As a Pony Club graduate, fellow alumni must be supported in all major equestrian events. This brought me to the Dublin Horse Show yesterday. Of course this was not the only attraction towards attending!
Similar to my venture to the Galway races, driving was the chosen transport mode. Against mom’s persistent insistence that the trusty green bus should have been taken.
Ron (my car) was packed with lunch and raincoats- this would get us through any ordeal! Myself and my sister, Ciara, embarked on our swift two and a half hour journey to UCD where Ron was deserted and the shuttle bus brought us just outside the RDS.
This was a lovely opportunity to catch up with friends from our pony club days. The Connemara classes gained our full support. A very impressive display of these horses performed a flat riding test, a course of jumps and a hand-let show.
A demonstration led by Paul Carberry and Robbie Power, two very successful jockeys, took our interest in the afternoon. I found this particularly interesting having retrained two racehorses to event previously.
A large audience was attracted to this feature. I thought this was very good for the thoroughbred industry. The broken down steps and understanding of the process behind retraining a racehorse made the process more accessible. Furthermore, the involvement of such successful jockeys made the idea very exciting!
Of course we could not hit the M7 without some shopping. The Mackenzie and George stand drew my attention. I really loved this hat and feather pin- perfect for the upcoming national hunt season.
Unfortunately long queues of traffic greeted us on our departure. Luckily Google maps diverted us from the immobile traffic.
We had a wonderful day at the Dublin Horse Show and will surely be back again next year.