About us


The Fund has contributed over £31.5million in to the sport since 1983 and has a current investment level of around £1.7million per year over both flat and National Hunt racing making the BEBF the third largest sponsor of horseracing in the country.

“The contribution that the British EBF makes to the sport through prize money and sponsorship is tremendous. Of particular value is the support for both fillies and stayers, two areas of the British thoroughbred breed that the industry must invest in, to ensure a healthy and vibrant future as an integral part of the racing programme and to maintain the great diversity that exists within the sport.”

Nick Rust, Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

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) Henri Pouret (FEE) Nicolas de Chambure (FEE) Simon Sweeting (BEBF) Julian Richmond-Watson (BEBF) Marc Dassbach (German EBF) Dr Hubert Uphaus (German EBF) Joe Foley (Irish EBF) Tom Gaffney (Irish EBF) Dr Franco Castelfranchi (FIA)

European Breeders’ Fund Management:

Head office:
  •  Kerry Murphy
    Chief Executive
  •  Cheryl Caves
    Operations Manager
  •  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