|Monday, October 02, 2017||Contact: Andrew Chesser|
|51st IFHA Conference Highlights Redevelopment at Major Tracks|
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, 1967. Since 1994, the annual conference has been organized at France Galop headquarters by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. The first meeting had 14 attendees from nine countries. Today’s Conference convened delegates from about 50 different countries with a number of other racing executives and media members in attendance.
The redesigned Curragh will feature a new grandstand, which will incorporate top of the line corporate facilities, restaurants, bars and viewing facilities. The project will also include a new arrivals and reception area, parade ring, and weigh room.
“Racegoers expect more,” said Kavanagh. “They need more racing, more of an experience, more involvement to excite and entice them to the Curragh.”
Other morning panels included a progress report on relations between the International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC)—which is comprised of the IFHA and FEI—and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE); a presentation on the 37th Asian Racing Conference in Seoul next May; an update on the progression and implementation of the Reference Labs Strategy; and an update on the 2nd International Forum for the Aftercare of Horses as well as a panel discussion on racecourse aftercare, which was led by IFHA Vice-Chairman Jim Gagliano, who is also the president of The Jockey Club.
During his presentation on the Reference Labs Strategy, Romanet announced that the IFHA Executive Council has approved a policy whereby the disqualification of a horse by final action of a regulatory authority as a result of detection of prohibited substances will result in that horse not being included in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings. The decision unanimously approved by the IFHA Executive Council is as follows and is implemented for races that take place in 2017 and going forward:
Any horse that has been disqualified by final action of a regulatory authority with jurisdiction over the conduct of racing where the violation occurred as a result of the detection of a prohibited substance covered by Article 6E of the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering (IABRW) will be excluded from the Rankings for the corresponding calendar year in which the violation is determined to have occurred. An exception can be made if the trainer has been determined to have discharged his responsibilities in specific cases (i.e. contamination).
• Making and amending the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering (the IABRW)
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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