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Friday Feature: Steward

This week’s letter is S. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Riding School.

You may be familiar with the people at the races who sit on (often) grey horses at the racetrack, assisting young racehorses to get out to the starting gates, or following behind a race in motion.  You may not know that these are stewards, and they have many roles in racing.  In fact, it may be summed up as:

Being responsible for maintaining the probity and integrity of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing. A steward is part of a team who enforce the rules of racing and ensures integrity throughout the three racing codes.

If this appeals to you, consider:

  • A need to know racing rules and regulations
  • Developing a keen interest in at least one racing code
  • The idea of riding may make up a small part of the job but a lot is about assessing rules and regulations and making sure these are carried out
  • Busy days will often be race days, which will include weekend work
  • Work may also involve assessing racing stables

Getting into this line of work will involve a cadetship or qualification.  For other posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time.” – Author unknown

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