IFAR Steering Group


Di is the Chief Executive of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British Horseracing's official charity of the welfare of retired racehorses. Di has been directing the charity's progress since 2002. She is a former leading lady rider, a member of the Board of the Amateur Jockeys Association (AJA) and a Director of Sandown Racecourse Committee. Di's role at RoR involves liaising closely with the charity's chairman and trustees in planning RoR strategy and leading the executive team in the implementation of a wide range of RoR activities and second career events. As well as communicating with the various racing and equine bodies and contacts, key to the role is promoting the highest standards of equine welfare and providing evidence to support the racing industry message that it cares about what happens to horses after their racing careers have ended. Di is the chair of the IFAR steering group and has been instrumental in the formation of the Forum in order to share best practice globally.


Di Arbuthnot
Di Arbuthnot
IFAR Chair
Chief Executive, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR)

Andrew Chesser is the manager for The Jockey Club. Chesser, 32, has been with The Jockey Club for 10 years and holds a broad array of responsibilities within the Registry. Chesser works closely with Jockey Club executive vice-president and executive director, Matt Iuliano, and Jockey Club registrar, Rick Bailey, in the administration of Registry operations, the strategic business analysis of Registration related matters, and the maintenance of the American Stud Book.

Since 2012, Chesser has also worked directly with the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) and is currently the Secretary General of the Federation. He manages the day to day operations of the Federation under the direction of IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet. In this role, Chesser also plays an integral role in the fulfillment, activation, and communication of the Longines and IFHA partnership which spotlights the best horse racing in the world under the sponsorship of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings. The Longines and IFHA collaborate to showcase the sport's global figures through a series of premier awards, the Longines World's Best Racehorse Award, the Longines World's Best Jockey Award, the Longines World's Best Horse Race, and the Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit. Chesser also sits on a number of international committees including the International Stud Book Committee and the International Horse Welfare Committee.

Prior to joining The Jockey Club, Chesser spent time at Blood-Horse Publications as well as other major Thoroughbred farms in New York and Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Business from The University of Kentucky.


Andrew Chesser
Andrew Chesser
Manager, Registration Services
The Jockey Club (USA)
Secretary General, IFHA

Diana Cooper has worked for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed's thoroughbred horseracing interests for over 20 years and currently leads Godolphin's global charitable programme. The programme's objective is to create greater awareness, passion and care for the thoroughbred horse and to have a positive long-lasting impact on the thoroughbred industry and the communities local to Godolphin's facilities worldwide. Diana joined Darley in 1993, and has been with Godolphin since its inception, overseeing their racing programmes in France until 2004 and then assisting the racing team in Dubai and the UK thereafter. Her wide background in racing has covered time with Fasig-Tipton, the International Racing Bureau and working for Luca Cumani.


Diana Cooper
Diana Cooper
Strategic Adviser Charities, Godolphin

Dr Eliot Forbes is the CEO of the Racing Queensland, the state racing authority for thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing while also serving as Chairman of Racing Australia's national Retirement of Racehorses Committee.

Previously the CEO of the state racing authority in Tasmania (Tasracing) Dr Forbes was the long-running Chief Veterinary Officer for the world's richest race, the $10m Dubai World Cup.

Dr Forbes holds a Masters of Business Administration from La Trobe University, an honours degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has studied with the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts.

He is an executive director of Racing Australia, a director of Greyhounds Australasia and a member of the CEO committee of Harness Racing Australia (HRA). He maintains a passionate interest in horse welfare and is a member of the Veterinary and Analysts committees of each code of racing and a member of HRA's Standardbred Welfare Advisory Group.


Dr Eliot Forbes
Dr Eliot Forbes
CEO, Racing Queensland
Chair, Racing Australia
Retirement of Racehorse Committee

James L. Gagliano became president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, the breed registry for all Thoroughbred horses in North America, on January 1, 2010.

He had served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for The Jockey Club since June 2005.

Prior to joining The Jockey Club's management team, Gagliano served as executive vice president of Magna Entertainment Corporation's Maryland racing operations, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Maryland Jockey Club. He also served as president, MEC OTB, and group vice president, MEC Northern Group.

Before that, Gagliano served as executive vice president and general manager of Greenwood Racing Inc. and worked in various roles during a 10-year stint with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

Since October 2010, Gagliano has served as vice chairman representing the Americas for the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities' Executive Council. In January 2013, he was elected to the American Horse Council board of trustees, and he was elected vice chairman in June 2015. In addition, he was elected to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance board of directors in December 2016.

Gagliano has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Providence College.


Jim Gagliano
Jim Gagliano
President & COO,
The Jockey Club (USA)
Vice Chairman of IFHA

With 31 years in the racing industry Jamie has split his career between Australia, Hong Kong and Great Britain having started as a Cadet Stipendiary Steward to become the Chief Stipendiary Steward at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and Director of Raceday Operations and Regulation then Chief Regulatory Officer for the British Horseracing Authority.

After a total of thirteen years within Racing New South Wales and its predecessor as the principal racing authority, the Australian Jockey Club, he moved to Hong Kong to take on a role as Stipendiary Steward. In 2003 he was appointed Chief Stipendiary Steward, with ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the integrity of racing. He also managed the Licensing Department.

His area of accountability included the supervision of all race meetings on behalf of the Club, including the Hong Kong Jockey Club's use of technology in stewarding and wider integrity roles, the implementation of a training regime for new Stipendiary Stewards and safety on the racecourse.

After leaving The Hong Kong Jockey Club in 2009 he joined the British Horseracing Authority in 2010, and was appointed to his current role in October 2016. His reports include the Director of Equine Health and Welfare, Director of Integrity & Regulatory Operations, the Chief Medical Advisor, Head of Disciplinary and Compliance and the Head of Stewarding.

Jamie has been a member of the IFHA Harmonisation of Raceday Rules Committee since its creation in 2004, a member of EHSLC (European Horseracing Scientific Liaison Committee) since 2013, becoming its Chairman in 2014. He was appointed Chairman of the IFHA Horse Welfare Committee in 2015.


Jamie Stier
Jamie Stier
Chief Regulatory Officer,
British Horseracing Authority (BHA)
Chairman, Horse Welfare Committee, IFHA

Fi has worked in the British racing industry for 15 years. Her current role is Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). She also assists the BHA's Directors of Corporate Affairs and Legal & Governance.

Fi works closely with Jamie Stier on aftercare and welfare issues, having previously undertaken the secretariat functions for the BHA's Veterinary Committee, and Welfare Group for the last 8 years.

Since 2009, part of her role at the BHA has involved providing executive support to the RoR Chairman and Board of Trustees on strategic policy and governance issues. Fi also assists the RoR Chief Executive with operational delivery and helps the executive team with the running of retrained racehorse parades at racecourses and the organisation of other RoR events. She is a former Dressage Judge.


Fiona Carlin
Fiona Carlin
IFAR Secretariat
Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Chairman & Trustees Assistant, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR)