Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Rich Stakes Luring Australasia’s Elite Equestrians

RIDE THE RHYTHM Media Release 28. 12. 2012

Rich Stakes Luring Australasia’s Elite Equestrians to Dunedin

There’s more than a $120,000 in prize money to be won at Ride the Rhythm, the

Equestrian event / live Hollies concert, to be staged at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on February 1 and it is attracting an unprecedented level of competition from both sides of the Tasman.

Ride the Rhythm Director, Kevin Hansen, who also runs the New Zealand Horse of the Year Show, says the event will boast the strongest line-up of Australian show jumpers ever to compete in New Zealand before.

“The response from the Australians has been overwhelming. I have been blown away. It is undoubtedly the most impressive line-up ever to compete on New Zealand shores. I had hoped we might get four to five Australians, but we have 14 confirmed and more in the pipeline. It is unbelievable. It is going to change the face of show jumping in New Zealand.”

Kevin Hansen says the $50,000 prize money for the McMillan Equine Feeds Super Grand Prix and the $70,000 up for grabs for anyone who can beat the New Zealand show jumping height record of 2.21metres, has made these events some of the richest in Australasia and is luring the best.

New Zealand Olympians Katie McVean, Maurice Beatson and Samantha McIntosh head the impressive Kiwi line-up, each entering with two horses. The Aussie onslaught is led by Alison Rowland, from Perth, recent FEI World Cup Australian League winner. She and fellow West Australian Rory Hovell are bringing a big team to New Zealand as their first stop of a world tour aiming to qualify for the Australian team for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Kevin Hansen says, “It will be a tough competition, and unlike anything we’ve witnessed here in New Zealand before, with the added attraction of it being held in the world’s only permanent grass indoor stadium. It’s going to be a true trans – Tasman battle with the top Australians and Kiwis in action.”

Following the equestrian action, Ride the Rhythm continues with a two hour live concert by the enduring UK band The Hollies.

Hansen, who saw the potential of the Forsyth Barr Stadium as a world class equestrian arena, hopes to establish Ride the Rhythm as an annual event in Dunedin.

“It’s a unique event where we are offering audiences the thrill and spectacle of elite equestrian action and a night of world class music entertainment all on the one ticket.”

Tickets are available through www.ticketdirect.co.nz or directly from www.ridetherhythm.co.nz.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Review: “Salute” By Royal New Zealand Ballet In Wellington

The Royal New Zealand Ballet performed “Salute” for a final time in Wellington on Sunday night, and it was nothing short of spectacular. More>>

ALSO:

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news