For IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Alyssa Carwile
THE RACING OFFICIALS ACCREDITATION PROGRAM HOLDS SUCCESSFUL CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE HOSTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ; ACCREDITATION SCHOOL RESCHEDULED FOR SUMMER 2021
New ground was broken for the Racing Officials Accreditation Program’s (ROAP) as its first live-online, 16-hour continuing education course (CE), hosted by the University of Louisville, was held December 14 -15, 2020.
Racing stewards, judges and officials from 17 states, Abu Dhabi, Canada, and Trinidad/Tobago attended the event that 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 that face them 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 as they become available.
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, 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 17 industry organizations and 10 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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