At its Executive Council Meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia yesterday, the European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation agreed new arrangements to assist the Racing Authorities of its member countries in the training and development of their Racecourse Officials. This initiative will see the Racing Authorities of four major racing nations – France, Germany, Great Britain and Ireland – offering officials, (such as Handicappers, Judges, Starters, Clerks of the Scales, Stewards’ Secretaries and Veterinary Officers), from other EMHF member countries the opportunity to learn from their counterparts by spending time alongside them as they perform their job on the racecourse.

EMHF Chairman, Brian Kavanagh, explained: “Education is a central focus of the EMHF. This exciting new initiative will complement our established programme of seminars in providing the ‘smaller countries’ with another means to learn and implement best practice in the administration of the sport.”

Dr Paull Khan, EMHF Secretary-General, added: “The EMHF will act as a ‘clearing house’, matching up requests for such training with specific offers from the major racing nations. There will be no charge for the training.”

The European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation represents 27 Racing Authorities. It is the regional body of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. See

The main objective of the EMHF is to develop relations among European and Mediterranean Horseracing Authorities, to coordinate promotion of horseracing in Europe and in Mediterranean countries, to defend its integrity and prestige throughout the world and to represent Europe and Mediterranean countries before IFHA.

Among its principal tasks are to:

  • –  establish close and lasting relations among Horseracing Authorities.
  • –  exchange information on any change in the rules of one Member that could be of common interest for racing and breeding in general.
  • –  publish European and Mediterranean statistics accessible to all members,
  • –  support the developing racing countries,
  • –  represent the interest of European horseracing before the European Union bodies.