2022 IFAR Speakers and Agenda Announced


IFAR's 2022 theme will be “Many Paths–One Goal” | Horsephotos

The speakers and agenda were announced for the sixth annual International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) on Thursday. “Many Paths-One Goal” is the conference theme and IFAR will be divided into two virtual webinars on Apr. 5 and 19. Each webinar will begin at 12 p.m. BST (11 a.m. GMT), and lasting for approximately two hours. IFAR is partnering with the Japan Racing Association (Japanese Consultative Committee on Aftercare of Racehorses) to host this year's event. IFAR is free to view, but registration is required. Please click here to register.

The lineup of speakers features experts addressing key topics including equine traceability, equine therapy, and veterinary science. A key highlight will include a Young Professionals Panel, where Australian racing presenter Caroline Searcy will explore the attitudes and views of emerging industry leaders regarding current and future aftercare strategies. The speakers are as follows:

The Apr. 5 IFAR session will be moderated by Rishi Persad (UK)


  • Annamarie Phelps (UK) (Keynote): Chair, British Horseracing Authority
  • Di Arbuthnot: Chair, IFAR
  • Jeff Berk (US): Equine Medical Associates PSC; Past President, American Association of Equine Practitioners
  • Meredith Flash (Aus): Lead Researcher, Australian Thoroughbred Wellbeing Project
  • Jock Hutchison (UK): President and Co-Founder, Horseback UK
  • Angela Schuster (Aus): Managing Director, Schuster Consulting Group


The Apr. 19 IFAR session will be moderated by Caroline Searcy.


  • Michael Drapac (Aus): Owner/Breeder
  • Adrian Farrington (HK): Executive Manager, Veterinary Clinical Services, Hong Kong Jockey Club
  • Kirsten Green (US): Executive Director, Retired Racehorse Project
  • Jennifer Hughes (Aus): General Manager, Equine Welfare, Racing Victoria

Young Professionals Panel

  • George Broughton (UK): Trainee, Godolphin Flying Start
  • Harry Derham (UK): Assistant Trainer
  • Caoimhe Doherty (Ire): Co-founder, Treo Eile; Stud Manager, Forenaghts Stud
  • Natasha Rose (HK): Equestrian Affairs Project Manager / Retired Racehorse Unit Manager, Hong Kong Jockey Club
  • Elinor Wolf (US): Trainee, Godolphin Flying Start

“We are delighted with the group of speakers we have compiled for this year's IFAR conference,” said Di Arbuthnot, Chair of IFAR. “Between the formal presentations and allocated time for Q&A with our audience, the two sessions are sure to spark engaging conversations about Thoroughbred aftercare.”

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