Cathy O’Meara is currently Manager Industry Initiatives at The Jockey Club and Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) Manager. She has been with The Jockey Club since 2006 and ROAP since 2010.
In her current position, O’Meara manages numerous industry and safety initiatives such as the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit (WSS) and Thoroughbred Safety Committee. Additionally, she represents the WSS at the American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM) to keep current with standards affecting our industry and provide valuable input from the committees. She is a member of the IFHA International Harmonisation of Racing Rules Committee, NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Advisory Board, the Race Track Surface Laboratory Board and is an alternate board member for the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.
As the manager for ROAP, O’Meara oversees its day-to-day operations while presenting at numerous education seminars for stewards and judges.
Prior to her role with The Jockey Club and ROAP, O’Meara was a Thoroughbred trainer, exercise rider and farm/office manager. O’Meara graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in animal and poultry science. She obtained a master’s degree in business administration from Sullivan University.