Louis Romanet,
IFHA Chairman

Louis Romanet’s professional career has been entirely devoted to his passion, the racing world. For more than 40 years, he has been in charge of important responsibilities within the French Racing Institution.

The fourth person in his family, over three generations, to work for the Société d’Encouragement, he joined this organisation in 1968 and was appointed Director General in 1986. When FRANCE GALOP was created in May 1995, Louis ROMANET was appointed FRANCE GALOP Director of Organisation and International Affairs. Then, Director General in 1998 until 31st December 2007, date of his retirement.

Since January 2008, he is the Counsellor of the Chairman of France Galop for International Affairs.

Louis ROMANET is Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, since its creation in 1994.

Since 2004, he is the Chairman of the French Racing & Breeding Committee.

He was elected as president of UNIC in 2011.

Louis ROMANET was awarded the decoration of Officer of the Legion of Honor on June 24th 2009.

Other international awards : - 1990 - Derby Award by the British Association of the Racing Press - 2007 - Gold Medal of the US Jockey Club - 2007 - Special Sovereign Award from the Jockey Club of Canada - 2008 - Gold Medal of the German Direktorium für Vollblutzucht und Rennen - 2010 - Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.