Showing provides an opportunity for riders and owners to exhibit their animals without taking part in any of the Olympic disciplines. Classes are divided into ridden and in-hand sections and there are many different classes for different horses and ponies. Classes may be broken down by the age, type or breed of the horse or pony. For in-hand showing classes, the horse is led without a saddle, not ridden, and its conformation and gaits are judged.

About the Irish Shows Association

The Irish Shows Association Ltd. evolved from a Federation of Show Societies initially formed in 1931. Membership of the Association is open to all recognised Agricultural Show Societies throughout the island of Ireland.

Aims and Objectives:

  • To promote and assist in the development of Agricultural Shows;
  • To act as a negotiating instrument between members and outside bodies;
  • To liaise with Government Departments and Agencies in matters affecting members and show exhibitors;
  • To organise and oversee annual All Ireland Championships for horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, dogs, horticulture and home industries;
  • To publish an annual shows Guide Book and Judges List;
  • To provide a group insurance scheme for members;
  • To provide a national secretariat and head office for receiving and processing material relevant to members and their interests.
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