Small Hunters


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20. MARE or GELDING, 4 or 5 years old. Over 148cms but not exceeding 158cms.
To be ridden by riders who have attained their 14th birthday by 1 January 2019.

21. MARE or GELDING, 6 years old or over. Over 148cms but not exceeding 158cms.
To be ridden by riders who have attained their 14th birthday by 1 January 2019.


To display the quality, temperament and conformation required of a Small Hunter.

The Small Hunter should be a blood horse. He should be short of leg, with a good deep body and should have a lot of character and presence with an exemplary temperament.


Horses taking part in the Small Hunters cannot compete in Classes 1 - 12 (Show Hunters), Classes 18 & 19 (Sportsman (Amateur Hunters)) and Classes 25 & 26 (Riding Horses).

Entry Fee

RDS Members: €306 each entry; Non-Members: €331 each entry.


Exhibits in the Small Hunters classes 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.

It is compulsory that all 4 and 5 year old horses entered in these classes have competed in a minimum of three shows prior to the 1st of August 2019.   Please note, exhibitors will be required to state the three shows on their entry form.  An allowance will be made for exhibitors who wish to compete in a Show scheduled between their time of entry and the 1st of August, i.e exhibitors will be permitted to list a show that they intend to compete in.  If an exhibitor lists a future show, but is then unable to attend the nominated show for reasons of force majeure, the exhibitor must declare this to the Equestrian Office before the 1st of August.

Proof of participation at these shows may be requested on arrival at the Dublin Horse Show, and should incorrect or inaccurate information be supplied it will incur elimination. 
For 5 year old horses who competed as 4 year olds in 2018, this experience may be used to fulfil the three show requirement. 

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. 35 – Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Best Small Hunter in the Show. The first and second prize-winners in Classes 20 and 21 will compete for this Cup.


Champion and Reserve Champion are required to participate in the Parade of Champions on Friday 9 August.  Further details available here.