What Is the United States Trotting Association?


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The United States Trotting Association maintains breed registration documents for Standardbred horses that compete in harness racing, and it tests drivers and trainers who seek state licensing. The organization maintains records on more than 700,000 horses. Owners must register horses with the USTA before entering them in North American races.

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The USTA also maintains the rules that tracks usually follow, although each state has its own rules. The association records rule violations and works with regulators who investigate breeders, owners and trainers. The USTA additionally lobbies elected officials, promotes the sport and finances research on equine diseases. USTA members work with the association to find new placements for retired racehorses.

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