Bumper crowds flock to Ballsbridge

Seamus Lehane shows his delight after winning the Pembroke Cup as owner and exhibitor of Ballard Big Bang, a three-year-old gelding by Ghareeb.
Seamus Lehane shows his delight after winning the Pembroke Cup as owner and exhibitor of Ballard Big Bang, a three-year-old gelding by Ghareeb.
Rosemary Connors and Rehy I'm A Star on a lap of honour after winning the lightweight hunter championship

THE 2014 Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show was hailed as an outstanding success, with a sequence of exciting Irish wins in the show jumping in the main arena making it one of the best ever.

Attendance was well up on day one, and the crowds continued to arrive in their droves over the next four days, despite occasional heavy rain showers.

No amount of rain could have dampened the spirits of the exhibitors and owners of some 1,300 horses and ponies who competed in 125 classes for a total prize-fund of €940,000.

Aside from the competitions, one of the main attractions of the week was Buck Brannaman. The man who inspired the Nicholas Evans novel, The Horse Whisperer, he wowed the crowds with his demonstrations in natural horsemanship t.

The sun shone for Ladies' Day and there were great celebrations when Carol Kennelly was announced as the winner from 600 women who entered this hugely popular annual competition.

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