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Model Grace not afraid to muck in on her day off ...

MODEL Grace Fox is usually seen in the latest fashions -- but she's not afraid to muck in on her day off.

The 23-year-old beauty, who regularly appears on TV3's Ireland AM and Xpose, has a passion for horse-riding and was delighted to attend the Failte Ireland Dublin Horse Show.

The gorgeous blonde who posed for Swiss brand Gant, explained to the Herald how she came to take part in the famous event.

"I was buying bits and bobs in Equestrian World because I do showjumping and eventing myself, and I got asked to come along and work here for the next few days," she said.

"I'm particularly interested in the puissance event on Saturday and the amateur classes.

"I also love to watch the warm-ups because you can learn a lot from them."

The 5ft 8in stunner believes that horse-riding helps her keep in shape and fit into tight wedding dresses for the Irish Wedding Diaries.

"I think it's very good for maintaining a level of fitness and maintaining weight.


"It's quite difficult to fit in everything as I compete most weekends and that's when all the wedding shows are on, but during the week, I'd be working set hours so I can still fit in my horse-riding," she added.

Grace told the Herald that she was most looking forward to Friday's prestigious international competition, the Aga Khan trophy.

"Everybody is coming up for the Aga Khan," she said.

"I've got the day off work to enjoy all the stalls and the competition, I can't wait to see [Irish Olympic riders] Denis Lynch and Cian O'Connor."

Grace manages to combine both her passions -- just like her mother, former Miss Ireland contestant and Moy Riding School Centre owner, Helen Fox (also known as Helen Swift).

The stunning UCD graduate Grace was signed to Compton Model Agency after winning the Gillette Venus Model Search in 2009.

The multi-talented Meath native is currently completing a Masters in Journalism at Griffith College and hopes that she will be able to pursue her interest in television when she finishes.