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IFHA Conference Open Forum to be Live Streamed

The 51th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities will be available on the IFHA’s website ( beginning at approximately 10:00 CEST (GMT+1) on Monday 2 October via live stream. Additionally, a replay of the Conference will be posted in the days following the event.

The redevelopments taking place at the Curragh in Ireland and PARISLONGCHAMP in Paris will be the featured presentations of the day. Brian Kavanagh, the CEO of Horse Racing Ireland and a vice-chairman of the IFHA, along with Derek McGrath, the CEO of Curragh Racecourse, will update attendees on the Irish redesign, whilst Olivier Delloye, the chief executive of France Galop, and Fabrice Favetto Bon, the marketing director of France Galop, will present on PARISLONGCHAMP.

Other morning panels include 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 discussion on the 37th Asian Racing Conference in Seoul next May; a look at the 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 will be led by IFHA Vice-Chairman Jim Gagliano, who is also the president of The Jockey Club.

The afternoon will feature sessions led by the IFHA’s other two vice-chairmen. Hong Kong Jockey Club CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges will lead panels on “International Strategy: Transitioning from a local to a global market,” while Kavanagh will oversee discussions on “Challenges facing the European Breeding and Racing Industry.”

The full agenda of the conference can be found at

About the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA):

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) is the world peak body for the international sport of Thoroughbred racing. Its 60 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
• Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices
• Harmonization 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).
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