The International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation Conference (ITBF) will be held in Lexington, Ky. Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2018, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Wednesday. The conference was held most recently in Cape Town, South Africa in 2017.
Originally formed by Britain and Ireland, then later joined by France and the United States, the purpose of ITBF is to discuss common problems and exchange information on equine diseases, to attempt to bring in uniform cataloguing standards, horse identity documentation, and generally to obtain a better understanding of the breeding industry in each country.
“We are honored to be hosting the ITBF meetings for the first time in nearly 20 years,” said Dan Metzger, president of TOBA. “It’s a remarkable gathering of representatives from national breeders associations from around the world, sharing with each other the challenges and opportunities facing the Thoroughbred industry both in their countries and from a global perspective.”
Kirsten Rausing, ITBF’s chairman, said, “At present, Thoroughbred markets are developing in disparate and diverging ways, reflecting the international economic environment. It is of great importance for ITBF’s members to regularly meet, to exchange information and learn from each other. Our veterinary meeting addresses emerging equine diseases and other topical issues of worldwide interest.”