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Experience at the helm
President of the OxfordA&PShow this year,
Rosie Grimsey, has had a long experience with
the annual spectacle and many connections
''I have been involved with it all my life,
really,'' she said.
''I showed my first pet lamb when I was just
3 years old.''
Her father was president in the 1930s and
her brother also served a term as president.
It must be in the blood.
In fact, this is the second time she has been
president, so she is getting to be an old hand.
She has also been both a competitor and
served as a judge of horse events.
''It is good to have been so involved before,
but each show is a huge community effort and
there is a lot of work to be done.
''It has to be remembered that it is all
voluntary labour too.
People are not aware of the tasks that need
to be carried out, from stewards to judges,
from signs to traffic control and rubbish
removal,'' she said.
She is grateful to all of these people, as well
as to sponsors and her committee members.
Everyone pitches in and the show this year will
be like those in the past -- a great success.
Scurry racing at Oxford A&P Show
Breakneck speed: Scurry racing is an exciting sport, new to the country, and it looks as though it is here to stay.
Scurry is back at the Oxford A&P
Show and is sure to draw a lot of
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.
It is almost always raced at a
Due to the small distance
between the cones, accuracy is key.
A course contains between 10 and
14 obstacles to navigate, such as a
box and a slalom.
The ponies are normally given
names of famous pairings, such as
Tom & Jerry, Bonny & Clyde, Judge &
Jury, and so on.
The first record of the event was
in the 1950s in the United States.
They used four wheel wagons and
barrels instead of cones.
When it came to the United
Kingdom, single ponies were used.
It later progressed into using pairs
of ponies and red cones.
Scurry driving has become ever
more popular over northern Europe
during the first decade of the
Scurry was introduced to New
Zealand a couple of years ago by
two North Canterbury couples.
Jill and Alan Stephenson of Cust
and Becky Pocock and Stephen
Phipps of Oxford have founded
Scurry NZ and received their notice
of affiliation with Equestrian Sports
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
body weight to keep all four wheels
on the ground.
The Oxford A&P show will host
the Scurry New Zealand
championships, so come along and
cheer the ponies, and enjoy the
breakneck speed and driver skills.
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