About Us

What is ROAP? 
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program is a collaborative effort of industry organizations representing all types of racing. Through this participation, they are supporting the common goal of insuring the integrity of the pari-mutuel horse racing industry. 

ROAP is represented by an alliance of industry representatives that joined forces with the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program and the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program to oversee the accreditation of racing officials. 


ROAP Mission: 
The mission of ROAP is to accredit and provide continuing education to all racing officials, stewards and judges in the horse racing industry. By doing so ROAP is enhancing the image and upholding the integrity of horse racing at all levels. 


ROAP Board of Directors

Each are nominated by their respective member organizations and serve a 3-year term

Officers serve 2 year term

Board Member Alternate      Affiliations (click for website)
Duayne Diderickson Janet VanBebber AQHA
Dora Delgado      Breeders' Cup
David Loregnard          Conf Hipica del Caribe
Ben Huffman Bob Elliston         Keeneland Association
Eric Hamelback Leroy Gessman         National HBPA
William Gallo Peter McGivney         NSA
Steve Koch Alex Waldrop         NTRA
Dr. Rick Arthur Sherwood Chillingworth         Oak Tree Racing Association
Ed Martin Tom Sage         RCI
Alan Foreman Bessie Gruwell         THA
Kristin Werner, Treasurer    Jamie Haydon         The Jockey Club
Erich Zimny Hank Zeitlin      TRA
Andrew Schweigardt Dan Metzger         TOBA
Wendy Davis, Vice Chairman Liz Bracken         University of Arizona RTIP
Theresa Burch  Sean Beirne     University of Louisville EIP
Dr. Camie Heleski          University of Kentucky Ag Equine
T.C. Lane Michele Kopiec         USTA
Eddie Arroyo          At Large
Remi Bellocq          At Large
Stan Bowker          At Large
John Campbell          At Large
Jennifer DurenbergerSecretary          At Large
Dan Fick, Chairman          At Large
Hugh Gallagher          At Large
Dr. W. Ted Hill          At Large
Frank Lamb          At Large
Dr. Scot Waterman          At Large



ROAP Manager - Cathy O'Meara

ROAP Coordinator - Jade Eisenzimmer

Supported by: 


              Breeders' Cup

Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association   National HBPA  National Steeplechase Association     TOBA      Oak Tree Racing  

   Keeneland  Lone Star Park   Remington Park Chruchill Downs, Inc

Maryland Jockey Club   TRA   Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau