From August 5 to 9, one of the highlights in the Irish equestrian calendar will take place at the RDS showgrounds – the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show. Now over 150 years old, the Horse Show has grown to become much more than a show jumping and performance contest.
Nowadays, with gourmet dining, boutique shopping and music and entertainment on offer, it is also an extremely popular weekend event with something for old and young to enjoy. It is the perfect venue at which to entertain colleagues and clients.Click here for Accommodation near The Dublin Horse Show
Entertainment for all at The Dublin Horse Show 2015
The majority of the festivities and music takes place on the Band Lawn. This year, the eclectic mix of performers includes jugglers, Irish dancers, bands and a Punch & Judy magic show, to name just a few. Throughout the afternoon, bands and a barbershop quartet will be popping up in unexpected locations each day, so you should keep an eye out for them.
Wine and Dine
Whether it is top quality champagne and seafood you are looking for (at the Seafood and Champagne Bar), top quality table service restaurants such as the Minerva Restaurant or Seafood and Wine Bar, or more casual self service like the Inspire, Simmonscourt, Pembroke or Clyde restaurants, you will not be short of choice if you find yourself getting hungry. High quality food stalls will also be parked throughout the grounds if you prefer to eat on the go. There is also a good choice of bars at various spots to choose from.
This year, there will be more than 300 trade stands at the RDS offering a range of goods from clothes and makeup to all things equestrian, to antiques and works of art. Whether it is picking up a memento of the event or choosing a gift for that special someone, you will be sure to find something you love.
Ladies’ Day at Dublin Horse Show 2015
This year, August 6 will be Ladies’ Day, sponsored by the Dundrum Town Centre. If you fancy your chances of winning the title of Best Dressed Lady, this is the day to do it. Other contests to enter include ‘Most Creative Hat’, ‘Most Colourful Outfit’, and ‘Best Dressed Man’.
The Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show has two categories of competition: showing classes and show jumping classes. At these contests you will be able to see some of the most beautiful and talented horses in the world.
Ten years ago, it was noticed that much more international (i.e., bred outside of Ireland) horses were beginning to enter the Horse Show. As the primary objective of the Horse Show is to promote Irish breeding and the Irish horse, new restrictions have recently been put in place so that certain criteria must be met in some classes before a horse can compete.
In order to compete in these classes, a horse must have been born in Ireland and their owner must be able to prove this with appropriate documentation and a micro-chip. Of course, there are still plenty of classes where horses from around the world are encouraged to compete.
In this way, the Horse Show can continue to proudly show the best horses that Ireland has to offer, in addition to welcoming the best world-class horses.
Click on these thumbnails for more pictures from the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show:
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