The 2023 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ RDS Dublin Horse Show gets underway in Ballsbridge today and will run through until Sunday.
The Show, which combines sport, style and socialising in the heart of Dublin city, provides €50 million to the Irish economy and is the highlight of the Irish Horse Sport Industry which is worth one billion and provides for over 15,000 jobs in Ireland.
Here are 10 numbers that paint a picture of a very special sporting and social occasion.
The RDS Dublin Horse Show is worth €50 million to the Irish economy.
The 2023 Dublin Horse Show is the 148th in the history of the event. The 1st Aga Khan Challenge Trophy was presented in 1926 and has been won out right five times, the last being to Ireland in 1979.
Approximately 1,600 horses and ponies compete in over 168 classes and competitions; 84 showing classes, 32 performance classes, 35 national show jumping competitions and 15 international show jumping competitions, 8 of which are world ranking classes.
The total prize fund for the 2023 Dublin Horse Show is €1,300,925.
Eight teams will compete for this year’s Aga Khan: Belgium, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.
Over 300 Trade Exhibitors display their wares. A quarter of these exhibitors are from overseas.
20,000 spectators can be accommodated in the Main Arena.
Approximately 40,000 flowers, of 20 different varieties plus shrubs, baskets and boxes are used to decorate the grounds.
40,000 ice cream cones will be consumed. 35,000 glasses of wine and 40,000 pints will be poured. 15,000 coffees will be served
The Dublin Horse Show is the only time that every square metre of the 43 acres of the RDS is used simultaneously.