ROAP Stewards Accreditation School to be held in Louisville

News Release

May 3, 2018

Contact: Cathy O’Meara (859)224-2702


ROAP Stewards Accreditation School to be held in Louisville


The University of Louisville and Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) will be conducting a Stewards Accreditation School at the Shelby Campus in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 11-18. An Accredited Stewards Continuing Education (CE) Program will also be held at the same location from June 11-12.


The eight-day school features 60 hours of instruction and a five-part examination encompassing legal, medical, general rules and film analysis. The course covers the rules of racing, stewards’ duties and responsibilities, due process requirements for rule violations, prohibited drug and  permitted therapeutic medication issues, observation of races for interference, race video review, supervision of racing officials, and general racing operations.  Students will travel to Indiana Grand Racing & Casino near Indianapolis to observe live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing and shadow officials to gain a hands-on perspective of the duties of all racing officials and inner-workings of the racetrack.


Speakers for the school include:

  • Dr. Scott Stanley, UC Davis Kenneth L. Maddy Laboratory
  • Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, NYRA Regulatory Veterinarian
  • Dr. Dionne Benson, Racing Medication & Testing Consortium
  • Dr. Mary Scollay, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Regulatory Veterinarian
  • Eddie Arroyo, Illinois Racing Board Chief State Steward
  • Steve Koch, NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance
  • Rick Evans, Iowa State Steward
  • Chris Dobbins, InCompass Solutions
  • Tom Roentz, Equibase
  • Terri Burch, University of Louisville Equine Industry Program
  • Cathy O’Meara, ROAP Coordinator
  • Dan Fick, ROAP Chair & Senior Accredited Steward


The ROAP Stewards Accreditation School is open to all applicants who meet and complete the registration requirements by May 11. Detailed information is available at Tuition is $550 if paid by May 11 and $650 thereafter.


The two-day Accredited Stewards CE Program will include many of the same topic and speakers with an emphasis on race-replay review, disciplinary hearing protocols, determination of appropriate penalties, environmental contamination, severe weather protocols, and other ROAP Points of Emphasis.


The CE program is limited to accredited racing officials. Registration information is available at The cost is $125 if paid by June 4 and $175 thereafter.


For more information, please contact ROAP at (859) 224-2702 or the University of Louisville at (502) 852-7617.


About the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program:

When it comes to horses, we mean business.

Study the business of horses in the nation’s only AACSB accredited equine industry program. Our classes are led by equine industry experts and held in state-of-the-art facilities. Plus, we’re located in the heartland of America’s horse country. Equine Industry Program, University of Louisville, College of Business, Louisville, KY 40292. 502.852.7617. Find us at


About the Racing Officials Accreditation Program:

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 18 industry organizations and eight 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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