By Asher Julie.

THE producers of the Lord of the Rings trilogy are looking for up to 250-300 people to indulge in some serious horseplay. Lord of the Rings publicist Claire Raskin said auditions for equestrain pairs would be held throughout Southland this month.

Up to 250 riders and their mounts would be required for some scenes in the film, she said. Horses must be at least 15.2 hands and the riders must be experienced adults, she said.

“The horses must be okay with crowds, noise and so on – that’s why we’re holding auditions. They need to be able to perform on cue and not be distracted.” The chosen pairs would be background players in the film and be dressed by the wardrobe department.

Hopeful horse riders should phone the horse wrangler on (04) 3880836 to register their interest and then go to their closest audition. Auditions would be held at Glenorchy on Saturday, Mossburn on Sunday, Mosgiel on November 13, Middlemarch on November 13 and Gore on November 14.

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