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80,000 chomping at the bit as Horse Show begins

MORE THAN 80,000 people are expected to flock to the historic Dublin Horse Show this week as it returns to mark its 138th birthday.

The Dublin Horse Show kicked off today at the RDS show grounds in Dublin 4 and numbers are set to soar.

The celebrated show-jumping competition is a major tourist attraction.

With a packed line-up -- including the FEI Nations Cup for the Aga Khan trophy on Friday and the Puissance on Saturday's programme -- three new classes have been added for 2011 event-goers.

And it's not just for show-jumping fans, masses from around the world will be there.


Three hundred trade stands and displays selling everything from art and antiques to jewellery and household items will also be available.

Running until this Sunday, the five-day equestrian extravaganza also sees fashionistas flaunt their style and this year is sure to be no exception.

Singer Sharon Corr, Off The Rails presenter Brendan Courtney and milliner Michael Leong will be on hand for the Blossom Hill Ladies Day tomorrow, to help judge the best dressed lady of the afternoon.

The celebrity panel will pick from 1,500 entrants between 12.30pm and 3pm before crowning the top couture choice after 4pm. The winner will win a trip to California and bag a cash prize worth €10,000.

The show rounds off with the Longines Grand Prix on Sunday.