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RDS Dublin Horse Show welcomes Rolex as official timepiece and Grand Prix sponsor

Monday, 29 January 2024

Photo @Rolex/Ashley Neuhof Rolex has been announced as the new official timepiece and Grand Prix sponsor of this year’s RDS Dublin Horse Show. Photo @Rolex/Ashley Neuhof.

Rolex has been announced as the new official timepiece and Grand Prix sponsor of this year’s RDS Dublin Horse Show.

No longer a part of the FEI's Nations Cup series, Dublin Horse Show turns a page to join some of the most historic and prestigious venues in the world as a member of the Rolex-family – which already includes the five-star events Rome Piazza di Siena, Jumping International de La Baule, Royal Windsor Horse Show, Jumping International de Dinard, Knokke Hippique, Stephex Brussels Masters, Wellington International, and of course the four Grand Slam shows in Aachen, Spruce Meadows, Geneva and Den Bosch. 

Show director Pat Hanly commented in a press release: "As the 100th anniversary of international team jumping at Dublin approaches in 2026, the RDS is looking to the future of the show, and to the role the Society will play on the future of equestrianism. The RDS is committed to growing its show and the sport, by bringing the best riders in the world, and top-level international competition, to Ireland. And working with committed, like-minded and high-level sponsors such as Rolex is fundamental in achieving this." 

As one of Ireland’s largest sporting, social and family events, the RDS Dublin Horse Show is a highlight of the summer, each year welcoming over 110,000 visitors from Ireland and abroad. The Grand Prix in Dublin was first held in 1934 and has a rich history with some of the best riders in the world lifting the Irish Government Trophy such as Eddie Macken, John and Michael Whitaker, Nick Skelton, Jessica Kürten, Lauren Hough, Cian O’Connor, Bertram Allen, Kent Farrington and Shane Breen.

The Rolex Grand Prix will take place on Sunday the 18th of August in the RDS Main Arena, and will offer a record prize fund of €500,000.  

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