Wednesday, January 06, 2021Contact: Andrew Chesser
JRA Becomes Partner of the IFHA Conference

The Japan Racing Association (JRA) has become the official partner of the 55th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities, which is organized by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA). The conference is customarily held at the beginning of October.
The first International Conference of Horseracing Authorities was organized and hosted by the Société d'Encouragement in Paris, France, on October 9, 1967. In 1993 the IFHA was funded with amalgamating around sixty members and since 1994, the annual conference has been organized by the IFHA at France Galop.
This official partnership will contribute to the further development of international horse racing and international cooperation.
Additionally, as part of the partnership, the JRA will promote Japanese racing on the IFHA’s website and social media channels.
“We are pleased to have the JRA become our partner for the Federation’s signature conference,” said IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet. “Our conference, which traditionally is held in Paris, was virtual in 2020 due to COVID-19, but we are hopeful that it will be able to return to its traditional format this year.”
“The JRA is delighted to be the partner of the International Conference of Horseracing Authorities,” said JRA President and CEO Masayuki Goto. “For more than 50 years, the International Horse Racing Conference has played a major role in the development of the global horse racing industry and enables delegates from all over the world, as well as a number of other racing executives, to exchange information, provide mutual assistance and promote joint research. By becoming a partner of the historical IFHA Conference, JRA hopes to contribute to the further development of international horse racing.”
About IFHA

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) is the world peak body for the international sport of Thoroughbred racing. Its members are the national racing authorities across the globe which stage Thoroughbred races.

Major areas of the IFHA’s activities include:

    •           Making and amending the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering (the IABRW)
    •           Policy development relating to welfare and safety of horses and riders
    •           International Race Planning and Grading (“black type”)
    •           World Rankings
    •           The fight against Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices
    •           Harmonization of Racing Rules
    •           Certification of IFHA Reference Labs
    •           Fostering commercial development of the racing industry globally

The IFHA is a foundation member with Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) of the International Horse Sports Confederation and is affiliated to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

About JRA
Japan Racing Association was established in 1954 as a public entity to ensure the integrity of horseracing and the development and improvement in the breeding of racehorses and other livestock in Japan. JRA operates the nationwide network of 10 racecourses and over 30 off-course betting facilities and engages in activities concerning the direct or indirect development and operation of national horseracing.

JRA contributes to improvement of livestock breeding and to public and social welfare from  its turnover to the National Treasury. 
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