Wednesday, April 24, 2024Contact: Andrew Chesser
Vale - Dr Roland Devolz


The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) expresses our sadness following the passing of Dr Roland Devolz.  We extend our sympathy and condolences to Roland’s wife, Claude, and family.
Roland was a legendary veterinarian who made a remarkable contribution to our sport in France and internationally.  Having first advised Jean Romanet on international matters in 1970, Roland was appointed as Technical Advisor in 1994 at the first IFHA Executive Council meeting after the establishment of the Federation. Through his deep technical knowledge, wise counsel, lifelong commitment, and passion to ensure fair competition and improving the thoroughbred breed, Roland played a pivotal role in guiding the Federation across a wide spectrum of racing and breeding issues for close to 30 years.  In recognition of his contribution, Roland was presented a gift by the IFHA Chair at the last year’s IFHA General Assembly held in Paris in October 2023.
Roland was extraordinarily passionate, dedicated and effective at addressing any challenges in relation to racing integrity, horse welfare and the international movement of horses.  His devotion and passion for the thoroughbred breed, for the sport of racing, and for other equestrian sports, informed everything he did to improve and develop international standards.  
Aside from serving the IFHA for nearly three decades, Roland was also a long-standing member of the International Horse Sports Confederation Expert Committee, where he constantly shared his wisdom and knowledge in collaborative work with the Fédération Equestre Internationale and the World Organisation for Animal Health.
Roland was a remarkable person and dear friend to many in the French and international racing community, and he will be so deeply missed.

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