ND Horse Park Hosts Racing Officials Accreditation Program

North Dakota Horse Park to offer racing official accreditation program.

Press Release
April 9, 2014

North Dakota Horse Park

North Dakota Horse Park will offer a ROAP program in May.

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) and North Dakota Horse Park are pleased to announce a ROAP Certificate Program will be held at the Fargo, North Dakota, track May 8-10, 2014.

The ROAP Certificate Program is a program consisting of general education for all officials and job-specific modules geared toward each specific racing official position. Each participant will focus on the following racing official positions:

  • clerk of scales
  • horse identifier
  • paddock judge
  • patrol judge
  • outrider
  • starter/assistant starter

The goal of the ROAP Certificate Program is to provide an intermediary step toward full ROAP accreditation or to provide those who do not wish to be fully accredited shorter, job-specific courses that result in earning a racing official certificate.

The ROAP Certificate Program is a day and a half program, consisting of a half day of general education and one day of job-specific modules geared toward each specific racing official position. The course concludes with a short assessment and the granting of a certificate to those who complete the course. 

Two sessions will be offered. The first session begins May 8 at 2 p.m. and concludes May 9 at 5 p.m. The second session begins May 9 at 8:30 a.m. and concludes on May 10 at 12 p.m. The sessions will contain the same content. To reserve your spot, please sign up by May 2.

The program is open to the public and is geared toward those who want to become a racing official or who are interested in learning more about racing officials in general. Current officials are also encouraged to attend.

Registration is required and requested by May 2. The registration is $25 and the application is available at http://www.horseracingofficials.com/default.asp?id=2.4&story=181

Additionally, the University of Louisville and United States Trotting Association will be hosting the upcoming ROAP Steward/Judge Accreditation School on June 11-18, 2014, in Louisville, Kentucky. The school consists of a full week of intense training followed by a full day of examinations. Candidates must also meet experience requirements for full accreditation. ROAP Accreditation is required by most racing jurisdictions.

Prospective candidates need to complete the application, materials fee, two letters of recommendation and submit payment by May 30 to attend. Details about the accreditation school can be found at http://www.horseracingofficials.com/default.asp?id=2.4&story=152

Please contact Cathy O’Meara at contactus@horseracingofficials.com or (859) 224-2702 for more details.

ROAP, which receives primary funding from The Jockey Club and is based in its Kentucky office, is a 501(c)(6) organization whose board of directors is made up of representatives from 18 industry organizations and eight at-large representatives. Stewards and judges receive their accreditation and continuing education credits through this program.
The website address for ROAP is horseracingofficials.com.

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