The history of the WGRF

The World Greyhound Racing Federation (WGRF), formed in 1969, is an amalgam of countries in which greyhound racing operates throughout the world. The World Greyhound Racing Federation is a non regulatory body in that it does not administer, direct or control greyhound racing nor operate, in its own right, greyhound operations in any of the jurisdictions of its member countries.

The WGRF acts as an international forum for the interchange of information, new technology and other developments to improve greyhound racing globally, and has adopted the preceding statement as its international charter.

Greyhound nations in which greyhound racing has long been established have enjoyed a close relationship with the WGRF, and some of its past Presidents include well known and highly admired administrators from around the world. These include Eddie Keelan (USA), Seamus Flanagan (Ireland), and more recently during the 1990's Lord Francis Newell (UK).

Australia has also enjoyed close ties with the WGRF through past Presidents Neville Bailey, Past President Ross Magin - (Chairman NSW Greyhound Racing Authority, Australia) and Present President Mrs. Jan Wilson.

To support its international charter the WGRF conducts a (Bi-Annual) World Greyhound Racing Conference, the venue for which rotates around the world providing opportunity for all greyhound participants to share in the transfer of knowledge and information.

Greyhound racing has continued to grow throughout a number of European and Asian countries, and many of the principal bodies behind the development of the sport in those countries have acknowledged the important efforts of the WGRF in providing a credible knowledge resource base to support their endeavours, and a forum at which such information exchanges are able to occur. Those countries have benefited significantly from the collective experience of the WGRF and its members.

Moreover the WGRF has also benefited from technology developments in some of the emerging nations. Several pilot studies have occurred in these jurisdictions (specifically closed greyhound racing environments) which now provide real data on which the more mature nations may use in its deliberations and ongoing discussions on these important development issues.

The former WGRF President, Mr Jerry Desmond assisted Minister John O'Donoughue (Arts, Sport and Tourism) in honouring several individuals at the 2003 WGRF conference held in Cork, Ireland. The efforts of those nominated during the formative years of the WGRF contributed significantly to the current universal acceptance of the WGRF as the principal forum in greyhound racing today.

Past and Present office holders:

1971 - 1972 Jack Ledoux (USA)
1973 - 1975 Edward J. Keelan III (USA) |
1976 - 1977 Arthur Aldridge (United Kingdom)
1978 - 1983 Jose Vilar (Spain)
1984 - 1985 Jack Houston (Australia)
1986 - 1987 Seamus Flanagan (Ireland)
1988 - 1989 George W.Dewey (USA)
1989 - 1990 Arden Hartman (USA)
1990 - 1992 Lord Francis Newell (United Kingdom)
1993 - 1995 Sean Collins (Ireland)
1996 - 1997 Manuel Vilar (Spain)
1998 - 1999 Geoffrey Thomas (United Kingdom)
2000 - 2001 Ross Magin (Australia)
2002 - 2004 Jerry Desmond (Northern Ireland /ICC)
2005 - 2006 Ronald A. Sultemeier (USA)
2007 - 2009 Mrs. Jan Wilson (Australia)

The WGRF Charter

To act as an international forum for the interchange of information, new technology and other developments to improve greyhound racing globally.

The WGRF Welfare Charter (adopted at 2003 Conference)

A new charter for the racing greyhound was unanimously agreed at the recent Cork International Conference in line with the recently adopted American Greyhound Racing Welfare Charter and the Draft Welfare Charter prepared by the National Canine Defence League whose representatives were invited to present a paper at the Cork WGRF conference.
The adopted charter is as set out hereunder:

  • The registered owner and or keeper of a greyhound shall take full responsibility for the physical and mental well-being of the greyhound and should do so with full regard to the dog's future welfare.
  • All greyhounds should be permanently identified, properly registered and records kept by the owner and or keeper.
  • All greyhounds should be fully vaccinated by a veterinary surgeon
    and provided with a current certificate of vaccination.
  • All greyhounds must be provided with suitable food and clean fresh water.
  • Adequate arrangements must be made to allow for exercise and socialisation.
  • Breeding and rearing-overproduction of greyhounds through indiscriminate breeding must be avoided. Where a racing greyhound is bred from, the long-term welfare of the bitch and puppies must be paramount.
  • Training must be conducted so as to safeguard the long-term welfare of the dog.
  • Where destruction is inevitable, greyhounds should be euthanised humanely by the intravenous injection of a suitable drug administered under the supervision of a veterinary surgeon.
  • When transported all greyhounds should do so in safety and comfort.
  • Wherever feasible, a veterinary surgeon must be present whenever greyhounds are raced at tracks.
  • Tracks and kennels must be designed and maintained to ensure the highest welfare standards for the racing greyhound.
  • Greyhounds must only race if passed fit by a veterinary surgeon or Steward of the racetrack immediately prior to racing.
  • Greyhounds must be entitled to receive emergency veterinary care if injured.
  • Drugs, which may affect the performance of a greyhound when racing, should not be permitted.
  • Sufficient resources should be made available by the greyhound industry to ensure the welfare of all dogs generated by the industry, whatever their commercial value and throughout their life.

Past and Present WGRF members

A list of past and present Greyhound Racing Organizations that have contributed to the WGRF effort since its inception in 1969:

    Irish Coursing Club
    Davis Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Eire.
    Phone: +353 52226

  • USA
    National Greyhound Association (NGA)
    P.O. Box 543, Abilene, Ks. 67410
    Phone: 785-263-4660

    American Greyhound Track Operators Association (AGTOA)
    Melbourne Greyhound Park
    1100 Wickham Road
    Melbourne, FL 32935
    Phone: 321-259-1143

    National Greyhound Racing Club Ltd.
    16 Bonny St. London. NW19QD
    Phone: 020- 7267-9256
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    British Greyhound Racing Board

    NSW Greyhound Racing Authority
    19 Queen St
    Phone: +61 (02) 9643 3100
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    Greyhounds WA
    Albany Highway & Station Street,
    Phone: +61 (08) 9458 4600

    Macau Office:
    Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome Club
    Avenida General Castelo Branco, Macau
    Phone: 221 199

    Hong Kong Office:
    Shop No 322B, 3F Shun Tak Center
    220 Cannaught Road Central, Sheung Wan
    Hong Kong
    Phone: 2546 7228

    El Canodromo Meridiana
    Concepcion Arenal 165
    08027 Barcelona

    HCMC Office
    675 Nguyen Kiem St,
    Phu Nhuan District
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Phone: +84 8 9972966

    Lättenstrasse 2
    5332 Rekingen

    Al Ain Dog Racing Club
    Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

    Czech Greyhound Racing Federation
    Ke Koh-i-nooru 1258/16
    155 00 Praha 5
    Phone: +420 606 724 386
    Fax: +420 251 624 175
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    Comision National de Carreras de Caballos y de galgos
    Fuento de Templanza No. 6,PH
    Col. Tecamachalco, Naulcapan
    Mexico City 53950

    Course de Leviers du Maroc
    Stade Veledrome
    Fax no 00-212-2 942087

    Greyhound Racing Liitto Finland


Qualification for membership of the WGRF

Membership as a full voting member is open to the following organisations in any country offering live greyhound racing with a pari-mutuel system of wagering and which adheres to the principles of the WGRF Charter for the racing greyhound as shown on this website.
The leading regulatory body governing greyhound racing in that country. Or association of countries; The leading organisation representing the owners/operators of greyhound racing facilities in the country of that country or association of countries; The leading organisation representing owners and breeders of the racing greyhounds in that country or association of countries.


„Mít rád lidi a milovat lidi to je celé tajemství a snad jediný recept na štěstí.“ Jan Werich