The European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association AGM

June 8, 2018 |

Three representatives from the TBA; Julian Richmond-Watson (Chairman), Claire Sheppard (Chief Executive) and James Crowhurst (TBA Veterinary Advisor) attended the Annual General Meeting of the European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (EFTBA) in Cologne on Monday May, 21 hosted by the German Owners and Breeders Association. EFTBA was set up in 1994 to enable European breeders’ associations to be represented at a European level with a strong single voice and is currently under the Chairmanship of Joe Hernon (ITBA).

The annual general meeting discussed a range of issues affecting the European breeding industry, with the main agenda item unsurprisingly being the implications of the UK’s Exit from the European Union for the 40,000+ European breeders and how as an association we can take collective action to address the uncertainties.  The EFTBA Veterinary Committee presented on its meeting at the AGM where collective veterinary matters are discussed  including the ongoing shortage of vaccines and the shuttling of stallions.

The programme also  included stud visits to the world famous Gestut Rotttgen and Gestut Schlenderhann and attending the 2,000 German Guineas at Cologne Racecourse giving EFTBA members greater insight into the German breeding and racing industry.

Claire Sheppard commented The AGM of the EFTBA was a very productive meeting and provided a unique chance to discuss the progress being made to address the challenges of Brexit with our European counterparts alongside a variety of important issues facing British and European breeders.