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Stewarding

Have a love for the racing industry and think that you’d be the sort of person to keep rules enforced and everyone playing fair?

Starting GatesEnsuring that the Rules of Racing are adhered to, stewards are responsible for the conducting of race meetings.  Duties surround those that help to control and regulate racing.

Within Australia, employment happens through the Principle Racing Authority of each State and all stewards start as a Cadet Steward.

In the US, whether it be for harness racing, the gallops or greyhound racing, to be a steward or racing official, you need to be accredited.  Both the University of Lousiville and Arizona have accreditation schools.  Alternatively, you can look at the Racing Officials Accreditation Program website.

Where to start?  Perhaps at one of the top racecourses:
– Flemington Racecourse, Australia.  Home of ‘the race that stops the nation’, the Melbourne Cup.
– Caulfield Racecourse, Australia.  Home of the Caulfield Cup.
Both found through Racing Victoria Limited.
– Longchamps, France.  Home of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.  Found through France Galop; French and English versions available.
– Tokyo Racecourse, Japan.  Home of the Japan Cup.  Found through Japan Racing; Japanese, French and English versions available.
– Aintree Racecourse, United Kingdom.  Home of the Grand National.  Found through http://www.aintree.co.uk/
Churchill Downs, USA.  Home of the Kentucky Derby.
Pimlico Racecourse, USA.  Home of the Preakness Stakes.
– Belmont Park, USA.  Home of the Belmont Stakes.
– The Curragh, Ireland.  Home of the Irish Triple Crown, the Irish 2000 Guineas, the Irish Derby and the Irish St. Leger. http://www.curragh.ie/

Of interest:
Article, Female Steward Will Make History.
Article, Experienced NSW Steward Joins NZ Racing.

“Ascot is so exclusive that it is the only racecourse in the world where the horses own the people.” – Art Buchwald

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