The International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) announced today its lineup of speakers for its sixth conference, which will be held as a series of two virtual webinars on 5 and 19 April at 12 p.m. BST (11 a.m. GMT). Each webinar will last approximately two hours. IFAR is partnering with the Japan Racing Association (Japanese Consultative Committee on Aftercare of Racehorses) to put on this year’s event.
The conference theme of “Many paths – One goal” is reflected in the speakers and organizations represented in both sessions. The keynote address will be given by Annamarie Phelps, chair of the British Horseracing Authority. She will provide unique insights regarding the contemporary challenges facing racing and how aftercare has become a critical element for racing’s future sustainability.
The lineup of speakers features experts addressing key topics including equine traceability, equine therapy, and veterinary science. A key highlight will include a Young Professionals Panel, where Australian racing presenter Caroline Searcy will explore the attitudes and views of emerging industry leaders regarding current and future aftercare strategies.
“We are delighted with the group of speakers we have compiled for this year’s IFAR conference,” said Di Arbuthnot, chair of IFAR. “Between the formal presentations and allocated time for Q&A with our audience, the two sessions are sure to spark engaging conversations about Thoroughbred aftercare.”
The full programme can be found below:
5 April, 2022
Moderator: Rishi Persad (U.K.)
- Annamarie Phelps (U.K.) (Keynote): Chair, British Horseracing Authority
- Di Arbuthnot: Chair, IFAR
- Dr. Jeff Berk (U.S.): Equine Medical Associates PSC; Past President, American Association of Equine Practitioners
- Dr. Meredith Flash (AUS): Lead Researcher, Australian Thoroughbred Wellbeing Project
- Jock Hutchison (U.K.): President and Co-Founder, Horseback UK
- Angela Schuster (AUS): Managing Director, Schuster Consulting Group
19 April, 2022
Moderator: Caroline Searcy (AUS)
- Michael Drapac (AUS): Owner/Breeder
- Dr. Adrian Farrington (H.K.): Executive Manager, Veterinary Clinical Services, Hong Kong Jockey Club
- Kirsten Green (U.S.): Executive Director, Retired Racehorse Project
- Jennifer Hughes (AUS): General Manager, Equine Welfare, Racing Victoria
- Young Professionals Panel
- George Broughton (U.K.): Trainee, Godolphin Flying Start
- Harry Derham (U.K.): Assistant Trainer
- Caoimhe Doherty (IRE): Co-founder, Treo Eile; Stud Manager, Forenaghts Stud
- Natasha Rose (H.K.): Equestrian Affairs Project Manager / Retired Racehorse Unit Manager, Hong Kong Jockey Club
- Elinor Wolf (U.S.): Trainee, Godolphin Flying Start
Both sessions are free, but registration is required. For more information about the conference agenda and to register, please visit internationalracehorseaftercare.com/virtual-ifar/. Recordings of each session will be made available on the IFAR website.
Prior to the virtual conference series in 2021, IFAR had previously been held in conjunction with the Asian Racing Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, in February 2020; the European & Mediterranean Horseracing Federation’s General Assembly in Oslo, Norway, in May 2019; the Asian Racing Conference in Seoul, South Korea, in May 2018; and the Pan American Conference in Washington, D.C., in May 2017. IFAR is an independent forum that recognizes geographical and industry differences among racing countries and is designed to enhance Thoroughbred aftercare worldwide. Working with the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, IFAR will raise awareness of the importance of welfare for Thoroughbreds, improve education on lifetime care, and help increase demand for former racehorses in other equestrian sports. For more information on IFAR, visit internationalracehorseaftercare.com.