Q: Why and when was this scheme introduced?

The scheme was launched in 1983 by Britain, France and Ireland as a self-help measure to support the racing industry, mainly two-year-old maiden races. Since then it has expanded to include Germany, Italy and Switzerland and now supports a strong performance of racing at all levels throughout Europe. Since its launch, the EBF has contributed over €100 million to the European racing industry. Irish Stallion Farms alone has contributed over €40 million of this money to Irish racing prize money.