Friday, October 10, 2014Contact: Andrew Chesser
48th IFHA Conference Slides and Video Replay now Available on

A video replay, PowerPoint presentations from Monday’s 48th International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) Conference held in Paris, France at the France Galop Offices, are now available at

Odgen Mills “Dinny Phipps”, chairman of The Jockey Club (USA) was the keynote speaker and shared his experiences in horse racing and restated The Jockey Club’s call for medication reform in North America.

The conference also featured two primary sessions, “Racetrack Surfaces and Safety”, and “Building a Successful Social Media Strategy”.

The 48th conference of the IFHA also gave a synopsis of the recently concluded International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians (ICRAV) and the IFHA’s ongoing collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to facilitate international horse movement. An update was delivered on the upcoming 2015 Pan-American Conference to be held in New York, USA, and presentations were made showcasing racing in Scandinavia and Korea.

The first International Conference of Horseracing Authorities was organized and hosted by the Société d'Encouragement in Paris, France, on October 9, 1967. Since 1994, the annual conference has been organized at France Galop headquarters by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.
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. Collectively these countries account for annual raceday attendance of more than 100 million people, total wagering turnover of some €90 billion and 170,000 races per year. The Federation organizes the annual International Conference, now in its 48th year.

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
  • Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices
  • Harmonisation of Race Day Rules
  • 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).

Andrew Chesser
Deputy Secretary General, International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA)
Telephone +1 859 224 2741
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