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USTA to host continuing education seminar
Friday, September 28, 2012 - from the U.S. Trotting Association

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Columbus, OH --- On November 16 and 17, 2012, the U.S. Trotting Association, in conjunction with the Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP), will conduct a 16-hour continuing education course for all harness racing officials in the U.S. and Canada.

Only racing officials that have successfully completed the full 60 ROAP course are eligible to attend. All racing officials that wish to maintain their accredited status must attend and complete 16 hours of continuing education every two years.

The fee for registration will be $50 for USTA-licensed officials and $150 for non-USTA-licensed officials.

The program will be conducted at the USTA office in Columbus, Ohio. Topics to be discussed shall include, but not be limited to:

  • Reviewing procedures with all officials at the start of each race meet;
  • Stressing routine procedures and mechanics with officials;
  • Promoting consistency through weekly review by racing officials;
  • Stressing proper use of the whip and enforcement;
  • Supervising the enforcement of rules;
  • Honoring and reciprocating on all lists, including stewards and vets lists;
  • Race video analysis; and
  • Administrative law review.

Reservations are required and must be made by Nov. 1, 2012. To register, please submit an application -- which can be found by following this link -- by fax to (614) 224-4575 or by mail to the U.S. Trotting Association, ATTN: T.C. Lane, 750 Michigan Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.

For more information contact T.C. Lane at or at (877) 800-8782, ext. 3203.

For more information regarding the accreditation process, go to the Racing Officials Accreditation Program website at

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