If you visit Aintree this year, you might spot a familiar face manning The Chair.

Olympic eventer Ian Stark will be stewarding at the meeting for the first time, although he’s been a steward in Scotland for several years.

“I’ll be stewarding at The Chair on Friday [in the Topham Chase] and I’ll be out on course for the big race on Saturday [5 April]. I’m really looking forward to it,” he told H&H.

As part of Ian’s job, he’ll be watching for any offences and keeping an eye on equipment. He added that his background in eventing — and as a course-designer — comes in handy for the role.

“We have to walk the course and check the ground, and I’ve walked plenty of courses in my time, so that helps,” he added.

This article was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (3 April 2014)