Providing a welcome like no other, each year, Ireland draws the world’s best International equine riders and horses of all disciplines to compete in some of the most beautiful settings Ireland has to offer. From world class showjumping to adrenaline rushing eventing, Ireland’s portfolio of international equine entertainment is endless.
Kick starting off the international calendar in May, Balmoral International Horse show is Northern Ireland’s largest agricultural show and promises each year to deliver a traditional Irish spectacle.
Aside from the horse competitions, this fun and busy show offers the chance to get up close and personal with sheep shearing, prize-worthy donkeys, as well as cows and sheep of every variety.
Play grounds, face painting, shopping and tractor shows ensure the whole family is kept busy. International showjumping is the main attraction, taking place on a beautiful open grass field, international stars from around the globe descend on the venue to battle out the prize fund.
Hosting an international Grand prix, as well as speed classes, you will be entertained by the best in the business. If your interest is young horses, this show also hosts young horse classes for both showjumping and event horses. A real family event, Balmoral is one to put on the bucket list!
Tattersalls International Horse Trails and Country Fair in June attracts the world’s top eventers to take on a demanding three days of competition. Set in the beautiful roaming Tattersalls estate in Co.Meath, just thirty minutes from Dublin City Centre, Tattersalls welcomes visitors free of charge to spectate the jaw dropping talent from both Ireland and abroad.
Day one begins with a wonderful display of dressage competition on the front lawns of the old estate house. Here spectators witness the accuracy and bond between horse and rider at the highest level.
Day two brings the ultimate test of horse and rider, the cross country phase. Walk the course and follow the riders up close as they navigate their way across beautiful Irish country side and natural solid fences.
The water jump provides guaranteed thrills and spills!
The final day concludes once again on the manicured lawns of Tattersalls house, this time the horses and riders are put to the test of technical and light showjumping fences. After three days of competition the champion is crowned, will you be there to cheer them on?
Dublin Horse Show, often cited as the best horse show in the world, is undoubtedly the pinnacle of the Irish International Calendar. The show epitomises all aspects of the equestrian world with children on ponies, show horses, stunt riders, international showjumping, young horses, event horses, even race horses taking part.
The show takes place in the centre of Dublin city and attracts over 100,000 visitors over five days. The International riders list is guaranteed to have you jumping up and down with excitement with the best riders in the world eagerly attending Dublin each year.
Just minutes from the busy shopping streets, the international showjumping is hosted in the main stadium, jam packed with spectators, all the highs and lows of international competition can be expected.
This show is home to a Nations Cup, a team competition where riders battle it out to be the winning nation. However, undoubtedly the highlight for many is the Puissance competition where Horse and Rider are challenged to jump the highest wall to take home the coveted trophy. If you enjoy an electric atmosphere, Dublin Horse Show cannot be missed!
Cavan International Horse Show takes place in November and is one of Ireland’s only major Indoor Jumping competitions.
Snuggled in the Hills of Co.Cavan, this show hosts a number of evening classes for spectators. Hundreds of horses descend here for six days of competition, both national and international.
The atmosphere is relaxed and intimate and the parties are renowned! With bars and a restaurant the venue caters to your every need. Cavan International is free and all-access, allowing you to wander through the stables, watch the warm up and chat with locals.
Many Irish people gather here for trading and the experience guarantees you an interesting insight into the Irish Horse Industry.
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