RUS MidAtlantic 2018 Racing Series Q&A 

  1. What is the RUS MidAtlantic 2018 Racing Series?  The RUS MidAtlantic Trotting Series is a series of races being contested at Ocean Downs, Rosecroft, and the Meadowlands.  
  2. What kind of purse money are we looking at?  As purse funds come from donations, we are unable to confirm purse amount.  For the Trotting Series we hope to have preliminary legs with an estimated purse of $3,000-$4,000 divided.  Again, these are estimated purses.  Purses may be higher or lower depending on fundraising.  
  3. Nomination Fees, what nomination fees?  Riders must pay a one time fee of $100 unless they have raised or donated $100 to RUS MidAtlantic.  Fees are for the riders, so in theory, they can race  three different horses in the series with the one payment.  One payment allows the rider to race in all remaining races as payment is due when a rider enters their first race of the series.  Checks are to be made out to RUS MidAtlantic with proceeds being used for operational expenses.
  4. What do you mean fundraising for purse funds?  Since RUS is not a wagering event, purse money is not available for RUS purses therefore we must raise the purse funds on our own.  This requires the help of all to get to our goal.  Contact RUS MidAtlantic President Stephanie Jacobs for more information on helping to raise funds. 
  5. Are there qualifying times standards?   In a change from prior years, RUS MidAtlantic is using USTA Rule § 19.08 Qualifying Standards.—Horses used in Racing Under Saddle shall meet the following qualifications: (a) Show at least one charted line under saddle on a trotting gait. (b) A horse shall be considered qualified for Racing Under Saddle races if it meets the following standards at the track where the horse is qualifying: 1/2 mile track—2:16; 5/8 mile track—2:14; 7/8 mile or larger track—2:12. (c) A horse must qualify at least once or go an official workout on the trotting gait prior to the start of any Racing Under Saddle races, and will not need to requalify unless required to do so by the Judges. 
  6. Where can I qualify?  Horses may qualify at their local track.  Gaitway Farms holds qualifiers during the month of June.  A qualifier is likely to be scheduled at Ocean Downs prior to the July 15 race.  Any expense for qualifiers will be divided between starters in the qualifier(s).  
  7. Will an official workout be accepted for establishing qualifying time?  Ideally, the qualifying time will be established in a race or qualifier but if a horse is unable to get a qualifying race, an official workout will be accepted.  
  8. I'm interested in becoming a rider.  What are the requirements?   Rule 17.15-17.20 covers this but basically, one needs to apply for a USTA Rider license and must take written and practical exam and then must go two schooling or workout miles successfully in 2:15 or better before obtaining their license.  A rider must wear specific items when racing.  Rule 17.20 covers this.
  9. How much weight must a rider carry?  Including their equipment, a rider must weigh in/out at least 140 lbs.  Many riders add lead to their saddle to meet the weight requirements.  See rule 18.28 for the equipment a rider must include in reaching the weight requirement.
  10. I have more questions.  Consult the USTA Rule book, in particular rules 17-19.  Otherwise, you may email your questions here.