EFTBA Autumn Meeting 2019 EFTBA Autumn Meeting 2019 Press Release

The European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association autumn meeting took place recently in Newmarket where representatives from 13 breeding countries attended.

With the uncertainty of BREXIT and the impending Animal Health Law taking centre stage the focus of the meeting discussed the many challenges that both will have on the thoroughbred industry. EFTBA must continue to lead the lobbying campaign to ensure there will be no restriction on the movement of horses and the need to mirror provisions between the EU and third countries.

Under the current chairmanship EFTBA has secured observer status on the EMHF and will continue to work closely with racing authorities to maintain harmonised and consistent rules across member countries.

The attendees were concerned that Regumate had been deemed a prohibited substance at all times by the BHA as this was a welfare issue for breeders. EFTBA are to actively pursue this over the next few weeks to seek clarification on a number of technical issues.

Responsible ownership and welfare of the thoroughbred is a hot topic and EFTBA member countries were encouraged to look at any project in this area over the coming year.

The meeting discussed the need to nurture the next generation as encourage as many young people to get involved in the industry. A future generation seminar is planned for Ireland in 2020.

EFTBA chairman Joe Hernon was delighted with both the turnout and the engagement for members. Commenting on the meeting he said “there are many challenges facing the industry in the foreseeable future and it is paramount EFTBA take a lead role in ensuring we secure the best deal for breeders. We need the industry to work together, with cohesion, and to the same standards, this includes testing regimes and their methodology as this allows for fair and open competition. We must continue to highlight the economic significance of the thoroughbred industry throughout Europe and   ensure that no unworkable restrictions will be placed on the movement of horses in the near future”