A little power nap ahead of the mane event
HORSERIDING can be a tiring business, as Alex O'Connor, pictured above by Frank McGrath, found yesterday when he took a nap on his pony Boos Blossom.
Five-year-old Alex was at the RDS to launch the 139th Dublin Horse Show which is on a week later than normal to avoid clashing with the Olympic Games. Even so, RDS chief executive Michael Duffy said the Games were unlikely to reduce the number of visitors to the event.
More than 100,000 people, from Ireland and abroad, are expected to help deliver a €40m injection to the local economy. Entries of the four-legged kind are up 10pc on last year with over 1,400 for this year's event, which runs from August 15-19, and advance ticket sales are "very satisfactory".
The 139th show offers a total prize fund of €944,010, with 131 classes and competitions. The highlights for many are the FEI Nations' Cup for the Aga Khan Trophy on the Friday, the nail-biting Land Rover Puissance on the Saturday and the Longines International Grand Prix on the Sunday.
Last year's show generated direct spending of €18m and a total injection of €43m into the economy.