Organisers are calling Ride the Rhythm's second year a
success despite ticket sales being almost half those of last
Event director Ross Farquhar said Ride the Rhythm, which
attracted about 3500 people to Forsyth Barr Stadium on
Saturday, was ''really well supported''.
''Ticket sales were a bit slow at the start, but it picked up
towards the end,'' he said.
About 6500 attended last year's event which was headlined by
A Ride the Rhythm spokesman, speaking on behalf of promoter
Gillian Thomas, said he was unsure why fewer tickets were
sold, but Abba tribute band Bjorn Again might have appealed
to a younger crowd than the Hollies.
''The Hollies were targeted at that 50-plus age group,'' he
Older people had more ''discretionary income'' than younger
people, which could have resulted in fewer ticket sales, he
A band which targeted older people was an ''absolute
possibility'' at future events.
Mr Farquhar believed attendance had ''worked out quite well''
considering there were several other events on in Dunedin on
He had received ''nothing but positive feedback''.
There were some ''logistics to work through'', but he hoped
to hold the event at Forsyth Barr Stadium again next year.
''It worked out really well. There was very little wear on
the surface and . . . it shows the versatility of the
stadium,'' he said.
Showjumper Katie McVean, of Mystery Creek, near Hamilton,
took first and second place in the $50,000 Super Grand Prix
competition, while three riders finished equal first in the
Mr Farquhar said the quality of riding and horses on show was
''From the public's point of view it was quite exciting,'' he