The Mediterranean Championship
In 2005, thanks to an idea of Société des Courses de la Côte d’Azur in France (that manages Cagnes-sur-Mer racecourse) and of Ippodromi & Città in Italy (at the time the biggest Italian racing club, managing the racecourses of Rome, Naples and Florence where the first editions of a championship reserved to jockeys and drivers of the Mediterranean countries took place from 1996 until 2002) the first Mediterranean Jockeys Championship was organised as an international series. With the same format the Mediterranean Trot Championship also opened to the Black Sea countries started the year after.
This sport event was immediately able to target, through the effective trait-d’union of horse passion -a passion that does not recognise any borders-, purposes of dialogue and community between the countries widely surpassing the simple challenge between champions on the track.
The Mediterranean Horseracing Union
The Mediterranean Horseracing Union is an international horseracing association constituted in Naples on December 13th 2008 representing 14 countries: Algeria, Croatia, France, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine. Its Head Office is in Rome, at ASSI-UNIRE (Unione Italiana Incremento Razze Equine). The association, whose members are horse racing clubs and horseracing feterations of countries bordering with the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, intends: to organise international gallop and trot horseracing events in the Member countries, calendar setup and regulations; to promote horseracing within the Mediterranean area improving its tradition and prestige around the world; to strengthen the relationships between the Member countries and to develop further co-operation in the horseracing sphere; to continue to grow the racecourses, betting systems, professional know-how and workers’ security.