1. Which events require qualification?
  2. Show Operations
  3. Tickets and Entry
  4. Withdrawals and Refunds
  5. Rosettes and Prizes

1. Which events require qualification?

Showing Classes:

  • Ladies Side-Saddle
  • Performance Irish Draught
  • Breeders' Championship
  • Three Year Old Potential Event Horse
  • Three Year Old Loose Performance
  • Young Event Horse
  • Small Event Horse
  • Intermediate Side-Saddle
  • Connemara Performance Hunter Championship
  • Combined Training
  • Junior Equitaton

Details of all qualifiers can be found on the website by clicking here

Jumping Classes:

All National Show Jumping classes require qualification

2. Show Operations

Can I request a stable location, or can my horses be stabled together?

We allocate stables according to classes and unfortunately cannot accommodate any specific requests.

What do I get for my entry fee?

Stabling, including hay and bedding.

When can I arrive with my horse/pony to be put in their stable?

Horses/ponies can only arrive at their allocated times. The arrival times will be allocated once all entries have been processed.

The following list of riding centres may have stabling available for exhibitors who may need to bring horses or ponies with them which are due in the RDS towards the end of the Show week.

Please note the RDS is providing this list as an aid to exhibitors ONLY and all livery conditions, costs and insurance implications are between the exhibitor and the riding centre. Exhibitors are free to use any other centre of their choice and knowledge.

Carrickmines Equestrian Centre, Glenamuck Road, Fox Rock, Dublin 18
Tel: 01 2955990

Coolmine Equestrain Centre, Saggart, Co. Dublin
Tel: 01 4588447

Kells Equestrian Centre, Carlanstown, Kells, Co. Meath
Tel: 086 8499201 or 087 9544351

Do I get allocated a tack room for my equipment?

Demand currently exceeds supply for tack rooms and allocation is provided on a first apply basis. Exhibitors must indicate on the Fee Docket if a tack room is required and send in with the entry form (together with the relevant fee). If you apply for a tack room and we cannot allocate one, you will receive a full refund after the Show.

Is car parking provided with my entry?

No. Exhibitors can pre-book car/truck/trailer/caravan space at Marian College, UCD, Merrion Cricket Club and Old Belvedere Rugby Football Club at a set fee. Please see the Exhibitor Parking page on this website.

Can I bring my horse in early or leave early?

Exhibitors must adhere to the arrivals and departures times listed in the Schedule. Exhibitors not required for Parades must vacate on the day their class adjudication is finished.

3. Tickets and Entry

How many tickets do I receive with my entry?

One exhibitor's / grooms wristband will be issued for each animal entered. One extra wristband in total will be issued if the exhibitor is not a member of the RDS.

A wristband system will be in place at the Show. Each Exhibitor will receive a voucher(s) which must be surrendered upon arrival at the Showgrounds in exchange for a wristband. This voucher is not an admission ticket and must be used to redeem a wristband at the designated areas. An exhibitor will not be permitted to exchange tickets or collect wristbands on behalf of another individual, groom or rider etc. Each wristband will be fastened by a member of the RDS Ticketing Staff. The holder of an authorised and un-tampered wrist band will be entitled to come and go from the premises during the 5 days of the Show from the 7 to 11 of August 2019. Please note that lost, mislaid or broken wristbands will NOT be replaced free of charge.

Exhibitors will of course still be able to carry out their normal preparations during the two days before the show

How can I apply for additional tickets?

Additional tickets can be purchased online at www.dublinhorseshow.com or by phone at 0818 719300 (calling from Republic of Ireland), 0844 8472455 (calling from Northern Ireland) or +353 1456 9569 (calling from outside of Ireland).

Am I entitled to use the Pocket Bar?

Only if you have an exhibitor pocket pass.

4. Withdrawals and Refunds

How do I withdraw my entry?

You must contact the RDS Equestrian Department in writing by letter, fax or email.

Details as follows:
Address: Equestrian Department, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Fax: +353 (0)1 660 4014
Email: equestrian@rds.ie

Up until what date can I withdraw a horse without incurring a monetary penalty?

60% of the entry fee is returned if the withdrawal is received in writing on or before 16 July 2018.

If I withdraw before the due date, when will I receive my refund?

All refund cheques will be posted after the Show (before the end of September). Refunds are made payable in Euro cheques only.

5. Rosettes and Prizes

When do I receive my prize money?

All cheques will be posted after the Dublin Horse Show (before the end of September). Prize money and refunds will be made payable in Euro cheques only.

Please note: The number of prizes awarded is based on the number of animals catalalogued
1 - 9 animals catalogued - prizes awarded from 1st to 3rd place
10 + animals - prizes awarded from 1st to 5th place

If I win a Cup or Perpetual Trophy, can I take it home?

Yes. During the Show, you will need to go to the Equestrian Office and complete the relevant paper work. When the trophy has been engraved, our Silversmiths, Messrs Weir & Sons, will contact you so you can arrange collection.  You must return the Cup/Trophy to Weirs (96 - 99 Grafton Street, 1 - 3 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2) at least thirty days prior to the following Show in the same condition as you received it.