01. GELDING, 6 – 8 years old, capable of carrying up to 83kg (13st).
02. GELDING, 4 years old, capable of carrying up to 83kg (13st).
03. MARE, 4 years old, capable of carrying up to 83kg (13st).
04. GELDING, 5 years old, capable of carrying up to 83kg (13st).
05. MARE, 5 – 8 year old, capable of carrying up to 83kg (13st).
06. MARE, 4 – 8 years old, capable of carrying 83kg to 89kg (13st to 14st).
07. GELDING, 4 years old, capable of carrying 83kg to 89kg (13st to 14st).
08. GELDING, 5 years old, capable of carrying 83kg to 89kg (13st to 14st).
09. GELDING, 6 - 8 years old, capable of carrying 83kg to 89kg (13st to 14st).
10. MARE or GELDING, 4 years old, capable of carrying 89kg (14st) and upwards.
11. MARE or GELDING, 5 years old, capable of carrying 89kg (14st) and upwards.
12. MARE or GELDING, 6 - 8 years old, capable of carrying 89kg (14st) and upwards.
To demonstrate the Irish Hunter type horse, with quality, substance, movement and presence. Also to encourage and promote traditional breeding.
The horse favoured by the judges in the Show Hunter Classes is that ideal combination of quality, substance and presence, which will carry an adult at speed and with safety over varying countryside in all types of going.
These classes are restricted to ‘Irish Bred’ horses only.
To be ridden by riders who have attained their 16th birthday by 1 January 2017.
RDS Members: €295 each entry, Non-members: €325 each entry.
Exhibitors are recommended to pay particular attention when selecting the weight categories for their entries.
Please note that horses which have been operated on for a wind infirmity are not eligible for entry into these classes.
Exhibitors are recommended to compete 4 year old Show Hunters in snaffle bits.
During the initial judging of the Championships exhibitors will be asked to carry out their trot display in the proximity of the judges. The full arena may be used for the canter / gallop display. Exhibitors are asked to pay particular attention to the instructions of the Stewards on duty.
Awards & Prizes
The number of prizes awarded is based on the number of animals catalogued. For more information please click here
Classes 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12:
- 1st €595
- 2nd €415
- 3rd €320
- 4th €222
- 5th €160
Classes 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 (Four Year Olds):
- 1st €1,300
- 2nd €900
- 3rd €720
- 4th €490
- 5th €340
A Special Prize of €470 for the Champion and €205 for the Reserve Champion of the Light-Weight Hunters, Middle-Weight Hunters, Heavy-Weight Hunters, Four Year Old Hunters and Best Hunter Mare will apply.
The RDS will present a Champion Prize of €2,000 and a Reserve Champion Prize of €1,000 for the Best Hunter in the Show (Cup No. 65).
Cups & Trophies
Cup No. 43 – The "Frances Cash" Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Best Heavy-Weight Hunter (Classes 10, 11 and 12).
Cup No. 44 – The “Samuel Ussher Roberts” Perpetual Cup for the Best Light-Weight Hunter (Classes 1 to 5).
Cup No. 62 – The “Joseph Widger” Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the Best Middle-Weight Hunter (Classes 6 to 9).
Cup No. 65 – Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Best Hunter in the Show. The winners and reserves for Cup Nos. 43, 44, 62, 85 & 98 will compete for this Cup.
Cup No. 85 – The “Galway-Greer” Perpetual Champion Cup for the Best Four-Year-Old Hunter in the Show. The first and second prize winners of Classes 2, 3, 6, 7 and 10 will compete for this Cup.
Cup No. 98 - Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the Best Hunter Mare. The first and second prize-winning mares in Classes 3, 5, 6, 10, 11 and 12 will compete for the Trophy.
Cup No. 157 - The "Michael W. Hickey" Perpetual Challenge Trophy presented to the rider of the Supreme Hunter Champion.
Champion and Reserve Champion of the Supreme Hunter, Four Year Old and the Hunter Mare Championships are required to participate in the Hunter Championship Parade on Saturday 12 August before the Land Rover Puissance in addition to the Parade of Champions on Sunday 13 August. Further details will be available here.