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NEED FOR SPEED: Cust's Jill Stephenson drives Dingmac Holly in the scurry racing at Dunedin's Ride The Rhythm
Equestrian Extravaganza, helped by Oxford's Becky Pocock.
Photo: VICTORIA CASELEY
Scurry off and racing
By RACHEL MACDONALD
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THERE S A new equine sport
gaining a following across the
South Island after being intro-
duced to the country by two North
Canterbury couples in the last
A&P show season.
Called scurry, it has been
brought to New Zealand from
Britain by Jill and Alan Stephen-
son of Cust and Becky Pocock and
Stephen Phipps of Oxford, who
have founded Scurry NZ and have
just received their notice of affili-
ation with Equestrian Sports New
Fast and furious -- and highly
entertaining -- scurry involves
horses or ponies racing against
the clock to navigate a light-
weight carriage around a course of
cones with balls on the top. The
aim is to clear the course in the
fastest time without dropping a
ball -- each ball that falls adds two
seconds to the team s time.
Jill was involved with carriage
driving for many years in Britain,
and says the crowd appeal of the
sport is its sheer speed, with the
driver urging the pony around the
cones -- which are spaced only
slightly wider than the wheels of
the buggy -- helped by a groom,
who uses their bodyweight to keep
all four wheels on the ground.
By CATE BROUGHTON
say New Zealand First
MP and Ashley resident
Richard Prosser does not rep-
resent the views of people in
Most people approached by
the Northern Outlook were
appalled by the contro-
versial MP s stance pen-
ned in a column for Inves-
tigate magazine, but
others supported his
right to express his opin-
Mr Prosser (pictured)
has since apologised for
the column, in which he
said young Muslim men
should not be allowed on
Cherry Burgess, 40, of
Rangiora said the dam-
age had already been
I thought it represented the
Waimakariri area terribly, it just
made us look stupid.
Father of two Alan Ambury, 36,
of Loburn, said Prosser s outburst
and the media attention it had
gained was disastrous .
I think he has displayed quite
a lot of ignorance and naivety, and
he s been well and truly roasted.
Retiree Nancy Sharplin said Mr
Prosser had a right to his opinion,
but she couldn t agree with his
They still have rights.
Another retiree, Nona Milburn
of Cust, said she had no time for
Mr Prosser and he didn t rep-
resent the views of anyone she
knew in the area.
Jordan Moss and James
O Brien, both 21, said
Mr Prosser had gone too
far with his comments.
It s a bit extreme --
everyone should be
treated the same, Mr
O Brien said.
Mr Moss said Mr Pros-
ser was wrong to stereotype
all Muslims as terrorists.
Maree Donamine, 59, of
Waikuku, said Mr Prosser
had a right to his opinion
and suggested probably a
third of people shared his
view, but wouldn t print it in
She said she didn t share his
view strictly , but it was under-
standable that some people were
nervous on planes due to the
fanatical Muslim element .
It s a worry when they wear
the burqa, because you don t know
what they are doing.
Local political reaction, page 2.
on top, P23
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