Neighbours of the Otago-Taieri A and P Showgrounds have
called for this weekend's military show at the venue to be
Many of the neighbours bred or trained horses and were
concerned about the impact of any loud noises on their
animals from demonstrations of military equipment, especially
in the middle of breeding season.
A group of about 20 neighbours met the organisers of the show
Dukes Rd North resident Charlotte Young said horses were
''fright and flight'' animals and would spook, leading them
to jump and bolt at sudden loud sounds, probably injuring
''There are literally hundreds of horses in a 2km radius. It
is not an ideal mix.''
Residents in the area were not unused to events, and were
often consulted about them, usually by those holding the
event. But there had been no communication or consultation
with residents about the military event.
Ms Young said those gathered did not entirely blame that on
the organisers of the event, the HQ44 South Military
Collectors Club, who were coming from out of town.
The annual event is normally held in Waimate, at Labour
Weekend, but organisers had decided to hold it in Mosgiel
this year, to raise money for the Mosgiel RSA's
She believed the group had received no information from the
society's committee advising consultation with neighbours
The event's organisers had now ''definitely got the idea
we're not happy'' and several options for resolving the
concerns were discussed, including moving the event to
''We can understand that no-one wants to go to a military
show and not hear guns going off and that sort of thing.''
The best thing for it was to have it at the Oval in Dunedin,
near the army drill hall, where they would get more people,
Eurosport Horses owner Vicki Hay, another neighbour, said
while the horses were used to the normal traffic noises, the
sound of horns when the Special Rigs for Special Kids event
went past required them to be held.
''We're going away this weekend, so we won't even be here to
hang on to the horses.''
Stress was not good for mares in foal and this time of year
was notoriously difficult for horses.
She was disappointed no-one from the A&P society attended
the meeting and believed there should have been more
consultation about the show.
HQ44 South Military Collectors Club president Ed Davies said
he needed to speak with the rest of club before he could
comment any further.
''We're just in the planning stages, trying to come up with
The meeting was constructive and he appreciated the group
being ''very supportive of what we're doing''.
Society past-chairman Kelly Allison said the committee was
meeting tomorrow night and the issue would probably be
The society hired out the grounds to a variety of
organisations and community groups for many uses.
The committee did not have to approve every hire.