BHA stands beside Ukraine

02 Mar 2022 Financial/Political

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) joins many people and organisations across British racing in publicly and wholeheartedly condemning Russian military actions in Ukraine and stands alongside our Ukrainian colleagues within the British racing industry. 

The BHA has spoken to the National Association of Racing Staff (NARS) who have identified the Ukrainian nationals amongst our workforce and have offered their support to those individuals. 

An assessment around Russian investment in British racing has also been carried out, working with partners across the racing and bloodstock industry. The assessment has found that such investment is extremely limited. 

The European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation (EMHF), which is a federation of the governing authorities for Thoroughbred Horseracing across the European and Mediterranean region, has informed the BHA that an application they recently received from the Russian National Racing Association seeking membership will not be further progressed at this time. 

The BHA has also joined our colleagues from the British racing industry in supporting the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis appeal. 

To donate to the Ukraine crisis appeal: 

Text REDCROSS or REDCROSS NO to 70141 to give £10. 

Texts cost £10 plus 1 standard message. Text REDCROSS to consent to future telephone & SMS marketing from British Red Cross. Text REDCROSS NO to give without consenting. The British Red Cross will receive 100%. UK numbers only. You must be 16+. For full T&Cs visit 

The Ukraine Crisis Appeal will support people in areas currently affected and those potentially affected in the future by the crisis. In the unlikely event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to help us prepare for and respond to other humanitarian disasters anywhere in the world. For more information visit