Thursday 21 September 2017

Rachel's side-saddling up for the Horse Show

Sports presenter and Irish Independent columnist Rachel Wyse who was unveiled as judge for Blossom Hill Ladies’ Day at the Dublin Horse Show
Sports presenter and Irish Independent columnist Rachel Wyse who was unveiled as judge for Blossom Hill Ladies’ Day at the Dublin Horse Show

Valerie Loftus

SKY Sports presenter and Irish Independent columnist Rachel Wyse will carry on a family tradition at this year's Dublin Horse Show by judging the Best Dressed Lady competition, an event her father introduced to the show 30 years ago.

Her role at this year's Ladies' Day is doubly significant for Rachel as her mother was a judge at the Dublin Horse Show's first Best Dressed Lady competition in 1983.

"It's very special for me. I used to showjump at the RDS for about 10 years, so I'm used to being here in jodhpurs and mucking out stables as opposed to standing in a dress and heels," she said.

Joining Rachel on the judging panel is Brendan Courtney of RTÉ's 'Off the Rails' and Susan Loughnane, who stars as Debbie in acclaimed drama 'Love/Hate'.

The woman they crown Best Dressed Lady on August 8 will walk away from the RDS with a shopping trip to New York worth €8,000.

"What I look for is a twist on classics. Have something interesting and unusual about what you're doing," said Brendan, a regular on Best Dressed Lady judging panels. "Get the auld hat out," he added.

Rachel said she will be looking for someone who brings "lots of colour, and also their personality with them".

DIY and homemade accessories have become very popular at Ladies' Day in recent years, and all three judges are excited to see entrants showcasing creativity and individuality.

However, Brendan said that wearing a piece from his Lennon Courtney line will not help you get in his good books. "It's a very democratic process," he said.

Finalists have already been chosen from race days at Mallow, Fairyhouse and Tipperary. The winner, who will be selected by Philip Treacy, will see their creations go on sale in Arnotts.

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