How Brexit could throw horse racing plans into chaos at the start of 2021

HORSE RACING could be in chaos at the start of 2021 – because of Brexit.

With the talks around a no-deal Brexit ongoing there are fears of movement restrictions across Europe.

And members of the British racing industry have been advised not to move horses around the European Union for the first two weeks of the year.

There are even fears a no-deal Brexit could prevent movement between the UK and Ireland and France.

Thoroughbred Industries Steering Group chair Julian Richmond-Watson said: "We know that some people want to make plans for the new year, but the picture will remain unclear until we know the terms of any new agreements between Britain and the EU. 

"Even if there is an overarching trade deal, we will still need specific arrangements to be agreed covering the movement of thoroughbred horses. 

"If industry members want to avoid the risk of delays or disruption, we advise them not to schedule movements in the first two weeks of 2021."

He added: "Our message right now is 'Stand By, Change is Coming'. We would ask participants to keep up to date with the latest information regularly via the Brexit page on and await direct communication from their membership body once we know the details. 

"We continue to work closely with Defra and all other relevant UK government departments, who are well informed about the needs of the racing and breeding industries.

“We are also in regular contact with our counterparts in Ireland and France and other EU jurisdictions."


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