Wednesday 18 October 2017

Dublin Horse Show gallops ahead due to Olympics clash

At the launch of the Dublin Horse Show were Tamso Doyle from Kildare and designer Keira Kennedy from Stepaside, Dublin Picture: Steve Humphreys
At the launch of the Dublin Horse Show were Tamso Doyle from Kildare and designer Keira Kennedy from Stepaside, Dublin Picture: Steve Humphreys
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Horse whisperers, close to €1m in prize money and some of the best showjumpers in the world are among the attractions in store for the RDS Dublin Horse Show this summer.

But due to the Rio Olympics taking place in August, the most prestigious date in the Irish equestrian calendar is being brought forward a fortnight to July 20-24 to accommodate riders competing in the Games.

The last time the annual event was held in July to accommodate the Olympics was in 1992, when Ireland won the prestigious Aga Khan trophy.

Michael Duffy, chief executive of the RDS, is hoping that history will repeat itself this year.

"We hope it's a good omen," he told guests at the launch last night.

Irish Independent

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