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FEI’s Princess Haya to head new horse sports group

FEI President Princess Haya (centre), was appointed President of the International Horse Sports Confederation at its first meeting last weekend. Louis Romanet (right of Princess Haya), was appointed IHSC Vice-President. Other attendees at the meeting were (from left) Graeme Cooke, Ingmar De Vos, John McEwen, Pablo Mayorga, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Andrew Harding, Dr Roland Devolz, and Dr Anthony Kettle.

FEI President Princess Haya (centre), was appointed President of the International Horse Sports Confederation at its first meeting. At her left is Louis Romanet, who was appointed Vice-President. Other attendees at the meeting were (from left) Graeme Cooke, Ingmar De Vos, John McEwen, Pablo Mayorga, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Andrew Harding, Dr Roland Devolz, and Dr Anthony Kettle. © Mathea Kelly

FEI President Princess Haya has been appointed president of the newly formed International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC).

The IHSC was established late last year between the FEI and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA). It is the first formal vehicle for co-operation between the world’s leading governing bodies for equestrian sport.

IHSC_logoPrincess Haya’s appointment was made at the first meeting of the IHSC last weekend, and IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet has been appointed Vice-President. The IHSC Secretariat will be managed by the FEI’s CEO and Secretary General Ingmar De Vos and IFHA Special Counsellor Andrew Harding, and will be based at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the HM King Hussein I Building.

Among the hot topics under discussion at the meeting was the recent allegations of abuse and mistreatment of racehorses in New York, raised by PETA.

The IHSC urged the US authorities which are investigating these allegations to leave no stone unturned. It also called on PETA to share with the relevant regulatory bodies all the materials they may still hold with regard to horse welfare in order to allow them to undertake the necessary actions.

At the meeting in Switzerland, the FEI and the IFHA confirmed that they share the same core values of protecting horse welfare and discussed the different models under which both bodies operate.

The two organisations came to the conclusion that there are many commonalities and opportunities for further co-operation. Although there are operational differences due to regulatory requirements, both organisations are united by the horse and a shared philosophy built on common values.

Working groups have been established to deal with issues including:

  • The continued commitment to fight against doping and any abuse of horses;
  • The co-operation with the OIE to facilitate the international movement of horses through the adoption of the concept of the “High Health High Performance Horse (HHP)”;
  • Assist the industry by surveillance of and reporting of diseases;
  • The creation of a Fund for joint initiatives to support the horse sports industry.

Also attending the meeting were, FEI 1st vice-president John McEwen; 2nd vice-president Pablo Mayorga; and FEI Veterinary Department director Graeme Cooke. The IFHA was represented by vice-chairman Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Technical Advisor Dr Roland Devolz;  Deputy Secretary General Andrew Chesser; IFHA Regional Technical Adviser (Asia), Secretary General of the Asian Racing Federation,  and Director of Racing Development HKJC Andrew Harding; and Dr Anthony Kettle, Secretary of the IFHA’s International Movement of Horses Subcommittee (IMHC), the IFHA OIE’s (World Organisation for Animal Health) liaison, and head of Veterinary Department at Dubai Racing Club.

 

 

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  1. racing advocate trotting horses says:

    i think the racing industry in the us is need of better regulation yes. the abuse of lasix and all drugs that will be masked after its application r deplorable.
    one of the largest problem in many states is the purchase of the race tracks by casinos. they use the rights to gamble to develop huge incomes from gambling. the ones who suffer r the horses and horsemen.in florida alone look at the poor stabling living conditions . the state regulates to some degree what goes on but each track has its own rules and regulations defined by the tracks owners will the only goal of s a subsistance performance so they maintain there gambling rights.
    the largest culprit is the isles casino, i dare anyone to investigate all the levels of animal abuses as well as people abuse in those barns.
    i was in the top of my feild in show horeses and what i saw and lived is a abuse of medications,animal welfare, fear from the horseman, trying to scratch out a living.
    as this is in a letter form i have made my point to some degree but was basic. for greater detail should anyone care please contact me for a private interveiw w proof and alarming details.

    best regards

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