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|Formation||31 July 2007|
|Type||Sport governing body|
|Headquarters||75 High Holborn, London, England|
|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.
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:
|75 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6LS|
|Head of Industry Recruitment & Training|
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.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. 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
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