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Scenes from last year’s Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Stena Line Dublin Horse Show

Enjoy horses?

Fancy a free day out?

Read on.

Nicole Osborne writes:

This year’s Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Stena Line Dublin Horse Show takes place from the 7th-11th August at the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

With over 1,500 horses and ponies, 135 competitions, it’s one of the stand out events of the summer!

And making it extra special this year is the 100th anniversary of Ladies’ Day.

Not just a day for hats and gúnas, but a day for celebrating women in sport, which is how it became known as Ladies Day back in 1919.

A new addition for this year’s Show is the focus on wellness. At the heart of equestrianism is the relationship between the horse and rider. But what can we learn from such relationships?

Equine-assisted therapy is well established around the globe and this year visitors can hear from experts in this area and how to bring some of their learnings into your own life.

Expanding on this theme, BEO Wellness will bring a wealth of speakers on all manner of areas from food, to fitness, to style, fitting in perfectly with Ladies’ Day at the Show.

The Show has plenty more to offer visitors with some boutique fashion and craft offerings alongside equine products, from both home and abroad….

We have THREE (yes, three) Pairs of tickets to attend the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Stena Line Dublin Horse Show on any day.

To enter, Just tell us your first memory of the Horse Show.

Lines MUST close at 3.15pm EXTENDED until 6.15pm MIDNIGHT! 3AM

Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Stena Line Dublin Horse Show

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62 thoughts on “Be A Stable Genius

  1. The G

    Back in the ‘70s, we used to be brought on the “cheap “ admittance day. Walked there, walked back, jam sandwiches. One of my best childhood memories.

  2. Keith O'Sullivan

    A few years ago I went with my wife (who is a horsey person) for the first time, my first memory of the place was thinking why the fupp didn’t I leave my wallet at home…..

  3. Ciara S

    My first memory of the Dublin Horse Show was watching it as a child on the TV down in Cork, as my family stopped travelling up to it once I came along (4 kids was too many apparently!). It clearly worked it’s magic though as I now live in Dublin, never miss a show and have my own horse who would be delighted with the extra goodies I’d buy for him if I were to win a free pair of tickets!

  4. Holden MaGroin

    I went in the early nineteen hundred and eighties when I was 5 or 6 and collected lots of stickers from the stands of the various brands at the time. I was very happy to get all the free stuff. I then brought them home and stuck them to my chest of drawers.It was great.

    1. Paulus

      May have been the Spring Show, also held in the RDS.
      Though you will know best given that it was you who was, well, there.

      1. Holden MaGroin

        Oh you are right. In the interest of openness and honesty I withdraw my entry.

  5. millie st murderlark

    I’ve never been lucky enough to attend a horse show but my daughter is absolutely horse mad and has been begging for horse riding lessons (which I will never be able to afford) along with a horse or unicorn of her own. I fear she’s setting herself up for disappointment.

          1. some old quare

            I do wish people would check which profile they are posting under? Detail is good.

            Pony has a bullet in the head, no matter how hard he or she tries.

        1. millie st murderlark

          Thanks for that Johnny. That looks brilliant! I’ll have to try get her out there. Hope you have a good weekend :)

  6. Scooperman

    My first memory of the horse show harks back to a few seconds ago when considering what a long and clumsy name Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Stena Line Dublin Horse Show is

  7. bisted

    …went for the first time in the nineties to watch a friend who was competing in the cheese chase…her team got to the final and I’ve been hoooked ever since…

  8. John Moore

    Brought by my grauntee who wore a new feather in her hat – cheering Eddie Macken who seemed to win everything every year, wondering when we would get our chips.

  9. Kingfisher

    My mother glaring at our tiny black-and-white TV where she always watched the showjumping, and then walking across and switching it off, saying “I’m never going to watch that again. The jumps are too high. It’s cruelty.”

  10. Stephen F

    My mother going with her sisters and mother (my grandmother), would come home sunburnt, smelling of saddle wax and if Ireland won the Aga Khan full of gin and tonic. It used to mark the peak of summer when I was young, downhill to September and the return to school.
    She hasn’t gone in the past few years since my grandmother passed away, so putting forward a sob story to try and get her a couple of tickets to send her off with a sister or two and hope to have her retun full of gin and tonic after an Ireland win

  11. Janet, I ate my avatar

    my first memory of the horse show was begging a friend’s family to bring me,
    I’d been mucking out in exchange for the odd lesson, before that it was the Mrs McCann’s poney and no saddle and the mad dash up the street hanging on for dear life, I was horse mad, horse poster wallpaper, my own imaginary horse,
    I got to go, we won a back stage pass, I met my horse heros, they were the princes of horses, my wildest dreams, every jump I was on the back in my mind too, I flew,
    I’d love to go back and share it now with another horse mad wee girl.

  12. shayna

    I went to The Horse Show with my parents and siblings back in the day – I fell in love with Eddie Macken and Boomerang, his horse. Boomerang was born the same year as myself. He was 16.6 Hands high – tall for a horse – kinda like myself, tall. They were a handsome couple, Eddie Macken in his green jacket of Ireland riding Boomerang at the RDS – special memories

    1. bertie blenkinsop

      Aga Khan, let me rock you
      Let me rock you, Aga Khan
      Let me rock you, that’s all I wanna do…

      I’m so old I remember when Ian Beale looked younger than Kathy Beale.

  13. Lilly

    Although horse-mad as a kid, I didn’t go to the Horse Show until fairly recently. About five years ago, my sister was bringing a group of children for the day so I arranged to meet up with them. I got separated from the group on some errand or other when I wandered by the practice pen and stopped to watch one of the riders putting a mare through her paces.

    I got chatting to the man standing beside me – we were the only onlookers – a craggy, unshaven American who told me the rider was his daughter. There was a bit of banter and as I made to leave, he stuck out his hand and said, ‘Nice chatting to you, I’m Bruce’. I shook his hand, offered my own name and wished them luck. Later as I watched her compete, I told my sis I was rooting for – Jessica was her name – as I’d met the father outside. She fell about the place laughing; I’d just spent five minutes chatting to ‘The Boss’ and failed to recognise him.

  14. some old quare

    The platform refresh processes under this site are as stable as the current British government.

    19:53 26.07.19

    Oh- ok.

      1. some old quare

        How many of them sit on the same platform as broadsheet.ie?

        Why the delay in postings from certain IP ranges?

        How can I VPN then have an instant post while others take up to two hours?

        Feel free to give me a technical answer BB.

          1. some old quare

            I agree- except it is not my money.

            If it was- I’d be screaming blue murder because at the very least commentators expect their posts to appear in chronological order- in real time.

          2. bertie blenkinsop

            It’s the same for all of us.
            I can’t speak for everyone else but I think it’s a great place to chat, flaws and all and I have endless admiration for the mods and the work they put in and the community they have allowed to build up.
            So I’m happy to overlook it.

          3. some old quare

            I don’t over look something which the site pays for is my point.

            The platform is contractually obliged to refresh at a particular rate. If you don’t understand the difference between a website and the underlying platform then we are being critical of separate things?

  15. pooter

    Fascinated by the Horse Show every year. When we got home me and my siblings made ‘jumps’ using sticks in the back garden and held competitions running and jumping. If a jump fell it was 4 faults. Whoever got the lowest score won. Great times. Also memories of Eddie Macken, he seemed to be just there every year without fail. We didnt have many Irish heroes back in the 1970’s but he was up there.

  16. Keith O'Sullivan

    Ah here, I commented just before the first deadline and mine was only the fourth comment!

  17. italia'90

    My first memory of the Horse Show was waking up in a bit of a daze,
    in a field with a few cows and sheep the following day.

    A cow called Mary bigboobs came over to me as I lay castrate in some long grass.
    *You jumped magnificently yesterday Billy bigbaws” she said.
    “Thanks” I said.
    “Such a pity you racked up so many faults.”
    “No worries” I said.
    “That won’t happen ever again.”

    “And by the way, you can just call me Billy from now on.”

  18. pooter

    Bridget Dowling from Dublin, met Adolf Hitler’s brother Alois at the Dublin Horse Show in 1909. She later married him. True story.

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