EMHF NEWS

RACE PLANNING SEMINAR IN IRELAND ATTRACTS HIGH TURNOUT

Following a request, at the General Assembly, for an EMHF Seminar on Race Planning, EMHF Chair Brian Kavanagh welcomed a strong turnout to the offices of Horse Racing Ireland, in Newbridge, County Kildare on August 16th. France, Great Britain and Ireland all fielded experts who shared presenting duties.  Nineteen delegates, from Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Morocco, Slovakia, Sweden and Turkey, attended. Chaired by EMHF Secretary-General, Paull Khan, subjects included how to match the race programme to the horse population, balancing the competing interests of stakeholders, the role of handicaps and race-types such as Claimers and Auction Races, the pros and cons of Breeders' and Owners' Premiums and maximising field sizes. HRI then treated delegates to a high-quality evening card at the Curragh. For most, it was the first opportunity to witness its splendid new grandstand and facilities.

THIRD ANNUAL EUROPEAN BEACH RACING ASSOCIATION MEETS IN SPAIN

The European Beach Racing Association staged its third annual meeting in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Andalusia. Generously hosted by Javier and Rafael Hidalgo (the latter the President of the racecourse), delegates included, for the first time, representatives of the Duhner Wattrennen race meeting in Lower Saxony. Jos van de Meer, its President, gave an interesting presentation of racing at Germany's sole Thoroughbred Beach Racing venue. Jonathan Perree, Head of Racing at the Channel Islands Horseracing Authority, then outlined his plans to open a new beach racetrack near the capital of Jersey, St Helier. Delegates were then treated to a splendid opening day's racing of Sanlucar's season - the first of six fixtures on the sand which are traditionally held every August. 

FIFTH ANNUAL EMHF MISSION TO BRUSSELS

EMHF's FIFTH ANNUAL BRUSSELS MISSION

The EMHF made its fifth annual Mission to the EU institutions in Brussels on July 23rd. The primary focus of the visit this year was the forthcoming Animal Health Law, and its implications for Thoroughbreds travelling internationally. Headed by EMHF Chairman, Brian Kavanagh, and including representatives from the European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders Associations and European and African Stud Book Committee (co-signatories, with the European Trainers Federation) of the EMHF's recent feedback on the delegated regulation concerning entry of horses into the EU),  

From left to right: Des Leadon (EFTBA), Paull Khan (Secretary-General, EMHF), Mairead McGuinness, MEP (Vice-President, European Parliament, Jonathan Mullin (Horse Racing Ireland), Philippe Casier (Belgian Gallop Federation), Brian Kavanagh, (Chair, EMHF), Russell Ferris (EASBC).

EMHF SUBMITS FEEDBACK ON EU ANIMAL HEALTH LAW

The EMHF has joined with the European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders’ Associations (EFTBA), European and African Stud Book Committee (EASBC) and European Trainers Federation (ETF) in submitting feedback on a draft delegated regulation on the entry into the European Union of horses (among other animals) – part of the Animal Health Law which will enter into force in 2021. We have expressed concerns that various derogations which will apply to Thoroughbreds travelling to race do not seem to have been extended to those travelling to breed, as per previous assurances given. The EMHF will be undertaking its fifth annual ‘Brussels Mission’ on July 23rd and 24th, accompanied by representatives of EFTBA and EASBC, when the opportunity will be taken to raise this issue. The feedback can be viewed on this site, under the 'Policy Papers' 'Submissions' tab.

HORSERACING IN EUROPE - NEW LEAFLET PUBLISHED

The EMHF has updated its Briefing Leaflet on the importance of horseracing in Europe. It is designed to provide a handy reference which members might care to present to politicians and other decision-makers. It can be found on this site under the 'Policy Papers' 'Submissions' tab.

IFHA PUBLISHES FOURTH RELEASE OF LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS

The fourth set of figures for the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings in 2019 have been released. They include horses which have raced between January 1st and June 9th, 2019. Click here

EMHF SUPPORTS COUNCIL OF EUROPE CONVENTION ON THE MANIPULATION OF SPORTS COMPETITIONS

Following the announcement of the entry into force of the Council of Europe's Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions - commonly known as the 'Macolin Convention' - the EMHF has issued a statement (see below) in support of it and its principles. The Macolin Convention can be read at https://rm.coe.int/CoERMPublicCommonSearchServices/DisplayDCTMContent?documentId=09000016801cdd7e

EMHF SUPPORTS COUNCIL OF EUROPE CONVENTION ON THE MANIPULATION OF SPORTS COMPETITIONS

 

The European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation (EMHF), whose members are the National governing bodies for Thoroughbred horseracing (flat and jump racing) of the 27 member countries in our region, welcomes the Council of Europe’s announcement that its Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions (known as the Macolin Convention) will enter into force on September 1st, 2019.

The EMHF is firmly committed to the integrity of the sport, including the fair and proper running of all horse races.

Horseracing has a long-established and uniquely symbiotic relationship with the regulated gambling industry, with which we share a desire for the results of all races to be fair. Any lack of confidence among the betting public in the integrity of race results depresses the propensity to bet, to the detriment of both the horseracing and the regulated betting sectors.

Although horseracing is not legally considered a sport in some European countries, the EMHF supports the Macolin Convention in its aims of tackling match-fixing, the use of gambling for money-laundering, gambling addiction, etc.

The EMHF looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to the process of implementation of the Macolin Convention.

Following the announcement of the entry into force of the Council of Europe's Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions - commonly known as the 'Macolin Convention' - the EMHF has issued a statement (see below) in support of it and its principles. The Macolin Convention can be read at https://rm.coe.int/CoERMPublicCommonSearchServices/DisplayDCTMContent?documentId=09000016801cdd7e

EMHF SUPPORTS COUNCIL OF EUROPE CONVENTION ON THE MANIPULATION OF SPORTS COMPETITIONS

 

The European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation (EMHF), whose members are the National governing bodies for Thoroughbred horseracing (flat and jump racing) of the 27 member countries in our region, welcomes the Council of Europe’s announcement that its Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions (known as the Macolin Convention) will enter into force on September 1st, 2019.

The EMHF is firmly committed to the integrity of the sport, including the fair and proper running of all horse races.

Horseracing has a long-established and uniquely symbiotic relationship with the regulated gambling industry, with which we share a desire for the results of all races to be fair. Any lack of confidence among the betting public in the integrity of race results depresses the propensity to bet, to the detriment of both the horseracing and the regulated betting sectors.

Although horseracing is not legally considered a sport in some European countries, the EMHF supports the Macolin Convention in its aims of tackling match-fixing, the use of gambling for money-laundering, gambling addiction, etc.

The EMHF looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to the process of implementation of the Macolin Convention.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY A GREAT SUCCESS IN OSLO

Ovrevol Racecourse - Norway's only track for Thoroughbreds - was the picturesque setting for the EMHF's 2019 General Assembly Meeting. Nineteen countries were represented, as well as observers from the European and African Stud Book Committee (EASBC) and the European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders’ Associations and the Conference of Central European Horseracing (KMET).

 

For the first time, the press was present, in the shape of the Thoroughbred Daily News’ Dan Ross. Also, as a fresh initiative, representatives of commercial companies were present outside the meeting room and for the duration of the social programme. The companies represented were veterinary software providers Equine Medirecord, racing rights agents RASLAB and manufacturers of equine nasal strips, Flair.

 

Delegates received a number of presentations including on the Threats of Gene Doping from Simon Cooper, Joint-Chair, EASBC,       Threats of illegal betting to EMHF members from Brant Dunshea, Chief Regulatory Officer, British Horseracing Authority, The Work of the International Conference for the Health, Safety and Welfare of Jockeys and the European Racing Medical Officers Committee from Denis Egan, Chief Executive, Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, Digital Horse Passports, again from Simon Cooper and Norway’s Whip Rules, from former Norwegian Jockey Club Director, Hens Petter Eriksen.

Following the move of Helena Gartner from the Swedish gallop racing authority to its Trotting equivalent, the General Assembly unanimously elected Norwegian Jockey Club's Director of Racing, Liv Kristiansen, to the Executive Council.

The General Assembly was immediately followed, in the same venue at Ovrevoll Racecourse, by the annual Conference of the International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses, which our delegates attended. The IFAR Conference’s agenda had been tailored to focus on the practical steps which Racing Authorities could take in order to establish aftercare provision in their countries. 

The group enjoyed wonderful hospitality and thanks go to the Norwegian Jockey Club and Rikstoto.

General Assembly delegates, along with those for the Annual Conference of the International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses and the General Assembly of the European Pari-Mutuel Association, gathering before the official dinner at the spectacular De Fem Stuer Restaurant, with the backdrop of Oslo and its fjord.

Liv Kristiansen, Director of Racing at the Norwegian Jockey Club, who has been elected to the EMHF's Executive Council. Also re-elected for a further three-year term to the Executive Council were Chairman Brian Kavanagh (Ireland), Vice-Chairs Behcet Homurlu (Turkey), Omar Skalli (Morocco) and Rudiger Schmanns (Germany), together with Henri Pouret (France) and Jonathan Perree (Channel Islands).

THIRD RELEASE OF 2019 LONGINES WORLD's BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS

The third set of figures for the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings in 2019 have been released. They include horses which have raced between January 1st and May 5th, 2019. Click here

EMHF IN TALKS ON EUROPEAN HORSERACE FUNDING

The EMHF's European Union Committee has been in discussions with Jean Arthuis, MEP, Head of the European Parliament's Committee on Budgets, on problems and shortcomings in the statutory funding of European horseracing. EU Committee members initially met with M. Arthuis, Chair of the MEP Horse Group, during our annual Brussels Mission last July. M. Arthuis has taken a keen interest in the subject and has facilitated two Workshops, the first in Paris in October, and most recently in Brussels in March. The Workshops have also been attended by representatives of the UET (European Trotting Union), and Racing Authorities and Betting Operators from a number of European nations. Further talks are planned on the potential for pan-European harmonisation of funding.

Secretary-General Paull Khan with Jean Arthuis, MEP, at the European Parliament.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY, 2019: OSLO

Arrangements are being finalised for the EMHF's General Assembly, to be held at Ovrevoll Racecourse in Oslo, Norway on Thursday, May 16th. The International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses will be holding its Annual Conference (which in the past two years has been held alongside the Asian Racing Conference in Seoul and the Pan-American Conference in Washington DC) at the same venue on the afternoon of our meeting. Delegates to both meetings will have the opportunity to hear a talk from the Norwegian Jockey Club's former Director, Hans Petter Eriksen on the Whip Rules in Norway, pioneer country in 'whip-free races', and the following day to witness these rules in action at the races at Ovrevoll and join with the Norwegian people in the fabled celebrations of their National Day. 

SECOND RELEASE OF 2019 LONGINES WORLD's BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS

The second set of figures for the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings in 2019 have been released. They include horses which have raced between January 1st and March 31st, 2019. Click here. 

The second set of figures for the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings in 2019 have been released. They include horses which have raced between January 1st and March 31st, 2019. Click here. 

LONGINES WORLD's BEST RACEHORSE and HORSE RACE ANNOUNCED

The final set of figures for the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings  and World's Best Horse Race 2018 have been announced. For the World's Best Racehorse Rankings, Click here. For the table of the World's Best Horse Races, Click here

EIGHTH RELEASE IN 2018 OF LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS

The eighth release set of Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for the new year, including results up to October 7th and including the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, have been issued. Click here

SEVENTH RELEASE IN 2018 OF LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS

The seventh release set of Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for the new year, including results up to September 9th, have been issued. Click here

MAGNIER FAMILY & AIDAN O'BRIEN RECEIVE 2018 LONGINES & IFHA INTERNATIONAL AWARD OF MERIT

At a ceremony in the Dublin on August 14th, the Magnier Family and Aidan O'Brien received the 2018 Longines & IFHA International Award of Merit. Click here

SIXTH RELEASE IN 2018 OF LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS

The sixth release set of Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for the new year, including results up to August 5th, have been issued. Click here

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL MISSION TO BRUSSELS

The EMHF's European Union Committee organised its fourth annual Mission to Brussels to meet key MEP's and European Commission officials. These annual events provide a useful vehicle for member countries to raise issues of concern or importance to them with decision-makers in Brussels and to learn first-hand of current and likely future political developments. Delegates from Belgium, Holland, Great Britain and Ireland travelled to Brussels for a full programme of meetings put together by our EU Advisor, Cathy McGlynn. 

EMHF delegates at a meeting with Mairead McGuiness MEP (First Vice President of the European Parliament) and Sean Kelly MEP, one of several interviews during 2018's productive EMHF mission to Brussels.Fromleft to right: Baron Philippe Casier (Belgium), Dr Paull Khan (EMHF), Kelly, McGuiness, Mr Paul Mulder (Hollnd), Mr Brian Kavanagh (Ireland), Mr Ross Hamilton (Great Britain) and Mr Jonathan Mullin (Ireland).

FIFTH RELEASE IN 2018 OF LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS

The fifth release set of Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for the new year, including results up to July 8th, have been issued. Click here

FOURTH RELEASE IN 2018 OF LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS

The fourth release set of Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for the new year, including results up to June 10th, have been issued. Click here

GERMANY BANS TONGUE-TIES

The Direktorium für Vollblutzucht und Rennen has announced that, with effect from June 1st, the use of Tongue-Ties on horses in races will be forbidden.

THIRD RELEASE IN 2018 OF LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS

The third release set of Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for the new year, including results up to May 6th, have been issued. Click here

ATHENS HOSTS FRUITFUL GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Acropolis provided the spectacular backdrop for the European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation’s General Assembly this year, which was held at the Ionic Centre, Athens. Brian Kavanagh, EMHF Chairman, remarked:

“I am most grateful to the Jockey Club of Greece, our newest member country, for hosting this year’s General Assembly and delighted that the turnout of 20 countries equalled our previous record.”

All countries confirmed that they had either already introduced the new world standard for the treatment of interference cases - which was adopted by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (the EMHF’s parent body) in October 2017 - or would do so by the end of the year. This will see a harmonised interference rule across the European and Mediterranean region and follows the staging of two EMHF Seminars on the subject earlier in the year.

The EMHF welcomed the Lithuanian Horse Racing Association as the new member organisation for that country. The LHRA was appointed last year by the Lithuanian Government as its governing authority for horseracing and received an inspection visit by EMHF Secretary-General, Paull Khan, in November. Lithuania’s sole racecourse is at Raseiniai, mid-way between the capital Vilnius and the Baltic Sea.

Delegates heard presentations from Danish Jockey Club CEO Peter Knudsen on recent changes to the betting laws in his country, from Paull Khan on lessons to be drawn from European Commission decisions on the statutory funding of horseracing, and on the WhipChip from its inventors Ferhat and Erin Tigrel.

Brian Kavanagh concluded: “the Federation is a very good way for racing authorities to exchange views and best practice and to learn from each other.  Now eight years old, it continues to promote horse racing in the region.”

SECOND RELEASE IN 2018 OF LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS

The second release set of Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for the new year, including results up to April 8th, have been issued. Click here

INTERNATIONAL SPORTS HORSE CONFEDERATION ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS

The International Sports Horse Confederation, the collaboration between the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities and the Federation Equestre Internationale, and the official body for relations between the horse industry and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), has announced significant progress on a number of fronts, following meetings in Hong Kong. Click here for statement.

PENULTIMATE  BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS LIST OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED BY LONGINES AND IFHA

The penultimate set of Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2017, including results up to November 5th, and therefore emcompasing the Breeders' Cup, have been issued. Click here

ATHENS TO STAGE EMHF GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN 2018

The EMHF has accepted the generous offer of the Jockey Club of Greece to hold its next General Assembly Meeting in Athens on Sunday, 22nd April, 2018. This will follow a race meeting at Marcopoulou racecourse on Saturday 21st, April.

IFHA ANNOUNCES NEW MODEL 'INTERFERENCE' RULE

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities has unanimously approved a change to the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering, as recommended by its International Harmonisation of Raceday Rules Committee, to establish a model interference rule. Click here.

WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS LIST TO SEPTEMBER ANNOUNCED BY LONGINES AND IFHA

The most up-to-date set of Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings, including results up to October 1st, have been issued. Click here

EMHF SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTED VICE-CHAIR OF IFHA TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities has issued Guidelines to Racing Authorities on Out of Competition Testing of horses. The European Horserace Scientific Liaison Committee were central in the compilation of these Guidelines. Click here.

EMHF Secretary-General, Paull Khan, has been appointed as the Vice-Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities' standing committee, the Technical Advisory Committee.

IFHA Chairman, Louis Romanet, said:

“Due to Paull’s pivotal leadership and administration of the Technical Advisory Committee, primarily as chair of its Agenda Committee, the TAC is currently in a very strong position to serve the mission of the IFHA – to bring forward and promote best practice and regulation for horseracing.

In recognition of this achievement and with the agreement of the three Vice-Chairmen and our Executive Council, I am pleased to name him as Vice-Chairman of TAC under the chairmanship of IFHA Executive Director Andrew Harding”.

 Dr Khan, who is also Europe’s Technical Advisor to the IFHA, added:

“I have always thoroughly enjoyed contributing to TAC and, before that, to its predecessor body, the International Departmental Meeting, and it is an honour to be made Vice-Chairman.”

 

FIRST MEETING OF EUROPEAN BEACH RACING ASSOCIATION HELD IN FRANCE 

Representatives of six of Europe's seven racetracks which stage official Thoroughbred racing on the beach gathered for the inaugural meeting of the European Beach Racing Association at Plestin-les-Greves, Brittany on Monday, July 31st. This loose association, under the auspices of the EMHF, has been formed to establish a communication network between those responsible for these meetings, to identify best practice in ensuring participant and spectator safety and to raise the profile of this most distinct and spectacular form of racing. The meeting, chaired by EMHF Secretary-General, Paull Khan, was also attended by the town's Mayor, Presidents of several racecourses, representatives from the Cantabrian Government (into which area two of the seven tracks fall) and of the Jockey Club Espanol, and the Director of tourism for the Lannion-Tregor Communauté, (into which Plestin-les-Greves falls), in whose offices the meeting was held. The previous day, delegates had been treated to a memorable day's racing on Plestin-les-Greve's beach, courtesy of its President, Rene Eleouet. The meeting gave a mandate to Dr Khan and the EMHF's EU Consultant, Cathy McGlynn, to progress an approach for possible European 'LEADER' funding, within the EU's rural development policy, for a cooperative project to promote beach racing to the benefit of tourism in the local areas which the racetracks serve. It is also planned to organise a tour, for racing enthusiasts, taking in two or three of the beach racing tracks, to be held next summer. 

Representatives of six of Europe's seven racetracks which stage official Thoroughbred racing on the beach gathered for the inaugural meeting of the European Beach Racing Association at Plestin-les-Greves, Brittany on Monday, July 31st. This loose association, under the auspices of the EMHF, has been formed to establish a communication network between those responsible for these meetings, to identify best practice in ensuring participant and spectator safety and to raise the profile of this most distinct and spectacular form of racing. The meeting, chaired by EMHF Secretary-General, Paull Khan, was also attended by the town's Mayor, Presidents of several racecourses, representatives from the Cantabrian Government (into which area two of the seven tracks fall) and of the Jockey Club Espanol, and the Director of tourism for the Lannion-Tregor Communauté, (into which Plestin-les-Greves falls), in whose offices the meeting was held. The previous day, delegates had been treated to a memorable day's racing on Plestin-les-Greve's beach, courtesy of its President, Rene Eleouet. The meeting gave a mandate to Dr Khan and the EMHF's EU Consultant, Cathy McGlynn, to progress an approach for possible European 'LEADER' funding, within the EU's rural development policy, for a cooperative project to promote beach racing to the benefit of tourism in the local areas which the racetracks serve. It is also planned to organise a tour, for racing enthusiasts, taking in two or three of the beach racing tracks, to be held next summer. 

Racing action in the beautiful setting of Plestin-les-Greves.

Delegates at the inaugural meeting of the European Beach Racing Association, at the Office of Tourism, Plestin-les-Greves.

PAULL KHAN SPEAKS ON EMHF BEACH RACING INITIATIVE AT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT 

Secretary-General Paull Khan addressed a meeting of the MEP Horse Group, arranged in conjunction with the European Horse Network and held at the European Parliament, on the EMHF's Beach Racing initiative. He explained the genesis and aims of the European Beach Racing Association, which is to hold its inaugural meeting at Plestins-les-Greves on July 31st. The subject of the meeting was Equestrian Tourism and the audience included several MEPs, including Jean Arthuis, Hilde Vautmans and Julie Girling.

The previous day, EMHF delegates had met with key MEPs and European Commission officials during the latest of the annual 'missions' to Brussels arranged by the EU Committee. 

Secretary-General Paull Khan addressed a meeting of the MEP Horse Group, arranged in conjunction with the European Horse Network and held at the European Parliament, on the EMHF's Beach Racing initiative. He explained the genesis and aims of the European Beach Racing Association, which is to hold its inaugural meeting at Plestins-les-Greves on July 31st. The subject of the meeting was Equestrian Tourism and the audience included several MEPs, including Jean Arthuis, Hilde Vautmans and Julie Girling.

The previous day, EMHF delegates had met with key MEPs and European Commission officials during the latest of the annual 'missions' to Brussels arranged by the EU Committee. 

Secretary-General Paull Khan addressed a meeting of the MEP Horse Group, arranged in conjunction with the European Horse Network and held at the European Parliament, on the EMHF's Beach Racing initiative. He explained the genesis and aims of the European Beach Racing Association, which is to hold its inaugural meeting at Plestins-les-Greves on July 31st. The subject of the meeting was Equestrian Tourism and the audience included several MEPs, including Jean Arthuis, Hilde Vautmans and Julie Girling.

The previous day, EMHF delegates had met with key MEPs and European Commission officials during the latest of the annual 'missions' to Brussels arranged by the EU Committee. 

European Horse Network delegates prior to the EU Horse Group Equestrian Tourism event.

LATEST 2017 WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS LIST ANNOUNCED BY LONGINES AND IFHA

The most up-to-date set of Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings, including results up to July 9th, have been issued. Click here

The most up-to-date set of Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings, including results up to July 9th, have been issued. Click here

BHA STAND-DOWN PERIOD INTRODUCED FOR BISPHOSPHONATES

The British Horseracing Authority have introduced a new Stand Down requirement of 30 days for horses which have been administered Bisphosphonates. Click here for details.

EMHF ISSUES STATEMENT ON PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES

STATEMENT FROM GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON 'BREXIT'

The General Assembly also agreed a statement on the potential implications of Britain's exit from the European Union. For the text, click here.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY RETURNS TO STOCKHOLM FOR PRODUCTIVE MEETING AND RECORD ATTENDANCE

RECORD TURNOUT

The EMHF returned to its roots when holding its General Assembly on Monday May 29th near Stockholm, where the Federation was launched in 2010. Today a much larger organisation, it received representatives of 20 of its 28 member Horse Racing Authorities, another record attendance. For the first time, EMHF welcomed, as Observers, representatives of the European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders Associations (EFTBA), following a decision taken that EMHF and EFTBA should enjoy reciprocal Observer status at each other’s General Assemblies. Similar links have already been established with other key organisations which share common interests and geographical footprint with EMHF, (the Union Europeenne duTrot – Trotting Racing’s European body, the European Equestrian Federation and the European and Mediterranean Stud Book Liaison Committee) and it is a positive policy of EMHF to encourage such cross-discipline dialogue, to foster cooperation and strengthen the sector as a whole.

GREECE THE NEWEST MEMBER

Included within those attending were representatives from Greece, the newest EMHF member. A presentation on Greek racing’s remarkable recent recovery was given by members of the Jockey Club of Greece, accompanied by representatives of the betting operator Horse Races SA.

NEW EXECUTIVE COUNCIL APPOINTED

The General Assembly appointed two new members to its Executive Council, replacing departing members. Mrs Helena Gartner, Chief Administrative Officer at the Swedish Horseracing Authority, and Dr Martina Krejci, Secretary-General of the Jockey Club of the Czech Republic, become the first female members of the Executive Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Martina Krejci

 

Mrs Helena Gartner

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY IN OPPOSITION TO ANABOLIC STEROIDS

EMHF is united in its determination to uphold the ban on anabolic steroids and other substances defined as Prohibited by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA). It issued a statement (attached), affirming its commitment to the exclusion, within its member countries’ Rules of Racing, to a total ban on the use of such substances in racing, which should also not provide for any ‘Therapeutic Use Exemption’, as allowed for under certain circumstances within the International Agreement of Breeding Racing and Wagering. EMHF also committed to a progressively stronger emphasis on out-of-competition testing for such substances, whose effects can outlast their detectability – rendering race-day testing potentially ineffective.

BREXIT

EMHF members were equally united in a determination to make every effort to impress upon those conducting the negotiations over Britain’s departure from the EU that this should not impair the freedom of movement of Thoroughbreds between Britain and remaining EU countries. Such movements are numerous and of significant importance to the health of the Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing industries, not only in Britain and its immediate neighbours, but across the EuroMed region. 

SEMINAR PROGRAMME

Fostering best practice in all aspects of racing administration across the region remains a key goal of EMHF, and an announcement was made of the next in its highly successful programme of Seminars. The British Horseracing Authority will be hosting an EMHF Seminar on October 26th and 27th, at its Head Office in London and at Newbury Racecourse, on Licensing policy and practice and on Integrity, with a particular focus on detection and control of race fixing.

QUOTES

Brian Kavanagh, Chairman, said:

Re. Control of Prohibited Substances:

EMHF Chairman, Brian Kavanagh stated ”The EMHF is committed to the highest standard of doping control procedures and there is unanimous support for a prohibition on the use of steroids from birth to retirement of racehorses, increased out of competition testing and no therapeutic use exemption.  Where possible, member countries will now reflect this policy in their rules of racing and their doping control procedures, delivering a common approach throughout the region on this key issue.

 

Re. the potential ramifications of Brexit:

Brian Kavanagh, Chairman of the EMHF said "Brexit is the biggest challenge to face the European horse racing and breeding industries in a long time.  The sophisticated and effective processes which we have developed over the years for the movement of horses and people throughout Europe should not be taken for granted and it is imperative that the interests of the thoroughbred racing and breeding sector are taken into account during the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.  It was reassuring to note the unanimous support across all EMHF members for the protection of the current position which has been hard earned over many years.”

 

Dr Paull Khan, Secretary-General, said:

Re. female representation on the Executive Council:

“It is a regrettable fact that females are under-represented in racing administration across the world and I am delighted that EMHF has broken new ground in appointing women to both its vacant positions on its Executive Council. Let us hope this is a small but significant step towards appropriate minority representation in the sport.”

Re. Observer status accorded to sister organisations:

“I am proud of the fact that the EMHF is the only forum which brings together Thoroughbred racing, Stud Books and Breeders’ Associations, together with the Trotting and Equestrian worlds. Too often, we work in ‘silos’, and I firmly believe that exposure to, and involvement in, each other’s work can only lead to greater understanding and more cooperation, and will make our whole sector stronger as a result.”

Delegates visited Solvalla racetrack the previous day for the famous trotting race the Elitloppet and following the meeting were taken to the new racecourse at Bro Park which staged both the Swedish 2,000 Guineas and 1,000 Guineas.

                                  General Assembly Delegates at Bro, near Stockholm. 

STRONG TURNOUT EXPECTED FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Another sizeable turnout is expected for the EMHF's forthcoming General Assembly Meeting, which will take place on Monday, May 29th. Delegates are expected from Belgium, Czech Republic, Channel Islands, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Morocco, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey, as well as from new member country, Greece. In addition, there will be observers from the EMHF's sister organisations, the European and Mediterranean Stud Book Liaison Committee, the European Equestrian Federation, the Union Europeenne du Trot and the European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders Associations (EFTBA). Presentations will be made by the hosts, the Swedish Horseracing Authority; by new members the Jockey Club of Greece in association with Greek betting and racecourse operators, Horse Races SA; by new Observer organisation EFTBA, with an address on the work of the European Horserace Scientific Liaison Committee (EHSLC) from Yves Bonnaire, Chairman of the Task Force for IFHA certification of Racing Laboratories and a guiding force in the EHSLC since its inception.

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend the famous Elitloppet trotting fixture at Solvalla on May 28th, and also the evening fixture at the recently-opened Bro Park racecourse on the evening of the meeting.

Another sizeable turnout is expected for the EMHF's forthcoming General Assembly Meeting, which will take place on Monday, May 29th. Delegates are expected from Belgium, Czech Republic, Channel Islands, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Morocco, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey, as well as from new member country, Greece. In addition, there will be observers from the EMHF's sister organisations, the European and Mediterranean Stud Book Liaison Committee, the European Equestrian Federation, the Union Europeenne du Trot and the European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders Associations (EFTBA). Presentations will be made by the hosts, the Swedish Horseracing Authority; by new members the Jockey Club of Greece in association with Greek betting and racecourse operators, Horse Races SA; by new Observer organisation EFTBA, with an address on the work of the European Horserace Scientific Liaison Committee (EHSLC) from Yves Bonnaire, Chairman of the Task Force for IFHA certification of Racing Laboratories and a guiding force in the EHSLC since its inception.

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend the famous Elitloppet trotting fixture at Solvalla on May 28th, and also the evening fixture at the recently-opened Bro Park racecourse on the evening of the meeting.

Another sizeable turnout is expected for the EMHF's forthcoming General Assembly Meeting, which will take place on Monday, May 29th. Delegates are expected from Belgium, Czech Republic, Channel Islands, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Morocco, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey, as well as from new member country, Greece. In addition, there will be observers from the EMHF's sister organisations, the European and Mediterranean Stud Book Liaison Committee, the European Equestrian Federation, the Union Europeenne du Trot and the European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders Associations (EFTBA). Presentations will be made by the hosts, the Swedish Horseracing Authority; by new members the Jockey Club of Greece in association with Greek betting and racecourse operators, Horse Races SA; by new Observer organisation EFTBA, with an address on the work of the European Horserace Scientific Liaison Committee (EHSLC) from Yves Bonnaire, Chairman of the Task Force for IFHA certification of Racing Laboratories and a guiding force in the EHSLC since its inception.

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend the famous Elitloppet trotting fixture at Solvalla on May 28th, and also the evening fixture at the recently-opened Bro Park racecourse on the evening of the meeting.

Another sizeable turnout is expected for the EMHF's forthcoming General Assembly Meeting, which will take place on Monday, May 29th. Delegates are expected from Belgium, Czech Republic, Channel Islands, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Morocco, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey, as well as from new member country, Greece. In addition, there will be observers from the EMHF's sister organisations, the European and Mediterranean Stud Book Liaison Committee, the European Equestrian Federation, the Union Europeenne du Trot and the European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders Associations (EFTBA). Presentations will be made by the hosts, the Swedish Horseracing Authority; by new members the Jockey Club of Greece in association with Greek betting and racecourse operators, Horse Races SA; by new Observer organisation EFTBA, with an address on the work of the European Horserace Scientific Liaison Committee (EHSLC) from Yves Bonnaire, Chairman of the Task Force for IFHA certification of Racing Laboratories and a guiding force in the EHSLC since its inception.

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend the famous Elitloppet trotting fixture at Solvalla on May 28th, and also the evening fixture at the recently-opened Bro Park racecourse on the evening of the meeting.

LATEST 2017 WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS LIST ANNOUNCED BY LONGINES AND IFHA

The third set of Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings, including results up to May 7th, have been issued. Click here

SECOND 2017 WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS LIST ANNOUNCED BY LONGINES AND IFHA

The second set of Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings, including results up to April 9th, have been issued. Click here

The second set of Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings, including results up to April 9th, have been issued. Click here

FIRST 2017 WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS LIST ANNOUNCED BY LONGINES AND IFHA

The first set of Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings, including results up to March 5th, have been issued. Click here

GREECE JOINS EMHF

We are delighted to announce that the Jockey Club of Greece is to join the EMHF and will be welcomed to our General Assembly in   Stockholm. For the full Press Release, click here.

FINAL 2016 LISTINGS ANNOUNCED BY LONGINES AND IFHA

The final 2016 standings in two important categories of awards have been announced by Longines and the IFHA.

For the World's Best Racehorse Rankings, click here.

For the World's Top 100 Group 1/Grade 1 Races, click here.

GUIDANCE FOR RACING AUTHORITIES ON OUT OF COMPETITION TESTING

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities has issued Guidelines to Racing Authorities on Out of Competition Testing of horses. The European Horserace Scientific Liaison Committee were central in the compilation of these Guidelines. Click here.

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities has issued Guidelines to Racing Authorities on Out of Competition Testing of horses. The European Horserace Scientific Liaison Committee were central in the compilation of these Guidelines. Click here.

EMHF HANDICAPPING SEMINAR IN COLOGNE, GERMANY ATTENDED BY 12 COUNTRIES

The latest EMHF Seminar has been staged in Koln, Germany, hosted by the Direktorium. It was delivered by Phil Smith, Co-Chairman of the IFHA's World's Best Racehorse Rankings Committee and Senior Handicapper at the British Horseracing Authority. Aside from Britain and Germany, it attracted delegates from Austria, Channel Islands, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and Turkey.The latest EMHF Seminar has been staged in Koln, Germany, hosted by the Direktorium. It was delivered by Phil Smith, Co-Chairman of the IFHA's World's Best Racehorse Rankings Committee and Senior Handicapper at the British Horseracing Authority. Aside from Britain and Germany, it attracted delegates from Austria, Channel Islands, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and Turkey.

LATEST LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS (to November 6th) OUT NOW

Please see attached the sixth release of the 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2016 and November 6th, 2016).Click here.

Please see attached the sixth release of the 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2016 and November 6th, 2016).Click here.

EMHF GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2017 TO BE HELD IN STOCKHOLM

The next EMHF General Assembly meeting will be kindly hosted by the Swedish Horseracing Authority. It will take place in Stockholm on Monday 29th May 2017, prior to the Guineas evening Meeting at new Bro Park Racecourse. Delegates arriving the day before will have the opportunity to attend top-class trotting racing also, at Solvalla, with the running of the Elitloppet.

LATEST LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS (to October 9th) OUT NOW

Please see attached the sixth release of the 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2016 and October 9th, 2016).Click here.

Please see attached the sixth release of the 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2016 and October 9th, 2016).Click here.

EUROPEAN PATTERN COMMITTEE INTRODUCES NEW WEIGHT FOR AGE SCALE

The European Pattern Committee (EPC) has announced alterations to the Weight For Age Scale, to be implemented from 2017. The changes are being made in the interests of fairness and competitiveness and were agreed across all nations who form part of the EPC. For the Press Release, click here.

For the new Weight for Age Scale, click here

For the new Weight for Age Scale expressed in kilos, click here.

LATEST LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS (to September 11th) OUT NOW

Please see attached the fifth release of the 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2016 and September 11th, 2016).Click here.

NEW INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR THE AFTERCARE OF RACEHORSES UNVEILED

International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses to work with IFHA and bring together charities from across the world working in the field of re-training and rehabilitation of racehorses. For full story click here.

BRITAIN INTRODUCES NEW CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT PROTOCOLS

The British Horseracing Authority has announced aenhanced protocols to tackle concussion amongst jockeys. Click here.

EMHF FARRIERY SEMINAR DELIVERED BY IRISH SCHOOL OF FARRIERY PROVES POPULAR

EMHF TO ACT AS INTERNATIONAL 'CLEARING HOUSE' FOR RACECOURSE OFFICIALS' TRAINING

At its Executive Council Meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia yesterday, the European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation agreed new arrangements to assist the Racing Authorities of its member countries in the training and development of their Racecourse Officials. This initiative will see the Racing Authorities of four major racing nations - France, Germany, Great Britain and Ireland - offering officials, (such as Handicappers, Judges, Starters, Clerks of the Scales, Stewards' Secretaries and Veterinary Officers), from other EMHF member countries the opportunity to learn from their counterparts by spending time alongside them as they perform their job on the racecourse. 

 

EMHF Chairman, Brian Kavanagh, explained: "Education is a central focus of the EMHF. This exciting new initiative will complement our established programme of seminars in providing the 'smaller countries' with another means to learn and implement best practice in the administration of the sport."

 

Dr Paull Khan, EMHF Secretary-General, added: "The EMHF will act as a 'clearing house', matching up requests for such training with specific offers from the major racing nations. There will be no charge for the training."

EMHF's EUROPEAN UNION COMMITTEE STAGE MISSION TO BRUSSELS

The EMHF's EU Committee organises a visit for EMHF EU members to Brussels on an annual basis to meet with Members of the European Parliament and European Commission Officials. For a sumary of this year's mission Click here.

LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS INCLUDING RACING TO JULY 10th NOW OUT

LONGINES TOP 100 GR 1 RACES for 2015 PUBLISHED

SECOND  SET OF LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS FOR 2016

BHA ANNOUNCES NEW RULES ON COBALT AND SHOES

FIRST SET OF LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS FOR 2016

Please see attached the first release of the 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2016 and 6th March, 2016). Click here.

EMHF KEY CONTRIBUTOR TO EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT GATHERING ON RESPONSIBLE OWNERSHIP

The European Horse Network, of which EMHF is a member, organised the latest in its series of MEPs' Lunches at the European Parliament on March 2nd. The topic was 'Responsible Horse Ownership' and the sector chosen to present on 'best practices' was Thoroughbred racing.  Paull Khan noted the EMHF's publication 'Health & Welfare Initiatives in European Horseracing before introducing Leanne Masterson, winner of the Godolphin Stud and Stable Award, organised by the British Horseracing Authority. For a feature on the event, click here.

EMHF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING, 2016 

The EMHF's next Executive Council Meeting is to be held in Bratislava, Slovakia on Monday 18th July, 2016, following the Slovakian Derby which is run on Sunday 17th July.

 

Further details will follow.

ANOTHER RECORD TURNOUT FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Another record turnout graced our General Assembly meeting, which was held in Naas, Ireland on Friday 5th February. Delegates from the following 19 countries attended: Belgium, Channel Islands, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.

Five of our nine-strong Executive Council were re-elected for a further three-year term, including current Chairman, Brian Kavanagh and the three Vice-Chairmen, Behcet Homurlu (Turkey),Thierry Lohest (Belgium) and Omar Skalli (Morocco). The fifth Executive Council member to be re-elected was Rudiger Schmanns, (Germany).

Jonathan Perree, of the Channel Islands, was elected to join the Executive Council, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Jakob Broger from Galopp Schweiz last year.In attendance, both as representative of Switzerland and as President of the Union Europeenne du Trot, an organisation with which EMHF enjoys reciprocal Observer status at General Assembly Meetings, was Jean-Pierre Kratzer, who gave a presentation on Trotting in Europe.

Delegates also received presentations from Michael O'Rourke, Marketing Director of hosts Horse Racing Ireland, on the Irish Racing and Breeding Industry and from Paul Palmer, representing the European and Mediterranean Stud Book Liaison Committee, on the new compliance process introduced by its global parent body, the International Stud Book Committee.

It was agreed that EMHF Seminars would be held this year on Farriery and Handicapping. Good progress was reported on the drive towards harmonisation of handicap ratings in Central Europe, with the production of a Central Europe Classification for the first time.

The Secretary-General, Paull Khan, will also develop plans to provide a clearing house service for the international training of racing authority officials.

MARK JOHNSTON TRAINER MASTERCLASS NOW ON VIDEO

On January 12th, 2016, celebrated British trainer Mark Johnston delivered a Masterclass to an audience of over 70 trainers from 7 countries, in Bratislava, Slovakia. Covering all aspects of a trainer's job and his own life story, he conveyed fascinating views on a wide variety of subjects. Interviewed by EMHF Secretary-General Paull Khan, this was a full-day event, hosted by the Turf Direktorium Bratislava and represented a first, in that this was the first time an EMHF Seminar had been held outside of France, Ireland, Germany or Britain. One of the delegates put together a video record of the Masterclass, which can be viewed here.

FRANKIE DETTORI TO RECEIVE LONGINES 2015 WORLD's BEST JOCKEY AWARD

LATEST SET OF WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS FIGURES FOR 2015

Please see attached latest release of the 2015 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2015 and 8th November, 2015). Click here.

LATEST SET OF WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS FIGURES FOR 2015

Please see attached latest release of the 2015 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2015 and 4th October, 2015). Click here.

Please see attached latest release of the 2015 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2015 and 4th October, 2015). Click here.

Please see attached latest release of the 2015 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2015 and 4th October, 2015). Click here.

RACING IN CENTRAL EUROPE HIGHLIGHTED AT IFHA PARIS CONFERENCE

EMHF Secretary-General Paull Khan delivered a presentation on Racing in Central Europe  to the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities' Annual Conference in Paris on Monday. He described the history and present state of racing in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. A video showing footage of racing in all five countries accompanied his talk. The presentation can be viewed here (alongside all others from the Paris Conference) Go to Session 2, starting at 1 hour, 2 minutes, 25 seconds.

IFHA ANNOUNCE LATEST LONGINES WORLD'S BEST JOCKEY STANDINGS

Frankie Dettori extended his lead in the Longines World's Best Jockey table with his victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Click here.

LATEST SET OF WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS FIGURES FOR 2015

Please see attached latest release of the 2015 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2015 and 6th September, 2015), click here  and here

EMHF GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2016 

The EMHF's next General Assembly Meeting is to be held in Ireland on the afternoon of Friday, 5th February, 2016.

 

Further details will follow.

The EMHF's next General Assembly Meeting is to be held in Ireland on the afternoon of Friday, 5th February, 2016.

 

Further details will follow.

EMHF STATEMENT ON DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

For the EMHF's response to the European Commission strategy for the Single Digital Market, click here

LATEST SET OF WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS FIGURES FOR 2015

Please see attached latest release of the 2015 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2015 and 7th June 2015), click here  and here

FIRST SET OF WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS FIGURES FOR 2015

Please see attached first release of the 2015 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2015 and 8th March 2015), click here  and here

EU PUBLISHES EQUINE PASSPOT REGULATION

The EU's Equine Passport Regulation has been published in the Official Journalof theEuropean Union. For the full text, click here.

 

IFHA RELEASE CORRECTED DETAILS OF 100 TOP RACES OF 2014

IFHA RELEASE DETAILS OF 100 TOP RACES OF 2014

The IFHA has released corrected details of the top 100 races to have been run world-wide last year. For Press Release, click here.

 

For the full amended list of the Top 100 races, click here.

 

 

The IFHA has released details of the top 100 races to have been run world-wide last year. For Press Release, click here.

 

For the full list of the Top 100 races, click here.

 

 

FULL DETAILS OF BHA'S ANTI-DOPING RULES

 

The BHA has published a comprehensive guide to its new Anti-Doping policy. 



​To view,  click here.

 

For the relevant Rules, click here.



PRESENTATIONS AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

EMHF GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2015

 

The presentations made to this year's GeneralAssembly in St Moritz are now available to view.  



​For the presentation on Destination Europe by Charles O'Neill, Chief Executive of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, click here.

For the presentation on the European Equestrian Federation by Ali Kucuk, EEF Secretary General, click here.

For the presentation on Galopp Schweiz by Karin Brunold-Gruter, click here

 

 



We held our General Assembly Meeting in St Moritz, Switzerland on Monday, February16th. 

Click here to read the Press Release

 

BHA GIVES FURTHER DETAILS OF ITS NEW POLICY ON ANABOLIC STEROIDS.

The British Horseracing Authority has announced its new policy on Anabolic Steroids is on course for launch on Monday, March 2nd, 2015. For full Press Release, click here.

MAJOR EUROPEAN NATIONS ADOPT COMMON METHOD OF PAYING PRIZE MONEY TO FOREIGN CONNECTIONS 

The European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation (EMHF) has announced that the way in which prize money is to be paid by the major European racing nations of France, Great Britain and Ireland has been standardised, regardless of where the horse in question is trained.  The principles which have been adopted are that:

(a) separate payments will be made to the trainer and owner (in the past, in certain cases, the trainer’s share was subsumed within the owner’s share); and

(b) prize money won by foreign-trained runners will be paid in the same way as if the horse were trained domestically.

Connections of horses trained outside these countries will receive the percentages as applied in the country staging the race.  This will, of course, be consistent with the general principle that, when one races in another jurisdiction, one is subject to that jurisdiction’s Rules of Racing.

It is the EMHF’s aim that this should become the norm across the European and Mediterranean region.

Dr Paull Khan, Secretary-General of the EMHF commented: “This is a fine example of international collaboration and harmonisation of practices. We had received some complaints from trainers who had reported difficulties in securing due payment of their share from their owners. This measure should guarantee and speed up the receipt by trainers of any foreign prize money shares due to them, whilst reducing the administrative burden on owners”.

RESULTS OF LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE CEREMONY 

For the results of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Ceremony covering the year 2014, click here

LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE CEREMONY TO BE LIVE STREAMED

The Longines World's Best Racehorse Ceremony, at Claridge's Hotel, London, can be viewed on-line via a live video stream. For Press Release, click here.

GREAT BRITAIN POSTPONES INTRODUCTION OF ANABOLIC STEROIDS MEASURES

The British Horseracing Authority has announced a delay until March, 2015 of its new policy in respect of anabolic steroids. For full Press Release, click here.

WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE CEREMONY TO BE STAGED IN GREAT BRITAIN 

Venue for the Longines-backed ceremony celebrating the World's Best Racehorses in 2014 announced as Claridge's, London on 20th January, 2015. Click here for the full story

NOVEMBER'S LONGINE'S WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS OUT NOW 

For the latest set of rankings and ratings, click here.

PARIS CONFERENCE ON VIDEO 

If you missed the live streaming of the48th annual IFHA Conference in Paris, click here to catch up.

OCTOBER WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS OUT NOW 

IFHA UNDERLINES COMMITMENT TO HORSE WELFARE 

The IFHA has re-stated its central commitment to continuous improvement of horse welfare. Click here for full statement.

HIGH HEALTH, HIGH PERFORMANCE HORSE INITIATIVE TO EASE INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Conference discusses new concept designed to ease themoveent of racehorses for temporary international travel. See IFHA story for details.

IFHA ANNOUNCE PARIS CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

The IFHA have announced the line-up for this year's Paris Conference, with Ogden Mills Phipps delivering the key-note address. Click here to review

IFHA ANNOUNCE WORLD'S BEST JOCKEY AWARD

The IFHA have anounced the launch of the LONGINES WORLD'S BEST JOCKEY AWARD.  Click here to view.

EMHF SEMINAR AT WEATHERBYS

A two-day Seminar was held at Weatherbys' Wellingborough Headquarters on the Practical Administration of Racing and Breeding on September 11th and 12th. Attended by delegates from Ireland, Morocco, Hungary, Belgium, Switzerland and Portugal, you can View  Secretary-General Paull Khan's opening address.

EMHF BACKS U.S. TRAINERS' STANCE ON RACE-DAY MEDICATION

The European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation has welcomed the proposal, by a group of influential American trainers, to phase out race-day medication in the United States. Under their plan, no 2-year-olds would be given race-day medication from the start of next year, and this would be extended to all horses from the start of 2016.  

 

 

The trainers who have signed up to this proposal are as follows:

 

Thomas Albertrani, Roger Attfield, Christophe Clement, Jose Corrale, David Donk, Neil D. Drysdale, Jeremiah C. Englehart, Eoin Harty,

Neil Howard, Michael E. Hushion, D. Wayne Lukas, Richard E. Mandella, Claude R. McGaughey III, Kiaran P. McLaughlin, Kenneth G. McPeek, Graham Motion, William I. Mott, Todd A. Pletcher, Kathy Ritvo, Jonathan E. Sheppard, Albert M. Stall, Jr., Dallas Stewart, Barclay Tagg, William Van Meter and George Weaver.

 

 

 

 

Brian Kavanagh, EMHF Chairman, said: "I believe that racing must move towards a single worldwide set of rules in relation to medication and this statement is a very important step in that direction."

 

 

 

 

GERMAN HANDICAPS: RELAXATION OF QUALIFICATION RULES

With effect from July 1st, 2014, rules relating to eligibility for Handicap races in Germany have changed. Previously, a horse trained outside Germany was only entitled to run in Category 1 and 2 Handicaps and was required to have been allotted a Handicap Rating in its home country. Now, such horses may enter any Handicap in Germany, provided they have won at least one race (in whatever country) in either the current or previous season. For more information, contact Rudiger Schmanns at rschmanns@direktorium.de.

EMHF MEETING DATES

EMHF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HOLDS SUCCESSFUL MEETING IN ISTANBUL

 

General Assembly 

The next Annual General Meeting of the EMHF will be held in Switzerland on Monday, 16th February, 2015.


Executive Council Meeting​

 

The next meeting of the Executive Council of the EMHF will be held in Hamburg, Germany on Monday, 6th July, 2015.



 



 

 


PRESS RELEASE

 

EUROPEAN ANDMEDITERRANEAN HORSERACING FEDERATION EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING

 

The European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation held its annual Executive Council Meeting in Istanbul yesterday, hosted by the Turkish Jockey Club.

 

Mr Thierry Delegue, Chief Executive of France Galop, was confirmed as France’s representative.

 

The meeting gave its strong backing to changes to the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering designed to counter the threat of anabolic steroids. Brian Kavanagh, EMHF Chairman, said: “The EMHF’s Executive Council encourages and expects all 27 EMHF member countries to unite behind a zero tolerance approach to these and other doping agents, backed by an expansion of out-of-competition testing”.

 

Germany announced a relaxation of its entry conditions for handicap races, in a move that promises to increase international competition. Where, previously, foreign-trained horses could only contest the best quality German handicaps, they may from today (July 1st) enter any handicap, providing they have, this season or last, won a race in their own country.

 

EMHF is also taking up the cause of owners and trainers who have tax withheld from their prize money winnings in Germany. It will seek a ruling from HM Revenue and Customs, to take to the German authorities, in support of the verbal opinion they have given that tax must not be withheld, as these people should not be considered 'artistes or sportsmen'.

 

EMHF remains committed to providing an education programme for Racing Authorities in the ‘EuroMed’ region. In July it will stage a seminar on EU institutions in situ in Brussels, aimed at de-mystifying the workings of the European Parliament and Commission and providing guidance on lobbying for racing’s interests.

 In September, a further two-day seminar will be held in Wellingborough on the practical administration of racing and breeding. Paull Khan, EMHF Secretary-General, and former Racing Director at Weatherbys, said: “I am delighted that Weatherbys have agreed to host this event, which is designed to give EuroMed countries with smaller racing industries practical advice on the myriad duties of a Stud Book and/or Racing Authority- from foal registration, import and export of thoroughbreds, through the naming process, registration of owners and their colours, race entries, payment of prize money, etc.  We are expecting strong demand for this seminar.”

 

 

ADOPTION IN PRINCIPLE OF "HIGH HEALTH, HIGH PERFORMANCE" CONCEPT BY OIE

SECOND SWEDISH NATIONAL DAY RACING IN ROYAL PARK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NjEnQbka2Y&feature=em-upload_owner#action=shareThe IFHA issues a statement following the OIE World Assembly.

 

Click here to view

 

 

News from the Swedish racing authorities:

 

On Friday, June 6th, it's time for the second running of the National Day Racing in the Royal Park in central Stockholm.

It was a big success the first year in 2013 when more than 30.000 people attended the first running.

The venue is almost the same as the old racecourse in Stockholm which had its last race meeting in 1918.

On Friday there will be five races (one more than last year), three for English thoroughbreds and two for Arabian thoroughbreds. Two pony races will also be run, without betting.

In the Arabian races some guest horses from the Netherlands will participate.

The weather forecast says is for 22 degrees on Friday and mostly sunshine. If so it can be expected that thousands of people will join the racing party.

 

 

 

IFHA STATEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SPORTS CONFEDERATION

Following the inaugural meeting of the International Horse Sports Confederation, the The IFHA has issued a statement rinconjunction with the FEI, underlining the IHSC's focus on horse welfare.

 

Click here to read

IFHA STATEMENT ON CRUELTY ALLEGATIONS

The IFHA has issued a statement regarding the animal cruelty allegations in USA.

 

 

Click here to read

FIRST INTERIM RELEASE OF THE LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS 2014

The first standings for the current year are out now.

 

Click here to view.

 

THE WORLD'S TOP 50 GROUP/GRADE ONE RACES PRESENTED BY LONGINES

The latest listing now available

 

Click here to view.

 

LONGINES PRESENTS HORSE RACING 2014

The latest video from Longines spotlighting horse racing

 

Click here to watch.

 

PRESENTATION AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

At our General Assembly Meeting in Bouznika, Morocco, Mr Omar Skalli, CEO of the Societe Royale d'Encouragement du Cheval (SOREC) delivered a presentation on horseracing in Morocco and the work of SOREC. 

 

Click here to see the presentation.

 

EMHF MEETING DATES

EMHF GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2014

Executive Council Meeting​

 

The next meeting of the Executive Council of the EMHF will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on Monday 30th June, 2014.

 

General Assembly 

The next Annual General Meeting of the EMHF will be held in Switzerland in Switzerland on Monday, 16th February, 2015.


 



 



 

We held our General Assembly Meeting in Bouznika, Morocco on Saturday, February 1st. 

Click here to read the Press Release

 

GUIDES FOR TRAINERS AND JOCKEYS WISHING TO RACE IN GREAT BRITAIN

The British Horseracing Authority produces Guidesfor both Trainers and Jockeys who wish to compete in Great Britain, setting out many of the relevant procedures.

Click here to read the Guide for Trainers

Click here to read the Guide for Jockeys

SECRETARY-GENERAL ANNOUNCES CHANGE OF ROLE

Click here to read Paull Khan statement on his change of role.


 

EUROPEAN PATTERN COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO THE EUROPEAN BLACK-TYPE PROGRAMME

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BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) AND TREVE (FR) ARE HIGHEST RATED HORSES FOR 2013; COMPLETE 2013 LONGINES WORLD’S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS RELEASED

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LONGINES WORLD’S BEST RACEHORSE CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN HONG KONG

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AGREEMENT OF LEVY SCHEME FOR 2014/15 AND FOUR-YEAR ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN RACING AND MAJOR BOOKMAKERS

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ARTICLE ON EMHF IN RACING POST: INTERVIEW WITH SECRETARY-GENERAL

Click here to read the Racing Post's article on the EMHF, following an interview with Paull Khan,

EMHF CHAIRMAN’S ADDRESS TO PARIS CONFERENCE

You can now view video footage of the EMHF Chairman's address to the Paris Conference at http://www.ifhaonline.org/aboutDisplay.asp?section=14

 

In addition, view our Chairman's speech and powerpoint presentation as PDF's by clicking the links below.

Chairman's address  |  Powerpoint slides

IFHA PRESS RELEASE (9TH OCTOBER 2013)

LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSES RANKINGS

WELCOME HOLLAND!!

The Netherlands has become the 23rd and newest member of the European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation. Following on the heels of Ukraine, who joined the Federation earlier this year, the accession of the Netherlands Horseracing Association (NDR) is further evidence of the vibrancy of the EMHF and its relevance, not only to the major racing powers of the region, but also to those many countries whose racing industries operate on a smaller scale.

Brian Kavanagh, Chairman of EMHF and Chief Executive of Horseracing Ireland, said:

”Holland was always an active and enthusiastic contributor to the EMHF’s predecessor organisation, the European Racing Development Conference, so it is especially rewarding to welcome them back into the fold of European racing administration.”

Paul Mulder, Board member of the NDR, said:

“The Netherlands Horse Racing Association (Stichting Nederlandse Draf- en Rensport) is very pleased to be able to become the 23rd membership of the European & Mediterranean Horseracing Federation. Although the gallop racing business plays a modest part in the Netherlands, we actively seek international cooperation to re-find ways to boost our horseracing business. We look forward to working together with similar organisations in the EMHF countries to learn from their best practices”.


 

NEW EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

 

On Monday 8th July in Budapest, the new Executive Council of the European and Mediterranean Horseracing Authority was ratified.

Mr Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horseracing Ireland, has been re-elected as Chairman, together with his three Vice Chairmen:

 Mr Behcet Homurlu, member of the council of high stewards" of the ministry of food, agriculture and livestock of Turkey,

Mr Thierry Lohest, deputy chairman of the Belgian Jockey Club and

Mr Omar Skalli, Chief Executive of Société Royale d’Encouragement du Cheval (SOREC), the racing Authority of Morocco.

Mr Paul Bittar, Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Association, has replaced Mr Nic Coward as Britain’s representative. Mr. Hubert Monzat, Chief Executive Officer of France Galop, represents France. Mr Rudiger Schmanns, Director of Racing at the Direktorium für Vollblutzucht und Rennen, represents Germany and Mr Zsolt Hegedus represents the Hungarian Racing Authority.

Newly elected to the Executive Council is Mr Manuel Garcia Orozco, Chairman of the Spanish Racing Authority, Sociedad de Fomento de la Cría Caballar de España.

Mr Bjorn Eklund, former Chief Executive of the Swedish Jockey Club, has stepped down from the Executive Council and becomes Honorary Life President.

The involvement of Dr Paull Khan as Secretary-General has been extended by a further year, by agreement with Weatherbys, for whom he is Director of Racing.

Mr Brian Kavanagh, Chairman of EMHF, commented:

“The responsibilities of the EMHF continue to grow, along with the number of countries it represents, and I am delighted that it will continue to be served by an Executive Council of such high calibre. I am particularly pleased to welcome onto the Council Spain, a country whose dynamic efforts to re-kindle her racing industry have recently been reflected by the upgrading of a number of her races to International Listed status”. 

 

 

FEDERACIÓN EURO-MEDITERRÁNEA DE CARRERAS DE CABALLOS – NUEVO COMITÉ EJECUTIVO

La federación euro-mediterránea de carreras de caballos acaba de anunciar su nuevo Comité Ejecutivo.

Mr Brian Kavanagh, Director ejecutivo de las carreras de caballos de Irlanda, ha sido reelegido como Presidente, junto con sus tres vice-presidentes:

Mr Behcet Homurlu, miembro del alto comité de comisarios del Ministerio de Alimentación, Agricultura y Ganadería de Turquía, Mr Thierry Lohest, Presidente adjunto del Jockey Club Belga y Mr Omar Skalli, Director ejecutivo de SOREC Real Sociedad de fomento del caballo, Autoridad hípica de Marruecos.

Mr Paul Bittar, Director Ejecutivo de la Asociación Británica de carreras de caballos, ha sido sustituido por Mr Nic Coward como representante británico.

Mr. Hubert Monzat, CEO de France Galop, representa a Francia.

Mr Rudiger Schmanns, Director de carreras de la Dirección de cría y caballos de Alemania, representa a Alemania.

Mr Zsolt Hegedus representante de la Autoridad hípica húgara.

Mr. Manuel Garcia Orozco, recién elegido en el Comité ejecutivo, Presidente de la autoridad hípica española, Sociedad de Fomento de la Cría Caballar de España.

Mr Bjorn Eklund, Ex-director ejecutivo del Jockey Club Sueco sale del Comité Ejecutivo habiendo sido nombrado Presidente Honorario Vitalicio.

La participación del Dr. Paull Khan como Secretario General ha sido confirmada por un año más tras el acuerdo con Weatherbys, del cual es Director de carreras.

Mr Brian Kavanagh, Presidente de la EMHF, puntualizó:

“Las responsabilidades de la EMHF continúan creciendo, junto con el número de países a los que representa y estoy encantado de que sea atendida por un Comité Ejecutivo de tan alto calibre. Me complace especialmente dar la bienvenida al Consejo a España, un país cuyos esfuerzos dinámicos para volver a encender su industria de las carreras recientemente se ha visto reflejado en la mejora de una serie de sus carreras a la condición internacional de Listed ”.

 

NOTAS PARA EDITORES:

 

La Federación Euro-Mediterránea es parte de la Federación Internacional de Autoridades de carreras de caballos (IFHA).

EMHF comprende 22 países.

La EMHF tiene como objetivo desarrollar las relaciones entre las autoridades de caballos de carreras europeas y mediterráneas, para coordinar la promoción de las carreras en Europa y en los países mediterráneos y defender su integridad y prestigio en todo el mundo.

EMHF MEETING DATES

General Assembly 

The next Annual General Meeting of the EMHF will be held in Bouznika, Morocco on Saturday, 1st February, 2014.


Executive Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Executive Council of the EMHF will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on Monday 30th June, 2014.



 



 

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF BRITISH RACING STUDY

IFHA PARTNERSHIP WITH LONGINES

SEMINAR ON ANTIDOPING POLICY - HOSTED BY FRANCE GALOP

A seminar on Antidoping Policy took place in the offices of France Galop on May the 29th and 30th 2013.
This seminar was organised by France Galop, under the auspices of the European and Mediterranean Federation of Horseracing Authorities, and open to Administrators in charge of antidoping policy, racing veterinary officers and official chemists.
 
10 countries were represented: Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Lithuania, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey. 
The 20 persons in attendance were stewards, racing chemists, veterinary officers, administrators and lawyers.
 
The program included seven conferences on the different aspects of the doping control and two visits: a sampling demonstration at Longchamp racecourse and the visit to the laboratory LCH. 
 
This seminar gave the participants the opportunity to have an overview on doping control, to compare the different policies set up and to study the different problems which have had to be faced. 
 
The chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities joined the participants for the official dinner offered by France Galop.

CHANGE OF DEADLINE TIMES FOR FRENCH RACES

Owners and trainers are advised that, from July 1st onwards, the deadline for forfeit stages, supplementary entry stages and declarations to run for races run in France will be altered to 11.30 a.m. French local time.

 

The deadline for cancellations of declarations to run is to remain at 10.30 a.m. The initial entry deadline is also to remain at 10.30 a.m.

WELCOME UKRAINE!!

The EMHF welcomes its 22nd member: Ukraine.

ITALIAN RACING: NEW GOVERNING BODY

New Official Name of the Controlling Body for Italian Racing:



MINISTERO DELLE POLITICHE AGRICOLE ALIMENTARI E FORESTALI
Dipartimento delle politiche competitive, delle qualità agroalimentari e della pesca
sede di Via Cristoforo Colombo 283/A

00147 – ROMA 

PRESENTATIONS MADE TO AGM

The presentations made to this year's Annual General Meeting in Madrid are now available to view.  Both were on the theme of 'Racing in Times of Economic Adversity'.



​For the presentation of Nick Attenborough (Consumer PR Director for Racing for Change), click here. (The text is shown at the foot of the slides).



For the presentation of Faina Zurita de Ussia (President of La Zarzuela racetrack), click here.



NEW WHIP RULES IN GERMANY

The Direktorium für Vollblutzucht und Rennen have advised of the introduction of new Rules in Germany in respect to use of the whip, as follows:

Rule 594:10: The use of the whip is limited to a maximum of 5 hits which a rider may give to a horse during the whole race, only for the purpose of encouragement. Even this number of hits could be deemed  too much if the horse is well beaten or easily winning or being clear for its placing. 

In the case of a rider being found guilty by the Stewards of misuse of the whip or of a whip offence, severe measures will be imposed. Furthermore, a rider found guilty of a whip offence will be charged with 50% of his riding percentage or 500 Euro (in the case of riders with 50 or more wins) and 250 Euro (in the case of riders who have not ridden 50 winners) - whichever is the greater.

EMHF GENERAL ASSEMBLY, 2013

We held a successful Annual General Meeting on Friday in Madrid, hosted by the Spanish Racing Authority, the Sociedad de Fomento de la Cria Cabellar de Espana.

Fifteen of our 21 member countries were present (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Morocco, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey), as well as an observer from Azerbaijan.

An application from Ukraine to join the Federation was approved, and it was also agreed to accept Croatia, should we receive a formal application by March 31st.

An extensive programme of seminars was agreed, to be hosted over the next three years by those countries with the most extensive racing industries (France, Great Britain and Ireland and Germany), for the particular benefit of member countries in which racing is on a smaller scale. These cover such topics as Medical Matters, Doping Control, Practical Administration in Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing and the Harmonisation of Rules.

The General Assembly agreed to place greater emphasis and resources on ensuring that the key messages of the thoroughbred racing industry across Europe were conveyed effectively to the political decision makers.

Excellent presentations were delivered by Nick Attenborough (Consumer PR Director of Racing for Change, the body set up by the British Racing authorities to promote British racing) and Faina Zurita de Ussia (President of the La Zarzuela racetrack) on the theme of 'Racing in Times of Economic Adversity'.

The Moroccan Racing Authority, the Societe Royale d'Encouragement du Cheval,  kindly offered to host the next Annual General Meeting, on January 31st, 2014.

MINIMUM WEIGHTS RISE IN GREAT BRITAIN

To view the details of a rise in Minimum Weights in Britain, please click here

NEW RACING RESTRICTION IN FRANCE

​France-Galop have announced that, in France, no horse is allowed to race within 14 days after an intra-articular administration (injection into the joint ) of gluco-corticoides (all types of corticosteroids).

Aucun cheval ne peut courir s’il a reçu une infiltration intra-articulaire contenant une substance glucocorticoïde dans les 14 jours qui précèdent la course.

STARTING STALLS PROCEDURES IN FRANCE

​New arrangements apply to the loading of horses into the stalls in France. For a trial period until December 31st, any requests to be loaded last must be made at least 48 hours before the deadline for the declarations to run, (ie normally at least 5 days prior to the race),  if the horse is to retain its allocated stalls position. Any requests made on the day of the race will result in the horse being loaded in an otherwise spare stall, on the outside). Requests must be made by fax to 00 33 1 46 20 29 87 and must be accompanied by a certificate from an Official Starter which supports the request on he grounds of the horse’s previous behaviour.