“The creation of the IHSC means that we can now link the wealth of our expertise in the racing world and within the equestrian sports governed by the FEI.“ IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet
The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), world governing body for horse sport, and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), have joined forces to create the International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC), the first formal vehicle for co-operation between the world’s leading governing bodies for equestrian sport.
The formation of the IHSC, which was approved by the FEI Bureau on 4 of November 2013, was formally signed by FEI President HRH Princess Haya and IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet during today’s FEI General Assembly. The Confederation is the first formal alliance between the racing world and the FEI, which governs the seven equestrian disciplines of Jumping, Dressage and Para-Dressage, Eventing, Driving and Para-Driving, Endurance, Reining and Vaulting.
The IHSC’s primary is the exchange of information and technical knowledge, and collaboration on issues that represent the collective interests of the FEI and the IFHA, including the international movement of horses with the OIE, horse welfare, anti-doping, coordinated communications and fair play.
The IHSC is a not-for-profit and politically neutral association governed by the FEI Statutes and, secondarily, by the Swiss Civil Code. The IHSC Secretariat will be based at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI) at the HM King Hussein I Building under a rotational chairmanship.
HORSE WELFARE CHARTER
The IHSC believes that the protection of the welfare of the horse is the highest priority for all horse sport administrators and participants around the world. The IHSC strives to promote and drive the implementation of the highest standards of health, safety, welfare and quality of life of competition horses throughout their lives. Continuous review of those standards is essential to ensure highest standards are maintained.Download the full charter.
About the FEI
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI), founded in 1921, is the international body governing equestrian sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The FEI is the sole controlling authority for all international events in Dressage & Para-Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Driving & Para-Driving, Endurance, Vaulting, and Reining.
- The FEI establishes the regulations and approves equestrian programmes at Championships, Continental and Regional Games as well as the Olympic & Paralympic Games.
- The FEI is based on the principle of equality and mutual respect between all 132 affiliated National Federations, without prejudice to race, religion or internal politics.
- The FEI promotes equestrianism in all its forms and encourages the development of the FEI equestrian disciplines throughout the world. The core values of the FEI are: fair play, equality, complicity with the animal and respect for the horse and the environment.
About the IFHA
The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) has as its members racing authorities from approximately 60 countries throughout the world.
Every year, the Federation organizes the International Conference, which updates the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering endorsed by the conference in 1974.
Major areas of the IFHA’s activities include:
- Protection of the welfare of horses and riders.
- International Race Planning and Grading (“black type”)
- World Rankings
- Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices
- Harmonisation of Race Day Rules
- Fostering commercial development of the racing industry globally
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