About the Show.
First held in 1864, the horse show has become a Dublin institution, a celebration of Ireland’s affinity with the horse, from the best show horses to the best international show jumpers. It is one of Ireland’s largest events, a highlight of the summer, each year welcoming tens of thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world.
Founded by the Royal Dublin Society in 1868 to foster the equine industry in Ireland, the first Dublin Horse Show took place on the lawns of Leinster House – now home to the Irish Government.
During the five days of the Horse Show over 1,500 horses and ponies compete in 132 competitions and classes with over €940,000 in prize money.