The Irish capital is more than just brews, amazing architecture and craic. Dublin Horse Show is the largest equestrian event in all of Ireland and something you don’t want to miss. Every year the best horses are on display as well as national and international show-jumpers. When the annual Dublin Horse Show takes place, there is nothing quite like it and we have all the information you need, straight from the horse’s mouth!
A historical event
The very first show was held in 1864 and was one of the earliest leaping competitions ever held. Since then it has grown into a high profile international and national competition. Nothing says fancy quite like an equestrian event, and the people of Dublin all put on their Sunday best for the entirety of the Horse Show. We recommend you book your tickets early at the Royal Dublin Society Arena. Snaffle Travel can help with booking tickets and all travel arrangements.
With competitions spanning from small horses, working hunter horses to junior equitation and qualifying rounds, any equestrian fan will find themselves in a horse heaven. There are also parades and equestrian entertainment to be found throughout the show days such as t
he Speed Stakes, Ladies day, the Aga Khan Nations Cup, The Puissance a.k.a ‘the big wall competition’ and on the Sunday the main event is the Grand Prix. The fences on this course are enormous which attracts top riders from all over the world, with huge prize money up for grabs and you will understand why! competitions page.
Shopping, Food and Drink
There are other distractions to occupy your time. While away the hours at the Horse Show shopping village with more than 300 trade stands where you can buy Irish arts, crafts and fashion plus top international outdoor brands. There are also stands selling home and garden wares and of course tack shops and equestrian goods. Whatever you might need, you’ll find here and allow yourself plenty of time to wander around.
After you work up an appetite browsing the shops and stands, you can recharge for round two at the food village with plenty of dining and bars.
Entertainment for the whole family
Every year the Dublin Horse Show offers a wide range of entertainment to keep you busy all day long, with music and circus acts that will be roaming the showgrounds. This year, Irish dance, a puppet show, and gospel music are just some of the many acts. Check out the show’s own music and entertainment page for a complete overview of the many happenings here.
The official public opening time is 9 am when the Main Hall entrance will be open each day. The public can enter the showgrounds via the RDS Concert Hall entrance from 7am each day.
Getting there and parking
There are excellent transport links available, ranging from buses, trains and taxis. Check out the event’s own transport information page for detailed maps and an overview of nearby bus stops.
The entrance for the RDS Main Hall and Main Arena is on the Merrion Rd in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
It is suggested to use public transport where possible. The RDS Showground is served by Dublin Bus routes 4, 7 and 8 which stop outside the RDS on the Merrion Rd. In addition, it is very close to both Sandymount and Lansdowne Rd DART stations. There is also a park and ride facility at Muckross Park and UCD.
Whether you want to enjoy the competitions or just the fantastic family atmosphere, then the Dublin Horse Show is where to be. Don’t miss out on the biggest event in Ireland!
The event is normally held annually every August. The dates for next year are 18-22 August 2022.
Where to stay
Snaffle Travel can help with all travel arrangements including accommodation, flights, event tickets and other sightseeing options and tours. Due to the popularity of this event we recommend you book well in advance. Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on Australia +61 0427 286 061