Chapter Membership

Join USHWA Now!!! We are a world-class organization promoting 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 11 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 full membership dues are $60, $40 for Associate members and $20 for the new Youth Membership (under 21) and all payable by the first of each year. The link below is to the Membership Applications 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 203 members comprising 11 Chapters and "At-Large" members. Here is an alphabetical list of the Chapters and their proprietary information.

Here are the links for the forms to become a new member:

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

*NEW* Youth Membership Application (Under age 21) --  $20 fee

Click here to pay your annual dues online.

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

11 Members

  • Garnet Barnsdale
  • Dave Briggs
  • Bill Galvin
  • 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
  • Elizabeth Cheeseman
  • Cheri Collison
  • Clarissa Coughlin
  • Mark Davis
  • Judy Davis-Wilson
  • Sal DiMario
  • Susan Truehart-Garey
  • Barry Lefkowitz
  • Jonathan Newman
  • Nicholas J. Saponara
  • 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

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

Keystone Chapter - Formed on Feb. 9, 2006

20 Members

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

Monticello - Goshen Chapter - Formed on June 13, 1959

16 Members

  • Amos F. Finch
  • Donald J. Groth
  • Valerie Lucanera
  • John K. Manzi
  • Katherine Morrissey
  • Howard Oil
  • Edward A. Palladino, Jr.
  • 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

7 Members

  • Kevin Blaney
  • William D. Ellis
  • Paul Fontaine
  • William MacDonald
  • Clayton Smith
  • Bob Temple
  • Stephen Thompson

New Jersey Chapter - Formed on April 1, 1987

22 Members

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

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

11 Members

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

Ohio Chapter - Formed on December 2, 1956

29 Members

  • Tom Aldrich
  • 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 Johnston
  • 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

11 Members

  • Jason Bluhm
  • Tim Bojarski
  • Michael Carter
  • Frank Glasso
  • Ed Keyes Jr.
  • Dick Lawler
  • Maury May
  • Jim Moran
  • Sam Pendolino
  • Nick Salvi
  • Jason Settlemoir

At-Large

32 Members

  • Megan Arszman
  • Jessica Barnes
  • Thomas Bennett
  • Ted Black
  • John Curtin
  • Daniel Delisle
  • Joe Fonte
  • Emily Gaskin
  • Bill Heller
  • Tim Kelleher
  • Tim Konkle
  • Eddie Lambert
  • Joel Leanse
  • Sidney Lerner
  • Kevin Mack
  • Michael Meyer
  • Neil Milbert
  • Patricia P. Miller
  • Gregory D. Moreland
  • James Platz
  • Tom Pye
  • William Rayle
  • Joseph Rein
  • Kim Rinker
  • Jen Roytz
  • Steven Schuelein
  • Gary S. Seibel
  • Rick Spierman
  • Tom Tanner
  • Ellen Taylor
  • Sarah Thomas
  • Brenda L. Tippin

Associate Members

4 Members

  • Ryan Clements (CAN)
  • Raymond Cummings Jr. (UNY)
  • Andrew Furman (OH)
  • Ryan Macedonio (MG)

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
  • 2018 - Tim Bojarski