Chip Hastings retiring from USTA
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Four years later on July 15, 1992, Hastings rejoined the USTA. Since then, he has had responsibility for managing rules and regulations, oversight of officials, racing commission and racetrack relations, driver/trainer licensing, membership review, identification, security and legal issues for the USTA.
Among his considerable list of accomplishments, Hastings oversaw the development and implementation of the first computer-based racing office system (now known as eTrack) and the program for electronic eligibilities. In working with officials, he was the founder of the North American Judges and Stewards Association, developed the curriculum for the harness racing accreditation program and developed the first-ever penalty point system for violations and repeat offenders.
In addition, he managed the implementation of reciprocal memberships and licenses between the USTA and Standardbred Canada and developed and supervised the USTA Standardbred Driving School, which has had more than 1,000 participants over the past 19 years.
Hastings has served on the boards of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the Racing Officials Accreditation Program as well as on several subcommittees of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
Also, he was a director at the Delaware County Agriculture Agricultural Society from 1998 through 2010, where he also served two terms as president and a term as vice president. Hastings has been a member of the Little Brown Jug Society since 2008 and acted as barn steward for the Little Brown Jug and Jugette from 2002 to 2015. (USTA)