It is the mission of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities to promote good regulation and best practices on international matters. This website tries to inform you about our global initiatives in support of our industry, as well as developments of national markets.

Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges

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Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges

In 1961, the Horseracing Authorities of the United States of America, France, Great Britain and Ireland decided to coordinate their action in order to protect the integrity of horseraces and keep their basic aim, which is the organization of competitions to select the best horses in order to improve the quality of breeding.

In 1967, they created the International Conference held in Paris every year which brings the main Racing Authorities in the world together.

To give an official shape to these efforts, they founded in 1993 the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities which amalgamates around sixty members.

Their main objectives are:

  1. to coordinate and harmonize the rules of the member-countries regarding breeding, racing & wagering;
  2. to ensure the quality and fairness of racing in the interest of both the breeding and the public;
  3. to provide the organization on racecourses of the protection of the welfare of horses, jockeys and the people attending;
  4. to update the organization of horseracing on account of the technical, social and economical evolution;

The Federation organizes every year the International Conference which updates the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering endorsed by the Conference in 1974.

The Federation publishes the main statistics of each member-country concerning breeding, racing and betting.