Welcome Message from Chairman of ARF

Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges On behalf of the Executive Council of the Asian Racing Federation it is with great pleasure that I invite you to attend the 36th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) to be held in Mumbai, India in January 2016.

The enduring strength of the ARCs is that they have been able to provide a market place of ideas, and innovations that will shape our sport’s future. They are a forum for industry leaders from around the world to meet together, to identify emerging issues, and to develop new strategies.

When one looks back over the past 10 – 15 years it is very pleasing to see the significant success that the industry has been able to achieve in dealing with many of the opportunities and challenges which have been the focus of our attention at ARCs. Protecting our brand reputation as a sport that operates with integrity and fairness through a commitment to medication-free racing, facilitating the internationalisation of the sport by removing impediments to the movement of horses, safeguarding the lifeblood of racing’s funding through developing means to protect our intellectual property rights, enhancing the wagering choices that we can offer to our customers through such initiatives as commingling. These are all major subjects which are key to racing’s future, and the ARCs have been a vehicle for achieving meaningful progress across all of these fronts.

The 36th ARC in Mumbai presents us with an excellent opportunity to continue these collective efforts, against the background of a country which has a time-honoured and rich racing history. Add to this India’s well-deserved reputation for hospitality and the 36th ARC is certain to be a highly successful event.

I look forward to seeing you in Mumbai in January 2016.
Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges
Asian Racing Federation