Thursday 29 September 2016

Saddling up for the Dublin Horse Show

Shane O'Riordan

Published 16/07/2015 | 02:30

Model Gracie O’Mahony from Bennetsbridge, Co Kilkenny, with (from left to right) Lydia Dawson on Gloster Boy, Emily McQuade on Twilight Oscar, Antonia De Burgh on Rocky Cashal and Alicia Devlin Byrne on Grey Smoke at the launch of the Dublin Horse Show yesterday. Photo: Damien Eagers
Model Gracie O’Mahony from Bennetsbridge, Co Kilkenny, with (from left to right) Lydia Dawson on Gloster Boy, Emily McQuade on Twilight Oscar, Antonia De Burgh on Rocky Cashal and Alicia Devlin Byrne on Grey Smoke at the launch of the Dublin Horse Show yesterday. Photo: Damien Eagers
Jack Lennon (8), from Callan, Co Kilkenny, on Ebony Flash Miss, holding the Aga Khan Trophy with showjumper Bertram Allen. Photo: Damien Eagers

Horse lovers and socialites alike are saddling up for one of the biggest events of their calendar.

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The Dublin Horse Show, which will run from August 5-9, expects to reel in €45m for the local economy in direct and indirect spending, the RDS chief executive has said.

"This is the 142nd Dublin Horse Show so there's an awful lot of history and tradition behind it," said CEO Michael Duffy. "We're keeping that tradition but always adding new content so you're going to see a lot of the real crowd pleasers like the Aga Khan competition on Friday, the Land Rover Puissance on Saturday, and the Longines International Grand Prix on the Sunday."

More than 1,500 horses will be on display at the event, which nets almost half of the annual €97m generated by the horse trade in Ireland, according to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring.

Bertram Allen, the fifth highest-ranked show jumper in the world, will be competing again this year having won last year's Grand Prix.

"I think getting the Aga Khan is the first major goal here. Hopefully we can get a good result that will lead us fighting into Aachen," he said, referencing the European Championships in Germany next month.

Irish Independent

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