Streamlining International Movement of Sport Horses Advances
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PARIS, May 28, 2014–A major advance in efforts to streamline transportation of high performance sport horses was made Wednesday by the World Organization of Animal Health, known as OIE.
Representatives from 178 countries at the group’s world assembly gave the go-ahead to the adoption in principle of the “high health, high performance horse” concept.
The step gives the OIE a mandate to work with governments around the world to harmonize procedures for moving top-level sport horses for major international competitions beginning this year.
Korea has already implemented import requirements based on this concept for the Asian Games at Incheon in September.
The International Equestrian Federation and the OIE 18 months ago embarked on a three-year public-private partnership to work to improving cross-border movement of top-level sport horses.
The OIE endorsement of the HHP concept also follows last November’s creation of the first formal alliance between the world’s leading governing bodies for horse racing and equestrian sport.
“This is a landmark development in global access to equestrian sport,” FEI President Princess Haya said. “It means our athletes, who are working so hard to represent their countries at key international events, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games, have the opportunity do so in future with practical and safe horse movement approaches from governments around the world.”