The Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) staged its first live-online, 16-hour continuing education course (CE) Dec. 14 -15. The event, hosted by the University of Louisville, was attended by racing stewards, judges and officials from 17 states, Abu Dhabi, Canada, and Trinidad/Tobago and covered topics ranging from media and crisis communication training to racehorse aftercare awareness to the Horse Racing Safety &
Integrity Act 2020. CE courses are designed to bring officials together to discuss both the cutting-edge industry issues as well as those faced on a daily basis.
All accredited racing stewards, judges and officials are required to attend 16 hours of continuing education programming every two years to maintain their good standing. To become accredited, one must attend the initial 60-hour educational seminar, pass a suite of exams, and possess the required racing industry experience.
The 60-hour accreditation seminar that was postponed during the summer of 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions, has been rescheduled for the summer of 2021 and will be hosted by the University of Louisville. Exact dates and methods of delivery will be announced at a later date.
For more information, visit www.horseracingofficials.com.