Stipendiary stewards monitor and track the conditions of jockeys, trainers, and horses at the Parade Ring prior to races
The role of stipendiary steward requires a special class of people. In fact, this job is not for everyone. To qualify as a steward, it is important that one possesses traits and qualities like integrity, an upright character, strong mental resilience, and the ability to communicate clearly to all stakeholders, functions, and departments across the Club.
“I have always taught my team that having integrity and being transparent are key aspects of our job. We can never have anyone questioning our integrity. We cannot afford to have grey areas!” he exclaimed.
Keeping to this philosophy, the stipendiary steward department has earned its name and right as one of the most respected departments in the Club.
However, this can also be isolating, as the team has to draw a line in fraternising with colleagues and the racing community whom they interact most closely with.
“It’s important for stipendiary stewards to maintain professional working relationships with everyone. As a result, not many have the mental resilience to deal with the isolation that we sometimes experience. This is why a happy team can make a whole lot of difference for us stewards at work,” said Davidson.
“A happy team brings good results! Every steward contributes in different ways and manners – but always complementing each other to deliver our best as a team. Over the years, my team has remained loyal to each other and supportive of that – and these are things that I am grateful and thankful for,” he shared.