Thumbs up on decision to move Horse Show forward
Published 03/08/2016 | 02:30
Fears that a date change would hit attendances at the Dublin Horse Show proved unfounded and the decision to bring the show forward by two weeks to accommodate riders competing at the Olympics was largely welcomed by the Irish equestrian community.
While overall figures are believed to be slightly down on previous years, the attendance for the Saturday events was one of the biggest in history.
An emergency system had to be put in place in Simmonscourt to cope with the crowds attending the national show jumping, with the horse lane closed temporarily to relieve the flow during the afternoon.
Traders, too, appreciated the earlier date as it said it allowed them a longer period in August to make plans to attend other shows in Ireland, and the UK.
While Ireland was sadly unable to repeat its 2015 win in the Nations Cup, it proved to be a bumper week for Italian riders who had last won the Aga Khan in 2009.
It was also a good week for Irish individual riders, and Irish-bred horses, in particular the 10-year-old Limestone Grey who amassed three international wins under Italian rider Lorenzo De Luca.
Bred in Limerick by David Moran of Deelside Stud, the son of Try Time was previously ridden here by Francis Connors.
Other individual wins came from the Irish Sport Horse stallion Ardcolum Duke, ridden by Billy Twomey, and Cisero, who claimed a joint win of the Puissance under Shane Breen.