USTA Executive Committee votes to maintain 2022 microchip deadline

Columbus, OH — On a conference call Friday (Aug. 27), the U.S. Trotting Association’s Board of Directors’ Executive Committee voted to maintain the deadline for all horses to be microchipped by Jan. 1, 2022.

“It is important for horsemen to know that all horses must be microchipped in order for them to be eligible to race in 2022,” emphasized USTA COO and Registrar TC Lane. “Our USTA I.D. technicians are continuing to observe stringent safety protocols and are available to assist any horseman who has horses that need to be microchipped.

“Horsemen should also be aware that some states such as California, Minnesota and New York have either existing or pending state laws that all horses must be microchipped to participate in racing or breeding in those states.”

The original deadline, which was a year earlier, was previously extended to 2022 by a unanimous vote of the USTA Board on March 31, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With the challenges facing everyone in the harness racing industry as we all endure the real-life difficulties and the economic hardships presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the USTA and the committee felt that it was far more important for our horsemen to utilize financial resources to care for themselves, their families, employees and horses.  We’re all in this together and the USTA will help in every way possible,” said USTA President Russell Williams at the time of the March 2020 announcement.

Following is a contact list for USTA I.D. technicians available to microchip horses:

States                                 Technician                                  Phone

Texas, Mississippi,               Bernard Demars                        903.268.8017
Alabama, Louisiana    

California, Oregon,               Tom McCarthy                           916.257.9615

Florida                                 Jeff Schaefer                            954.650.5319

Illinois                                 Rick Schrock                            217.899.7570

Indiana                                Donna Williams                       765.444-8161 (home)

Iowa, Kansas,                       Garry Phillips                           641.652.7675 (home)
Minnesota, Wisconsin    641.799.2358

Kentucky, Georgia,                Mike Moss                                270.556.1000

Michigan,                             Mitch Nault                               740.505.0182
Ohio (West of I-77)    

West Pennsylvania               Wayne A. Shaffer, III                724.880-6351 (home)
(West of I-81),           
East Ohio (North of I-70,
East of I-77)

Maryland, Delaware,             Pam Polk                                   410.641.0428 (home)
Virginia,                              443.497.0267
Southern Pennsylvania
(East of I-81, South of I-78)

New Jersey, Lower NY           Jim Shupe                                 609.517.1170
East PA (East of I-81, 
North of I-78)

Upstate New York,                 Stephane Bouchard                  914.656.0869
New England States     

This list of I.D. Technicians is also available on the USTA website by clicking here.

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