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The 2021-edition of Dublin Horse Show cancelled

Thursday, 06 May 2021

For the second year in a row, the traditional Dublin Horse Show has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dublin Horse Show was scheduled to run from 18-22 August 2021. 

Dublin Horse Show was supposed to host several CSIO5* classes, including the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Ireland – which was planned as one of seven legs in Europe Division 1 this year. This is the second leg of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ in Europe Division 1 that has been cancelled, as Hickstead also pulled their Nations Cup off the calendar last month. 

A statement about the cancellation from the organisers reads: 

“The RDS has been monitoring the evolving situation regarding Covid-19, including the vaccination rates and the latest Government advice. In the current circumstances it has been decided that it will not be possible to operate a Dublin Horse Show this year. Preparations for a typical Dublin Horse Show take many months of planning and organisation, and this has not been possible this year with the levels of uncertainty that still exist for the re-opening of Irish society. Instead, it is our intention to host an ‘RDS National Championships’ for selected national competitions across show jumping and showing classes on August 18-22, subject to Government approval. 

The international governing body on equine sport (Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI)) has been informed that no international show jumping competitions will take place at the RDS this year. The RDS National Championships will consist of a reduced number of national competitions which will be spread over three days of show jumping and two days of showing classes. The RDS National Championships will be held ‘behind closed doors’. Entry to the event will be restricted to equestrian competitors for the day of their competition only. The RDS is mindful of acting responsibly during these times and the event will only proceed on foot of Government approval, which is currently being sought.”

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