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25 January 2020

EPMA attended the European Trotting Union General Assembly in Paris-Vincennes

Members from 21 European Trotting Federations have agreed to apply stricter rules on equine welfare in the International Agreement: reduce the possibility to use the whip, no possibility to race during 4 days after vaccine injection.

Members support the dissemination of an updated document highlighting with facts and figures the economic and social importance of the trotting industry in Europe: More than 63000 horses generating 100 000 jobs in European agricultural areas.

Marjaana Alaviukhola, President of UET, insisted on the coordination of racing authorities on the funding of racing and advocating the model at EU level.

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7 January 2020

EPMA wishes you a successful and ethical 2020!


Meetings scheduled for the first quarter:

14 January – EPMA attends Norsk Rikstoto seminar in Oslo to present European Horse Betting models

16 January – EPMA organises the second Conference Call with EPMA and World Lottery Association members to discuss Horse Betting Committee feasibility

25 January – EPMA attends the European Trotting Union General Assembly meeting in Vincennes

26 January – Prix d’Amérique in Vincennes

30 January – EPMA will listen to Erasmus+ info day in Brussels to learn how to promote Equine and horse betting EU projects

3 February – EPMA Board members meet in London during ICE

3 February – EPMA organises the first exchange of views on Racing & Betting Forum 2020 programme

4 February – EPMA meets WLA representatives in London

18 February – EPMA attends AATA General meeting in Cape Town

19 February – EPMA attends the Asian Racing Conference 2020 in Cape Town

3 March – EPMA participates to the European Horse Network Board meeting and Legal Group in Brussels

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20 December 2019

Season’s Greetings

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15 November 2019

Second Expert Group meeting EPMA/GLMS – Global Lottery Monitoring System

Following the first meeting of the Group on October 3 in Paris, a new conference call has been organised to continue the exchange of practices to monitor horse betting and explore the possibilities of cooperation between horse betting operators and GLMS.

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13 November 2019

EPMA attended the World Horse Welfare Annual Conference in London

Responsibility for equine welfare is a shared concern and this year’s conference involved high level speakers representing many aspects of the horse world to discuss what shared responsibility actually means. Questions of responsibility in racing, for tack fit, for animal hoarding and for equine crime was explored.

> Watch the conference

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16 October 2019

EPMA attended the European Horse Network General Assembly organised in Bruges.

The Network welcomed new members, European Farriers, European and African Stud Book Committee and ECAHO, Arab Horse organisations.

Mark Wentein, EHN Chairman, expressed the need to look at new opportunities for 2020 and build on the strong collaboration with European Institutions.

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15 October 2019

EPMA attended the first MEP Horse Group meeting in Brussels

The first meeting of the Horse Group of the European Parliament was held in Brussels in the presence of the new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der LEYEN.

Mrs Hilde VAUTMANS, Belgian MEP, new President of the Horse Group of the European Parliament welcomed several of her parliamentary colleagues and presented the strengths and assets of the European equine sector as well as 4 priorities to work on: The horse as an "agricultural" animal in the next CAP; The promotion of knowledge and good practices as a basis for animal welfare; Tax harmonization; The availability and harmonisation on the market of veterinary medicinal products.

> Read Press Release

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7 October 2019

EPMA attended the 53rd International Horseracing Authorities Conference in Paris

Top International trainers were invited to give their opinion on how racing and their profession have evolved and how they must even be more transparent and open to improve public perception.

Welfare of horses was also on the agenda to discuss how the concept of lifetime responsibility is implemented in different regions. Whip issue and retraining was carefully looked at.

> Listen to the debate

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4 October 2019

EPMA organises its 11th Racing & Betting Forum in Paris

The Forum welcomed 145 participants from 27 countries, to exchange ideas on how to revitalise old fashioned racing and betting and bring more ethical perspective in our business. EPMA, AATA, Groupe Carrus, Sportech and Groupe Paris Turf co-organised and sponsored the event.

> See presentations, photos and videos of the event.