4 March 2003
One of the riders who has returned home from a troubled horse trek in Taranaki is calling for the closure of the event.
More than a dozen horses were killed in a late night stampede at the MS Great New Zealand Horse Trek campsite near Urenui on Sunday.
The rider, who does not want to be named, says she is absolutely distraught.
She says the magnitude of the event could have been lessened with proper fencing and more adequate gate security.
She says it was lucky no one was killed as the stampeding horses flattened a number of tents.
The horse trek is raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and organisers say it will continue as scheduled.
Two hundred and seventy riders registered for the event.
They have received counselling and around 200 have decided to continue the trek.
MS National Director of Operations Nola Rawson says she will be debriefed by the trek organiser, Trudi Jordan, when the event wraps up on Sunday.
She says it is not yet known what caused the stampede.
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