After two years of barely convening due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 56th International Conference on Equestrian Authorities, organized by the International Federation of Equestrian Authorities (IFHA) , will return as a live event on October 3 in Paris.
The conference will aim to reunite members, highlight the work of the Federation, and orient the industry on current and future focus issues. Topics to be covered include the Safety and Integrity Authority (HISA) in the United States, expanding the appeal of horse racing globally, addressing climate change through sport and learning. ask from the pandemic.
IFHA President Winfried Engelbrecht said: “As our first face-to-face conference in three years, the event is held at an important crossroads in our industry as we review key reforms and issues. influence the sport and look forward to the important opportunities and challenges that lie ahead,” said IFHA President Winfried Engelbrecht, who will deliver the opening and closing remarks. “I’m personally looking forward to sharing the ideas the conference will bring, and for us to connect face-to-face once again.”
The Conference’s first focus will be on the impact of HISA, which was signed into federal law in 2020 and is responsible for drafting and enforcing uniform integrity and safety rules in Thoroughbred racing. in the United States Stuart S. Janney III, President of the United States Equestrian Team. Club, and Lisa Lazarus, CEO of HISA, are expected to be present.
The conference will look at ways to expand motorsport’s appeal to new fans as well as the lessons it can draw from other sports in terms of fan interaction. A pre-planned interview recorded by Rishi Persad of Tony Parker, a former National Basketball Association (NBA) player and current racing enthusiast, will dive into the experience. and Parker’s insights. Emmanuel Vacher, marketing director of PMU, and Julien Levilain, managing director of Buzzman, the advertising agency responsible for some of PMU’s campaigns, are also scheduled to discuss the topic with Persad.
Climate change through sport will also be highlighted during the Conference. Presenters will include Brant Dunshea, chief executive officer of the British Equestrian Authority and project executive sponsor for the report on Environment and Sustainability in Equestrianism in the UK.
The conference will also look at what lessons have been learned from the pandemic and how different racing nations approach the challenges it has created. Expected attendees include Masayuki Goto, president and CEO of the Japan Racing Association; Vee Moodley, executive director, National Equestrian Authority of South Africa; and Daniel Krüger, managing director, Deutscher Galopp eV (Germany).
In addition, Carly Dixon, general manager, stakeholders, customer & company, Racing Victoria, as chief executive officer of the 39th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) Organizing Committee, is expected to showcase the 39th ARC, to be held in Melbourne in February 2023.
A live video stream of the open forum of the International Conference on Equestrian Authorities will be available on the IFHA website.
Replays of the live video stream and presentations will be available in the days following the event.
The first international conference of equestrian governing bodies was organized and hosted by the Société d’Encouragement in Paris, on 9 October 1967. Since 1994, the annual conference has been organized by International Federation of Equestrian Regulatory Authorities in France Galop. In 2019, the last year the Conference was held in person, delegates from over 50 countries were convened along with a number of race executives and other members of the media.
IFHA is a global leader in the international sport of Thoroughbred motorsport, seeking to promote all aspects of the sport worldwide; protect the rights of equestrians and people; and protect and develop its global social and economic significance for present and future generations.
IFHA’s main areas of activity include:
- Drafting and revising the International Agreement on Livestock, Racing and Wages (IABRW)
- Develop policy regarding the welfare and safety of horses and riders
- International race planning and grading (“black category”)
- World Ranking
- The fight against prohibited substances and practices for horses
- Harmonize racing rules
- IFHA Reference Laboratory Certification
- Accelerating the commercial growth of the global racing industry
IFHA is a foundation member of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) of the International Federation of Equestrian Sports and affiliated to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
For more information, please contact: Andrew Chesser, IFHA Director, [email protected]+ 1-859-224-2741
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