In a change from the traditional August dates to accommodate Olympic riders, this year’s Dublin Horse Show, with its usual excellent mix of equestrian competition, family entertainment and summer social activity is underway.
Wednesday saw the first of five days action and activity at the RDS, with international and national show jumping and showing competitions taking place until Sunday, July 24th. A total of 132 competitions take place during the Show, including 14 international show jumping competitions, nine of which carry world ranking points. The highlight of the week is Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup on Friday, when Ireland will look to retain the title they won in convincing style last year. In their ranks will be Ireland’s 2016 show jumping Olympic hopeful Greg Broderick.
Today, Thursday, is Dundrum Town Centre Ladies’ Day, with a €10,000 shopping voucher on offer for the overall winner. This year will also see natural horseman Pat Parelli at the Show who will give demonstrations on four of the five days. Former National Hunt Jump Jockey AP McCoy will judge the Racehorse to Riding Horse class on Saturday. The competition will features Forpadydeplasterer, Zaidpour, Arvika Ligeonniere, and Mossbank among others.
The Irish Team of four combinations for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup will be announced later today from the following:
Wexford’s Bertram Allen with Hector Van D’Abdijhoeve.
Rio-bound Greg Broderick from Tipperary with MHS Going Global.
Offalyman Darragh Kenny with Go Easy De Muze.
Tipperary’s Denis Lynch with All Star 5.
- Former Olympic medallist Cian O’Connor from Meath with Good Luck.