Tag Archives: BHA

UK racing calls for stakeholder input to measure environmental footprint 

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has urged all stakeholders to participate in its online questionnaire to help map the environmental activity of UK racing. The questionnaire forms part of UK racing’s CSR commitment, in which the governing bodies of the BHA, The Horsemen’s Group, Racing Foundation and Racecourse Association (RCA) have pledged to progress the sport’s environmental sustainability. Last year, …

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UK racing expands support for Diversity & Inclusion commitments

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has secured a commitment from UK racing’s nine leading organisations to support and strengthen its Diversity and Inclusion Programme.  Leading racetrack operators Arena Racing Company and The Jockey Club have pledged their support to expand UK racing’s D&I programme that is stewarded by The Diversity in Racing Steering Group (DiRSG). The programme will be further …

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BHA appoints Raj Parker as regulatory director 

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed the inbound appointment of Raj Parker as an independent non-executive director for UK racing’s governing body.  A senior partner of London law firm Freshfields, Parker is recognised as one of the UK’s leading barristers and arbitrators of sports and media law.   Parker will join the BHA governance on 1 January 2022, replacing Sir …

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Winning Post: Sports funding faces a slippery slope

Regulus Partners observes a week of parliamentary debate on the future of gambling sponsorships. A topic that garners MPs direct attention, who have yet to deliver concrete resolutions on how gambling reforms will impact the future of sports funding. The complexities of the gambling reform debate were laid bare in Parliament this week as the issues of sports funding and …

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BHA to review +2,000 responses to whip inquiry

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has disclosed that it has received over 2,000 responses to its online questionnaire on horse whip practices. The update follows the closure of the initial phase of UK racing’s review of the use of foam-padded whips during races and the improvement of equine welfare.  Feedback submitted by industry stakeholders including riders, breeders, owners and the …

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UK Racing maintains its one ride limit jockey safety protocol 

UK racing will maintain its COVID-safety approach, limiting professional jockeys to riding only one meeting per day.  The decision was announced by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) following consultation with riders, trainers and further safety stakeholders. A limit on jockey runs was introduced during 2020 as part of a series of initial measures designed …

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UK Racing’s bloodstock rights strengthened by new BIF code of practice

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed that a new ‘Bloodstock Industry Code of Practice’ will be incorporated into the rules of UK racing as of 16 August. The Code has been developed by the newly established Bloodstock Industry Forum (BIF), which was tasked with updating the rules and practices on the buying and selling of horse bloodstock rights – …

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UK Racing seeks youth feedback on marketing appeal 

CareersinRacing.com, the recruitment and talent development arm for UK racing, has launched a ‘Youth Collaboration Group‘ which aims to provide young people with direct opportunities to reshape the heritage sport of horse racing. Supported by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), CareersinRacing.com is looking for ‘young people with an interest in horse racing and marketing’ to contribute their views and opinions …

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UK Racing cites Brexit red tape concerns on Equine travel 

The owners and breeders of British racing studs have noted a tough adjustment to the rules of equine travel and export following the UK’s exit from the European Union.  Horseracing owners have called for the government to work with European counterparts and reduce the levels of red tape for allowing British thoroughbreds to cross EU borders. A BBC East report …

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BHA places staff safety as top priority of racing’s return

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has reminded racecourse management of their duties and responsibilities in welcoming back staff safely to racetracks, following the government easing of leisure and hospitality venue restrictions as of 17 May.   Ahead of a weekend of full racing fixtures, the BHA has reminded racing management, officials, staff, and owners to review its latest ‘COVID-19 guidelines and …

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