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

 


Jud Arthur to Star at Ride the Rhythm

Jud Arthur to Star at Ride the Rhythm

Ride the Rhythm, the equestrian spectacle with world number one ABBA show Bjorn Again, has announced its full programme of events for February 1 at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The new line up includes a cameo role for former top showjumper, Otago rugby rep and Opera Australia baritone, Jud Arthur.

The much loved son of Otago will combine two of his greatest passions when he sings on horseback at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The opera star will perform during a dressage display that is being described as ‘classical meets cowboy’ and which promises to be like no other dressage seen before. The skills from two very different horse worlds will meld when New Zealand dressage grand prix title holder Lynley Stockdale performs with horseman Bryan McVicor, a master of Western riding.

Jud Arthur will also sing the National Anthem prior to the final round of the McMillian Equine Feeds $50,000 Super Grand Prix.

The announcement of the full programme comes at the same time as a small change behind the scenes. Event directors Kevin and Andrew Hansen have handed the reins to Otago Showjumping who will now run the event.

Ross Farquhar from Otago Show Jumping says, "The Hansens are still very much in the wings, ready to help and advise on everything, but felt they needed to step back and focus their energies on the NRM Horse of the Year Show. We've run plenty of horse shows and will still be running our Otago Showjumping Championships around Ride the Rhythm.”

The Super Grand Prix is the glamour event on the equestrian programme and has replaced the earlier advertised World Cup (NZ series) final. The $50,000 prize money is attracting wide interest across the Tasman with as many as 15 leading Australian horse and rider combinations expected to take on top Kiwi rivals.

Scurry Driving featuring miniature horses, an audience favourite in 2013, will be back to thrill the crowd and the GJ Gardner High Jump, featuring a triple bar and $1,000 prize purse will be heart stopping action.

As the programme of equestrian events has become more comprehensive, gates will now open at 2pm, with the first event a show jumping 1.30m class, followed by the Pony Grand Prix.

Ross Farquhar says, "Jud Arthur’s involvement has added an extra dimension to the programme which has shaped up to be a really exciting equestrian event for the public. The major features are punctuated by cowboy and trick riding which will be great family entertainment and then its topped off with the ABBA show Bjorn Again, It’s going to be a fantastic night of entertainment".

Tickets are now available through www.ticketdirect.co.nz and at all Ticket Direct outlets.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

TV3 Video: Auckland Arts Festival Kicks Off

The Auckland Arts Festival kicks off March 4, with artists from New Zealand and all over the world on show. More>>

ALSO:

Te Matatini: Minister Applauds National Kapa Haka Festival

Education Minister Hekia Parata wishes the best of luck to everyone involved in this week’s national kapa haka festival, Te Matatini, in Christchurch. “Te Matatini showcases the very best of Māori performing arts talent. It’s a celebration of identity, language and culture at the highest level and I’m looking forward to being amongst it,” says Ms Parata. More>>

ALSO:

Kiwi Pride: Accolades For Film About Man Who Falls In Love With A Stick

A short animated film written and directed by New Zealand born Matthew Darragh has been selected for the Courts des îles, International Festival of Short Fiction Films. More>>

ALSO:

Anniversaries: Vivid Memories Four Years After Christchurch Quake

Four years ago, an earthquake that would change the lives of thousands shook Christchurch at 12.51 p.m. More>>

ALSO:

Environment 'n' Conservation: Slash Meets Tāne The Tuatara

Rock and Roll superstar and former Guns 'n' Roses guitarist Slash visited Zealandia Ecosanctuary along with collaborating band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. More>>

Canterbury Quakes: Feedback Sought On Short-Listed Memorial Designs

Six short-listed designs for the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial have been released for public input... The Memorial will honour the victims of Canterbury’s earthquakes and acknowledge the suffering of all those who lived through them as well as the heroism of those who participated in the rescue and recovery operations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news