Thousands of spectators enjoy the return of the Dublin Horse Show

Thousands of people attended the Dublin Horse Show on its first day back at RDS since the outbreak of the pandemic.

The five-day show, which includes national and international horse competition, kicked off Wednesday at the historic showground.

The event, now in its 147th year, was forced to suspend for two years due to Covid-19.

Dublin Mayor Caroline Conroy officially opened it on Wednesday.

Organizers expect more than 100,000 people to participate over five days, with over 1,600 horses and ponies participating in some 170 equestrian events.

US Olympic rider Jessica Springsteen, daughter of rock star Bruce, is one of the international show jumpers participating.

The total prize pool for this year’s show is over €1.2 million.

There are also 300 exhibition stands showcasing art, antiques, beauty, fashion and equestrian gear.

Dublin Horse Show mascot Conor the Capall in the crowd on opening day (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dublin Horse Show director Pat Hanley was delighted to see the event restarted, adding that there had been “a tremendous amount of support and energy”.

He told RTE: Many have used the time to resume horse riding. Some riders have had great results since returning home. ”

He added that the show sets standards nationally and internationally. Thousands of spectators enjoy the return of the Dublin Horse Show

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