Racehorse to Riding Horse


  • When: Sat 12 August, 13:15 - 14:45
  • Where: Ring 1

30. THOROUGHBRED, mare or gelding, 4 years old and over.
To be ridden by riders who have attained their 16th birthday by 1 January 2017 (Restricted to 18 entries).


To showcase successful Irish bred or trained racehorses as useful and suitable riding horses.   The horses entered in this class should demonstrate quality, substance, bone, correct conformation, presence and true action.

The class may include racehorses of hack, riding horse or hunter types with the best of type being judged the winner

Entry Fee

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


This class is open to thoroughbred horses only. This class is open to ‘Irish Bred’ horses and / or foreign bred horses which have been trained (for racing) in Ireland for a minimum of one year.

The winner of the open Racehorse to Riding Horse class at the following Shows will also be given an invitation to this class;

Athenry Agricultural Show, Co. Galway - Sunday 28 May

Armagh County Agricultural Show, Gosford Forest Park, Co. Armagh - Saturday 10 June

Gorey Agricultural Show, Springmount, Gorey, Co. Wexford - Saturday 17 June

Cork Summer Show, Curraheen, Co. Cork - Sunday 18 June

Athlone Agricultural Show, Athlone, Co. Westmeath - Sunday 25 June

Please note only competitors who place 1st at the qualifiers will receive an invitation, no reserves will be taken.

Please note the number of entries in this class will be restricted to 18 (inclusive of the 5 invitations), if more than 18 entries are received horses will be selected (exclusive of the 5 invitations) based on highest official earnings as recorded by the Turf Club.


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 2 minutes and to include the 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.

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. 161 – Perpetual Challenge Trophy presented to the winner of the Racehorse to Riding Horse class.


Champion and Reserve Champion are required to participate in the Parade of Champions on Sunday 13 August. Further details available here.