Horse Section

Our renowned horse section is always a huge attraction, with exhibitors battling it out for both prizes and prestige, with an impressive array of silverware up for grabs.

We have classes for broodmares and foals, young stock, ridden horses, cobs and coloured horses.

The highlight is undoubtedly the Murray Bros. Tarmacadam Broodmare Championship. This competition is run in two sections - heavyweight and lightweight - with the winners then competing against the Barren or Maiden Mare, the Thoroughbred Broodmare, the Young Irish Draught Mare and the Senior Irish Draught Mare for the coveted Murray Bros. Tarmacadam Cup and the title of Overall Champion Broodmare of the Show. The Champion will receive €100 and the reserve will receive €50.

We are delighted to announce the All Ireland Young Show Person Championship, in conjunction with Horse Sport Ireland. with a prize fund of €2000. This championship is aimed at young people aged between 16 and 23 who are new to showing horses. It will be judged on the young person's ability to show their horse. We have run this class on a smaller scale for the past few years and we feel that it is a great way of encouraging teenagers and young adults to get involved in showing. The winner will also receive the Elenor Moore Memorial Trophy. (see below for details)

All Ireland Young Handler Championship Series 2018

Dunmanway Agricultural Society Ltd.
Horse Sport Ireland

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The All Ireland Young Handler Championship Series -
Regional Qualifier

HSI has announced that Young Handler Championship will be run in 2018. The aim of this Championship is to assist in the development of the skills of young handlers to prepare and present horses for show and sale.
The Economic Contribution of the Sport Horse Industry to the Irish Economy 2017 highlighted that since 2012 the involvement of young breeders (≤ 30yrs) in the sport horse industry has declined from 8.1% to 3.7% in 2016. In 2016 just 0.19% of breeders were less than 20 years of age. The Championship is aimed at encouraging more your breeders/producers to become involved in the industry. It will also provide a unique opportunity for young handlers that are new to the industry to become involved in breeding initiatives and to gain contact and information/education and encourage long term involvement in the breeding industry.
Competition Format
The Championship will run over five qualifiers within the five IHB regions and will take place during July and August to allow for maximum participation. The top three young handlers from each qualifier will be eligible to compete in the final.
Young Handlers may enter one of two age categories:
CLASS 26(A)      Junior: 14 – 18 years
CLASS 26(B)    Senior: 19 – 25 years
Each young handler will be required to do the following:

  • Find a suitable horse or pony to compete. The young handler is not required to have bred or to own the animal. All animals must be registered in a DAFM Approved Studbook.
  • Turn out the horse/pony for competition.
  • Understand and discuss the horse/pony’s pedigree.
  • Discuss the animal’s performance history in competition/breeding.
  • Exhibit the horse/pony on a triangle in walk and trot.
  • Give a short description to promote the animal to the judge(s).
  • Create a short video to accompany the description to highlight the animal’s attributes (as if for sale).

Prize Money
A total of €25,000 will be made available from the Breeding Grant for this Championship, with a prize fund of €3,000 for each qualifier and a prize fund of €10,000 for the final. The prize breakdown for each section (Junior and Senior) will be as follows:

Qualifier Prize Breakdown in Each Category:
1st €500; 2nd €350; 3rd €250; 4th €175; 5th €125; 6th €100
TOTAL: €1,500

Terms and Conditions

  • There are two age categories for the competition. Junior: 14 years to 18 years (as of 1st January 2018) and Senior: 19 to 25 years (as of 1st January 2018). Proof of age will be requested.
  • Competitors are permitted to enter more than one regional qualifier but once qualified for the final cannot compete again.
  • Competitors will show a horse or pony – mare or gelding three years old or over. The animal must be registered in a DAFM approved studbook. Passports must be available for inspection at the show.
  • The horse must be unique within each age category (i.e. can only be used by one competitor in each age category at the qualifier).
  • The horse will not be judged, however must be turned out to show standard.
  • Horses must be shown in hand.
  • No colts allowed.
  • Horses need not be the property or bred by the handler; however, the handler will be required to provide full details regarding pedigree and performance of the animal.
  • Equine premises number and UELN Studbook Registration number for the animal must be provided with the entry.
  • Entry fee must not exceed €20.
  • Horses shown in this class may compete in other classes at the show.
  • All exhibitors must remain in the show ring until prizes are presented, otherwise prizes are forfeited.
  • Entries should be made directly to Secretary of the Show as per the application.
  • These rules should be read in conjunction with the general rules of the show.
  • In exceptional cases substitution horses may be presented but have to meet the criteria as outlined.
  • The competition will be judged under the following headings:
    • Control of horse
    • Skill in showing – horse in walk, trot and stand for conformation assessment
    • Courtesy and Sportsmanship
    • Turnout and attire of both handler and horse
    • Knowledge of breeding of horse and potential

Marks for the competition (Competitor is required to show horse in hand unaided.)

  • Control of horse (marks 1 -10)
  • Skill in showing
    Enter Arena (marks 1-10)
    First open stance (marks 1-10)
    Horse in walk (marks 1-10)
    Trot (marks 1-10)
    Second open stance (marks 1-10)
  • Courtesy and sportsmanship (marks 1-10)
  • Turnout of horse (marks 1-10)
  • Turnout of handler (marks 1-10)
  • Marketing Horse (3 elements) (marks 1-20)
    1. Knowledge of breeding of horse including dam line
    2. Discuss potential for horse
    3. Produce a short marketing video of horse
    Video to include: Name, age and pedigree of horse Photograph of horse standing in open stance Horses loose paces (trot and canter) Video should be between 30 – 45 seconds in duration. It should be shown to the judges on the day of the show by means of a smartphone
  • Overall Impression (marks 1-20)
  • Total marks = 130


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  • Ennis Municipal District All-Ireland Colt Foal Championship - Clarecastle
  • The Irish Draught Yearling Filly - Roscommon
  • The Limerick Lady Championship - Limerick
  • The Connolly’s Redmills All Ireland Two Year Old Gelding - Tinahely


  • Cork County Yearling Championship. Final at Carbery Show

Enquiries / Entries

To download a 2018 prize schedule, click here.

To download entry forms, please click on the links below.

To download a PDF entry form, please click here.
To download a WORD entry form, please click here.

Online Entries Now Available!

Please click here to access our online entry form.

N.B. Equine Premises Registration

It will now be a legal requirement that any premises where an equine is kept be registered with the Department of Agriculture. This is compulsory, so please make yourself familiar with the new guidelines. Your Equine Premises No., must be forwarded with your entry.


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