Three Year Old Potential Event Horse


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To identify the highly desirable, good looking horse with potential for the discipline of eventing and to assist breeders and producers to present their Three Year Old stock to the best advantage for modern eventing competitions.


Restricted to 'Irish bred' horses only.

Three Year Old Fillies, Geldings and Colts are eligible to qualify for this Class.

Entry Fee

RDS Members: €234 each entry; Non-Members: €265 each entry.


The judges will qualify a maximum of three horses (and one reserve) from each venue. Should any qualified horse withdraw from this class; a reserve horse from one of the qualifying venues will be invited to compete at the Final. Any exhibitor who has not entered their animal by 29 June will automatically be replaced by a reserve horse. Any horse withdrawn from this class after 12 July 2019 will not be replaced. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to enter their animal by the due date for the Final at the Dublin Horse Show.

Selection or non-selection of horses at each venue is totally at the judges’ discretion.

Exhibitors / representatives may only use two qualifying venues in order to qualify any one horse. Should an exhibitor / representative appear at a third qualifier with the same horse, this animal will automatically be disqualified from Class 61.

Horse Passports must be available for inspection by the judges at the qualifiers and the Final.

In the interest of safety in the collecting rings at the Show, stallions will compete first and should be returned immediately after their show to their assigned stabling.  Exhibitors are advised to ensure that their entry is presented by a competent handler and appropriately tacked with bridle and bit.

This class will run as per a specific drawn order available from the Equestrian Office. 


As this is a broadly-based assessment of the horse's suitability, exhibitors are strongly advised to study the competition format and train their stock in preparation for each element of the format, i.e. Triangle, Loose Canter and the Jumping Grid.


Horses to be presented in a Simple Snaffle bit (as defined by FEI rules) and Chiffney (if required).

Stallions should be appropriately tacked with an in-hand bridle with bit and a leather lead shank of a minimum length of 12ft.

Double bridles are not permitted.

No hind boots or bandages permitted.


Five qualifying venues have been selected from which the three best horses will come forward to the Final at the Dublin Horse Show.

Fifteen horses will qualify from the qualifiers.

The winner and reserve from the Three Year Old Performance Class at Newcastle West Agricultural Show, Co. Limerick on Sunday, 15 July will also qualify for this class.

Exhibitors wishing to compete at the qualifiers must have pre-entered with the venue in question by 6pm on the day before the qualifier is due to take place.  Entries will be accepted by phone or email to the contact details for the venues listed here.  Exhibitors will be advised of their start time by return email or by phone at the time of entry.  No late entries or entries on the day will be accepted.  Exhibitors that do not present their horse at their allocated start time will not be permitted to compete.

A horse cannot qualify for both the Three Year Old Potential Event Horse and the Three Year Old Loose Performance competition.  Exhibitors should decide which competition category their horse is best suited to, and note that the horse’s first qualification will secure it’s qualification place, regardless of further placings at later qualifiers.


Phase One - Presentation

In hand - using triangle format (25m x 40m x 25m) in the Final only. Please click here for further information on showing on the triangle.

  • 30 points - Conformation (Looking for excellent all round conformation)
  • 20 points - Walk, Trot (Freedom of pace, power, lightness, balance and athleticism)

Phase Two - Performance

Loose - in an enclosed chute/pen

  • 30 points - Canter* (Correct, elastic, regular through a swinging back, length of stride, balance, self-carriage and lightness)
  • 30 points - Jumping (Scope, athleticism, technique - use of head, neck and shoulders, suppleness of back, open/tight haunches)
  • 10 points - Reflexes (Quickness of reflexes)
  • 10 points - Standard of Training & Presentation
  • 20 points - Potential & Suitability (Quality, presence and temperament)

Total 150 points

*Canter: Horses will be allowed to display themselves once in canter around the enclosed arena. This “canter round” will be scored as per headings given above.

‘Economy of Effort’ in jumping will be rewarded.

No points for unnatural or exaggerated performances.

In the event of a tie, the horse with the highest score from Phase Two will be the winner.


A 'Grid' consisting of three obstacles as detailed here will be provided.

Awards & Prizes

  • 1st €5,000
  • 2nd €3,000
  • 3rd €2,000
  • 4th €1,500
  • 5th €1,000
  • 6th €750
  • 7th €600
  • 8th €500
  • 9th €400
  • 10th €250

Exhibitors placed 11th to 17th will receive €250 for competing in the final

Cups & Trophies

Cup No. 73 – The “Captain Anthony Maude” Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Champion Three-Year-Old.  First and second prize winners in Classes 57 – 61 will compete for this Cup.

Cup No. 145 – The “Owen Ryan” Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Champion Yearling, Two or Three Year Old Filly.  The first and second prize-winning fillies in Classes 53, 56, 59 and 61 will compete for this Championship.

Cup No. 152 – Perpetual Challenge Trophy presented to the winner of the Potential Event Horse class.

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