One of the biggest equestrian events to be held in the South Island, in Dunedin on Friday night, will also be a world first.
The equestrian programme at Ride The Rhythm, which features classical dressage to music, scurry, mounted games, is highlighted by a $50,000 Super Grand Prix showjumping event under the Forsyth Barr Stadium roof.
The Hollies will then take to the stage for their only South Island concert. It's a world first in that equestrian will take centre-stage prior to a major musical concert.
Given the huge prize money up for grabs, the jumping has attracted New Zealand's best and a host of top Australians.
Katie McVean, Maurice Beatson, Daniel Meech and Samantha McIntosh, all former Olympians, headline the New Zealand charge.
McVean, New Zealand's top jumper, has three horses entered in the Super Grand Prix.
There are seven Australians, who are in New Zealand for a six-week tour through to the Horse of the Year Show in Hawke's Bay.
Among them is Alison Rowlands, who recently won the Australian League of the FEI World Cup.
There is also a $50,000 Grand Prix on the Sunday as part of the Otago Jumping Championships, making it easily the richest equestrian event in the South Island.
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