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EQUESTRIAN ➤ HORSES - SUN 30TH JUNE 2024 ➤ MARES AND FOALS, SUN 30th JUNE, 2024 Wed, 24th Apr, 2024


EQUESTRIAN - Opening Notes

Premises Registration

As from 1 May 2012, any premises (which includes shows, fairs and markets) where horses or other equines are gathered must be registered with the Department.  Owners/persons in charge of such gatherings are required to submit a completed application form for registration and to keep records of movements on/off their premises.

Records must be retained for at least 3 years as they may be required by the Department for the purposes of tracing disease. Records required are

  • The name and address of the owner/person in charge of the premises from which the equine came
  • The premises registration number from which the equine came and
  • Passport number/UELN number of the animal

It is important therefore that Show organisers should contact their local Regional Veterinary Office in advance so that consideration can be given to compliance with the requirements outlined above.

Equine Identification

All Equines (which include horses, ponies and donkeys) must be identified in accordance with EU and national legislation.

  • It is an offence to be in possession of an equine that is not properly identified. 
  • Equine passports must be issued by approved Passport Issuing Organisations [PIOs] not later than 12 months from the date of birth of the animal and, in any event before the equine leaves the establishment of birth for a period exceeding 30 days, except in limited circumstances.  The passport is valid for the lifetime of the animal.  A list of the PIOs approved by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine is set out in Appendix 5.
  • Microchip - all equines issued with a passport after 1st July 2009 must have a corresponding microchip implanted by a veterinarian, the details of which are recorded in the passport and in the central equine database, thereby creating a link between the passport and the animal.

In respect of each equine in their care, a keeper must ensure that

  • the equine is registered with an approved PIO;
  • the animal’s passport is issued in accordance with EU and national legislation;
  • they are in compliance with the provisions of the legislation whereby the passport issued in respect of the equine must accompany the animal whenever it is moved to events such as shows, sales and to slaughter plants, etc.
HORSES - SUN 30TH JUNE 2024 - Opening Notes

To enter a qualifying class, the relevant show class must also be entered.

MARES AND FOALS, SUN 30th JUNE, 2024 - Opening Notes

Judging starts in this ring at 10.30am




To give recognition to breeders who breed from mares suitable to produce top quality foals with performance potential.  To encourage the production of quality young stock which might, in time and with suitable nurture, achieve success in the disciplines of show jumping and eventing.  These classes aim to serve as an important benchmark for breeders (and the industry at large) to determine the progress being made in the national herd.

The Breeders’ Championship classes are seminal classes for the RDS and for the industry in showcasing the quality of equine talent being produced nationally for future domestic and export markets.

Open to mares likely to produce performance horses, with an athletic foal at foot.  Mares should be registered with an approved studbook or with Weatherby’s General Studbook or Weatherby’s Non-Thoroughbred Register and have recorded breeding.  Foals must be by a registered stallion. 

Class 49 - open to mares with foals at foot who are suitable for the discipline of show jumping.

In all instances, foals should be modern athletic individuals with a future at the top of the sport.

Mares must be free from all obvious clinical or hereditary unsoundness.  In case of doubt, veterinary advice will be sought.


Entry Fee     RDS Members; €360 each entry; Non-Members: €400 each entry.


Once qualified, exhibitors must enter with the RDS and nominate the class which best suits their mare and foal.  

Exhibitors can use the ‘Hypothetical Mating’ function on the IHR Online database ( as a guide to determine the Thoroughbred percentage blood of the foal, if the foal is not yet registered.  

Exhibitors may qualify a maximum of two mare and foal combinations across the two classes.

Passports of all competing mares must be brought to the qualifying shows and to the RDS for scrutiny by the judges / stewards.  If valid passports are not available for inspection at the time of judging, the mare and foal will not be eligible to compete.


The top four mare and foal combinations at each of the four qualifying venues will be eligible to enter the Finals at the Dublin Horse Show.


Competition Format
Mare and foal combinations at both the qualifiers and Final will no longer be shown in-hand using the triangle format.
Exhibitors should ensure that foals, in particular, are handled and prepared well in advance to perform walk and trot in a balanced and calm manner to allow the judges to assess natural paces, freedom of shoulder, use of back, engagement of the hock, tracking up and straightness.



Judging will be based on adjudicating the mare as a progenitor of athletic type foals with obvious performance potential for the elected discipline.


Awards & Prizes

Class 49:
1st €3,000, 2nd €1,700, 3rd €1,100, 4th €900, 5th €800
The additional 3 competitors will receive €500 for competing at the Final. 

Class 50:
1st €3,000, 2nd €1,700, 3rd €1,100, 4th €900, 5th €800
The additional 3 competitors will receive €500 for competing at the Final. 

The number of prizes awarded is based on the number of animals catalogued. For more information please click here.


Cups & Trophies

Cup No. 122 – The “Lynn Aldridge” Perpetual Challenge Trophy presented to the winner of Class 49.

Cup No. 124 - Perpetual Challenge Trophy presented to the winner of Class 50.



The winners of both classes are required to participate in the Parade of Champions on Sunday 13 August.  Further details are available here.



Ring Area:  
Entry Fee:  
Start Time:  
2:30 am
Prizes:   1st - Rosette , 2nd - Rosette
MARES AND FOALS, SUN 30th JUNE, 2024 - Closing Notes

Horse-riding is a dangerous sport and all competitors in Ridden Classes are strongly advised, for their own safety, to wear appropriate head gear which complies with up-to-date safety standards.

Class is currently closed for entry.