15 April-Dublin Horse Show

The Dublin Horse Show is held over five days each year during the summer at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) arena in Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland. The show which is the leading equestrian event in Ireland attracts the best show-jumpers from Ireland and abroad. It is also one of the biggest annual events in Ireland and attracts tens of thousands of visitors from Ireland and from all over the world.

The arena at the RDS has been home to the Dublin Horse Show since 1881. The show, which was first held in 1864, is one of the oldest horse shows in the world. It also has one of the largest prize funds of any equestrian event in the world. The first RDS show was organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of Ireland. In 1868, four years after the first event, the RDS took over the organisation the show. That year it was held on the 28th 29th and 30 of July on the lawns of Leinster House which today is the home of Dáil Eireann.

Among the events at the first Dublin Horse Show, there was a show of led horses and, for the first time in history, ‘leaping’ demonstrations in the arena. In the following year in 1869, the first horse leaping competitions in an arena, were held at the Dublin Horse Show. The rule was that ‘the obstacles had to be cleared to the satisfaction of the judges’. Known then as Lepping, it was not brought to Britain until 15 years later. The Dublin Horse show became a popular event. It moved to its present site in 1881 where a stand had been built which could accommodate 800 people.

Though it would be 1954 before international competitions allowed women to compete, women riding side-saddle always competed at the Dublin Horse Show. From 1920 onwards women competed freely. The competitions for women were usually held on Thursday and as result Thursday has become known as Ladies’ Day.

The show has continued to thrive down through the generations and today continues to celebrate the Irish bred horse on the international stage. The Nations Cup Competition which is sponsored by His Highness the Aga Khan became the first international event of the show in 1926. Since 2013 it is part of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Series. Together with the Aga Khan Challenge Trophy, the show includes the Land Rover Puissance and the Longines International Grand Prix. Visitors can also attend a diverse range of exhibitions and entertainment.

The Dublin Horse Show was held for the first time, on the lawns of Leinster House at Merrion Square in the year 1864 On This Day.

Dublin Horse Show

Dublin Horse Show on 1910-01-01 00:00:00

Dublin Horse Show photo

Bands Remember Deceased Members before Horse Show by Irish Defence Forces on 2010-08-06 11:25:19



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