IFAHR was founded as a non-profit organisation (according to the French Law dated July 1st 1901) on the 11th of January 1999 in Paris, after subscription by the delegates of the founding member-countries of the statutes, for purpose of co-operation between all national and international Arab Horse Racing Associations throughout the world. The Federation is registered in France / 257 avenue le Jour Se Lève / F-92100 Boulogne, which is also the seat of “France Galop” and the location of the yearly IFAHR General Meeting. A preliminary meeting (based on the ECAHO race-commission) had taken place the 14th of September 1998, in Gotha/Germany, for preparing the statutes.


IFAHR first General Meeting took place in January 1999, our Federation is now 9 years old.


WAHO in charge of inspection and acceptation of Stud Books
ECAHO which would unite all European organizations plus associate members like Russia, Middle East and North African countries.

IFAHR Statutes

For the purpose of setting up an International Federation of Arabian Horseracing, bringing together all national and international Arab Horse Racing Associations.

IFAHR Objectives

The new International Federation of Arabian Racing Authorities must immediately act to promote and improve Arabian racing worldwide.


Our Global Members

North America

Canada | USA

South America

Brazil | Chile




Algeria | Egypt | Morocco | Tunisia | Libya

IFAHR Vision

It is the mission of the IFAHR to promote good regulations and best practices on international horse racing matters.

It is the mission of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities to promote good regulations and best practices on international horse racing matters.

Their main objectives include coordinating and harmonizing rules of breeding, racing, and wagering; ensure quality and fairness of racing; provide for on-track organization of the protection of the welfare of horses jockeys.


What People Said

In fact, forming IFAHR has been a move away from the traditional Arabian horses organizations mostly concerned with shows and a step towards the thoroughbred racing world. This necessary evolution has been achieved and is now irreversible; we will never go back to the previous situation.

“I don’t want to talk about it, I want people to see it. As a live event that takes place here. We want the best horses on this planet earth to come and participate on the soil of North America, which we call the ‘Cradle of Horses’.”

Kevin Ryan
Horse Trainer - USA

Most of the time, as horse people, we are fairly adept at holding our tongues. That’s because we hear so many opinions, suggestions, dramatic barn stories, etc., on a daily basis. Here are a few things that most of us can probably relate to…

Ellina Williams
Reporter - BBC Sports

What You Really Want to Say: “You’re right, they are expensive, but I spend money on my horses instead of on shopping sprees, clothes I will only wear once or make-up that will sit in a bag for a year without getting used. By the way, how much do you spend a month on your Starbucks habit?

Sarah Williams
IFAHR FAN - Canada

Love him or hate him , he never fails @Cristiano #PORvsESP

Dane O’Neill
Jockey - UK


Our BoardMembers

The International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities Managed by an well known board members with an extensive field experiences.

Mr. Sami Jassim Al Boenain

Technical Advisor of the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club
Executive board member of IFAHR


Mrs. Nelly Philippot
IFAHR honorary member
Chairwoman of AHRCB asbl
Executive board member of IFAHR
Mr. Mats Genberg
Mr Mats Genberg

Vice chairman of IFAHR

Dr. Mohammed Al Nujaifi

Owner and author Dr Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Nujaifi has been ranked as the world’s top Arabian racehorse owner for 2012 according to IFAHR statistics.

Mr. Hicham Debbag
Mr. Hicham Debbagh


Horse Racing Director at SOREC
Secretary of IFAHR

Mr. Mohammed Al Hashmi
Executive board member of IFAHR


Race courses

Become an IFAHR Fellow!

The sport of Arabian Racing is international. Even global.
This is one of the most interesting aspects of it.
At IFAHR we try hard to increase the friendship between enthusiasts from all over the world. To create new contacts between people.
This is why we now open for a new type of fellowship.

IFAHR Fellow.
A way of supporting the sport and
to show the world that you are serious in your support.

IFAHR in Newspapers
IFAHR Digital Marketing
IFAHR Social Media

The purpose of IFAHR

The purpose of IFAHR was formulated as follows: In order to improve the speed, stamina, soundness and temperament of the Arab horse breed through racing, the Federation shall:
universally adopt the term ‘Arabian horse racing’
facilitate international competition between Arabian racehorses by:
– acceptance of universal recording methods
– acceptance of universal rules of racing
– acceptance of universal recording of ‘form’
– acceptance of universal handicapping methods
– establish standards of acceptance for participation in Arabian horseracing
– promote and facilitate Arabian horseracing in Member countries
– foster and develop exchanges between Arab horse racing authorities of the – member countries without discrimination
– publish or foster the publication by member countries of a data base of racing information, race plans, racing results and statistics of Arabian horseracing utilizing universal recording methods, which will be made available to all the breeders Associations
– encourage sponsorship but promote financial independence
harmonise and co-ordinate racing conditions for international and national races
– create and enforce rules that shall control and secure total integrity in Arabian horse racing


Exclusive Blogs

We are pleased to announce the decision of the IFAHR Executive Committee to hold the 22nd Annual General Assembly and Committee meetings at the Le Meridian Paris Etoile on October 3rd, 4th & 5th 2019.

19 February 2019, Abu Dhabi,UAE ~ The calendar for the 2019 edition of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival was unveiled on Sunday with a total of 124 ra

THE GREATEST RACE IN THE WORLD One of the greatest sporting events in the world, held at the truly spectacular ParisLongchamp Racecourse: an opportunity to experience a race with an intensity all of

IFAHR Honorary Members

Exclusive Honorary Members

Ms Lara Sawaya

IFAHR honorary member Chairman / IFAHR Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees

Chairman / International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA)

Executive Director / the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival

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