Scurry racers prepare for big NZ show

Scurry driver Joanne Marama in action.
Scurry driver Joanne Marama in action. © Victoria Caseley

Scurry NZ members will be competing early next year in Timaru for a coveted spot at the “Ride the Rhythm”show  in Dunedin.

Brian Shanks
Brian Shanks and Spot. © Victoria Caseley

Scurry racing is a fast and exciting sport for all sizes of harness horses and ponies that race against the clock around a course of cones with balls balanced on top. Knocking a ball off incurs a two-second penalty – the fastest time wins.

The show, on February 1, features British pop band The Hollies and a $50,000 showjumping grand prix, at Dunedin’s new  Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Three Scurry NZ members, Joanne Marama, Brian Shanks and Kirsty Anderson,  have already secured their places by taking the top spots at the Zilco Scurry NZ Races at Canterbury A&P in November. The second qualifier is in Timaru on January 13.

Scurry NZ is in just its second year of running the sport in the country. Organisers aim to keep the sport as accessible as possible with all ages and abilities welcome to attend events throughout the season, with the top combinations being selected to compete and entertain the spectators at big public shows.

Zilco has come on board as the timing gate sponsors for the season, and were the headline sponsors at Canterbury A&P. More sponsors are being sought to help grow the sport.

Kirsty Anderson
Kirsty Anderson. © Victoria Caseley

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