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58 Pa. Code § 163.338. Application for position of steward.

§ 163.338. Application for position of steward.

 Before a person may be approved as a steward, the person shall have had the following experience:

   (1)  Five years experience as a licensee of an authorized racing commission of the United States or Canada.

   (2)  The applicant shall have served as one of the following:

     (i)   A licensed racing official or participant at recognized thoroughbred race meetings in the United States or Canada for no less than a total of 300 days of service in one or more of the following categories: patrol judge, placing judge, paddock judge, clerk of scales, horse identifier, racing secretary or assistant racing secretary and starter.

     (ii)   A licensed, practicing trainer or jockey for a period of not less than 5 years.

   (3)  In addition to the service, each applicant shall be required to take and pass both a written and oral examination, which shall be prepared and administered by the Commission following consultation with designated representatives of the Pennsylvania H.B.P.A., the Jockeys’ Guild, Pennsylvania Horse Breeders’ Association, Commission veterinarians and representatives of the management of licensed thoroughbred racing associations in this Commonwealth. Representatives of each consulting body shall be granted the opportunity to be present during the oral examination and the representatives shall have the right to question an applicant before the Commission. The scoring and judging of the tests and examinations are vested solely within the power of the Commission.

   (4)  There shall be an advisory screening panel constituted at the call of the Commission which has the right to review and recommend candidates for the vacancies in the office of State steward as the vacancies exist. The advisory panel shall consist of representatives of the Pennsylvania H.B.P.A., the Jockeys’ Guild, the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders’ Association, Commission veterinarians, representatives of the management of licensed thoroughbred racing associations in this Commonwealth, and the Executive Secretary of the Commission and the other Commission personnel as the Commission designates.

   (5)  A person who is licensed and served as an approved steward in this Commonwealth during 1978 is deemed by virtue of the service to be fully qualified and to be exempt from paragraphs (2) and (3). A steward who has completed a similar period of service in that office at licensed race meetings in other states shall be exempt from the requirement of taking the written examination, except insofar as it pertains to this chapter. An applicant is, however, required to come before the Commission for an oral examination, as provided in this section.


   The provisions of this §  163.338 issued under the Race Horse Industry Reform Act (4 P. S. § §  325.101—325.402).


   The provisions of this §  163.338 amended March 4, 1983, effective March 5, 1983, 13 Pa.B. 888. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (51676).

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