Riding Horses

Classes

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25. SMALL RIDING HORSE, mare or gelding, 4 years old and over, exceeding 148cms, but not exceeding 158cms.
To be ridden by riders who have attained their 14th birthday by 1 January 2017.

26. LARGE RIDING HORSE, mare or gelding, 4 years old and over, exceeding 158cms.
To be ridden by riders who have attained their 14th birthday by 1 January 2017.

Aim

To identify a true Riding Horse; which should demonstrate quality, substance, bone, correct conformation, presence and straight and fluent action.

It should be a horse best described as something between what is generally recognised as a true Hunter and a true Hack.  While it does not require the substance of a Hunter or the elegance of a Hack, it should be up to sufficient weight to carry an average adult and at the same time be a comfortable ride and show ability to gallop.


Entry Fee

RDS Members: €300 each entry; Non-Members: €325 each entry.


Rules

Horses entered in the Riding Horse Classes may not be entered in the Show Hunter, Small Hunter, Sportsman (Amateur Hunter), Cob and Pony classes.

Exhibits in Class 25 must have a current and valid measurement under the Show Jumping Ireland / Irish Pony Society Measurement Scheme and their passports must be available on arrival for inspection.


Judging

To be judged on the ride, manners and conformation. Judges will ask the class to gallop. Judges may ride some of the exhibits and then may require individual shows from as many as time allows. The individual show, if required, must not exceed 1.5 minutes and should include walk, trot, canter, simple change at canter, rein back, strike off on required leg, gallop on, halt and stand still. There will be a strong emphasis on manners, ride and training.

Judges will be reminded to confine their winners to proper Riding Horse type and Exhibitors are reminded of the Sportsman classes for amateur producers as a possible alternative to the Riding Horse classes.


Awards & Prizes

The number of prizes awarded is based on the number of animals catalogued. For more information please click here

  • 1st €595
  • 2nd €415
  • 3rd €320
  • 4th €222
  • 5th €160

Cups & Trophies

Cup No. 121 – Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Best Riding Horse in the Show.  The first and second prize-winners in Classes 25 and 26 will compete for this Cup.


Parade

Champion and Reserve Champion are required to participate in the Parade of Champions on Friday 11 August.  Further details available here.