The International Thoroughbred Breeders' Federation (ITBF)'s successful biennial four-day General Meeting concluded on Thursday in Newmarket. Attended by 23 of its 25 member countries, the programme included visits to all the leading Newmarket stallion studs, as well as two equine veterinary hospitals. Over 40 delegates had earlier attended the ITBF Derby Experience, provided by The Jockey Club, over the past weekend.
A half-day veterinary meeting plus an all-day General Meeting; covered areas of worldwide interest and included presentations on varying subjects from, amongst others, the JRA (Japan Racing Association), Weatherbys, SITA (Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers), the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (TBA), The TBA of Chile and Thoroughbred Breeders Australia. Members also voted unanimously to continue to stand resolute against the use of artificial breeding methods (artificial insemination, embryo transfer, cloning, sexing of sperm, genetic engineering/manipulation, and other possible methods yet to be defined).
The ITBF will continue working to advance and protect the interests of Thoroughbred breeders' interests; throughout the world. Its next General Meeting will be hosted by Japan in 2024.