Monday, October 05, 2015Contact: Andrew Chesser
Andrew Harding and Andrew Chesser Appointed to Key IFHA Posts

Following the General Assembly of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), Chairman Louis Romanet announced a revised structure of the Federation’s Executive Office with two strategic appointments.

Andrew Harding, Executive Director, Racing Authority, of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, has been named the Executive Director of the IFHA. Harding will be responsible to the Federation as Chief Technical Advisor, submitting advice and counsel to Executive Council on intellectual property rights, wagering returns to racing, regulatory and legal issues, implementation of major projects, and policy development. Mr Harding was previously the Special Counselor to the Chairman of IFHA.

Andrew Chesser, Manager of Registration Services for the U.S. Jockey Club and current IFHA Deputy Secretary General, has been named Secretary General of the Federation. Chesser will be in charge of the management of the Secretariat Office, the annual Conference of the Federation, collection and distribution of IFHA publications, and coordination between the IFHA and its long-term partner Longines. Andrew Chesser succeeds Dominique de Wenden as Secretary General of the Federation.

Both appointments were made on 5 October in Paris with immediate implementation. Mr Harding will continue to be based in Hong Kong and Mr Chesser will be based in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, but both will travel as needed on behalf of the IFHA and to its offices in France.

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
• Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices
• Harmonization of Race Day Rules
• 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).
For further details, please contact:
Andrew Chesser
Secretary General, International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA)
Telephone +1 859 224 2741