About us

Since its launch in 1983, the European Breeders’ Fund has allocated over €100,000,000 to the European racing industry.

Funded almost entirely by contributions from stallion owners, the EBF is a major contributor to prize money as well as supporting vital veterinary research.

Established in 1983 as a self help measure for the European racing industry with revenue being drawn from stallion fees, the fund has stood the test of time and is the most important vehicle that the bloodstock industry uses to support and nurture racing throughout the member countries. The original participators of Britain, Ireland and France were joined in 1986 by Germany and Italy and by Switzerland in 1989.

Each country is represented on the EBF co-ordinating committee, working together for the benefit of the European racing industry.

With an average of over €5million raised annually the EBF is one of horse-racing’s biggest sponsors. One of the main aims of the EBF is to ensure that the majority of two-year-old races in member countries are open to all EBF nominated horses thus keeping the doors open within Europe.

How EBF works

When a stallion is registered to the EBF all progeny resulting from that year’s coverings are automatically EBF qualified for life.

An individual horse by an ‘international stallion’ that stands outside of the EBF area, can be qualified using one of the three deadlines as specified in ‘Key Dates’. If you buy a foal or yearling in USA, for instance, that is not by one of the EBF registered stallions, you have suitable opportunities to qualify the horse.

In addition, any horse sired by a stallion standing within Europe that is not registered to the EBF can now be nominated at any time after 1st January of their two-year-old year. The cost of this one off supplementary nomination is €12,000.

Once a horse is EBF qualified it is eligible to run in any EBF confined race throughout Europe. Over 80% of two-year-old races are confined to EBF eligible horses numbering nearly a thousand races per year.

For more information please contact the EBF team.

Benefits of EBF

  • The EBF puts on average €5million back into racing throughout Europe in additional prize money in the form of sponsorship each year.
  • There is a full race programme for fillies in both Listed races and handicaps in Britain, Ireland and France.
  • Over 80% of two-year-old races in each member country are confined to EBF eligible horses only.
  • As well as the two-year-old maiden races that are supported, selected conditions races, novices and handicaps also receive significant added prize money from the EBF.
  • There is significant support for jump racing, again including a fillies and mares programme.
  • The EBF also supports selected veterinary research programmes, benefiting the racing and breeding industry.
  • In 2014 the EBF lent its support to the Destination Europe initiative aimed at encouraging overseas participation and investment in European racing.

The Board

European Breeders’ Fund Committee

  •  Philip Freedman
Committee members Philip Freedman (Chairman) Criquette Head-Maarek (FEE) Henri Pouret (FEE) Philip Mitchell (BEBF) Julian Richmond-Watson (BEBF) Rolf Leisten (German EBF) John O’Connor (IEBF) John Osborne (IEBF) Dr Annibale Brivio-Sforza (FIA) Dr Franco Castelfranchi (FIA)

European Breeders’ Fund Management:

Head office:
  •  Kerry Murphy
    Chief Executive
  •  Cheryl Caves
    Operations Manager
  •  David Letts
    Operations Manager (maternity cover)
  •  Rachael Gowland
    Marketing & Communications Manager
Irish Office:
  •  Nessa Joyce
    Irish EBF Manager

EBF Area

The following countries make up the EBF Area:

Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Boznia-Herzogovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian State (to Ural Mountains), San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey , the Ukraine and Vatican City State.

Key dates

  • Deadline for nominating two-year-olds for $3,000
  • Deadline for nominating yearlings for $600
  • Deadline for nominating two-year-olds for $6,000
  • Deadline for registering stallions to the EBF
  • Deadline for payment of EBF stallion contributions

Destination Europe

The EBF is pleased to have joined forces with the main marketing bodies in France, Great Britain, Ireland and Germany by launching Destination Europe. Formed in 2014 to help increase the participation of overseas individuals in the premier horse racing countries of Europe.