PowerPoint presentations and videos from the fourth International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses
(IFAR) are now available online.
The conference was held February 20 as part of the Asian Racing Conference (ARC) in Cape Town, South Africa. The events were hosted by the Asian Racing Federation and the ARC local organizing committee, consisting of Phumelela Gaming and Leisure, the Racing Association, Gold Circle Racing and Gaming Group, Kenilworth Racing, and The National Horseracing Authority of Southern Africa.
This year’s IFAR featured presentations from representatives of South Africa, Japan, South Korea, and Australia on their advancements in aftercare practices as well as discussions pertaining to the importance of developing effective aftercare programs, equine welfare, and improving traceability.
“I was thrilled with the strong attendance at this year’s forum in Cape Town, for it demonstrates that aftercare is becoming a key focus in racing administration,” said Di Arbuthnot, chair of IFAR. “Posting the presentations and videos from the conference will enable industry stakeholders from around the world as well as the public to educate themselves on aftercare practices, strategies, and global progress.”
IFAR has previously been held in conjunction with 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.