ROAP Interference Survey Closing November 30

ROAP Interference Survey Closing November 30

Media Release

November 27, 2018

Contact: Cathy O’Meara (859) 224-2702

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program’s (ROAP) interference survey will be closing Friday, November 30, 2018. ROAP is asking that all industry participants – horsemen, jockeys, owners/breeders, handicappers, track management, officials, and fans – take the survey. The survey can be found at and on

The survey, which opened October 23, is designed to gauge the North American racing industry’s preference on interference rules and how they should be applied to the demotion/disqualification of a horse. The rules in North America, while not uniform, are similar to a Category 2 philosophy while other parts of the world adjudicate under a Category 1 philosophy. 

Results of the survey will be discussed with regulators during the ARCI Model Rules meeting in Tucson on December 2, during a panel discussion on regulation at the University of Arizona’s Racetrack Industry Program’s symposium on December 5, and at the International Harmonization of Raceday Rules Committee meeting in Hong Kong on December 7.

Interference adjudication has been a ROAP Points of Emphasis since 2008, and it has become a priority in recent years as more international jurisdictions have moved to the Category 1 philosophy. More information on the current rules and philosophies of interference can be found by visiting the ROAP Points of Emphasis page on the website.


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

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