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Brexit Steering Group Statement: Free Trade Agreement welcome, short-term disruption still likely

Specific information regarding movement of equines from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural affairs (Defra):

“In the interest of protecting animal welfare, and with the possibility of traffic disruption in Kent after 1st January 2021, Defra would strongly advise equine transporters to consider using vehicles with a combined weight of less than 7.5 tonnes, enabling them to proceed to the Short Straits using the Operation Brock contraflow between J8-9 of the M20.

“If you are transporting equines in a vehicle with a combined weight above 7.5 tonnes and there is traffic disruption in Kent, Defra strongly advises against travel and if you do choose to travel you plan your journey carefully, in anticipation of the possibility of delays. These vehicles will not be prioritised to use the Operation Brock contraflow. The animal welfare of equines in transit should be a priority for all equine movements. Make sure that you have the correct authorisations and certifications to transport live animals, find out more here.”


Information and assistance for all aspects of racing overseas may be sourced through the International Racing Bureau who have assisted both thoroughbred and Arabian trainers worldwide for over 45 years.

The IRB can assist with:

– Finding suitable races for your horse abroad.

– Enter your horse in foreign races.

– Provide an entries list with: weights, ratings, forfeit, supplement, declaration and cancellation dates and an update of those lists at each stage.

– Weather and going reports.

– Carry out forfeits, declarations and cancellations when instructed.

– Source shipping agents and advise on quarantine and health requirements.

– Find local jockeys when requested.

– Provide any further information when required.

IRB Arabian racing contact: Max Pimlott

Tel: +44 (0) 1638 668 881

Fax: +44 (0) 1638 665 032

Mobile: +44 (0) 7970 154 614

Email: max@irbracing.com

Web: www.irbracing.com


In order to race overseas ARO provides performance certificates and racecourse clearance notifications for horses registered in the UK with ARO, which must be sent to the relevant overseas racing authority before any overseas declarations are made.

As soon as you have run abroad you are required fill in an ARO Foreign Performance form and return the form to the ARO office.

Please note jockey requirements and conditions vary from country to country so please make sure that you are qualified or have a qualified jockey to ride for you.

Once you have run abroad you must fill in an ARO Foreign Performance form so that this can be added to your horses form. Please click on the link below and print off a copy then email the completed form to willie@aroracing.co.uk

ARO Foreign Performance form

If you need any more help or advice, please contact the ARO office on 01635 524 445.

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