Two new programs to educate North American stewards on international officiating standards have been created by The Jockey Club and Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP), which accredits and provides continuing education to all racing officials, stewards, and judges. Both new programs provide immersive experiences internationally, will be administered by ROAP, and will be partly funded by The Jockey Club.
The ROAP International Apprenticeship Program is a supplement to ROAP’s current apprenticeship program and adds exposure to international race stewarding. Selected individuals will be in a foreign racing jurisdiction for up to 10 weeks, learning the practices followed and challenges faced by stewards in these areas.
The second program is similar but will be geared toward more experienced stewards. Selected individuals will spend approximately three to four weeks in an internationally recognized racing jurisdiction working alongside their foreign counterparts.
“We are excited to offer these two programs, which directly serve ROAP’s long-standing mission to provide quality educational opportunities to racing officials,” said Dan Fick, chairman of ROAP. “Horse racing is becoming an increasingly global sport, and stewards at all levels of experience stand to benefit from exposure to a range of officiating rules and practices.”