The acropolis in Athens, Greece played host to the European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation’s General Assembly, where 20 countries were represented. All of the countries had adopted, or would adopt by the end of the year, the new world standard for interference cases adopted by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) last October. A new organization to the Federation in 2018, was the Lithuanian Horse Racing Association, which was inspected by EMHF Secretary-General Paull Khan in November of 2017. Danish Jockey Club CEO Peter Knudsen presented on changes in his country’s betting laws, while Paull Khan spoke of lessons to be inferred from European Commission decisions to the statutory funding of horse racing. WhipChip inventors Ferhat and Erin Tigrel also presented.
“I am most grateful to the Jockey Club of Greece, our newest member country, for hosting this year’s General Assembly and delighted that the turnout of 20 countries equalled our
previous record,” said EMHF Chairman Brian Kavanagh. “The Federation is a very good way for racing authorities to exchange views and best practice and to learn from each other. Now eight years old, it continues to promote horse racing in the region.”