Punchestown hosts first equine showcase
Ireland's first ever equine showcase, Equus Live 2013, is to take place in Punchestown Racecourse on November 2-3.
The two-day event, which was officially launched by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney last week, will promote and showcase all breeds and disciplines of equestrianism from thoroughbred to sport horse to ponies.
The show will feature competitions, displays and master classes from top Irish and international riders in the indoor arena, as well as more than 120 shopping stands.
The Speakers' Corner in the heart of the shopping village will allow visitors to get up close and personal with leading names in different equine disciplines. This is where talks, book signing and question-and-answer sessions will be held with Ireland's leading riders, vets and breeders.
For exhibitors, the show has a special innovation area to allow exhibitors to showcase and launch products that are new to the market.
A panel of industry experts will award prizes including a bursary and mentor advice to winning exhibits.
Equus Live 2013 takes place on November 2-3, with doors open from 10.30am to 6pm.
Tickets start at €5 for 12-17-year-olds, €10 for adults and children under 12 go free.