Chapter Membership

Join USHWA Now!!!, the world-class organization prompting harness racing, its equine and human participants and leading performers.

Being an USHWA member can be a career game changer. USHWA is the only media organization in harness racing with a membership of newspaper, magazine, radio and TV, ad agency, publicists and others involved in racing communications. Most of USHWA's members allied to one of 12 regional chapters, and the association strives to bring about a closer relationship among the media, racetracks and horsemen to promote a centuries-old American-bred sport.

USHWA members, in annual voting, choose harness racing's most prestigious awards, such as the Living Hall of Fame and the Horse of the Year. Its Stanley F. Bergstein-Proximity Achievement Award is one of the sport's most cherished honors. It also recognizes top divisional winners and leading drivers and trainers at its annual awards dinner, which began in 1948.USHWA, with input from the American Harness Racing Secretaries and logistic expertise provided by the United States Trotting Association, determines the Horse of the Year and other equine and human awards. USHWA also presents the John Hervey Awards for excellence in writing and broadcasting. Its members choose Hall of Famers, so the association also works closely with the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame at Goshen, New York.

A number of chapters hold annual awards or recognition banquets to salute the leading horses and drivers in their geographic areas, and some chapters also raise money for local charities and for college scholarship funds to support students.
Annual member dues are $60, $40 for Associate members payable the first of each year. The link below is to the Membership Application that once completed is directed to the Chapter President in the prospective member’s geographic area or to the USHWA President for at-large members.

USHWA currently has 211 members comprising 12 Chapters and a host of "At-Large" members. Here is an alphabetical list of the Chapters and their proprietary information.

Here is the link to the forms to become a Member

Membership Brochure
Membership Application – Regular $60 fee
Associate Membership Application – Fee $40

Do to Web security concerns; email addresses are no longer listed. Contact information requests for any member can be sent to the secretary at ushwainfo@gmail.com.

Canadian Chapter - Formed on Feb. 4, 2013

10 Members

  • Garnet Barnsdale
  • Dave Briggs
  • Darryl Kaplan
  • Melissa Keith
  • Mark McKelvie
  • Jeff Porchak
  • Kelly Spencer
  • Bernard Tobin
  • Kathy Wade Vlaar
  • Sydney Weaver

Delaware Valley Chapter - Formed on Oct. 15, 1963

16 Members

  • Marvin Bachrad
  • Garrett Bell
  • Elizabeth Cheeseman
  • Mark Davis
  • Judy Davis-Wilson
  • Sal DiMario
  • Susan Truehart-Garey
  • Barry Lefkowitz
  • Jonathan Newman
  • Nicholas J. Saponara
  • Charlene Sharpe
  • Matt Sparacino
  • Cheri Stambaugh
  • Peter E. Szymanski
  • Heather Vitale
  • Scott Warren

Florida Chapter - Formed on Nov. 4, 1964

11 Members

  • John Berry
  • Ann-Mari Daley
  • Kathleen B. Dempsey
  • Jean Emerson
  • Jay Farrar
  • Thomas H. Hicks
  • Victoria Howard
  • Bob Marks
  • Fred Segal
  • Richard S. Wilson
  • Steven J. Wolf

Kentucky Chapter - Formed in 1977

13 Members

  • Whitney Fields
  • Jay Hochstetler
  • Steven Katz
  • Joseph Kyle
  • Alan Leavitt
  • Randy D. Manges
  • Lynne B. Myers
  • Kathy Parker
  • Gabe Prewitt
  • David Reid
  • Steve H. Stewart
  • Gordon Waterstone
  • Tom White

Keystone Chapter - Formed on Feb. 9, 2006

18 Members

  • Murray Brown
  • Gerald J. Connors
  • Kevin Decker
  • Michael Harant
  • Roger Huston
  • Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky
  • Ed Kobesky
  • Pete Marinari
  • Dawnelle Mock
  • Gunjan Patel
  • Evan Pattak
  • Pohla Smith
  • Jennifer Starr
  • Curby Welch Stillings
  • Dale Welk
  • Heather Wilder
  • Russell Williams
  • Jeff Zideck

Mid-Atlantic Chapter - Formed on Aug. 26, 1995

4 Members

  • Ted Black
  • Cheryl Collison
  • Joe Fonte
  • Eddie Lambert

Monticello - Goshen Chapter - Formed on June 13, 1959

20 Members

  • Don Fasman
  • Amos F. Finch
  • Kate Forray
  • Donald J. Groth
  • Valerie Lucanera
  • Ryan Macedonio
  • John K. Manzi
  • Katherine Morrissey
  • Howard Oil
  • Edward A. Palladino, Jr.
  • Bob Pandolfo
  • Arnold Shapiro
  • Janet Terhune
  • Chris Tully
  • Earle Tunick
  • Guy M. Valvano
  • Eric Warner
  • Bob Wein
  • Shawn F. Wiles
  • M. Kelly Young

New England Chapter - Formed on March 25, 1961

11 Members

  • Karen Blair
  • Kevin Blaney
  • William D. Ellis
  • Paul Fontaine
  • Shelley Gilpatrick
  • Mike Hopkins
  • William MacDonald
  • Clayton Smith
  • Lynne Snierson
  • Bob Temple
  • Stephen Thompson

New Jersey Chapter - Formed on April 1, 1987

22 Members

  • Dom T. Alagia
  • Jennifer Bongiorno
  • Bob Boni
  • Dave Brower
  • Tom Charters
  • Callie Davies-Gooch
  • Moira Fanning
  • Mike Farrell
  • Bill Finley
  • Ellen Harvey
  • Bob Heyden
  • Carol Hodes
  • David Janes
  • David Krepow
  • Peter E. Lawrence
  • Jillian Luff
  • Rob Pennington
  • Alan Schott
  • Mitchel Skolnick
  • Kenneth A. Warkentin
  • Ken Weingartner
  • Leon J. Zimmerman

New York City Chapter - Formed on Nov. 16, 1953

10 Members

  • Edwin J. Baer
  • Nick Cirillo
  • Lia Eustachewich
  • Derick Giwner
  • Steve Kallas
  • Dave Little
  • Deborah Little
  • Matt Rose
  • Charles Steinberg
  • Chris Wittstruck

Ohio Chapter - Formed on December 2, 1956

31 Members

  • Tom Aldrich
  • Stacy Cahill
  • Bob Carson
  • Allison Conte
  • Carol B. Cramer
  • David Dolezal
  • Kim French
  • Keith Gisser
  • Mark A. Hall
  • Phil Hartman
  • Emily Hay
  • Dean A. Hoffman
  • Amy Hollar
  • Richard Johnson
  • Richard Jones
  • Kaye W. Kessler
  • Edward H. Keys
  • Jerry Knappenberger
  • Dan Leary
  • Renee Mancino
  • Regina Mayhugh
  • WInnie Morgan Nemeth
  • John Pawlak
    Ayers Ratliff
    Bob Roberts
    Jessica Schroeder
    Susan Schroeder
    George K. Strode
    Mike Tanner
    Phil Terry
    Jay Wolf

Upstate New York Chapter - Formed on May 30, 2008

12 Members

  • Jason Bluhm
  • Tim Bojarski
  • Frank Glasso
  • Justin Horowitz
  • Ed Keyes Jr.
  • Dick Lawler
  • Maury May
  • Jim Moran
  • Sam Pendolino
  • Nick Salvi
  • Jason Settlemoir
  • James Witherite

At-Large

33 Members

  • Jessica Barnes
  • Thomas Bennett
  • Steve Carpentino
  • John Curtin
  • Daniel Delisle
  • Ed DeRossa
  • Joe Fitzgerald
  • Emily Gaskin
  • Bill Heller
  • Marie Hill
  • Tim Kelleher
  • Tim Konkle
  • Joel Leanse
  • Sidney Lerner
  • Kevin Mack
  • Michael Meyer
  • Neil Milbert
  • Patricia P. Miller
  • Gregory D. Moreland
  • James Platz
  • William Rayle
  • Joseph Rein
  • Kim Rinker
  • Jen Roytz
  • Steven Schuelein
  • Gary S. Seibel
  • Rick Spierman
  • Phil Sporn
  • Tom Tanner
  • Ellen Taylor
  • Sarah Thomas
  • Brenda L. Tippin
  • Jeff Zamaiko

Associate Members

7 Members

  • Raymond Cummings Jr. (UNY)
  • Lucien Fontaine (FL)
  • Andrew Furman (OH)
  • Bonny Peacock (NJ)
  • Robert Peacock (NJ)
  • SBOANJ (NJ)
  • Tim Vanca (AL

Roster of Life Members

  • 1957 - Clem McCarthy
  • 1958 - Jack Schultz
  • 1960 - Mike Lee
  • 1961 - Edward C. Binneweg, Robert L. Zellner
  • 1963 - Leonard Cohen
  • 1965 - Paul Epstein, John J. Hugerich Jr., Morris Levine,
  • 1996 - Richard W. Fairbanks
  • 1967 - Robert A. Hackett
  • 1970 - Mike Cipriani
  • 1971 - Philip T. Hartman
  • 1973 - William F. Brown Jr., William F. Connolly
  • 1974 - Allen J. Finkelson
  • 1978 - Leo Epstein, Ralph T. Grasso, Dave Herman, John Pierotti
  • 1981 - Nicholas J. Saponara
  • 1984 - Bob Cox, Philip A. Pines
  • 1986 - Maury May, Alan Prince
  • 1988 - John Berry, William Bloome
  • 1990 - Clyde Hirt
  • 1992 - John Manzi
  • 1994 - Marvin Bachrad
  • 1996 - Leon J. Zimmerman
  • 1998 - Edward A. Palladino
  • 2000 - Joseph Hartmann
  • 2002 - Bill Heller
  • 2004 - Moira Fanning
  • 2006 - Gordon Waterstone
  • 2008 - Judy Davis-Wilson
  • 2010 - Debbie Little
  • 2012 - Jason Settlemoir
  • 2014 - Steve Wolf
  • 2016 - Chris Tully