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Issue No. 412 April 2017

Mayor in the saddle

Mayor Phil Goff takes the reins as Constable Sandra Dacey looks on.

He’s used to being in the saddle as far as politics is concerned, but Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff couldn’t resist the real thing when he spotted our horses at the Counties Manukau Pay Parade and award ceremony last month.

Constable Sandra Dacey was on hand to help - but Mayor Goff is an experienced horseman and impressed onlookers with the ease with which he got up on Sandra’s mount Jay.

Sandra says Mayor Goff spotted the horses while inspecting the parade with Commissioner Mike Bush and asked if he could ride one when the parade was over.

“He liked the horse I had – he said he used to have one the same colour,” says Sandra.

Jay, a 21-year-old chestnut gelding, and Sandra have represented Police in Pride parades and on other occasions.

He was loaned by a friend, Sarah McGavin, who received a District Commander’s commendation at the award ceremony for her voluntary work and support to Police.

Commissioner Bush, Mayor Goff, MP Jami-Lee Ross and members of the Returned and Services Association executive joined nearly 200 staff in the parade, escorted by Police motorcycles and dogs as well as horses. Awards were presented at Howick RSA.

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