International Agreement


 

INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT ON BREEDING AND RACING
AND APPENDIXES

JANUARY 2016
Changes made since the previous edition dated 2015
Article 1 - RECOGNITION AND CATEGORIZATION OF QUALITY RACES (Group/Graded and Listed Races)
    - Rewording of § 3.2
    - Creation of a new Appendix (12) to Article 1
Appendix 1D of Article 3B - Model Breeding Clearance Notification (BCN)
    - Appendix 1-D : addition of a line
Article 3D - PERMANENT EXPORTATION
    - Amendments in Article 3D
Article 10A- RIDERS RIDING ABROAD
    - Rewording of § II b)
Article 12- DEFINITION OF A THOROUGHBRED
    - Addition of a new alinea 4.3.
Article 13- REGISTER OF NON-THOROUGHBRED HORSES
    - Complete rewording of the Article
Article 19- DISQUALIFIED PEOPLE AND HORSES
    - Addition of a new § IV
Article 26- TRANSMISSION OF INFORMATION BETWEEN RACING AUTHORITIES
    - Addition of a clause
Article 29- LICENSING CRITERIA FOR TRAINERS AND RIDERS
    - Additional wording in introductory paragraph and addition of a new alinea 4 in the § 'General'
Article 31- ELECTIVE PERMANENT RETIREMENT OF RACEHORSES
    - Covers the elective permanent retirement of racehorses, and its international reciprocation.
Article 32- RUNNING OF THE RACE
    - Covers the general point that horses must be ridden to achieve their best placing, the prohibition of re-mounting in a race, and the definition of carrying weight throughout the race.
Article 33- HORSES PERMITTED TO RACE
    - Requirement on Racing Authorities to make clear the categories of horse entitled to race in that country.

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OBJECTIVES

The International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering is published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities and brings together a series of Articles, appendices and guidelines setting out recommended best practice in significant areas of racing, stud book administration and wagering common to all jurisdictions. The Agreement is designed to assist horseracing authorities by promoting the following objectives:

All members of the Federation commit themselves to furthering those objectives and undertake to use their best endeavours wherever this is reasonably possible. Under each Article is a list of those countries which have adopted the Article, indicating in some cases those parts which they have excluded. Members who have adopted an Article in full or in part shall make provision within their domestic rules implementing its intentions.

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RACE HORSE WELFARE

The IFHA, in its role to promote good regulation and best practices internationally across horseracing, recognises the central role played by the horse itself and so the importance of its welfare.The Federation, recognising the diversity of cultural, political and legislative and other perspectives that underpin approaches to animal welfare around the world, has therefore adopted a number of broad principles of racehorse welfare that would be implemented by the Federation's members into detailed local outputs to assure  racehorse welfare :

Principles :

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Article 1(RACING). – RECOGNITION AND CATEGORIZATION OF QUALITY RACES,
(Group/Graded and Listed Races)

Last update : January 2016

Agreed by :

AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
CANADA
CHILE
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK
FRANCE

GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
IRELAND
ISRAEL
ITALY
JAPAN
KOREA (except §2)
LIBYA
MACAU

MALAYSIA (except § 3.2)
MAURITIUS
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PERU
QATAR
ROMANIA
SAUDI ARABIA

SINGAPORE (except § 3.2)
SLOVAKIA (except § 3.1 (c) & 3.2 (c)
SLOVENIA
SOUTH AFRICA
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TUNISIA
TURKEY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (except § 3.2)
URUGUAY

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Article 2 (RACING) - EQUIVALENTS IN DISTANCE AND WEIGHTS.

In reckoning qualifications, penalties and allowances, distances shown in English measures as well as weights, should be changed into metric distances by reference to the following way :

Comparative tables
between meters and furlongs
200 meters = 1 furlong
1000 meters = 5 furlong
1200 meters = 6 furlong
1400 meters = 7 furlong
1600 meters = 1 mile
1700 meters = 1 mile, ½ furlong
1800 meters = 1 mile, 1 furlong
2000 meters = 1 ¼ miles
2200 meters = 1 mile, 3 furlongs
2400 meters = 1 ½ miles
2600 meters = 1 mile, 5 furlongs
3000 meters = 1 mile, 7 furlongs
3200 meters = 2 miles
3600 meters = 2 ¼ miles
4000 meters = 2 ½ miles
4800 meters = 3 miles.
Equivalence of weights for penalties and allowances
kg. lb. kg. lb.
1 2 ¼ 5 ½ 12
1 ½ 3 ¼ 6 13 ¼
2 4 ½ 6 ½ 14 ¼
2 ½ 5 ½ 7 15 ¼
3 6 ½ 7 ½ 16 ¼
3 ½ 7 ¾ 8 17 ¼
4 9 8 ½ 18 ¾
4 ½ 10 9 20
5 11 9 ½ 21
Comparative tables between kilos and pounds
(Pounds are shown to the nearest ½ lb)
kg. st. lb. kg. st. lb.
41 6 6 52 ½ 8 4
41 ½ 6 7 ½ 53 8 5
42 6 9 53 ½ 8 6
42 ½ 6 10 54 8 7
43 6 11 54 ½ 8 8
43 ½ 6 12 55 8 9
44 6 13 55 ½ 8 10
44 ½ 7 0 56 8 11 ½
45 7 1 56 ½ 8 13
45 ½ 7 2 57 9 0
46 7 3 57 ½ 9 1
46 ½ 7 4 ½ 58 9 2
47 7 6 58 ½ 9 3
47 ½ 7 7 59 9 4
48 7 8 59 ½ 9 5
48 ½ 7 9 60 9 6
49 7 10 60 ½ 9 7
49 ½ 7 11 61 9 8 ½
50 7 12 61 ½ 9 10
50 ½ 7 13 62 9 11
51 8 0 ½ 62 ½ 9 12
51 ½ 8 1 ½ 63 9 13
52 8 3 63 ½ 10 0
Comparative weights for use from 1986
with the scale for International
Classifications
1 lb = 0,453 kg.
Rating kgs nearest Kgs
141 63.873 64
140 63.420 63,5
139 62.967 63
138 62.514 62,5
137 62.061 62
136 61.608 61,5
135 61.115 61
134 60.702 60,5
133 60.249 60
132 59.796 60
131 59.343 59,5
130 58.890 59
129 58.437 58,5
128 57.984 58
127 57.531 57,5
126 57.078 57
125 56.625 56,5
124 56.172 56
123 55.719 55,5
122 55.266 55,5
121 54.813 55
120 54.360 54,5
119 53.907 54
118 53.454 53,5
117 53.001 53
116 52.548 52,5
115 52.095 52
114 51.642 51,5
113 51.189 51
112 50.736 50,5
111 50.283 50,5
110 49.830 50
     

Agreed by :

ARGENTINA
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
BRAZIL
CANADA
CHILE
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK

FRANCE
GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
IRELAND
ISRAEL
ITALY
JAPAN
KOREA

LEBANON
MACAU
MALAYSIA
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MOROCCO
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
PERU
POLAND
QATAR

SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SOUTH AFRICA
SPAIN
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
TURKEY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
URUGUAY
VENEZUELA

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Article 3(RACING / BREEDING). – TRACEABILITY OF INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENTS OF HORSES.


PLEASE NOTE: WITH EFFECT FROM 1ST JANUARY 2015, PASSPORT ENDORSEMENT IS NO LONGER
AN OPTION FOR THE RECORDING OF TEMPORARY MOVEMENTS .

To facilitate international movements of registered horses, it is essential to record and monitor on a permanent basis their movements worldwide.This requirement for traceability covers the whole of the journey (including any-stop over for quarantine purposes). Clearance notification, and/or export certificates must be documented accordingly.

There are two regimes covering the management of such horse movements:

If the horse is being permanently imported for racing purposes and the importing Authority wishes to receive "Clearance" or related racing information on the horse, it should contact the Racing Authority of the country from which the horse was exported.

Last update : JANUARY 2016

Agreed by :

ARGENTINA
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
BRAZIL
BULGARIA
CANADA
CHILE
CHINA
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK

ECUADOR
FRANCE
GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
IRELAND
ISRAEL
ITALY
JAPAN
KENYA
KOREA

LEBANON
MACAU
MALAYSIA
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MOROCCO
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PANAMA
PARAGUAY
PERU
PHILIPPINES
POLAND

QATAR
SAUDI ARABIA
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TURKEY
UKRAINE
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
VENEZUELA

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Temporary Exportation
Article 3 A (RACING) – CLEARANCES IN RELATION TO HORSES RACING ABROAD.

ALL TEMPORARY RACING MOVEMENTS MUST BE COVERED BY A RCN.

I – GENERAL

Any trainer running a horse in a race abroad must ensure that the Racing Authority of the Country staging the race is in receipt of an internationally agreed clearance notification which will attest, to the best of the knowledge of its Home Authority as defined hereunder, that :
a) the horse is free of restrictions
b) the trainer is duly licensed
c) the owner is duly registered.

It is recognised that (a) different interpretations apply internationally to where a racehorse is 'based' and (b) the Rules of some Racing Authorities allow for a trainer to be licensed simultaneously in more than one jurisdiction. For the purpose of this Article, therefore, the 'Home Authority' is defined in relation to the horse. The horse's Home Authority is the Racing Authority of the country in which (a) the horse was recorded as being in training immediately prior to its departure to race in another racing jurisdiction and (b) where it was foaled or, if exported, where its Export Certificate should be lodged.

Should the horse, trainer or owner be the subject of a restriction, the Home Authority will notify the Staging Authority and the trainer of the horse of the details.

Each country must submit for publication on the IFHA website [www.ifhaonline.org], the following information:

  1. The particular 'restrictions' of which they take account
  2. Contact details for lodging an RCN
  3. Details of the final declaration stage in that country
  4. Opening days and times of the Racing Authority's office (GMT+/-)

RCN Requirements for certain countries may be found at www.ifhaonline.org/racingDisplay.asp?section=10#a3a

Should a Staging Authority wish for information additional to that covered by the Home Authority's RCN, they should make enquiry of the Home Authority.

II – PRACTICAL

1. When the horse is to run abroad on just one occasion before returning to its Home Authority:

1.1 The trainer must request, on every such occasion, the horse's Home Authority to send a RCN to the Staging Authority.

2. When the horse is to run more than once abroad in a single specified country before returning directly to its Home Authority:

2.1 The trainer must request, prior to the horse's first such race, the horse's Home Authority to send a RCN to the Staging Authority.

3. When the horse is to race in more than one country abroad before returning to its Home Authority:

3.1 In the case of the first such race, the procedure outlined under (1) above should be followed. Thereafter, whenever the horse races in a different country from that of its most recent race, the trainer must request the Staging Authority of the country in which it has most recently competed to send an RCN to the Staging Authority of the country in which it is to race next.

3.2 An RCN issued by a Staging Authority will not attest to the good standing of the owner or trainer, but will either attest to the fact that the horse remains free of restrictions, subsequent to its most recent race, or specify any such restriction. Should the horse be the subject of a restriction, the Staging Authority imposing that restriction will notify the Staging Authority to which the horse is due to travel of the details and will also notify the horse's Home Authority and the trainer of the horse of such details.

4. 4.1 The maximum period of validity for a racing clearance is 90 days. Should a horse remain outside the country of its Home Authority for a period of more than 90 days, its trainer must seek permission of its Home Authority for the continuation of this arrangement and check the local rules of racing. Should permission be granted, the Home Authority will issue a fresh clearance.

4.2 Where a horse has travelled to another country under a General Notification of Movement (see Article 3C) and the trainer has established temporary authorisation to train in that country, the Home Authority may issue RCN's in absentia within 90 days of the issuance of the GNM and provided the Export Certificate remains in the home country.

4.3 A clearance will become invalid should the trainer or owner of the horse change after issue, in which case a fresh clearance must be requested. The clearance will also become invalid as soon as the horse leaves the country of the Staging Authority.

4.4 Should a Staging Authority fail to receive a clearance in respect of a declared horse it may impose a fine and/or refuse to allow the horse to run in the race. If the horse is allowed to race without a clearance and irregularities subsequently emerge related to clearance then the horse may be liable to disqualification.

III – SPECIFIC

A) Racing Clearance Notification – (The model is shown as Appendix 1-A).

1.1 The portion of the RCN to be completed will depend on the circumstances of the horse's travel. In the event of any change in those circumstances, the trainer must contact the horse's Home Authority for a fresh RCN.

1.2 An RCN must be received in writing by email or fax by the Staging Authority no later than the day prior to the deadline for declaration (i.e. the last positive action required by a trainer or his representative to run in the race).

1.3 Authorities should process applications to issue an RCN as close to the day prior to declaration as practicable, thereby minimising the gap between issuance and racing.Authorities may reject applications which they consider to have been submitted too far in advance of declaration.

1.4 RCNs can only be accepted at times when the receiving Racing Authority is open for business.

Last update : April 2015

Agreed by :

AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
BRAZIL
CANADA
CHINA
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK
ECUADOR
FRANCE

GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
IRELAND
ISRAEL
ITALY
JAPAN
KOREA (except §4) LEBANON

MACAU
MALAYSIA
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MOROCCO
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PANAMA
POLAND
QATAR

SAUDI ARABIA
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TURKEY
UKRAINE
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
VENEZUELA

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APPENDIX 1-A

acrobat image Appendix 1-A

APPENDIX 1-B DELETED

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Article 3 B (BREEDING) – CLEARANCE FOR HORSES BREEDING PURPOSES


Any owner sending a stallion or a mare abroad for breeding purposes must inform in advance the Approved Stud Book Authority of the country where the animal is standing at time of exportation, supplying the relevant details and requesting that this Stud Book Authority :

Sends directly a Breeding Clearance Notification* (BCN) by email or fax to the Stud Book Authority of the country of final destination, transmitting the DNA certificate for the horse and, for pregnant mares, the DNA certificate(s) of the covering stallion(s). A certified copy of the Clearance should be delivered to the applicant for insertion into the relevant passport.
(*) the model of the BCN is shown as Appendix 1-D.

Before returning, the owner of the horse should apply to the Approved Stud Book Authority of the country of temporary residence for a further Clearance to be supplied to the Stud Book Authority of the country of permanent residence providing the details as stated above;

The clearance is valid for :
1) one breeding season (9 months maximum)
2) one country of destination

Any subsequent international movement beyond that covered by the BCN requires an Export Certificate to be issued, by the Authority which issued the BCN, to the initial country of destination, for onward transmission to the country to which the horse has moved.

Any failure in the above detailed process could be detrimental to the breeding and or racing status of the breeding stock, including the relevant foals, and will therefore necessitate the transfer of the Export Certificate to guarantee the traceability of movements;

Last update : January 2016

Agreed by :

ARGENTINA
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
BULGARIA
CANADA
CHILE
CHINA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK
FRANCE

GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
GREECE
HUNGARY
INDIA
IRELAND
ISRAEL
ITALY
JAPAN
KAZAKHSTAN
KENYA
KOREA
LIBYA

MALAYSIA
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PERU
PHILIPPINES
QATAR
ROMANIA

SAUDI ARABIA
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SOUTHERN AFRICA
SPAIN
SYRIA
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TUNISIA
TURKEY
UKRAINE
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
URUGUAY

APPENDIX 1-C DELETED

appendix1 c

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Article 3 C (RACING / BREEDING) – GENERAL NOTIFICATION OF MOVEMENT (GNM)

This is applicable only when a horse of whatever age, with the exception of foals under their dam, leaves its home country for a period of less than nine months and will return home inside that nine month period, the reason for travel being neither to race, nor to breed.

In this case, for each movement, the relevant Authority will, prior to departure, provide by electronic means a copy to its counterpart Authority in the country of final destination and issue to the applicant a GNM (see Appendix 1-E). On the horse's return, the relevant Authority from which the horse is returning will, on application, issue to the Applicant a GNM and provide by electronic means a copy to its counterpart in the horse's home country.

The notification is valid for one country of destination only. Any subsequent international movement beyond that covered by the GNM requires an Export Certificate to be issued, by the Authority which issued the GNM, to the initial country of destination, for onward transmission to the country to which the horse has moved.

Last update : JANUARY 2016

Agreed by :

ARGENTINA
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
BAHRAIN (except Appendix 1-E)
BELGIUM
BRAZIL
BULGARIA
CHILE
CHINA
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK
FRANCE

GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
IRELAND
ISRAEL
ITALY
JAPAN
KAZAKHSTAN
KENYA
KOREA

LEBANON
MACAU
MALAYSIA
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MOROCCO
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PANAMA
PERU
PHILIPPINES
POLAND

QATAR
SAUDI ARABIA
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SOUTHERN AFRICA
SYRIA
SPAIN
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TURKEY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
VENEZUELA

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Permanent Exportation
Article 3 D (RACING / BREEDING) - PERMANENT EXPORTATION

Where the period of exportation is greater than the given limit shown on the Clearance Notification and/or the itinerary has been modified without consultation of relevant authorities and/or if there is no intention to return the horse to its departure country, or when the relevant Stud Book Authority regard all movements regardless of purpose or time frame as permanent, the Export Certificate or an electronic copy must be sent to the Approved Stud Book Authority of the country to which the horse has moved.

In addition, for the purposes of traceability, the Approved Stud Book should update the passport with details of any permanent movements, prior to export. Where this has not been done and the passport is in the importing country, the exporting Stud Book Authority may request the importing Stud Book Authority to make the necessary entry in the passport.

Importing Approved Stud Books cannot accept an Export Certificate issued by a Stud Book Authority that does not hold Approved status from the ISBC.

Should the Stud Book Authority of the country of destination not be approved, a Certified Copy should be sent and the original Certificate retained until requested for by an Approved Stud Book. The DNA certificate (or an integrated DNA profile) from the sample taken at registration must be appended to the Export Certificate.

Whenever possible, those operations must be fulfilled prior to the horse travelling.

Last update : JANUARY 2016

Agreed by :

ARGENTINA
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
BRAZIL
BULGARIA
CANADA
CHILE
CHINA
CROATIA

CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK
FRANCE
GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
IRELAND

ISRAEL
ITALY
JAMAICA
JAPAN
KAZAKHSTAN
KENYA
KOREA
LIBYA
MACAU
MALAYSIA
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
NETHERLANDS

NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PANAMA
PARAGUARY
PERU
PHILIPPINES
QATAR
ROMANIA
SAUDI ARABIA
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA SLOVENIA

SOUTHERN AFRICA
SPAIN
SYRIA
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TUNISIA
TURKEY
UKRAINE
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
URUGUAY
VENEZUELA

APPENDIX 1-F

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Article 4 (RACING / BREEDING - USE OF A SUFFIX SHOWING THE COUNTRY OF FOALING.

Racing Authorities will apply Rules aimed at preventing the re-issuance of horse names (See Article 14 III), thereby minimising the risk of confusion in racing administration and wagering. However, in applying such Rules, the population of registered horse names against which newly applied-for horse names are checked is likely to be restricted to those issued by the Authority in question. (Exclusion of duplicates on a global level is likely to be considered impractical and unnecessarily restrictive). This creates the possibility that a horse imported, either temporarily or permanently, will share its name with a horse already in the country to which it has travelled. To prevent such duplication, the registered name of such an imported horse must have a suffix added to it, showing the country of foaling.

The suffix between brackets is taken from the International Code of Suffixes (Appendix 2) and constitutes part of the animal's registered name.

Updated in April 2014
Agreed by :

ARGENTINA
AUSTRALIA (except for racing purposes)
AUSTRIA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BARBADOS
BELGIUM & Luxemburg
BRAZIL
BULGARIA
CANADA
CHILE
CHINA
COLOMBIA
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
ECUADOR
FINLAND
FRANCE
GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
IRELAND
ITALY
JAMAICA
JAPAN
KAZAKHSTAN
KENYA
KOREA
LEBANON
LITHUANIA
MACAU
MALAYSIA

MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MONGOLIA
MOROCCO
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PANAMA
PARAGUAY
PERU
PHILIPPINES
POLAND
PORTUGAL
PUERTO RICO
QATAR
ROMANIA
SAUDI ARABIA
SERBIA, Bosnia & Herzegovina
SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SOUTH AFRICA & Zimbabwe
SPAIN
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
SYRIA
THAILAND
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
TUNISIA
TURKEY
UKRAINE
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
URUGUAY
UZBEKISTAN
VENEZUELA

 

 

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APPENDIX 2

List of International Country Code Suffixes

Suffixes Countries/Pays Suffixes Countries/Pays
ARG Argentina – Argentine LUX Luxemburg – Luxembourg
AUS Australia – Australie MAL Malaysia – Malaisie
AUT Austria – Autriche MDA Moldavia - Moldavie
AZE Azerbaijan - Azerbaïdjan MEX Mexico - Mexique
BAR Barbados – La Barbade MOR Morocco - Maroc
BEL Belgium – Belgique NOR Norway - Norvège
BHR Bahrain – Bahrein NZ New Zealand - Nouvelle Zélande
BIH Bosnia & Herzegovina – Bosnie-Herzégovine OM Sultanate of Oman – Sultanat d'Oman
BRZ Brazil – Brésil PAN Panama
BUL Bulgaria – Bulgarie PER Peru – Pérou
CAN Canada PHI Philippines
CHI Chile – Chili POL Poland – Pologne
CHN China – Chine POR Portugal
COL Colombia - Colombie PR Puerto Rico – Porto Rico
CRI Costa Rica PRY Paraguay
CRO Croatia – Croatie QA Qatar
CYP Cyprus – Chypre RHO Rhodesia
CZE Czech Republic – République Tchèque RUM Romania – Roumanie
DEN Denmark – Danemark RU Russia – Russie (up to and including 1921)
DOM Dominican Republic – Rép. Dominicaine RUS Russia – Russie (from 1992)
DZ Algeria – Algérie SAF South Africa – Afrique du Sud
ECU Ecuador – Equateur SLO Slovak Republic (to 2006)
FIN Finland – Finlande SPA Spain – Espagne
FR France SRB Serbia – Serbie
GB Great Britain - Grande Bretagne SRH Rhodesia – Rhodesie
GDR East Germany – RDA SVK Slovakia – Slovaquie
GEO Georgia- Géorgie SVN Slovenia – Slovenie
GER Germany – Allemagne SU Soviet Union (1922 to 1991 inclusive)
GR Greece – Grèce SWE Sweden – Suede
GTM Guatemala SWI Switzerland – Suisse
HOL The Netherlands - Pays Bas SY Syria - Syrie
HUN Hungary – Hongrie THA Thailand – Thaïlande
IND India – Inde TRI Trinidad & Tobago
IRE Ireland – Irlande TUN Tunisia – Tunisie
ISR Israel TUR Turkey – Turquie
ITY Italy – Italie UAE United Arab Emirates - Emirats Arabes Unis
JAM Jamaica – Jamaïque UKR Ukraine
JPN Japan – Japon URU Uruguay
KAZ Kazakhstan USA United States of America - Etats Unis d'Amérique
KEN Kenya UZB Uzbekistan - Ouzbékistan
KOR Korea – Corée VEN Venezuela
KSA Saudi Arabia - Arabie Saoudite YUG Yugoslavia – Yougoslavie
LEB Lebanon – Liban ZIM Zimbabwe
LTU Lithuania - Lituanie

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Article 5 (RACING) - HORSE PERFORMANCE RECORDS

Each Racing Authority must apply rules and procedures which seek to ensure that comprehensive and up-to-date records of the performances of horses in training in its country are maintained. These will include any performances for such horses prior to importation into the country, and where such horses travel abroad to race before returning home.  The record of performances must include all the information laid down in Appendix 3.Where the name of a horse has been the subject of a change or changes, the records must indicate under which name the horse raced in each of its races.

More specifically, Racing Authorities should make provision within their Rules to seek to ensure that they are in possession of the following information:

Racing Authorities may, within their Rules, place responsibility on their owners, trainers or other relevant parties for the submission of the above information and for its accuracy. They may also attach requirements as to the necessary timing of receipt of such information.

Racing Authorities will make such information as is held by them available to each other, either by granting on-line access to the information or by providing such information on request.

As part of good racing management, a Staging Authority must also immediately inform the Home Authority, and make public any subsequent (i.e. post-raceday) demotion or promotion of a horse trained abroad (for example, as a result of a finding of a prohibited substance).

Last update : April 2015

Agreed by :

AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
BRAZIL
CANADA
CHILE
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK

FRANCE
GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY (provide data manually on the spot)
INDIA
IRELAND
ISRAEL
ITALY
JAPAN
KOREA (except §4)

LEBANON
MACAU
MALAYSIA
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MOROCCO
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PANAMA
POLAND
QATAR

SAUDI ARABIA
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TURKEY
UKRAINE
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
VENEZUELA

 

 

 

 

 

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APPENDIX 3


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Article 6 (RACING) - PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Race horses are prohibited from racing with any prohibited substance in their bodies.
Modification of the heritable genome of a Thoroughbred at any time of its life will disqualify such a horse being considered any longer as a Thoroughbred in racing or competition activities.
No race horse used for racing may be subjected to the prohibited practices specified in this article. Sick or injured race horses must be treated and/or rested as appropriate for their condition before returning to full training. 

GENERAL PROVISIONS
All therapies for a horse involved in racing or race training (including rest periods) should be based upon a specific diagnosis, administered in the context of a valid and transparent owner-trainer-veterinarian relationship, and given in the interests of the horse’s health and welfare.  Following any therapy given to a race horse, a sufficient period should elapse prior to racing such that the therapy (i) is not capable of giving the horse an advantage or causing it to be disadvantaged contrary to the horse’s inherent merits or (ii) is detrimental to its welfare. 

No therapies should be administered on the day of the race to a horse without the authorization of the Horseracing Authority.

 

Article 6A - PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES

OBJECTIVE

1. The objective is to protect the integrity of horseracing and the welfare of the horse through controlling the use of substances capable of giving a horse an advantage or causing it to be disadvantaged in a race, contrary to the horse’s inherent merits.

SAMPLING

2. To establish whether a prohibited substance is present, samples shall be taken from horses declared to race. Horseracing Authorities may also take samples at any time, according to their own rules. Sample means a sample from any part or in contact with any part of the horse.

3. A sample collected under a secure chain of custody shall be split, where practicable, into an A sample and a B sample. If the A sample is reported to contain prohibited substances, the B sample may be analysed for those substances, either automatically or optionally at the trainer’s, owner’s, or Horseracing Authority’s request.

4. If a prohibited substance is identified in an official sample taken from a horse which is entered or has run in a race within one jurisdiction but which is trained in another, the Horseracing Authority where the horse is trained is to be informed and shall provide assistance when requested.

SANCTIONS

5. A horse shall be disqualified whenever the analysis of an official sample taken on race day demonstrates a positive finding for a prohibited substance as defined by the relevant Rules of Racing. The trainer of the horse shall be penalized except when he has discharged his responsibilities as described hereunder beyond reproach.

6. Where a sample taken from a horse at any other time contains a prohibited substance, Horseracing Authorities may, according to their own rules, impose sanctions on the horse, trainer, owner, or other licensed persons.


THE TRAINER’S RESPONSIBILITES

7. The trainer shall always be responsible for:

RACEDAY REGULATIONS

8. With the exception of veterinarians authorized by the Stewards or Horseracing Authority, nobody shall bring into the stables of a racecourse on a raceday either a prohibited substance or any means of administering such a substance.

9. After a horse has raced and before it is discharged from any requirements for postrace sampling, no treatment with prohibited substances shall be allowed without official permission.

PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES

10. The following are prohibited substances:

11. A finding of a prohibited substance means a finding of the substance itself, a metabolite of the substance, an isomer of the substance, an isomer of a metabolite, or a pro-drug of the substance. The finding of any scientific indicator of administration or other exposure to a prohibited substance is also equivalent to the finding of the substance.

12. With the objective of helping trainers and their veterinary advisers, Horseracing Authorities may include in their own rules examples of prohibited and non prohibited substances.

13. With the objective of providing guidance to horseracing tribunals, Horseracing Authorities may produce a classification of prohibited substances.

THRESHOLDS

14. International thresholds can only be adopted for:

15. Thresholds shall be recommended by the Federation’s Advisory Council on Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices, after consultation with the Association of Official Racing Chemists and the International Group of Specialist Racing Veterinarians, and approved by the Executive Council of IFHA.

16. Prohibited substances below the following thresholds are not actionable:

Last update : April 2015

Agreed by :

AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
BRAZIL (except § 1 & 4)
CHILE
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK
FRANCE
GERMANY

GREAT BRITAIN (updated App. B)
GREECE
HONG KONG (except § 4 third sentence from "and the medical adviser's conclusions …" ; updated App. B ; except App. 10C 4)
HUNGARY
INDIA
IRELAND (except App. 10C 2)
ISRAEL
ITALY

JAPAN
KOREA (except §4) LEBANON
MACAU
MALAYSIA
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MOROCCO
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
PANAMA
POLAND

QATAR
SERBIA
SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TURKEY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
VENEZUELA

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APPENDIX 10 A

GUIDELINE SET OF STANDARDS
for health protection for riders to assist Horseracing Authorities
to define their own requirements

STANDARD OF MEDICAL FITNESS TO RIDE
  1. Introduction – Mission statement

    Race riding is an activity that requires each and every rider to exercise physical skills and judgement of an extremely high order. Any failure in a rider’s performance may not only put his/her life in danger but may also put others at risk of injury, permanent disability or death.

    Assessing medical fitness to ride should be done by specialised Doctors in conjunction with the family Doctor.

  2. Frequency – Age

    Frequency :

    Medical examination before 1st licence.

    Regular medical checks as deemed necessary.

    Age :

    When issuing a licence, consideration should be given to the age of the applicant in relation to maturity (minimum age) and any possible decline in mental or physical skills (maximum age).

  3. Content of medical examination / questionnaire

    This document should include :

    - a signed declaration by the rider to include details of his/her medical history.
    - a full record of the physical examination to cover all aspects required for racing – including Item 4  
      (see below).
    - a written declaration by the examining doctor certifying fitness to ride.

    N.B. : It is the responsibility of the issuing authority to ensure that fitness to race is taken in consideration when a licence is issued.

  4. List of contra indications which must be published :

      * means the jockey as well as the other competitors may be accountable for the risk.
      The absence of * means that the jockey can be solely held responsible.

In the following list, R. means refused, D. means deferred.

a)  Cardiovascular disorders * :

Ischaemic heart disease/Angina – R
Heart failure – R
Myocardial infarction – D
By-pass grafting – R
Angioplasty – D
Cardiac transplant – R



Dysrhythmias – D
Pacemakers – R
Cardiac valvular disease – D
Hypertension – D
Cardiomyopathies – D
Congenital heart disease – D



Marfan’s syndrome – R
Treatment with anticoagulants – R
Peripheral vascular disease – D
Chronic pericarditis – R
Aneurysm – R

b) Endocrine and metabolic disorders :

Diabetes *
      - insulin dependent – R
      - requiring oral medication – D
      - controlled by diet – D
      Thyroid disease – D
      Diabetes insipidus – R *

c) Gastro-intestinal and abdominal disorders : *

      Cirrhosis decompensated – R
      Chronic pancreatitis – R
      Chronic active hepatitis – R

d) Genito-urinary and renal disorders :

      Chronic renal failure – R
      Renal transplant – R

e) Gynaecological conditions : *

      Pregnancy
      - normally – D
      - last three months - R

f) Haematology :*

Haemorrhagic disorders – R

g) Hearing : *

      Hearing should be adequate for the rider to hear all instructions and to ensure that the safety of other riders is not put at risk.
      Any loss greater than 20 Db (binaurally) is pathological in a jockey.:
      - New applicants – R
      - Existing licence holders – D
      - Bilateral total deafness, surdimutism - R
      - One side total deafness with controlateral air and bone conduction loss
  greater than 20 db - R
      - Any disorder in the eardrum and medium cavum leading to a binaural hearing loss
  greater than 20 db - R
      - Acute otorrhea – D
      - Unilateral uncompensated vestibular areflexia – R
      - Bilateral hyporeflexia with directional preponderance - R
      - Vertigo syndrome, resolvent after treatment of cause,
  in the absence of ideonystagmographic disorder - D
      Perforated eardrum – D
      Chronic suppurating otitis media – D
      Otosclerosis – D
      Prothesis – R

h) Musculo-skeletal disorders :
Artificial limbs – R

i) Neoplasia / cancer – D 

j) Neurological disorders : *

      Chronic neurological disorders (eg. Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, etc.) – R
      Chronic Menieres, vertigo or labyrinthitis – R
      Cerebrovascular disease – R
      Meningitis or encephalitis – D
      Intracranial tumour requiring craniotomy – D
      A-V malformation after a bleed – R
      Intracranial aneurysm – R
      Narcolepsy – R
      Epilepsy – R

k) Psychiatric disorders :

      Neuroses – D
      Psychoses – R

l) Respiratory disorders : *

      Respiratory insufficiency affecting performance – R

m) Visual acuity : *

- Monocular vision – R
Visual field defect – R (homonomous hemianopia, bilateral glaucoma, bilateral cataract,
 bilateral retinopathy, etc.)
      Diplopia – R
- Less than 6/9 in the better eye and 6/18 in the weaker eye – R

n) Recent surgery / operations – D

o) Medication :*

Any regular treatment which may impair fitness to ride.

 

5.         Appeal mechanism

           
Provision should exist for riders to appeal any refusal to grant a licence based on medical grounds.

 

MEDICAL ARRANGEMENTS ON RACECOURSE

 

  1. Introduction / Mission statement

    Medical arrangements on racecourse should be covered by a guide.

    This guide should ensure that prior to racing all arrangements are in place as listed below and racing is safe to proceed.
  2. Personnel

    Doctor (mandatory)
    Paramedics ambulance personnel (mandatory)
    Nurse for infirmary
    First aid fence attendants
  3. Transport

    Ambulance (mandatory)
    Route of access for ambulance to all areas of the track
  4. Equipment appropriate

    Equipment should be available to cope with any situation that may arise.

    Doctor
    Ambulance
    Infirmary
  5. Communication
    Permanent availability of communication between all medical staff involved on the racecourse and between the racecourse and outside specialised services.

 

TESTING FOR BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES

CONTROL OF PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES

Details of all procedures should be available for riders in writing. This should include a list of prohibited substances, and practises, with details of all penalties imposed for infringements.

*

 

RACETRACK ENVIRONMENT

 

Preventable hazards

Introduction

The conduct of racing involves the use of a number of fixed and moveable structures which may pose a hazard to riders. Racing Authorities should establish minimum safety guidelines for the following areas of concern.

Rails and marker poles

Rails and marker poles should preferably be flexible and concrete should be avoided.

Parade ring / paddock

Non-slippery surfaces for horses are recommended. Access should be controlled.

Obstacles / wings / bypassing procedures

Obstacles should be constructed so as to be fair to both riders and horses. Wings should be flexible (see rails and marker poles above). Arrangements for bypassing should be prepared when appropriate.

Starting stalls / tapes – elastic

Starting stalls / tapes should be well maintained and regularly tested.

Public / horses

Provision should be made to separate members of the public from all equine areas before, during and after racing.

Ground, landing site, lightening, meteorology

When adverse conditions put the safety of riders at risk, racing should be suspended.

Map of the course

A clear map and instructions should be readily available on race days for riders.

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APPENDIX 10 B
GUIDELINE STANDARDS OF RIDING EQUIPMENT
required by Horseracing Authorities to protect riders from avoidable injury


STANDARD OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT ALLOWED


  1. 1. Helmets
    • A - European Standard EN1384:1996, EN1384:1997 and PAS015:1994
    • B - JRA Standard (ARAI)
    • C - Australian Standard AS/NZS 3838 2003
    • D - USA Standard ASTM F11 63-01
    Agreed by CountryHelmet Standard Allowed
    GREAT BRITAIN A only EN1384:1997 and PAS015:
    1994 HONG KONG A, C or D
    SLOVAKIAA
    SWEDEN A
  2. 2. Safety Vests
    • A – European Standard EN13158:2000 Level 1
    • B – JRA Standard (DESCENTE)
    • C – ARB Standard 1998
    • D – Satra Jockey Vest Standard Document M6 issue 3
    • E – ASTM F2681 - 08
    Agreed by CountrySafety Vest Standard AllowedVest allowance At Scales
    GREAT BRITAIN A and D only
    HONG KONG A, C or D 2 pounds
    SLOVAKIA A, D 1 kilo
    SWEDEN A, D 1 kilo
    USAUp to 3 pounds for safety vest and helmet
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    APPENDIX 10 C


    In compiling its list of prohibited substances for riders, Racing Authorities should at a minimum have regard to the following.

    1.      Centrally acting analgesics including opioids and narcotics
    2.      Psychotropic drugs including :anti-depressants, Benzodiazepines ,Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and pro-drugs of GHB (1, 4-Butanediol, Gammabutyrolactone), Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)
    3.      Stimulants
    4.      Beta2 Agonists  and  Beta-blockers
    5.      Cannabinoids
    6.      Diuretics and masking agents
    7.      Alcohol

     

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    WAGERING
    Article 28 (WAGERING) - WAGERING.

    1. In the International Agreement the term wagering shall be taken to include, without limitation, totalizator, pari-mutuel, fixed-odds or any form of bookmaking and/or betting exchange operations by whatever means (including, without limitation, electronic and telecommunications media through the Internet, interactive TV, telephone, mobile phone and other "hand-held" devices).
    2.            Each signatory of this Article shall respect the jurisdictional integrity of every other signatory in the provision of wagering on racing.
    3.          The use of racing events, pictures and data relating thereto for wagering purposes shall only be made with the express consent of the organisation staging those racing events and/or its authorised licensees and franchisees and/or other relevant rights holders.
    4.       Wagering opportunities shall only be offered in another country with the express consent of that country's relevant governmental authorities, if required, and in compliance with the legal and regulatory requirements of that country.
    5.       All signatories to this Article shall inform their respective governments or governmental supervisory institutions about their adoption and observance of this Article and, subject to paragraph VI of this Article, shall undertake all possible efforts to lobby for legislative and/or regulatory support of this Article and to prevent wagering operators based in its jurisdiction from acting in breach of paragraphs III and IV of this Article.
    6.          Where a signatory to this Article is a body that does not have direct control over wagering then the obligations of this Article shall be read as being a commitment of best endeavours to promote respect for the Article within its jurisdiction.
    7.          The signatories to this Article shall strive to ensure complete integrity and security of their respective operations. Every effort will be made to ensure that wagering will be conducted fairly and not used as a means for any illegal activities, in particular, for money laundering.

    Agreed by :

    ARGENTINA
    AUSTRALIA
    AZERBAIJAN
    BAHRAIN
    BELGIUM
    BRAZIL
    CANADA
    CHILE
    CROATIA
    CYPRUS
    CZECH REPUBLIC
    DENMARK
    FRANCE
    GERMANY
    GREAT BRITAIN
    GREECE
    HONG KONG
    HUNGARY
    INDIA
    IRELAND
    ISRAEL
    ITALY
    JAPAN
    KOREA
    LEBANON
    MACAU
    MALAYSIA
    MAURITIUS
    MEXICO
    MOROCCO
    NETHERLANDS
    NEW ZEALAND
    NORWAY
    PERU
    POLAND
    PORTUGAL
    QATAR
    SINGAPORE
    SLOVAKIA
    SOUTH AFRICA
    SPAIN
    SWEDEN
    SWITZERLAND
    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
    TURKEY
    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    URUGUAY
    VENEZUELA

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    Article 28 B (WAGERING) - STANDARD FOR ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION
    OF PRE-RACE INFORMATION RELATED TO WAGERING

    Appendix 11 to be found on IFHA Website [http://www.ifhaonline.org/resources/2008_Appendix11.PDF] sets out a Standard for the international transmission of data relating to forthcoming races, in support of wagering activity. This encompasses both the data elements to be included and the format in which they should be transmitted.

    Where countries enter into agreement that such information should be provided, the transmitting country
    should observe the Standard, upon request from the recipient country.

    Agreed by :

    AUSTRALIA
    AZERBAIJAN
    CYPRUS
    CZECH REPUBLIC
    DENMARK
    FRANCE
    GERMANY
    IRELAND
    KAZAKHSTAN
    MACAU
    NETHERLANDS
    NEW ZEALAND
    NORWAY
    PERU
    SLOVAKIA
    SOUTH AFRICA
    SPAIN
    SWEDEN
    TURKEY
    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    URUGUAY

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    Article 29 (RACING) - LICENSING CRITERIA FOR TRAINERS AND RIDERS.

    The granting of a licence to a trainer or the granting or renewing of a licence to a rider by a Horseracing Authority should as a guideline take account of the following criteria in order to safeguard the welfare of participants and the horse and the interests of the Racing Authority.

    TRAINERS

    Experience and Qualifications

    Trainers should:

    1. Have sufficient experience of working in a training establishment;
    2. Be able to demonstrate recognition of the signs of normal health, common diseases and ailments in the horse and have an understanding of preventive medicine and veterinary treatment;
    3. Be able to demonstrate the principles of exercise physiology and feeding;
    4. Possess sufficient knowledge of racecourse procedures and the Rules of Racing of the Horseracing Authority;
    5. Possess any formal qualifications required by the Horseracing Authority - for example, a qualification in Racehorse Care and Management.

    Facilities

    Trainers should:

    1. Possess suitable premises including adequate stabling arrangements. (The applicant or a suitably experienced and responsible employee to live at the premises);
    2. Have access, within a reasonable distance, to gallops or facilities for training racehorses;
    3. Where necessary, have access to starting stalls for schooling horses through starting stalls;
    4. If relevant, have access to obstacles or nursery facilities for schooling or teaching horses to jump.

    General

    1. The applicant to be considered of "good standing".
    2. The applicant to provide suitable references in support of the application.
    3. The applicant to provide a relevant business plan for the first 12 months of operating, if required.
    4. The applicant to have satisfied any performance criteria in operation at the relevant time by the Racing Authority. Performance criteria may include, but are not limited to, number of wins and/or prize money earned during a specified period and the number of horses in training at the relevant time.

    Licences for Temporary Stays
    Racing Authorities may issue licences or other permissions to trainers permanently licensed abroad, for temporary purposes of racing or training. Where such a licence or permission has been issued, the Racing Authority should include within its Rules provision to inspect and test any horse in the care of such a trainer while in that Racing Authority's country. The terms of the licence or permission, of which the applicant trainer must sign acceptance, should reflect this provision.

    RIDERS

    Experience and Qualifications

    Riders should:

    1. Demonstrate sufficient riding competence and experience as required by the Horseracing Authority including the satisfactory completion of an apprenticeship or riding course.
    2. Satisfactorily complete any training and assessment course as required by the Horseracing Authority.


    Medical Fitness

    1. Comply with the medical standards established by the Horseracing Authority (see Article 27).

    General

    1. The applicant to be considered of "good standing".
    2. The applicant to possess sufficient knowledge and appreciation of the Rules of Racing insofar as they affect Riders.

    Last update : January 2016

    Agreed by :

    AUSTRALIA
    AUSTRIA
    AZERBAIJAN
    BAHRAIN
    BELGIUM
    CANADA
    CHILE
    CROATIA
    CYPRUS
    CZECH REPUBLIC
    DENMARK
    FRANCE

    GERMANY
    GREAT BRITAIN
    GREECE
    HONG KONG
    HUNGARY
    INDIA
    IRELAND
    ISRAEL
    ITALY
    JAPAN (except § 5 of Trainers Experience and Qualifications Section ; all Facilities section ; all Riders Experience and Qualification Section)

    KOREA
    LIBYA
    MACAU
    MALAYSIA
    MAURITIUS
    NETHERLANDS
    NEW ZEALAND
    NORWAY
    OMAN

    QATAR
    ROMANIA
    SAUDI ARABIA
    SERBIA
    SINGAPORE
    SLOVAKIA
    SLOVENIA
    SOUTH AFRICA
    SWEDEN
    SWITZERLAND
    TUNISIA
    TURKEY
    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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    Article 30 (RACING)   - HEADGEAR.

    Racing Authorities will normally stipulate the types of headgear which horses may or may not carry in a race. Furthermore, in the interests of providing accurate information to the wider racing and betting public, they may require that some or all of the permissible headgear must be declared in advance. Some Authorities disallow the wearing of certain combinations of headgear. Headgear may be known by different names in different countries.

    Penalties for non-compliance vary from country to country, but may include fines or prevention from participation in the race.

    To avoid confusion and misunderstanding when horses race internationally, therefore, Racing Authorities will make available to others clear information on the Rules relating to headgear which apply in their countries, either by granting on-line access to the information or by providing it on request. It is strongly recommended that this includes graphical representations of the types of headgear permitted, (an example is shown below), to help avoid misunderstandings caused by varied terminology.

    Agreed by :

    ARGENTINA
    AUSTRALIA
    AUSTRIA
    AZERBAIJAN
    BAHRAIN
    BELGIUM
    BRAZIL
    CANADA
    CHILE
    CROATIA
    CYPRUS
    CZECH REPUBLIC
    DENMARK
    FRANCE
    GERMANY
    GREAT BRITAIN
    GREECE
    HONG KONG
    HUNGARY
    INDIA
    IRELAND
    ISRAEL
    ITALY
    JAPAN
    KAZAKHSTAN
    KOREA
    LEBANON
    MACAU
    MALAYSIA
    MAURITIUS
    MONGOLIA
    MOROCCO
    NETHERLANDS
    NEW ZEALAND
    NORWAY
    OMAN
    PERU
    POLAND
    QATAR
    SERBIA

    SINGAPORE
    SLOVAKIA
    SLOVENIA
    SOUTH AFRICA
    SPAIN
    SWEDEN
    SWITZERLAND)
    TUNISIA
    TURKEY
    UKRAINE
    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    URUGUAY

 

 

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ARTICLE 31 (RACING) - ELECTIVE PERMANENT RETIREMENT OF RACEHORSES

Racing Authorities may establish a system under which they record the elective permanent retirement from racing of a racehorse, for example on the strength of a request, formally expressed by the horse’s owner, and accepted by the Racing Authority, that the horse should not race again.

Racing Authorities adopting such a system:

  1. should place a requirement on the owners of any horse the subject of such restrictions to make any purchaser of the horse aware thereof
  2. may adopt a system for the lodgement and registration of agreements between seller and buyer that the horse should not race again. To address subsequent sales of the horse, Racing Authorities may wish to include the following Model Clause into their agreement form:

 

The Buyer agrees that on any sale, lease, trust creation or any other disposition of the Horse he shall procure that the buyer, lessee, beneficiary or other person to be legally or beneficially entitled to an interest in the Horse shall enter into a direct agreement with the Seller agreeing to be bound by the Rules of Racing from time to time in force and to observe and perform the following clauses, so that both the Buyer and all subsequent owners of the Horse shall be bound by the said Conditions:
Conditions Applicable

        1. The Buyer agrees that, from the date of this agreement, the Horse shall not be entered to race in any race and shall not participate in any race.
        2. The Buyer shall not sell, lease, hold on trust for another or otherwise dispose of the whole or of any part of the horse without the prior written consent of the seller.
        3. The Buyer agrees that, on any sale, lease, trust creation or any other disposition of the horse, he shall procure that the Buyer, lessee, beneficiary or other person to be legally or beneficially entitled to an interest in the horse, shall enter into a direct agreement with the Seller agreeing to be bound by the Rules of Racing from time to time in force and to observe and perform Clauses 1 – 6 inclusive of the Conditions, so that both the buyer and all subsequent owners of the horse shall be bound by the said Conditions.
        4. The Seller and the Buyer hereby jointly and irrevocably apply to the (Racing Authority) for notice of the restrictions contained within this agreement to be registered against the horse on their records and on the horse’s passport, and the passport for the horse shall be so endorsed prior to the buyer receiving the passport
        5. Any variation to these Conditions shall be ineffective unless agreed in writing by the Seller.
        6. (Include any particular provisions required by the parties concerning warranties, delivery, title, risk, acceptance, remedies, etc.)

Racing Authorities may seek from others reciprocation of the prevention from racing of horses permanently retired in this way. Where reciprocation is sought, Racing Authorities must

  1. make clear within the document used to record the owner’s request that other Racing Authorities may be requested to reciprocate the restriction on running, but that a Racing Authority may, at its discretion and with veterinary clearance, rescind the restriction under exceptional circumstances
  2. through liaison with the Stud Book Authority (where separate) of the country in which the horse was in training at the point of retirement, ensure that such retirements are recorded in the horse’s passport or other official document and, in the event of permanent exportation, into the horse’s Export Certificate*
  3. include mention of the retirement within any Racing Clearance Notifications for the horse.

 

Racing Authorities in receipt of such requests for reciprocation should refuse to accept entries for the horse, although, under exceptional circumstances and with veterinary support, they may rescind such retirements.

Last update : January 2016

Agreed by :

AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
CANADA
CHILE
CROATIA
CYPRUS

CZECH REPUBLIC
FRANCE
GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA

ISRAEL
ITALY
KOREA
MALAYSIA
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
PERU
QATAR
ROMANIA
SAUDI ARABIA

SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SOUTH AFRICA
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TUNISIA
TURKEY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
URUGUAY

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ARTICLE 32 (RACING) - RUNNING OF THE RACE
  1. Horses must be ridden to achieve their best placing in a race.
  2. Remounting

Following the fall, during a race, of a horse and/or of the jockey from that horse, or the rider being dislodged from a horse, Racing Authorities should not permit such a horse to be re-mounted with the intention of continuing in the race.

  1. Carrying Weight Throughout the Race

In the event any part of the rider of a horse makes contact with the ground during the running of a race, irrespective of whether the rider has contact with the horse, such horse shall be deemed not to have carried the weight.

Last update : January 2016

Agreed by :

AUSTRALIA (except § 3)
AUSTRIA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
CANADA
CHILE
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK

FRANCE
GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
IRELAND (except § 3)
ISRAEL
ITALY
KOREA

MACAU
MALAYSIA (except § 3)
MAURITIUS
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN (except § 3)
PERU
QATAR
ROMANIA

SAUDI ARABIA
SINGAPORE (except § 3)
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SOUTH AFRICA
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TUNISIA
TURKEY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
URUGUAY

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ARTICLE 33 (RACING) - CATEGORIES OF HORSE ENTITLED TO RACE

Each Racing Authority should include a Rule within their Rule Book, specifying which – if any - categories of horse, in addition to the Thoroughbred, are generally entitled to race under the Rules of that Authority. Where flat racing and jump racing are treated differently, this should be stated. This does not preclude the exclusion of certain categories of horse from individual races, where this is specifically mentioned in the race conditions.

Last update : January 2016

Agreed by :

AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BELGIUM
CANADA
CHILE
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC

DENMARK
FRANCE
GERMANY
GREECE
HONG KONG
HUNGARY
INDIA
ISRAEL
ITALY
JAPAN

KOREA
MACAU
MAURITIUS
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND
NORWAY
OMAN
QATAR
ROMANIA

SINGAPORE
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TUNISIA
TURKEY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
UKRAINE
URUGUAY

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