Dublin Horse Show reins in 80,000 paying punters in five days
The RDS Horse Show has bucked the downturn by drawing crowds of more than 80,000 people over five days.
Visitor numbers were up on last year, with thousands turning up to see Californian cowboy and world renowned horse whisperer Monty Roberts.
RDS chief executive Michael Duffy said: “It's been a terrific show, the changes to the equestrian programme, the investment in the warm-up rings has been encouraging.
“The features this year, the Monty Roberts and the Swiss Alphorns, people seemed to enjoy,” said Mr Duffy.
“We had good advance ticket sales, we had good trade stand sales and the corporate hospitality all sold out — that momentum continued into the show,” he said.
Organisers are hoping their title sponsor, Failte Ireland, will remain on board next year.
Mr Duffy said the show was “value for money” — a report from Indecon had shown it contributed direct expenditure of €18.3m (£15.2m) and total expenditure valued at €43m (£36m) into the economy.
“We know the contribution to the exchequer was €4m through PAYE and PRSI. So we would feel that it is a very, very beneficial sponsorship, given the economic benefits, both nationally to the exchequer and in tourism,” Mr Duffy said.