The Annual Royal Dublin Society Horse Show is truly an international affair, with visitors from France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, America and many more countries who are there to see some of the finest horses in the world. Of particular interest is the Irish Hunter. During the course of the week of the 3-7th of August this year, what has become known as ‘The World’s Most Charming Horse Show’ will attract some 80,000 visitors to the 40 acre site of the RDS Showgrounds in the centre of Dublin City in Ireland.
There they will see the cream of Irish horses competing for the most sought after prizes in equestrian sport in Ireland. More than 1,400 horses and ponies will compete in over 100 competitions with the owner’s dream of saying, “My horse won at the RDS in Dublin.” The beautifully manicured main arena has seen a succession of world dignitaries like presidents, crown heads of Europe and the Middle East, Hollywood film stars and other household names relaxing from their daily duties and mingling with the crowds enjoying the spectacle. Film director John Huston bred Connemara ponies while he lived in Ireland, and showed them at the RDS. In fact he has the distinction of being the only owner to show a pony that gave birth to a foal the following day in the stables at the RDS!