Consultations over BHA's new stewarding model move on to Newmarket
The BHA's extended consultation process into a potential new stewarding model will continue on Tuesday with the second of three forums taking place at Newmarket.
The consultation on the future of stewarding was started by British racing's governing body last year and, following initial feedback from stakeholders, the forums – between volunteer stewards who could be replaced and BHA personnel – were added to help gain greater clarity on what key principles would be required for any new model.
Among the proposed principles is for a stewarding team that is contracted – paid or unpaid – by the regulator, and a single regulatory leader on the raceday taking responsibility for all regulatory functions.
Last week a forum was held at Cheltenham, and on Friday there will be a third at Newcastle.
Commenting on the process, BHA media spokesman Robin Mounsey said on Monday: “We announced in December that we'd be holding forums and inviting written feedback as part of the extended consultation regarding a potential new stewarding model.
"The purpose of this is to seek further views from the racing industry regarding a proposed set of key principles for any revised model.
“We're looking forward to gathering the views of those involved in the sport, which will form the basis upon which we'll look to develop a range of options for a new stewarding model. We'll then begin a final stage of consultation to determine exactly what the new model looks like.”
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