29 July 2015
By Bryan T. Smyth
Cork v Dublin
This year I was one of the many stewards directing arriving horse boxes at the Cork Summer Show, it was a sunny day in Curraheen Showgrounds, but the amount of equestrian activity there pales into insignificance compared to the Dublin Horse Show, which is just one week away. If you’re a fan of horses, horses jumping over things, food and drink, great live music, family fun and want a super day out.
The 2015 event is the 142nd and is now branded as the “Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show”. It will take place in the world famous RDS Showground’s from next Wednesday, August 5th to Sunday, August 9th 2015.
What does Wikipedia say?
The first solely Society-run Horse Show was held in 1868 and was one of the earliest “leaping” competitions ever held.
Over time it has become a high profile International show jumping competition, national showing competition and major entertainment event in Ireland.
Is it really that old?
Yes, check out this newsreel
A great day out
The Dublin show is the highlight of the summer social calendar for many as it has the best in national and international equestrian competitions. Side shows includes a stunning array of music and entertainment, arts & crafts, fashion & shopping, cafes, bars, and restaurants.
This year’s programme includes Irish dancing, juggling and magic acts. A Barbershop Quartet, as well as a number of acoustic bands, will be strolling throughout the grounds as they play various locations, while you can also catch the Garda Band on the stage.
There will be over 300 trade stands to browse through, populated with art and antiques, fashion, and equestrian gear. When you’re done with that, you can take some time out to try one of the many great places to eat on site, particularly the seafood and champagne bar.
For a full look at the programme, tickets, or any other info, head over to DublinHorseShow.com