SBC News UK Racing cites Brexit red tape concerns on Equine travel 

UK Racing cites Brexit red tape concerns on Equine travel 

The owners and breeders of British racing studs have noted a tough adjustment to the rules of equine travel and export following the UK’s exit from the European Union. 

Horseracing owners have called for the government to work with European counterparts and reduce the levels of red tape for allowing British thoroughbreds to cross EU borders.

A BBC East report had cited that vets working at the Newmarket Equine Hospital had seen their workloads significantly increase since January, as owners required extra medical checks to ensure that their horses were fit to travel.

In certain instances, individual horses would require an additional 26 stamps to be allowed to travel to one European destination – significantly increasing medical costs for owners and breeders. 

Data from January to February 2021, provided by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), detailed that British-trained runners in EU-held races had fallen by 67%, compared to a 23% reduction across the rest of the World.

Meanwhile, EU-trained horses competing in the UK had fallen by 92%, with a 93% reduction in runners from Ireland and 89% from Northern Ireland.

The BHA revealed that ‘Thoroughbred Export Certificates’ for permanent export have fallen by 30% overall, with runner ‘Breeding Clearance Notifications’ for temporary exports declining by 61%.

Providing evidence to the House of Commons, Ross Hamilton, the BHA’s External Affairs Officer, noted that whilst COVID-19 had a continued impact on equine travel, all racing stakeholders had been burdened by a significant increase in paperwork and administration.

The BHA underscored the importance of UK thoroughbred maintaining their access and rights to compete in European races, as the sport and its owners re-emerge from lockdown.  

Prior to the UK securing its post-Brexit trade arrangements, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) had reassured UK owners that equine travel between the would be maintained by the ‘Tripartite Agreement of 2014’ with limited veterinarian checks being enforced between the UK, Ireland and France

DEFRA would issue the following statement: “To ensure movements to EU countries can continue as smoothly as possible, we have implemented a range of initiatives to increase the number of certifiers to meet demand for export health certification.

“We continue to meet regularly with key industry stakeholders, and authorities in France and Ireland, to understand difficulties associated with the movement of equines as they arise.”

Check Also

SBC News Slovakia helps Montenegro reform gambling laws towards EU ascension 

Slovakia helps Montenegro reform gambling laws towards EU ascension 

Slovakia’s Ministry of Finance (MR-SF) continues to support its Montenegro counterparts in the policy development …

SBC News UK Racing launches HEROS aftercare equine welfare programme 

UK Racing launches HEROS aftercare equine welfare programme 

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has appointed HEROS as its new specialist provider of equine …

SBC News BHA issues extreme heat warning impacting UK racing 

BHA issues extreme heat warning impacting UK racing 

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has issued an extreme weather warning, as UK racing stakeholders …