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IFHA Chair Receives ‘The Order of the Rising Solar’ Honor

“The Order of the Rising Solar, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” was bestowed upon the IFHA Chair, Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, by the Authorities of Japan at a Conferment Ceremony hosted by Ambassador Okada Kenichi, Consul-Basic of Japan in Hong Kong on 2 July 2024.

Mr Engelbrecht-Bresges is the second-ever non-Japanese racing determine to be awarded the Order of the Rising Solar, following Mr Louis Romanet, IFHA Chair Emeritus, who obtained the identical award in 2010.

The Conferment revealed by the Ministry of International Affairs of Japan on 29 April 2024 highlighted that the ornament is in recognition of his contribution to selling the worldwide improvement of Japanese horse racing and thoroughbred breeding. 

Delivering remarks upon receiving the honour, Mr Engelbrecht-Bresges mentioned:

“I’m deeply humbled and grateful to obtain this honor as a recognition of my contributions to the Japanese Racing and Breeding business.”


“The power and continued improvement of the Japanese business has been extraordinarily rewarding not just for Japan, but additionally for the worldwide equine sport and breeding business.”

He additionally paid particular tribute to IFHA members, The Hong Kong Jockey Membership, and the Japan Racing Affiliation:

“I wish to reiterate how a lot everybody at The Hong Kong Jockey Membership appreciates the robust partnership now we have developed with the Japan Racing Affiliation over a few years.”

“Our shared dedication to world-class racing; defending the welfare of the equine and human athlete; and rising racing’s international social and financial significance has contributed extensively to the targets of the Worldwide Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).”

“I sincerely hope that by way of our partnership, Hong Kong and Japan together with different IFHA members can proceed to advance racing and contribute to the betterment of the business globally.”

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