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International horse sports confederation discussed

FEI President Princess Haya.

FEI President Princess Haya.

The concept of an international horse sports confederation has been discussed by the FEI and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

The concept was discussed among representatives from 51 racing nations during the 47th IFHA conference in Paris on Monday.

Delegates were briefed on discussions between the IFHA and the FEI on the concept of an international horse sports confederation.

The confederation would create a formal vehicle for co-operation between the IFHA and FEI to encourage beneficial partnerships across issues common to both organizations.

A major issue for both organisations is the challenges around international horse movements.

IFHA chairman Louis Romanet, in his closing remarks, said vice-chairman Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges had twice met FEI president Princess Haya to discuss the confederation concept.

This follows the affiliation of the IFHA with the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), which is working on the concept of a High Health, High Performances (HHP) sub-population of horses in order to facilitate their international movements.

Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges

Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges

Dr Brian Stewart, who chairs the IFHA’s International Movement of Horses Committee, told delegates that safe international movement of horses depended on the integrity of health certification.

 

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