International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses

Forum for
the Aftercare of Racehorses

Overview of IFAR Conference (27 August)

Time Itinerary
8 : 30 AM Transportation to Sapporo Racecourse from official ARC hotels
9 : 00 AM Sapporo Racecourse & equestrian facility visit
12 : 00 PM Transportation to Sapporo Convention Center
12 : 30 PM Lunch at Sapporo Convention Center
1 : 30 PM IFAR Conference
4 : 30 PM Event concludes, transportation returning to official ARC hotels
The International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) will take place on Tuesday, 27 August and will offer a full day programme incorporating a conference and a local facility visit, showcasing off-the-track Thoroughbreds. Both events are being hosted by the Japan Racing Association (JRA) and supported by the Asian Racing Federation (ARF), and this will be the fourth time IFAR is held in conjunction with the Asian Racing Conference (ARC).

The day will begin with a trip to Sapporo Racecourse, where there is a JRA equestrian facility that works with retired racehorses. This multi-faceted excursion will showcase how the JRA supports and transitions off-the-track Thoroughbreds across a range of second careers. Delegates will experience first-hand how the JRA-supported programmes fulfill an important community role and help prepare the next generation of Japanese equestrians.

The formal programme will commence in the afternoon at the Sapporo Convention Center and will feature a lineup of international speakers addressing a wide range of topics as well as an update on aftercare in Japan. Key themes of the conference will be traceability, safety net initiatives, Thoroughbreds in equestrian sport, contemporary thinking in social engagement and the role of aftercare in building community trust. Confirmed speakers include representatives from the JRA, World Horse Welfare, the Horse Welfare Board (UK) and the Kentucky Horse Council. Transportation will be provided from official hotels to the racecourse and convention center, and back to official hotels following the conclusion of the conference. Morning and afternoon coffees will be provided, and lunch will be served at the Sapporo Convention Center.

Attendance at the IFAR event is complimentary for ARC delegates, and interested parties will be requested to indicate their participation as part of the ARC registration. For those interested in attending IFAR only, please email to inquire about registration. Register early, as space will be limited.

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