Barton set to retire as BHA head of stewarding
Paul Barton, the BHA’s head of stewarding for the last four years, will retire from the role at the end of this year.
The former jump jockey, who rode over 350 winners including 1979 Welsh Grand National winner Peter Scot, was promoted to his current position in March 2013 following 22 years of experience of officiating at racecourses for the Jockey Club, Horseracing Regulatory Authority and BHA.
In total, he will have been officiating on behalf of the sport’s regulator for nearly 27 years by the time of his retirement.
Barton said: “I'm most grateful to the BHA for having given me the responsibility to head up the stewarding team which, despite the challenges the position brings with it, I've thoroughly enjoyed.
“I appreciate the support I've been given while I've been in role from the entire BHA, but particularly from all those in my team – it can't have always been easy for them.
“My decision to retire is a simple one. I've decided, after a lot of consideration, that I've reached a time in my life when I'd like to be able to spend some more time with my family and give more time to my other interests."
Jamie Stier, chief regulatory officer for the BHA, said: “We'd like to congratulate Paul on his forthcoming retirement and thank him for his long and distinguished service to the racing industry, both as a jockey and a steward.
“His contribution will be greatly missed by all at the BHA and he leaves big shoes to fill. Paul has our best wishes for the future and we wish him luck in his endeavours to reduce that golf handicap!”
He added: “We'll commence the process to find the next head of stewarding who'll be responsible for the future leadership, structure and policies around stewarding in Britain.”