Mongolia, Turkmenistan join international racing fold

Louis Romanet
IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) has welcomed racing organisations from Mongolia and Turkmenistan as affiliate members.

Recent ratification to IFHA statutes at its annual General Assembly in October created a new affiliate membership category within the Federation. Thus, the Federation of Mongolia Horse Racing Sport and Trainers and the Turkmen Atlary State Association, by unanimous vote of the IFHA Executive Council in Paris in October, have become the IFHA’s first two affiliate members.

The Federation of Mongolian Horse Racing Sport and Trainers (FMHRST) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) which serves to the development of equestrian sport in Mongolia and works to protect the rights of horsemen who specialize in this national sport.

The Turkmen Atlary State Association is the state-endorsed body responsible for development of a national breeding and racing industry for Turkmenistan’s Akhal-Teke breed.

The new affiliates were announced by IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet this week, and several key appointments to IFHA executive office positions and committees have also been made.

Andrew Harding has been appointed as Special Counselor to the Chairman of IFHA in addition to his present role as IFHA Chief Technical Advisor, and Andrew Chesser has been appointed as Deputy Secretary General for the IFHA.

Harding is the Director of Racing Development for the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Secretary General of the Asian Racing Federation. He will continue to be based in Hong Kong. Chesser is the Supervisor of Registration Services for The Jockey Club (USA), based in Lexington, Kentucky. Both will travel as needed on behalf of the IFHA and to its offices based in Paris, France.

The following changes have been made relating to several of the IFHA’s permanent advisory groups:

  • Kim Kelly, Hong Kong Jockey Club Chief Steward, has been appointed the Chairman of the Harmonization of Race day Rules Committee, replacing the recently retired Rob de Kock.
  • Yves Bonnaire has been appointed as Vice-Chairman of The Advisory Council on Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices
  • A Sub-Committee to The Advisory Council on Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices has been established to study issues related to the Genetic Manipulation of the Heritable Genome that will be chaired by Yves Bonnaire.



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