The governing body (Harness Racing SA) employ Stewards to ensure that harness racing is conducted fairly, openly and transparently according to the National Harness Racing rules along with local regulations and policies.
Stewards have a regulatory role in ensuring the integrity and reputation of harness racing is not only maintained but also enhanced. This is accomplished by the implementation, enforcement and development of local and national rules associated with racing, trialing, training and breeding of horses, for the purpose of racing.
Stewards have wide-ranging powers under the Australian Harness Racing Rules which enables them to investigate breaches of the Rules and hand down penalties when required. The integrity of the sport is paramount to provide confidence to not only the participants, but just as importantly the wagering public, as Harness Racing in SA is dependent on public wagering.
Stewards are proactive in ensuring all racing is on a level playing field and racing outcomes are through fair means. Clean racing for horses and a safe work place for drivers is accomplished by way of a stringent drug testing regime for both horses and participants and there are serious consequences for any horse or driver that has a confirmed presence of a prohibited substance.