Wednesday August 06 2008
DUBLIN 4 will be alive with the sound of clanging hoofs from today, as the annual Dublin Horse Show gets under way.
One of the largest events in the country, it regularly attracts tens of thousands of horse-lovers from across the globe.
Over a thousand horses and ponies will feature at the event, which is being held at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) grounds until August 10.
This year marks the 135th horse show, founded to foster and promote the Irish horse industry.
The show aims to redevelop a market for Irish-bred horses, set standards and reward improvements in breeding and performance, as well as promoting international jumping.
However, as always, eyes will drift from the raft of well-bred horses on display to the glitz and glamour of Evian Ladies Day, which will take place on Thursday, with a trip worth €10,000 up for grabs.
It includes a €3,000 shopping spree in the couture capital of the world, staying in the renowned Ritz hotel, in the heart of Paris. The hotly anticipated event will also feature a category for Best in Pink, Best Dressed Man and Most creative Hat.
However, shopaholics can also buy products from Ireland's leading craft designers and student artists -- which will be on display and available to buy during the event.
For online bookings call the Failte Ireland Dublin Horse Show Ticketline on 0818 300 274 or click onto www.dublinhorseshow.com
- Patricia McDonagh