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Minister Smith attends the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS

At the Dublin Horse Show today, Brendan Smith TD, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food praised the professionalism of the organisers of the Show, which Minister Smith said is acknowledged as being the most prestigious event in the Irish equestrian calendar and indeed one of the world's premium events.   He emphasised the importance of the equine sector to the Irish economy.

Minister Smith welcomed the 3% increase in entries for the show and said the "while most people see the Horse Show as an event for international horses and riders, it is often not recognised that the vast majority of competitors are from Ireland and take part in the 30 national jumping competitions and 95 showing classes.  It is the people who own, train and prepare the horses for these events who are the backbone of the sports horse industry in Ireland."

The Minister went on to say that the Horse Show has come a long way since the first event in 1864, which incidentally had a prize fund of £520, but it is still delivering on its original aims of fostering Irish equestrianism and promoting the Irish Horse Industry. Minister Smith was delighted to note that State Bodies under the aegis of his Department such as Horse Sport Ireland and Horse Racing Ireland play a prominent role in the development of the horse industry here.

The Minister wished all of the competitors well in their events and hoped that all those attending the Show would have an enjoyable day.

Date Released: 06 August 2010