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Irish EBF to increase Sponsorship to €2.5 million

Fri 22 May 2020

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One Cool Poet winning Irish EBF Northfields Handicap at the Curragh, 15th September, 2019 Photo Healy Racing Photography

Irish racing’s largest sponsor, Irish European Breeders’ Fund, have today reinforced their commitment to Irish racing by increasing their allocation of prize-money to €2,500,000 for 2020.

Irish EBF are working closely with Horse Racing Ireland to support the restart of racing on June 8th by ensuring all funds, including those not distributed during the suspension of racing, are allocated and the remaining prize-money is assigned with a focus on grassroots races throughout the rest of the year. €2,500,000 will be the highest annual contribution to Irish racing since the foundation of the Irish European Breeders’ Fund in 1983.

John O’Connor, Chairman, Irish EBF, said; “Prize-money is the lifeblood of racing and supports owners, trainers, jockeys and stable staff and for that reason the Irish EBF, which is funded by stallion farms, has decided to increase its allocation to HRI for 2020 to assist HRI in trying to replace the lost opportunities for all the participants in Irish racing during the Covid-19 suspension of racing. We will encourage all of our co-sponsors to continue to support the Irish racing industry at this crucial time when the industry is facing its greatest ever challenge.”

Jason Morris, HRI Director of Racing, said; “The Irish EBF have long been staunch supporters of Irish racing and as we work towards the resumption of racing, it is reassuring to know that they will be there when needed.”

Irish European Breeders’ Fund is funded by contributions from Irish stallion farms and have regularly made annual contributions to Irish racing of over €2 million supporting both flat and national hunt races. For the last number of years, highlights of the Irish EBF flat programme include the popular Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction series, fillies only handicaps which provide valuable opportunities along with the traditional strong support of two and three year old maidens. 2020 sees the introduction of a series of median races, where connections of two-year-old’s can compete for valuable prize-money and the exciting new Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes worth €200,000 to be run at Naas racecourse on August 3rd.

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For Further Information:

Nessa Joyce, Manager, Irish European Breeders’ Fund

Greenhills, Kill, Naas, Co Kildare, W91 FY62

M: +353 85 7590970, E: info@irishebf.ie Twitter & Facebook: @IrishEBF

www.ebfstallions.com

British EBF commitment to prize money unwavering in face of Covid-19

Wed 6 May 2020

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The British European Breeders’ Fund (British EBF), which supports over 600 flat races a year, renewed its commitment to racing today. The trustees intend to honour the £1.68million of prize money enhancements originally allocated to flat races in 2020, with a focus on the initial stages of resumption using the funds accrued during racing’s suspension.

This will provide a much-needed boost to the sport, with the reassurance that both in the initial stages and the longer-term programme, extra money will be available, in the form of EBF prize money contributions.

Simon Sweeting, Chairman of the British EBF commented:

“We are committed to supporting as many races within our remit as practical to help the sport back on its feet as quickly as possible. We are aware of how significant our £1.68million is to the industry this season and we are working to make sure it gets in to the system effectively. We will use money not spent during the cessation of racing to support additional races during the first month or so of the resumption. We know our additional funding is needed by owners and trainers and we want to assure them that the British EBF is here to help at every opportunity.”

Looking ahead, the British EBF is making plans to provide support for an extended flat programme in to November and December, ensuring appropriate support is offered throughout the season.

The British EBF makes annual prize money contributions of over £1.6million to flat racing. These are strategically focused towards developmental races and the support of specific areas (such as opportunities for fillies), deemed to be of overall benefit to the longevity of the industry and the breed.  The trustees, mindful of the changed landscape in the wake of Covid-19, are considering all options for the provision of the best possible support of racing through prize money investment on its resumption.

The trustees expressed their appreciation to stallion owners as contributors to the fund.

Sweeting added: “They have worked tirelessly to make sure their covering sheds are open for business and provided flexible options to support breeders. The British EBF is generously funded by stallion owners and the importance of their contributions to us, especially now, cannot be overstated.”

How the British EBF benefits Racing’s community goals

Wed 29 Apr 2020

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Racing has always been a sport with a charitable outlook, success on the track rarely confined to just those who enjoy the celebrations of the winners’ circle.

In 2018, the British EBF established official partnerships with both Racing to School and Racing Welfare.  Although the fund is precluded from making financial charitable donations, these unique partnerships mean the BEBF can provide support in other ways.

Racing to School hosts educational race days for local school children across the country; twice a year with the feature race on the day donated by the British EBF. This enables the charity to have a flag-ship race in their name and with it comes with the advertising and promotional opportunities associated with race sponsorship.  It is also a fantastic opportunity to involve the children further in the race day, selecting the best-turned-out horse in the race and presenting the trophy to the winning connections.

Children involved in the selection of the Best Turned Out horse at York 2019

Children involved in the selection of the Best Turned Out horse at York 2019

Chief Executive, John Blake, explains how the partnership with the British EBF, helps Racing to School achieve its aims:

“Racecards nationwide nearly always feature a worthy cause or two, while racecourses routinely host fundraising events, allocate space to merchandise stalls, and endorse the bucket collections that racegoers have come to expect. The British EBF has kindly gifted auction prizes that have helped the charity Racing to School fund a record growth in the participation of young people with our programmes.

“Racing to School’s racecourse activity days are all about learning. The importance of weights, distances and unravelling the meaning and purpose of crucial data are all on the day’s syllabus, wrapped up in the warmth of an explanation of the sport’s heritage. 

“The charity’s 40-strong school groups are taken on a journey as the race day builds and their feedback always points to watching races as the day’s highlight.”

“The child sees everything as a novelty; the child is always ‘drunk’. Nothing is more like what we call inspiration than the joy the child feels in drinking in shape and colour,” wrote Charles Baudelaire.

 “Through the generous and on-going support of the EBF, we can bring our young people – most of whom are meeting the sport for the first time – even closer to the action. Their kind donation of race sponsorships and the opportunity to star in winners’ presentations puts the charity’s beneficiaries at the centre of the triumph and celebrations.

“For a small charity to have the profile of a race title can often lead to new conversations and valuable connections. For our young people, the VIP feeling such support provides, and the generous welcome given to them by this exciting and colourful sport is indelible.”

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The British EBF is also committed to engaging with the local community and charities through participation in the Racing Together lead Community Day each year. The Jockey Club’s charity, Racing Welfare, is supported through two key events in the year: Mental Health Awareness Week and Racing Staff Week with races allocated to the charity during both weeks.

In 2013 the British EBF joined the Levy Board and Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA), establishing a coordinated approach to funding veterinary research via a Small Grants Scheme. Each year, a selection of research projects is put forward for consideration for the three organisations to fund either jointly or independently.  This collaboration is another example of how the British EBF has been increasing its racing industry engagement and has formed part of overall contributions in excess of £1.25million to equine veterinary research since the foundation of the EBF in 1983.

For more information about each of our charitable partners, please follow the links below:

Racing to School: http://www.racingtoschool.co.uk

Racing Welfare: https://racingwelfare.co.uk

 

 

British EBF Veterinary Research Support tops £1.25 million

Wed 22 Apr 2020

 

Recent veterinary research has been into alternative worming methods in youngstock

Recent veterinary research has been into alternative worming methods in young-stock

THE British European Breeders’ Fund (BEBF) is acknowledged as one of the most important contributors to racing’s prize money; with a total of £36,000,000 distributed over nearly 4 decades of existence. What may go unnoticed however, is our consistent support of veterinary research and, more recently, increased community engagement within racing. Over the next two weeks, we will be show-casing our work in both these areas.

To date, the British EBF has directly funded over £1,250,000 of equine veterinary research projects, in addition to our prize money allocations. More recently, the trustees have also lent regular support to both Racing Welfare and Racing to School (both official partners). Although the fund is precluded from making financial charitable donations, these unique partnerships mean the we can provide support in other ways.

Since 2000, the British EBF has wholly or partly funded veterinary research covering subjects as diverse as the Equine Genome Project and the identification of virulence factors associated with Rhodococcus. In recent years, the focus has been on research specifically relating to the breeding industry and has covered areas such as the effects of light and temperature on delayed ovulation and an extensive study in to potential alternatives to traditional parasite control in thoroughbred mares and young-stock.

Mindful of the challenges that modern Thoroughbred racing and breeding brings, in 2003, the trustees set up a contingency fund of £50,000 to finance research in the initial stages of an equine disease outbreak in GB.  The fund is ring-fenced and organisations requiring immediate help to combat a disease outbreak in the thoroughbred population are eligible apply.

Historically, annual grants were awarded to the Animal Health Trust (AHT), helping purchase vital equipment such as an MRI scanner and funding investigations into various areas of equine viral research.

Latterly, a significant amount of BEBF funding was utilised by the Bacteriology Department of the AHT in a ground-breaking project into Strangles (Equine Distemper).  Over 5 years from 2009, the department worked on a paper entitled “Breaking the Strangles Hold” with research leading to the decoding of the genome of the bacterium, Streptococcus Equi, that causes the disease. The team were able to develop an Elisa blood test to detect the presence of Strangles. Over 7,000 samples were tested in its first 6 years; vastly reducing the spread and incidence of the disease by providing a means of testing horses prior to movement between geographical sites, thereby reducing infection rates.

In 2013 the British EBF joined the Levy Board and Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA), establishing a co-ordinated approach to funding veterinary research via a Small Grants Scheme. Each year, a selection of research projects is put forward for consideration for the organisations to fund either jointly or independently.  This collaboration is an example of how the British EBF has been increasing its racing industry engagement.

From this combined approach, a three-year research project has been undertaken by Dr Laura Peachey at the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge. The study investigates host – parasite interactions in horses to inform potential alternative treatments of parasitic infections to reduce the current reliance on chemical treatment, for example traditional worm pastes and powders.  This investigation was brought to a close in 2019 and work is underway to assess the available projects for 2020 and beyond.