Buyers on hunt for good deals
EVERYTHING from varicose-vein treatments to 19th-Century oil paintings went on sale at the Horse Show yesterday, writes Louise Hogan.
Inside the cavernous halls of the RDS, the haggling was nearly as absorbing as the energy expended by horse and rider in the arena.
"There was a sleepy start," said sculptor Sarah Coward, from south-west England, as she worked on crafting a statue, which retailed for a nifty €4,500, under the critiquing gaze of the passersby.
"The whole show could change in an hour. All we are looking for is four or five people."
Nearby, with seats at the show at a premium, there were buyers aplenty who took little enticement to consent to putting their feet up and indulging in a glass of wine.
"Tasting is one of the benefits -- you try before you buy," said wine consultant Danny Wong, from wine importers and producers Pieroth Dublin. "They know the quality of the wine and know what they want."
Dubliner Derek Young, from McCul Children's Clothing, was kept busy as mums checked out his designs. "I'm delighted with trade so far," he said.
Quality was also the name of the game down ringside. Former British event rider Vere Phillips, who is a leading horse dealer in the UK, revealed his record for horse purchases at the show stood at 22. So far this year he's already bought six.
"I just bought a nice horse, Free Flow," he said, after the horse produced by Mary Kehoe took third in the prestigious four-year-old Young Event Horse Class.
"He is a lovely horse and he was a proper price. He'll go on well in England. He was well produced," he added.