Thursday 26 April 2018

'It's like nothing else' - Fans enjoy glorious final day as Dublin Horse Show comes to close

Dublin Horse Show
Dublin Horse Show
Dublin Horse Show
Dublin Horse Show
Dublin Horse Show
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

There were long faces all round at the RDS as the 144th Dublin Horse Show drew to a close after the final day's action.

The fine weather drew huge numbers of families to check out the day's entertainment.

In the shopping area, attendees were taking advantage of the last chance to buy everything from scented candles to cupcakes, while over in the arts and crafts area, there were not one but two former TV presenters selling their wares.

Kevin Sharkey and RTE personality Thelma Mansfield had adjacent stalls as they displayed their very different artworks to the public.

Dublin Horse Show
Dublin Horse Show

Ex-Live At Three presenter Thelma said that business had been good over the course of the five days.

"It's such a great social occasion. You meet so many people you know," she said.

"I love horses, I love to look at them and I love the atmosphere of the horse show. It's like nothing else."

Over in the main arena, there was a fierce battle going on for the coveted Longines International Grand Prix, which had a total prize fund of €200,000 up for grabs.

Dublin Horse Show
Dublin Horse Show

The first round resulted in nine competitors going through to the jump-off - with Ireland's own Denis Lynch narrowly missing out on victory by just one-tenth of a second.

Despite having the backing of the home crowd, he crossed the line clear in 37.17 seconds and took home €40,000 for second place, to huge cheers from spectators.

First place went to Switzerland's Werner Muff, whose clear in 37.06 seconds saw him collect €66,000.

International Rider of the Show award went to Rio Olympian Greg Broderick.

Dublin Horse Show
Dublin Horse Show

The Tipperary man won two competitions during the week, namely last Wednesday's Speed Stakes and last Thursday's Speed Derby, and said he was "over the moon" with the prize.

Worth an estimated €45m to the local economy, the show saw approximately 100,000 people pour through the gates over the course of the week.

Herald

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