British Horseracing Authority

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British Horseracing Authority
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Formation31 July 2007;13 years ago (2007-07-31)
TypeSport governing body
Purpose Horse racing
Headquarters75 High Holborn, London, England
Region served
Great Britain
Annamarie Phelps
Chief Executive
Julie Harrington
Affiliations International Federation of Horseracing Authorities

The British Horseracing Authority, also known simply as the BHA, is the regulatory authority for horse racing in Great Britain.


It was formed on 31 July 2007, after the merger of the British Horseracing Board (BHB) and the Horseracing Regulatory Authority (HRA).

Its stated objectives are to: "provide the most compelling and attractive racing in the world; be seen as the world leader in raceday regulation; ensure the highest standards for the sport and participants, on and away from the racecourse; promote the best for the racehorse; and represent and promote the sport and the industry."

It is a member of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. The BHA's current chair is Annamarie Phelps, who succeeded interim chairman Atholl Duncan in the role in 2019. [1]


The British Horseracing Authority performs a number of functions. These include:


The Authority’s Integrity Services Department performs some of its most well publicised duties. These include:

Careers In Racing

Careers In Racing
75 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6LS
Atholl Duncan
Chief Executive
Nick Rust
Head of Industry Recruitment & Training
Zoe Elliot

Careers In Racing, (also known simply as CIR) is an industry owned brand managed by the Industry Recruitment & Training department of the British Horseracing Authority. [2] Careers In Racing acts as the recruitment and training portal for horseracing and thoroughbred breeding in Great Britain. Careers In Racing was launched in 2005 in response to recommendation made by the Stable and Stud Staff commission chaired by Lord Donohugh. [3] The commission highlighted the need for a governing body led recruitment and training strategy to help address staff shortages and improve retention of existing staff. Its objectives are:

Its website was launched in January 2006 and gives an overview of the careers and training available within the Racing and Breeding industries, as well as offering a free online jobs board.

Training Initiatives include:


Retraining of Racehorses

In April 2000, British Horseracing launched Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), the official charity for the welfare of horses who have retired from racing through injury, old age or a lack of ability.

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  1. Barber, Bill (2 April 2019). "Former Olympic rower Annamarie Phelps named as new BHA chair". Racing Post .
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Careers in Racing". Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 January 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)