Formidable obstacle under close watch

Armourguard security officer Dane Crosland  guards the record-setting equestrian jump in the Octagon yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Armourguard security officer Dane Crosland guards the record-setting equestrian jump in the Octagon yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.

The large wall put up in the Octagon yesterday demonstrates what showjumpers will need to clear to break a New Zealand record at Ride the Rhythm next Friday.

Event organiser Kevin Hansen said if showjumpers cleared the 2.21m wall they would break the New Zealand height record by 8cm and win $70,000.

The New Zealand record was set by Allan Goodall and his horse Skud, in Hastings in 1984, when they cleared 2.13m, he said. The 2.4m world record was set by German rider Frankie Sloothaak and horse Optiebeurs Golo in Belgium in 1991.

The wooden wall will be in the Octagon until noon on February 1. A security firm would guard it until then, he said.

- shawn.mcavinue@odt.co.nz

DVML?

I know you have a thing about DVML, but where in the article does it say DVML are paying for the security costs?  And it is likely not their wall.  It most likely belongs to the event organiser (notably the only person/organisation actually referenced in the article), and they will be probably be paying the costs in all likelihood.

Note, that unlike you I don't claim to know what the actual arrangement is, but I do draw my conclusions based upon what is actually written and not some fiction.

Our walled city

At present, this is just a demonstration wall, so punters can imagine high horses. The concept, however, may be considered for environs configured close to campus.

Escape!

I guess having DVML spend money to guard their wall makes sense .... after all if they're not careful some ratepayers might make a run for it and escape.

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