUS
DENMARK
FRANCE
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
KOREA
LEBANON


MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MOROCCO
NETHERLANDS
PERU



SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SWITZERLAND
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
VENEZUELA



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Article 3(RACING / BREEDING). – TRACEABILITY OF INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENTS OF HORSES.


PLEASE NOTE: WITH EFFECT FROM 1ST JANUARY 2015, PASSPORT ENDORSEMENT IS NO LONGER
AN OPTION FOR THE RECORDING OF TEMPORARY MOVEMENTS .

To facilitate international movements of registered horses, it is essential to record and monitor on a permanent basis their movements worldwide.This requirement for traceability covers the whole of the journey (including any-stop over for quarantine purposes). Clearance notification, and/or export certificates must be documented accordingly.

There are two regimes covering the management of such horse movements:

If the horse is being permanently imported for racing purposes and the importing Authority wishes to receive "Clearance" or related racing information on the horse, it should contact the Racing Authority of the country from which the horse was exported.

Last update : JANUARY 2016

Fully signatory - agreed by:

AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
BRAZIL
CZECH REPUBLIC



GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
IRELAND






LIBYA
MACAU
MALAYSIA
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PANAMA
POLAND
QATAR
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SPAIN
SWEDEN
TURKEY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
URUGUAY


Signatory working toward implementation, not currently in compliance - by:
ISRAELJAPAN

Partial signatory - by:

Not a signatory - by:

SOUTH AFRICA (restrictive export protocols in place)

Replies awaited - by:

ARGENTINA
AZERBAIJAN
BARBADOS
BULGARIA
CANADA
CHILE
CHINAA
CROATIA
CYPRUS
DENMARK
ECUADOR
FRANCE
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
ITALY (not replied)
KAZAKHSTAN
KENYA
KOREA





LEBANON
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MOROCCO
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND
PARAGUAY
PERU
PHILIPPINES


SAUDI ARABIA
SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SYRIA
SWITZERLAND
UKRAINE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
VENEZUELA



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Temporary Exportation
Article 3 A (RACING) – CLEARANCES IN RELATION TO HORSES RACING ABROAD.

ALL TEMPORARY RACING MOVEMENTS MUST BE COVERED BY A RCN.

I – GENERAL

Any trainer running a horse in a race abroad must ensure that the Racing Authority of the Country staging the race is in receipt of an internationally agreed clearance notification which will attest, to the best of the knowledge of its Home Authority as defined hereunder, that :
a) the horse is free of restrictions
b) the trainer is duly licensed
c) the owner is duly registered.

It is recognised that (a) different interpretations apply internationally to where a racehorse is 'based' and (b) the Rules of some Racing Authorities allow for a trainer to be licensed simultaneously in more than one jurisdiction. For the purpose of this Article, therefore, the 'Home Authority' is defined in relation to the horse. The horse's Home Authority is the Racing Authority of the country in which (a) the horse was recorded as being in training immediately prior to its departure to race in another racing jurisdiction and (b) where it was foaled or, if exported, where its Export Certificate should be lodged.

Should the horse, trainer or owner be the subject of a restriction, the Home Authority will notify the Staging Authority and the trainer of the horse of the details.

Each country must submit for publication on the IFHA website [www.ifhaonline.org], the following information:

  1. The particular 'restrictions' of which they take account
  2. Contact details for lodging an RCN
  3. Details of the final declaration stage in that country
  4. Opening days and times of the Racing Authority's office (GMT+/-)

RCN Requirements for certain countries may be found at www.ifhaonline.org/racingDisplay.asp?section=10#a3a

Should a Staging Authority wish for information additional to that covered by the Home Authority's RCN, they should make enquiry of the Home Authority.

II – PRACTICAL

1. When the horse is to run abroad on just one occasion before returning to its Home Authority:

1.1 The trainer must request, on every such occasion, the horse's Home Authority to send a RCN to the Staging Authority.

2. When the horse is to run more than once abroad in a single specified country before returning directly to its Home Authority:

2.1 The trainer must request, prior to the horse's first such race, the horse's Home Authority to send a RCN to the Staging Authority.

3. When the horse is to race in more than one country abroad before returning to its Home Authority:

3.1 In the case of the first such race, the procedure outlined under (1) above should be followed. Thereafter, whenever the horse races in a different country from that of its most recent race, the trainer must request the Staging Authority of the country in which it has most recently competed to send an RCN to the Staging Authority of the country in which it is to race next.

3.2 An RCN issued by a Staging Authority will not attest to the good standing of the owner or trainer, but will either attest to the fact that the horse remains free of restrictions, subsequent to its most recent race, or specify any such restriction. Should the horse be the subject of a restriction, the Staging Authority imposing that restriction will notify the Staging Authority to which the horse is due to travel of the details and will also notify the horse's Home Authority and the trainer of the horse of such details.

4. 4.1 The maximum period of validity for a racing clearance is 90 days. Should a horse remain outside the country of its Home Authority for a period of more than 90 days, its trainer must seek permission of its Home Authority for the continuation of this arrangement and check the local rules of racing. Should permission be granted, the Home Authority will issue a fresh clearance.

4.2 Where a horse has travelled to another country under a General Notification of Movement (see Article 3C) and the trainer has established temporary authorisation to train in that country, the Home Authority may issue RCN's in absentia within 90 days of the issuance of the GNM and provided the Export Certificate remains in the home country.

4.3 A clearance will become invalid should the trainer or owner of the horse change after issue, in which case a fresh clearance must be requested. The clearance will also become invalid as soon as the horse leaves the country of the Staging Authority.

4.4 Should a Staging Authority fail to receive a clearance in respect of a declared horse it may impose a fine and/or refuse to allow the horse to run in the race. If the horse is allowed to race without a clearance and irregularities subsequently emerge related to clearance then the horse may be liable to disqualification.

III – SPECIFIC

A) Racing Clearance Notification – (The model is shown as Appendix 1-A).

1.1 The portion of the RCN to be completed will depend on the circumstances of the horse's travel. In the event of any change in those circumstances, the trainer must contact the horse's Home Authority for a fresh RCN.

1.2 An RCN must be received in writing by email or fax by the Staging Authority no later than the day prior to the deadline for declaration (i.e. the last positive action required by a trainer or his representative to run in the race).

1.3 Authorities should process applications to issue an RCN as close to the day prior to declaration as practicable, thereby minimising the gap between issuance and racing.Authorities may reject applications which they consider to have been submitted too far in advance of declaration.

1.4 RCNs can only be accepted at times when the receiving Racing Authority is open for business.

Last update : JANUARY 2016

Fully signatory - agreed by:

AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
BRAZIL
CZECH REPUBLIC



GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
IRELAND
ITALY
JAPAN




LIBYA
MACAU
MALAYSIA
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PANAMA
POLAND
QATAR
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SPAIN
SWEDEN
TURKEY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
URUGUAY


Signatory working toward implementation, not currently in compliance - by:

ISRAEL SOUTH AFRICA

Partial signatory - by:

Not a signatory - by:

Replies awaited - by:

AZERBAIJAN
BARBADOS
BRAZIL
CANADA
CHINA
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK
FRANCE
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
KOREA





LEBANON
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MOROCCO
NETHERLANDS



SAUDI ARABIA
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SWITZERLAND
UKRAINE
VENEZUELA



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APPENDIX 1-A

acrobat image Appendix 1-A

APPENDIX 1-B DELETED

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Article 3 B (BREEDING) – CLEARANCE FOR HORSES BREEDING PURPOSES


Any owner sending a stallion or a mare abroad for breeding purposes must inform in advance the Approved Stud Book Authority of the country where the animal is standing at time of exportation, supplying the relevant details and requesting that this Stud Book Authority sends directly a Breeding Clearance Notification* (BCN) by email or fax to the Stud Book Authority of the country of final destination, transmitting the DNA certificate for the horse and, for pregnant mares, the DNA certificate(s) of the covering stallion(s) where requested by the country of final destination. A certified copy of the Clearance should be delivered to the applicant for insertion into the relevant passport.
(*) the model of the BCN is shown as Appendix 1-D.

Before returning, the owner of the horse should apply to the Approved Stud Book Authority of the country of temporary residence for a further Clearance to be supplied to the Stud Book Authority of the country of permanent residence providing the details as stated above;
The clearance is valid for:
  1. one breeding season (9 months maximum)
  2. one country of destination
Any subsequent international movement beyond that covered by the BCN requires an Export Certificate to be issued, by the Authority which issued the BCN, to the initial country of destination, for onward transmission to the country to which the horse has moved.

Any failure in the above detailed process could be detrimental to the breeding and or racing status of the breeding stock, including the relevant foals, and will therefore necessitate the transfer of the Export Certificate to guarantee the traceability of movements.

Last update : JANUARY 2016

Fully signatory - agreed by:

AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
BAHRAIN
BARBADOS
BELGIUM
CZECH REPUBLIC



GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
IRELAND
ITALY
JAPAN




LIBYA
MALAYSIA
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PANAMA
POLAND
QATAR
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SOUTH AFRICA
SPAIN
SWEDEN
TURKEY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
URUGUAY


Signatory working toward implementation, not currently in compliance - by:
BRAZILISRAEL

Partial signatory - by:

Not a signatory - by:

MACAU

Replies awaited - by:

ARGENTINA
AZERBAIJAN
BULGARIA
CANADA
CHILLE
CYPRUS
DENMARK
FRANCE
GREECE
HUNGARY
INDIA
KAZAKHSTAN
KENYA
KOREA





MOROCCO
NETHERLANDS
PERU
PHILIPPINES
ROMANIA



SAUDI ARABIA
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SPAIN
SYRIA
SWITZERLAND
TUNISIA
UKRAINE









APPENDIX 1-C - DELETED





appendix1 c

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Article 3 C (RACING / BREEDING) – GENERAL NOTIFICATION OF MOVEMENT (GNM)


This is applicable only when a horse of whatever age, with the exception of foals under their dam, leaves its home country for a period of less than nine months and will return home inside that nine month period, the reason for travel being neither to race, nor to breed.

In this case, for each movement, the relevant Authority will, prior to departure, provide by electronic means a copy to its counterpart Authority in the country of final destination and issue to the applicant a GNM (see Appendix 1-E). On the horse's return, the relevant Authority from which the horse is returning will, on application, issue to the Applicant a GNM and provide by electronic means a copy to its counterpart in the horse's home country.

The notification is valid for one country of destination only. Any subsequent international movement beyond that covered by the GNM requires an Export Certificate to be issued, by the Authority which issued the GNM, to the initial country of destination, for onward transmission to the country to which the horse has moved.

Last update : JANUARY 2016

Fully signatory - agreed by:

AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
CZECH REPUBLIC



GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
IRELAND
ITALY
JAPAN




LIBYA
MACAU
MALAYSIA
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PANAMA
POLAND
QATAR
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SOUTH AFRICA
SPAIN
SWEDEN
TURKEY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
URUGUAY


Signatory working toward implementation, not currently in compliance - by:
BRAZILISRAEL

Partial signatory - by:

Not a signatory - by:

BARBADOS (1)

Replies awaited - by:

ARGENTINA
BULGARIA
CHILE
CHINA
CROATIAA
CYPRUS
FRANCE
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
KAZAKHSTAN
KENYA
KOREA
LEBANON





MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MOROCCO
NETHERLANDS
PERU
PHILIPPINES



SAUDI ARABIA
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SYRIA
SWITZERLAND
VENEZUELA









APPENDIX 1-E - DELETED

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Permanent Exportation
Article 3 D (RACING / BREEDING) - PERMANENT EXPORTATION

Where the period of exportation is greater than the given limit shown on the Clearance Notification and/or the itinerary has been modified without consultation of relevant authorities and/or if there is no intention to return the horse to its departure country, or when the relevant Stud Book Authority regard all movements regardless of purpose or time frame as permanent, the Export Certificate or an electronic copy must be sent to the Approved Stud Book Authority of the country to which the horse has moved, together with the DNA certificate for the horse and, for pregnant mares, the DNA certificate(s) of the covering stallion(s) where requested by the country of final destination.

In addition, for the purposes of traceability, the Approved Stud Book should update the passport with details of any permanent movements, prior to export. Where this has not been done and the passport is in the importing country, the exporting Stud Book Authority may request the importing Stud Book Authority to make the necessary entry in the passport.

Importing Approved Stud Books cannot accept an Export Certificate issued by a Stud Book Authority that does not hold Approved status from the ISBC.

Should the Stud Book Authority of the country of destination not be approved, a Certified Copy should be sent and the original Certificate retained until requested for by an Approved Stud Book. The DNA certificate (or an integrated DNA profile) from the sample taken at registration must be appended to the Export Certificate.

Whenever possible, those operations must be fulfilled prior to the horse travelling.

Last update : JANUARY 2016

Fully signatory - agreed by:

AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
BAHRAIN
BARBADOS
BELGIUM
BRAZIL
CZECH REPUBLIC




GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
IRELAND
ITALY
JAPAN




LIBYA
MACAU
MALAYSIA
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PANAMA
POLAND
QATAR
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SOUTH AFRICA
SPAIN
SWEDEN
TURKEY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
URUGUAY


Signatory working toward implementation, not currently in compliance - by:
ISRAEL

Partial signatory - by:

Not a signatory - by:

Replies awaited - by:

ARGENTINA
AZERBAIJAN
BULGARIA
CANADA
CHILE
CROATIA
CYPRUS
FRANCE
DENMARK
FRANCE
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
JAMAICA





KAZAKHSTAN
KENYA
KOREA
MAURITIUS
MOROCCO
MEXICO
NETHERLANDS



PARAGUAY
PERU
PHILIPPINES
ROMANIA
SAUDI ARABIA
SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA




SYRIA
SWITZERLAND
TUNISIA
UKRAINE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
VENEZUELA




APPENDIX 1-F

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Article 4 (RACING / BREEDING - USE OF A SUFFIX SHOWING THE COUNTRY OF FOALING.

Racing Authorities will apply Rules aimed at preventing the re-issuance of horse names (See Article 14 III), thereby minimising the risk of confusion in racing administration and wagering.

However, in applying such Rules, the population of registered horse names against which newly applied-for horse names are checked is likely to be restricted to those issued by the Authority in question. (Exclusion of duplicates on a global level is likely to be considered impractical and unnecessarily restrictive).

This creates the possibility that a horse imported, either temporarily or permanently, will share its name with a horse already in the country to which it has travelled.

To prevent such duplication, the registered name of such an imported horse must have a suffix added to it, showing the country of foaling.
The suffix between brackets is taken from the International Code of Suffixes (Appendix 2) and constitutes part of the animal's registered name.

Updated in April 2014

Fully signatory - agreed by:

AUSTRALIA (except for racing purposes) (1)
AUSTRIA
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
BRAZIL
CZECH REPUBLIC
GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
IRELAND
ITALY
JAPAN
LIBYA
MACAU
MALAYSIA
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PANAMA
POLAND
QATAR
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SOUTH AFRICA
SPAIN
SWEDEN
TURKEY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
URUGUAY

Signatory working toward implementation, not currently in compliance - by:

ISRAEL

Partial signatory - by:

Not a signatory - by:

Replies awaited or Countries not contacted - by:

ARGENTINA
AZERBAIJAN
BARBADOS
BULGARIA
CANADA
CHILE
CHINA
COLOMBIA
CROATIA
CYPRUS
DENMARK
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
ECUADOR
FINLAND
FRANCE
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
JAMAICA
KAZAKHSTAN
KENYA
KOREA
LEBANON
LITHUANIA
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MONGOLIA
MOROCCO
NETHERLANDS
PARAGUAY
PERU
PHILIPPINES
PORTUGAL
PUERTO RICO
ROMANIA
SAUDI ARABIA
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SWITZERLAND
SYRIA
THAILAND
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
TUNISIA
UKRAINE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
UZBEKISTAN
VENEZUELA

(1) AUSTRALIA: Breeding is a Full Signatory. Racing is a Partial Signatory as Australia does not use the suffix to differentiate two horses of the same or similar name. We require a change of name for a horse imported, either permanently or temporarily to race in Australia.

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APPENDIX 2

List of International Country Code Suffixes

Suffixes Countries/Pays Suffixes Countries/Pays
ARG Argentina – Argentine LUX Luxemburg – Luxembourg
AUS Australia – Australie MAL Malaysia – Malaisie
AUT Austria – Autriche MDA Moldavia - Moldavie
AZE Azerbaijan - Azerbaïdjan MEX Mexico - Mexique
BAR Barbados – La Barbade MOR Morocco - Maroc
BEL Belgium – Belgique NOR Norway - Norvège
BHR Bahrain – Bahrein NZ New Zealand - Nouvelle Zélande
BIH Bosnia & Herzegovina – Bosnie-Herzégovine OM Sultanate of Oman – Sultanat d'Oman
BRZ Brazil – Brésil PAN Panama
BUL Bulgaria – Bulgarie PER Peru – Pérou
CAN Canada PHI Philippines
CHI Chile – Chili POL Poland – Pologne
CHN China – Chine POR Portugal
COL Colombia - Colombie PR Puerto Rico – Porto Rico
CRI Costa Rica PRY Paraguay
CRO Croatia – Croatie QA Qatar
CYP Cyprus – Chypre RHO Rhodesia
CZE Czech Republic – République Tchèque RUM Romania – Roumanie
DEN Denmark – Danemark RU Russia – Russie (up to and including 1921)
DOM Dominican Republic – Rép. Dominicaine RUS Russia – Russie (from 1992)
DZ Algeria – Algérie SAF South Africa – Afrique du Sud
ECU Ecuador – Equateur SLO Slovak Republic (to 2006)
FIN Finland – Finlande SPA Spain – Espagne
FR France SRB Serbia – Serbie
GB Great Britain - Grande Bretagne SRH Rhodesia – Rhodesie
GDR East Germany – RDA SVK Slovakia – Slovaquie
GEO Georgia- Géorgie SVN Slovenia – Slovenie
GER Germany – Allemagne SU Soviet Union (1922 to 1991 inclusive)
GR Greece – Grèce SWE Sweden – Suede
GTM Guatemala SWI Switzerland – Suisse
HOL The Netherlands - Pays Bas SY Syria - Syrie
HUN Hungary – Hongrie THA Thailand – Thaïlande
IND India – Inde TRI Trinidad & Tobago
IRE Ireland – Irlande TUN Tunisia – Tunisie
ISR Israel TUR Turkey – Turquie
ITY Italy – Italie UAE United Arab Emirates - Emirats Arabes Unis
JAM Jamaica – Jamaïque UKR Ukraine
JPN Japan – Japon URU Uruguay
KAZ Kazakhstan USA United States of America - Etats Unis d'Amérique
KEN Kenya UZB Uzbekistan - Ouzbékistan
KOR Korea – Corée VEN Venezuela
KSA Saudi Arabia - Arabie Saoudite YUG Yugoslavia – Yougoslavie
LEB Lebanon – Liban ZIM Zimbabwe
LTU Lithuania - Lituanie

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Article 5 (RACING) - HORSE PERFORMANCE RECORDS

Each Racing Authority must apply rules and procedures which seek to ensure that comprehensive and up-to-date records of the performances of horses in training in its country are maintained. These will include any performances for such horses prior to importation into the country, and where such horses travel abroad to race before returning home. The record of performances must include all the information laid down in Appendix 3.Where the name of a horse has been the subject of a change or changes, the records must indicate under which name the horse raced in each of its races.

More specifically, Racing Authorities should make provision within their Rules to seek to ensure that they are in possession of the following information:

Racing Authorities may, within their Rules, place responsibility on their owners, trainers or other relevant parties for the submission of the above information and for its accuracy. They may also attach requirements as to the necessary timing of receipt of such information.

Racing Authorities will make such information as is held by them available to each other, either by granting on-line access to the information or by providing such information on request.

As part of good racing management, a Staging Authority must also immediately inform the Home Authority, and make public any subsequent (i.e. post-raceday) demotion or promotion of a horse trained abroad (for example, as a result of a finding of a prohibited substance).

Last update : NOVEMBER 2015

Fully signatory - agreed by:

AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
BRAZIL
CZECH REPUBLIC
GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
IRELAND
ITALY
JAPAN
LIBYA
MACAU
MALAYSIA
NEW ZELAND
OMAN
PANAMA
POLAND
QATAR
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SOUTH AFRICA
SPAIN
SWEDEN
TURKEY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
URUGUAY

Signatory working toward implementation, not currently in compliance - by:

ISRAEL
NORWAY

Partial signatory - by:

Not a signatory - by:

Replies awaited - by:

AZERBAIJAN
BARBADOS
CANADA
CHILE
CROATIA
CYPRUS
DENMARK
FRANCE
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY (provide data manually on the spot)
INDIA
KOREA
LEBANON
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MOROCCO
NETHERLANDS
SAUDI ARABIA
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SWITZERLAND
UKRAINE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
VENEZUELA

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APPENDIX 3


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Article 6 (RACING) - PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Race horses are prohibited from racing with any prohibited substance in their bodies.
Modification of the heritable genome of a Thoroughbred at any time of its life will disqualify such a horse being considered any longer as a Thoroughbred in racing or competition activities.
No race horse used for racing may be subjected to the prohibited practices specified in this article. Sick or injured race horses must be treated and/or rested as appropriate for their condition before returning to full training.

GENERAL PROVISIONS
All therapies for a horse involved in racing or race training (including rest periods) should be based upon a specific diagnosis, administered in the context of a valid and transparent owner-trainer-veterinarian relationship, and given in the interests of the horse’s health and welfare. Following any therapy given to a race horse, a sufficient period should elapse prior to racing such that the therapy (i) is not capable of giving the horse an advantage or causing it to be disadvantaged contrary to the horse’s inherent merits or (ii) is detrimental to its welfare.

No therapies should be administered on the day of the race to a horse without the authorization of the Horseracing Authority.






Article 6A - PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES

OBJECTIVE

1. The objective is to protect the integrity of horseracing and the welfare of the horse through controlling the use of substances capable of giving a horse an advantage or causing it to be disadvantaged in a race, contrary to the horse's inherent merits.

SAMPLING

2. To establish whether a prohibited substance is present, samples shall be taken from horses declared to race. Horseracing Authorities may also take samples at any time, according to their own rules. Sample means a sample from any part or in contact with any part of the horse.

3. A sample collected under a secure chain of custody shall be split, where practicable, into an A sample and a B sample. If the A sample is reported to contain prohibited substances, the B sample may be analysed for those substances, either automatically or optionally at the trainer's, owner's, or Horseracing Authority's request.

4. If a prohibited substance is identified in an official sample taken from a horse which is entered or has run in a race within one jurisdiction but which is trained in another, the Horseracing Authority where the horse is trained is to be informed and shall provide assistance when requested.

SANCTIONS

5. (a) A horse shall be disqualified whenever the analysis of an official sample taken on race day demonstrates a positive finding for a prohibited substance as defined by the relevant Rules of Racing. The trainer of the horse shall be penalized except when he has discharged his responsibilities as described hereunder beyond reproach.
(b) In case of the demonstration of the presence of a substance as defined in Article 6 E – Point 4, a horse shall as well be ineligible to race until a minimum of six months has elapsed after the positive finding and can only then be entered in race after an official negative doping test.

6. Where a sample taken from a horse at any other time contains a prohibited substance, Horseracing Authorities may, according to their own rules, impose sanctions on the horse, trainer, owner, or other licensed persons.


THE TRAINER'S RESPONSIBILITES

7. The trainer shall always be responsible for:

RACEDAY REGULATIONS

8. With the exception of veterinarians authorized by the Stewards or Horseracing Authority, nobody shall bring into the stables of a racecourse on a raceday either a prohibited substance or any means of administering such a substance.

9. After a horse has raced and before it is discharged from any requirements for postrace sampling, no treatment with prohibited substances shall be allowed without official permission.

PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES

10. The following are prohibited substances:

11. A finding of a prohibited substance means a finding of the substance itself, a metabolite of the substance, an isomer of the substance, an isomer of a metabolite, or a pro-drug of the substance. The finding of any scientific indicator of administration or other exposure to a prohibited substance is also equivalent to the finding of the substance.

12. With the objective of helping trainers and their veterinary advisers, Horseracing Authorities may include in their own rules examples of prohibited and non prohibited substances.

13. With the objective of providing guidance to horseracing tribunals, Horseracing Authorities may produce a classification of prohibited substances.

THRESHOLDS

14. International thresholds can only be adopted for:

15. Thresholds shall be recommended by the Federation's Advisory Council on Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices, after consultation with the Association of Official Racing Chemists and the International Group of Specialist Racing Veterinarians, and approved by the Executive Council of IFHA.

16. Prohibited substances below the following thresholds are not actionable: