unione ippica del mediterraneo

The Mediterranean Horseracing Union is the first international horseracing organisation interdisciplinary between gallop and trot. It offers equal dignity, the same power and identical responsibilities to all its members. This is a completely new concept in the horseracing field, based on the equality among the horseracing organisations, the countries and the people involved.

The Mediterranean Horseracing Union is an international horseracing association constituted in Naples on December 13th 2008 representing 15 countries: Algeria, Croatia, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine. Its Head Office is in Syracuse at Mediterraneo Racecourse. 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.
The objective of the Mediterranean Horseracing Union is to attract more countries bordering with the Mediterranean and the Black Sea where professional horseracing exists, to the existing founder members. An absolutely new project, realised after three years of effective and strong co-operation among the horseracing authorities who are today its founder members, and based on the absolute equality of power among the various countries within the Association. Within the Union the more established horseracing countries will contribute with their experience, while the emerging nations will put their innovative energy at the others disposal.

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The Mediterranean Horseracing Union is the first international horseracing organisation interdisciplinary between gallop and trot. It offers equality, the same power and identical responsibilities to all its members. This is a completely new concept in the horseracing field, as similar associations are usually split-up between those countries where the business is more developed and have more weight, both as decisions makers and as financial backers of the activities, and emerging countries. That is to say that the international policy of the industry is practically determined by those who are already dominating it, leaving little room for innovation. The Mediterranean Horseracing Union statute instead is based on the equality among the horseracing organisations, the countries and the people involved in them: exactly that feeling of equality gives rise to the constructive dialogue which is the basis of any democratic process.

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The route for the creation of the association was in fact characterised by a tolerant, egalitarian and open-minded dialogue among all parties, an exchange with a great transformation potential based on mutual respect. Respect of the countries where horseracing is less developed towards those with a long established horseracing tradition, allowing them to learn more and to be guided by the more experienced countries that have a better know-how which the developed countires have to place at their disposal. Respect of the leading countries towards the emerging ones, offering them the opportunity of an open minded approach to new ideas. The horseracing delegations of Algeria, Croatia, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine, in order to arrive to the constitution of our association, followed what could be called a path towards peace. Along this route they considered positive all that brings them closer to each other and negative all that divided and countered them, by identifying the different development standards within the Union, being economy or political systems, the source of a great common power to be used to increase eachs’ national horseracing industry.

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The national horseracing federations of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea and/or the Black Sea and/or the racing clubs organisers of any leg of the Mediterranean Championship can become members of the Union.
The Mediterranean Horseracing Union is the first supranational organisation joining together the two sectors of gallop and trot. Therefore, since there are countries where the two disciplines are represented by diverse federations, some countries adhere to the Union with two different federations.
The constitution of this Association followed a route similar to the one that brought to the sealing of the Declaration of Barcelona for the creation of the Mediterranean free-trade area in 2010. Also in that case the participating countries arrived to the conclusion of recognising the cultural and commercial relationship heritage among the people as the common denominator to identify the countries to involve in the project. The Euro-mediterranean partnership was therefore enlarged to invclude other countries not directly bordering with the Mediterranean sea, like Portugal and Serbia, as well as to the Black Sea area.

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Président de la Société des Courses de la Cote d’Azur
Hippodrome de la Cote d'Azur
BP 179 - 06803 Cagnes-sur-Mer – France
Tel. +33 492 024444
Fax +33 493 20 71 28.
e-mail scca.sr@hippodrome-cotedazur.com


Noureddine Ben Chehida (Tunisia)
General Director of Société des Courses de Tunis
Hippodrome de Kassar Said - 2086 Douar Hicher – Tunisi - Tunisia.
Tel + 216 71 653 938 – 297
Fax + 216 71 654 281
e-mail : courses.tunisie@planet.tn Nikolay ISAKOV (Russia)
President of Commonwealth Trotting Association of Russia
Chapayevsky per 5-1-101 – Moscow 125252 – Russia
Tel. +7 499 1573991
Fax+ 7 495 945 24 04
e-mail: trotteur@mail.ru


Già dirigente organizzazione e sviluppo Ippodromo Tor di Valle
Via Palica Tiburzi, 20 – 02040 Tarano (RI) - Italia
Tel. +39 335 8225602
Fax +39 0765 608103
e-mail: t.papiccio@ippocity.com


Consultant of Société des Courses de la Cote d’Azur
Mobile: +33 686 43 39 92
e-mail: d.lin@wanadoo.fr

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Mohammed RETITI (Algerie)
Directeur General de la SCHPM Société des Courses Hippiques et du Pari Mutuel 81 Rue Bovalem Ghaboub Hace Badi, El Harrach.
Hippodrome des Caroubiers - Algerie Tel. +213 21 49 84 73
Fax +213 21 49 84 81

Nebojsa UROSEVIC (Croazia)
President of HKAS Croatian Trotting Association and HGS Croatian Gallop Association
R. Cimermana 5 - 10020 Zagreb – Croazia
Tel. +38 516553378
e-mail: hkas@hkas.hr

Matthew BRINCAT (Malta)
President of the Malta Racing Club
Racecourse Street - HMRS 17 Marsa – Malta
Tel. +356 21 224800
Fax +356 21 241452
e-mail chairman@maltaracingclub.com

Hicham DEBBAGH (Marocco)
Managing director of the SOREC Société Royale d’Encouragement du Cheval
Angle Rues Badr et Harroun Arrachid - Agdal, Rabat, Marocco
Tel. +212 537677840
Fax +212 537 671744

Ricardo CARVALHO (Portogallo)
President of Liga Portuguesa de Criadores e Proprietarios de Cavalos de Corrida
Travessa Nova de Teibas, S/N - 4425-695 - Pedrouços – Maia – Portogallo
Tel. / Fax – +351 22 906 05 26
email: ligacavaloscorrida@sapo.pt

Iva VITANOVIC (Serbia)
President of the Serbian Trotting Association
Paštrovićeva 2, 11000 Beograd – Serbia
Tel. +381 11 3543 188
e-mail: office@serbia-trot.org.rs

Nina LOVRENCIC (Slovenia)
General Secretary of Zveza Drustev Kasaske Centrale Slovenije
Celovska, 135 - SI-1000 Ljubljana – Slovenia
Tel. +386 1 5151003 – Fax + 386 1 5151004
e-mail: info@zveza-kasaska-centrala.si

Okan OZEREN (Turchia)
Director of International Affairs Jockey Club of Turkey
Veliefendi Hipodromu - Ekrem Kurt Bulvari - 34144 Bakirkoy – İstanbul – Turkey.
Tel: +90 212 4146530 – 32
Fax: +90 212 4146935
Mobile: +90 532 407 33 78
e-mail okano@tjk.​org - www.tjk.or​g
Internet : www.tjk.or​g

Volodymir KUSHTAL (Ucraina)
Vice President of the Ukrainian Association Owners Trotting Horses
Mira str.,19,  s/b 31 - 03134  Kyiv, Ucraina
Tel. +38 044 4028820
e-mail: kushtal@mail.ru

Concetto MAZZARELLA (Italia)
Amministratore Delegato Marconi Italia S.p.A. Ippodromo del Mediterraneo
Strada Spinagallo, 50, 96100 Siracusa, Italia
Tel. +39 0931 710129
Fax +39 0931 710000
e-mail: c.mazzarella@ippomed.it

Pejo URTASUN (Espana)
Director HAHE Hipódromos y Apuestas Hipicas de Euskadi
San Sebastián, Espana
Fax + 34 943 371690
e-mail purtasun@hipodromoa.com

Board of auditors:
François FORCIOLI CONTI (Francia, President of Société des Courses de la Cote d’Azur)
Mnaouar BENHISSI (Tunisia, GeneralDirector of Pari Mutuel)
Tomislav VISNJIC (Serbia, President of Serbian Trotting Association)

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