ROAP Adds Waterman to Board; Extends Deadline for Pedersen Award Nominations


July 2, 2018

Contact: Cathy O’Meara (859) 224-2702

ROAP Adds Waterman to Board; Extends Deadline for Pedersen Award Nominations

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) board of directors appointed Dr. Scot Waterman to the board during its June 28 meeting in Lexington, Ky., at Keeneland and is seeking jurisdictions interested in hosting educational programming.

Dr. Scot Waterman, ROAP-accredited steward and current Equine Medical Advisor for the Arizona Department of Gaming, New Mexico Racing Commission and Indiana Horse Racing Commission, was added as an at-large member to the board. “Dr. Waterman’s background of previously working for the RMTC and also working as a steward gives him a unique set of skills that will be welcomed by the board,” stated Chairman Dan Fick. “We are glad he accepted and look forward to working with him.”

Among normal business discussions, the ROAP board is scheduling certificate courses for fall 2018 and spring 2019. The certificate course is a two-day introductory course for those interested in learning more about racing officials’ duties and responsibilities with a goal of educating the next generation of racing officials. ROAP partners with local tracks and racing authorities to offer the certificate courses, which are open to the public. Jurisdictions interested in scheduling a certificate course are encouraged to reach out to ROAP soon to schedule a date.

Also, the Pete Pedersen Outstanding Steward Award Nomination has been extended to July 15, 2018. Racing authorities, tracks, horsemen, jockeys, fans, and other industry participants are encouraged to nominate through this link: The nomination committee will assist in compiling information on those nominated prior to sending to the selection committee this fall. The recipients will be announced at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Symposium in December.


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 ten at-large representatives. Stewards and judges receive their accreditation and continuing education credits through this program. The website address for ROAP is

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