Horses are needed for the New Zealand Special Olympics being held in Balclutha and Dunedin.
Horse owners in Otago and Southland are being asked to volunteer their time, and their horses, for the National Summer Games in November.
It is the country's largest event for people with intellectual disabilities with more than 1200 athletes taking part.
The equestrian competition is being held at Telford Rural Polytechnic and riders Philippa Henderson, 20, and Martyn Joyce, 15, will represent South Otago.
Martyn admits to being a ''wee bit nervous'' as well as excited about the chance to take part.
Altogether 42 riders from throughout the country will compete in dressage, equitation and trail riding.
Horse owners who volunteer will get the chance to work with Roslein Wilkes, a former Special Olympics New Zealand equestrian coach.
She is leading the team at these games and said so far 10 horses have been confirmed, but at least another 20 are needed.
''We're looking for horses that are steady, free moving and unflappable in nature and around 15 hands or higher in size''.
She said while some riders will have a leader, others will walk or trot independently.
Mrs Wilkes said the games are a major event for Otago and the more spectators the better.
It offers people ''the chance to support the dreams of some very talented athletes''.
Athletes will also compete in athletics, aquatics, basketball, bocce, football, golf, indoor bowls, powerlifting and 10-pin bowling.
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