I started door stewarding
by chance when I was walking past a casino and saw a notice for a job.
There is not a legislative training requirement for stewards at the moment, although there is a national stewarding
qualification approved by the football authorities,' he said.
The role of head of stewarding
is clearly an important one as not only is it central to the management and coordination of racedays, but the individual is generally at the highestprofile fixtures.
Possible developments Changing role for racecourse stewards and other officials New central stewarding
panel to administer penalties Technology to replace aspects of judges' duties Link with broadcasters to utilise technological advances with particular reference to inquiries the integrity of the sport.
A steward has several key responsibilities, the delivery of which was critical in shortlisting the Stewarding
Person of the Year category: they must reduce breakage, ensure hygiene and food safety, and increase productivity of their teams.
The BHA job covers all raceday respon-sibilities, from racecourse licensing and stewarding
to rules and medical matters, and is the first in which he has not had a hands-on steward's role.
All professional racecourse stewarding
officials will be known as stipendiary stewards, to reflect a further development in the system that is revealed in the HRA review for 2005-6, published yesterday.
, while not faultless, is better than ever and standards will only improve for public scrutiny.
WHAT can be done to put an end to stewarding
HOW much longer do we have to put up with substandard stewarding
In addition to serving as deputy senior steward from 1984-86, Blacker chaired Portman Square committees instrumental in the introduction of all-weather tracks and Sunday racing, and improving local stewarding
Speaking as someone who has been a racecourse steward for nearly 20 years and was one of the chairmen at this year's Royal Ascot meeting, I feel compelled to refute completely the suggestion made by Mark Johnston (June 28) that racecourse stewarding
decisions differ depending on whether or not Malcolm Wallace, the Jockey Club's director of regulation, is in attendance.