Topics/Speakers Announced For IFAR

The 2021 lineup of topics and speakers for the fifth International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) was announced on Wednesday. The series will be held through four virtual sessions on Apr. 6, Apr. 13, Apr. 20 and Apr. 27 with each webinar beginning at 12 p.m. GMT. Registration is required, but each session is free. The 2021 IFAR lineup is as follows:

Apr. 6: Aftercare in 2021

Moderator: Nick Luck (U.K.)


  • IFAR Chair Di Arbuthnot
  • trainer Jessica Harrington (Ire)
  • eventer Tik Maynard (U.S.)
  • Herringswell Stable's Graham and Anita Motion (U.S.)
  • Aga Khan Studs Racing Office Manager Nemone Routh (Fr)

Apr. 13: Aftercare for Racing Administrators and Regulators

Moderator: Caroline Searcy (Aus)


  • Martin Burns: General Manager, Welfare & Sustainability, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing
  • Simon Cooper: Director, Weatherbys, General Stud Book (U.K.)
  • Anna Smet: Manager, Animal Welfare, Racing and Wagering Western Australia

Apr. 20: Global Insights on Aftercare (Aftercare Providers, Equine Charities)

Moderator: Donna Brothers (U.S.)


  • Stacie Clark: Operations Consultant, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (U.S.)
  • John Osborne: Director of Equine Welfare and Bloodstock, Horse Racing Ireland
  • Ignacio Pavlovsky: Veterinarian, Owner, and Breeder (Arg)
  • Lisa Coffey: Founder and Director, Racing Hearts Equine Assisted Therapy (Aus)
  • Kristin Werner: Senior Counsel, The Jockey Club (U.S.); Administrator, Thoroughbred Incentive Program

Apr. 27: Aftercare for Racing Industry Participants: Owners, Breeders, and Trainers

Moderator: Francesca Cumani (U.K.)


  • Mark Fisher: Kotare Bioethics Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Eliot Forbes: Chief Executive Officer, AniMark Ltd. (Aus) member, IFAR Steering Committee
  • Tom Reilly: Chief Executive Officer, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Aushorse
  • Christopher Riggs: Director, Equine Welfare Research Foundation; Chief Advisor, Veterinary Science, The Hong Kong Jockey Club

“By hosting this year's IFAR virtually, we are able to include participation from a greater range of aftercare advocates, experts, and regulators from around the world,” said Arbuthnot. “Each session that we have planned will offer listeners the opportunity to learn from our speakers, engage with them through a live Q&A, and share the best practices they have learned with their native racing jurisdictions.”

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