Friday, October 02, 2015Contact: Andrew Chesser
Live Video Stream of the Open Forum of the 49th IFHA Conference to be Available

The 49th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities will be available on the IFHA’s website ( beginning at 10:00 CEST (GMT+1) on Monday 5 October via live stream, and a replay of the Conference will be posted in the days following the event.

The keynote speaker of the Conference is John Messara, Chairman of Racing Australia and a leading Australian owner and breeder.

Louis Romanet will chair the Conference, which highlights many important areas of interest for racing. Mr Romanet will detail a strategic plan for the Federation, and a progress update will be given on the IFHA’s program on lab certification. In addition, the afternoon of the Conference will feature sessions titled, “The Global Illegal Betting Market” and “Delivering Media and Information to Bettors and Fans,” respectively, moderated by IFHA Vice-Chairmen Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges and Jim Gagliano.

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 that stage Thoroughbred races.

Major areas of the IFHA’s activities include:
  • Making and amending the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering (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