Who regulates horse racing in Britain?
The governance and regulation of horse racing in Britain is the responsibility of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), which was formed by the amalgamation of two existing bodies, the British Horseracing Board (BHB) and the Horseracing Regulatory Board (HRA), in 2007. Historically, the Jockey Club governed and regulated the sport, but handed over the governance function to the BHB, which was formed in 1993. Likewise, it handed over responsibility for devising and enforcing the Rules of Racing to the HRA, formed in 2006, and the BHB and HRA merged just over a year later to create the BHA as we know it today.
Like its predecessor, the Jockey Club, the BHA is tasked with devising and enforcing the Rules of Racing and dealing effectively with rule breaches, while at the same time delivering an attractive, compelling horse racing programme. To succeed, such as programme must appeal to owners, trainers and jockeys, racecourse authorities and the wider racing public.
As far as the day-to-day running of horse racing is concerned, the BHA is assisted by Weatherbys, which effectively adminsters the sport on its behalf. Weatherbys provides various racing services, including the registration of horse names and owners’ racing colours, publication of the weekly Racing Calendar, issuing race weights to the media and customising data files for clients such as Timeform and the Racing Post.