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14 February 2023

Racing Foundation Horseracing Industry Conference

The Racing Foundation and University of Liverpool Management School are pleased to announce the annual Horseracing Industry Conference will be returning on Thursday June 1, 2023 at York Racecourse.

At a pivotal time for racing as its leaders develop a new strategy for the future of the sport, the conference will bring together experts from both within and outside of the industry to examine the question ‘Modernising racing: How far and how fast?’

The conference will include refreshments throughout the day, a two-course lunch, and be followed by a champagne reception. It is an ideal opportunity to network with other delegates from the racing community and discuss the topics of the day.

The Racing Foundation is committed to environmental sustainability and the 2023 Horseracing Industry Conference will be its most ambitious event yet in that regard. All aspects of the conference’s environmental impact will be addressed including energy, water, food, resources and waste. Emissions and waste will be reduced with the remaining carbon offset through a recommended, high-quality scheme.

Information about keynote speakers will be released in the coming weeks. All tickets currently on-sale benefit from an early bird discount at £55 and can be purchased at

Rob Hezel, Chief Executive at the Racing Foundation, said: “The Racing Foundation is delighted to announce the date for the sixth annual Horseracing Industry Conference which will be delivered with a focus on minimising the event’s environmental impact.

“The 2023 conference comes at a crucial time for British racing as it awaits publication of the sport’s new strategy.

“The pace of societal change we are experiencing today demands the industry thinks creatively and boldly to safeguard the sport for tomorrow.

“I know this year’s topic, ‘Modernising racing: How far and how fast?’ will offer important insight and generate engaging debate at the conference. I look forward to the contributions from keynotes speakers, industry leaders and the conference delegates.”

Neil Coster, Director of Studies for the Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA at the University of Liverpool Management School, said: “The University of Liverpool Management School is looking forward to welcoming this year’s delegates to York Racecourse for the annual Horseracing Industry Conference.

“The 2023 conference will welcome experts outside of the world of racing as well as those within it, embracing innovative thinking often overlooked in racing.

“In past years, the conversation surrounding the conference topics transcends well beyond the keynote talks. I look forward to again discussing racing’s challenges with this year’s delegates during the networking sessions throughout the day.

“The conference is a superb continual professional development opportunity for all working in, or passionate about, the sport of horseracing.”

The Horseracing Industry conference is an unrestricted event. It is imperative the conference is accessible to all. If you would like to attend but ticket price is a barrier, please contact Rhi Lee-Jones on to discuss the support available.

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