The Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association came into being in September 1955. It was established with a spirit of enhancing mutual aid among the nation's bloodhorse breeders, with the idea of uniting to reinvigorate thoroughbred breeding using the power of the private sector. Since that time, JBBA's efforts and passion have been the driving force behind what the industry has achieved.
Today's horseracing in Japan can trace its major growth to events such as the liberalization of racehorse imports in 1971 and the establishment of the Japan Cup by the Japan Racing Association (JRA) in 1981. Later, an internationalization project saw the door opened to foreign-bred horses. More and more races have been designated as international competitions have been introduced, beginning with the Yasuda Kinen in 1993. The number of races in which foreign-bred horses can enter has increased year by year, and as of 2008, a total of 111 races (70 Graded and 41 Listed) are open to foreign-breds. In addition, through the efforts of Japanese breeders, the quality of Japanese horses has also improved dramatically in recent years, and many Japanese horses have now won or performed competitively in top G1 races around the world.
With Japanese racing's door being opened to foreign-bred horses and Japanese horses succeeding on the global racing stage, the international reputation of Japanese horses and horseracing has also climbed, resulting in the international cataloging status of Japan being elevated to a Part I country in 2007.
At the same time, the JBBA, as the organization for breeders in Japan, have been proactive in increasing interaction with breeders from around the world. The JBBA has participated in the International Breeders' Meeting (IBM) as an observer since 1986, and Japan was approved as a full member country in 2003. The JBBA hosted the IBM meeting in Tokyo in 2006.
JBBA works with domestic breeders to create horses that can succeed on the international stage and is striving to add even further glory to the over one and a half century of history we have already claimed.