The Southland Times
August 17, 1999
Talent Agencies Seek
Horses for Movie Roles
LIGHTS... camera... action... whinny.
The hunt is on for equine extras as the Southern Lakes area and Central Otago and
Fiordland hot up as movie sets.
Auckland-based talent agency Model Pool is advertising for horses and riders to fill roles
in movie productions planned for the South Island.
Wellington-based agency Three Foot Six is also after horses and riders for major Hollywood
production Lord of the Rings .
Lord of the Rings publicist Sian Clement said they were after up to 250 horse and rider
combinations to work on locations around Gore, Queenstown, Alexandra, Dunedin and
It was unlikely work would be available until late next year but likely combinations
should register an interest with Three Foot Six as soon as possible, she said.
Auditions for Lord of the Rings prospects would be held in Southland later this year, Miss
A Model Pool spokesman said it hoped to find a pool of about 2000 horse and rider
combinations for "quite a few different projects."
Model Pool would forward likely candidates to the respective production companies which
would do their auditions and make final selections, he said.
"They have the final say on what people are used depending on what scenes are being
shot and what is required."
Model Pool has been advertising throughout the South Island with a keen response to date.
A trifle too keen, perhaps.
"Everyone is a horse rider. I am a horse rider. I got on a horse once; that is the
last time I will ever get on one," he said.
Needless to say, the calibre of rider the agency wants is somewhat more experienced.
The financial rewards of horsing around on screen varied from production to production, he
warned, ranging from nothing to about $150 a day.