Racehorse to Riding Horse


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30. THOROUGHBRED, mare or gelding, 4 years old and over.
To be ridden by riders who have attained their 16th birthday by 1 January 2019 (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: €306 each entry; Non-Members: €331 each entry.


This class is open to thoroughbred horses only. This class is open to ‘Irish Bred’ horses and / or foreign bred horses that 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;

Northern Ireland Festival, Cavan Equestrian Centre, Co. Cavan - Friday 26 April

Armagh County Agricultural Show, Co. Armagh - Saturday 8 June

Gorey Agricultural Show, Co. Wexford - Saturday 15 June

Cork Summer Show, Co. Cork - Sunday 16 June

Athlone Agricultural Show, Co. Westmeath - Sunday 23 June

Flavours of Fingal County Show, Swords, Co. Dublin - Saturday 29 June

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

Please note once a combination obtains an invitation they are not permitted to compete in any further invitational events.  If the combination competes in a second invitational event, they will be eliminated from the event and forfeit their invitation to the Show. 

Please note the number of entries in this class will be restricted to 18 (inclusive of the 6 invitations), if more than 18 entries are received horses will be selected (exclusive of the 6 invitations) based on highest official earnings as recorded by the Racing Post database on the 28th of June 2019.


To be judged on the ride, manners and conformation.  Judges will ask the class to gallop.  Judges may ride some of the exhibits and may require individual shows from as many as time allows.  The individual show, if required, must not exceed 2 minutes and should include walk, trot, canter, a 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 11 August. Further details available here.