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IT is going to be feast for horse lovers next weekend with representatives of more than 25 horse-related businesses so far signed up to display their wares at the Southern Equine Expo.
‘‘We have got a great horse community down here and it is good to be able to give something back to them,’’ organiser Julia Latham, of Flying Horse New Zealand, said.
‘‘There is a need for it, particularly [for] Southland and Otago businesses… to get their name out there in a cost-effective way.’’
Mrs Latham and Karen Burrows, of Equine Touch Down South, developed the idea and said initially there were four local businesses on board. However soon others, some from as far away as Auckland, approached them wanting to be involved and the expo grew in size, so much so that six businesses unable to come to this year’s expo had already signed up for next year’s event.
Due to the positive response to the first expo, the organisers were already considering a larger venue next year, Mrs Latham said.
‘‘It is exciting… I am very humbled everyone has come on board with offers of help and support.’’
The expo will showcase a wide range of horse-related products and services from saddlery, grooming products and body workers to show jumping equipment, western gear, equestrian pilates and more.
Mrs Latham said one exciting business at the expo would be Kazz Customs Horse Art and Model Tack of New Zealand. An artist took a photograph of a horse and rider and created a model replica, which she said would be a great opportunity for people to create a lasting memory of their favourite horse.
A barbecue fundraiser would run throughout the day to raise money to help a Southland woman who suffered serious injuries following a riding accident last month, she said.
Í Southern Equine Expo, 79 Erskine Rd, Otatara, Sunday, May 29, 10am-4pm. Admission free.

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