A new collaboration aiming to improve the Thoroughbred breeding industry has been announced by two international groups.
The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) and the International Thoroughbred Breeders’ Federation (ITBF) will work together on matters of mutual interest that impact the breeding industry. It follows a recently signed Memorandum of Agreement between the IFHA and the ITBF. Under the new collaboration, a working party of senior officials representing member interests from around the world will meet regularly to discuss ideas, share information, provide expert advice, and develop policy on breeding matters.
IFHA Chair Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said the collaboration would be a positive development for the future of Thoroughbred breeding and racing globally.
“Breeding and racing are intertwined in every aspect of the equine value chain, and with the importance of welfare at every stage of a Thoroughbred’s life, it is important that we work together in harmony. I look forward to everything that we can achieve together in the years ahead.”
The IFHA is a federation of more than 60 racing authorities from different countries and regions in the world and seeks to promote the sport worldwide, protect the welfare of equine and human athletes, and protect and grow its global social and economic significance for future generations.
The ITBF, a not-for-profit organisation, is a federation of 25 Thoroughbred breeding associations from around the world. It acts as a liaison body with racing and allied institutions and authorities so that the international Thoroughbred breeding industry is represented and given space on worldwide forums.
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