Beginning Jan. 1, British breeders will be required to notify Weatherbys within 30 days of the birth of a foal bred for racing. The previous window had been within 12 months of birth.
The change is designed to provide greater transparency and information regarding the whereabouts of foals born to race. It is intended to help enhance Britain’s animal welfare standards while still reflecting the relevant European Union legislation. This may be important in establishing future trading relationships and enabling horse movements across borders once the UK has exited the EU. Enhanced information on whereabouts of horses will also support the BHA’s anti-doping policy.
Jamie Stier, Chief Regulatory Officer for the BHA, said, “The information gained will improve transparency and traceability around the care that breeders and owners provide to Thoroughbreds in the formative stages of their lives, and is critical to our industry upholding its commitment to leading on animal welfare standards. It will lead to increased accountability in both the racing and breeding industries, and support the BHA in delivering a welfare commitment to our horses which will now encompass their pre-racing lives, as well as their racing careers.”