International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) chairman Louis Romanet has vowed to continue the fight against allowing artificial insemination and cloning in thoroughbreds.
Speaking at the IFHA’s 47th Annual International Conference in Paris, France, earlier this month, Romanet pointed to the challenge to the Australian thoroughbred industry’s insistence on live cover of mares brought by former bookmaker and Sydney Turf Club chairman Bruce McHugh.
In a multimillion-dollar exercise, McHugh took on the Australian Racing Board, the Australian Stud Book, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, the Victoria Racing Club and the Australian Turf Club over the ban on the registration of thoroughbreds produced by artificial insemination – a practice allowed in the standardbred industry but not in thoroughbred.
Romanet declared it to be an “excellent decision of an Australian judge against the introduction of AI in Australia and we must now follow very closely the appeal”.
“The testimony given to the Australian Court by myself, (vice-chairman) Winfried (Engelbrecht-Bresges) and several others of our members were very useful.
“There is also a lawsuit in Texas through which horsemen are asking a federal judge to force the American Quarter Horse Association to register cloned horses and their offspring, arguing that it is violating antitrust law by refusing to do so,” he told representatives from 51 countries.
“Both AI and Cloning are strictly forbidden for the Thoroughbred by the International Stud Book Committee’s Regulations, but you must also include it in your national Rules of Racing in order to have a strong defensive front against these purely commercial attacks. It is one of IFHA primary missions to do everything we can to protect the breed of the Thoroughbred.”
Video replay and presentations from the IFHA’s conference are now available at ifhaonline.org.