IFHA to Hold Global Summit on Equine Safety and Technology at Woodbine

Woodbine | Michael Burns

The International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA) will hold its Global Summit on Equine Safety and Technology at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada June 12-14, the organization announced Tuesday. The last IFHA International Conference of Horseracing Authorities, which focused on safeguarding equine welfare and shifts in societal expectations, was staged in October 2023.

“Equine welfare is racing's single most important priority, and it is at the center of all decisions we make,” said IFHA Chair Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges. “That is why the IFHA has invested significantly in delivering an event that will bring about meaningful enhancements to horse safety and further incorporate cutting-edge technological advances into our systems.”

Fracture prevention and exercise associated sudden death (EASD) are two of the issues slated to be investigated, with leaders in these fields delivering both scientific and regulatory workshops throughout the three-day, invitation-only event.

The IFHA conference is supported by Harry M. Zweig Memorial Fund for Equine Research (a program at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine), The Hong Kong Jockey Club Equine Welfare Research Foundation, in addition to Woodbine Entertainment Group.

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