What’s on in the equestrian world?
From the pomp and ceremony of dressage to the pride of the ponies at local fairs, grab a ring-side seat and enjoy the show
For pure, unadulterated entertainment and lashings of authentic Irish tradition, head to a horse fair like Oul' Lammas Fair in County Antrim, and the Connemara Pony Show in County Galway. It’s not just the horses that draw the crowds – music, storytelling and dancing go on late into the night.
Summer agricultural shows are a great way to experience Irish country life, such as the Belfast Balmoral Show in May, and offer excellent entertainment for all the family.
If you prefer your events on a grander scale, then the Failte Ireland International Horse Show in August at the Royal Dublin Society's grounds is the place to go, with some of the most accomplished show jumping in the world.
You might not have room in your suitcase for a thoroughbred, but even if you’re not buying, a trip to an Irish horse sale is an experience in itself.
- Goffs in Kill, County Kildare and Tattersalls in County Meath both of which specialise in the sale of thoroughbreds.
- Goresbridge Sales in Kilkenny and Cavan Equestrian Center in Cavan Town also cater for the sport-horse market.