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Over 1,600 horses and ponies all set for Dublin Horse Show

Over 1,600 horses and ponies, the return of a victorious Irish team, top show jumpers from all over the world as well as style, fun, food and glamour; it's the 2018 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Ireland at the Stena Line Dublin Horse Show.

The Show promises its unique mix of style and sport over five days on August 8-12, with top-class international show jumping, many national equestrian competitions, shopping, socialising, elegance and heritage seamlessly combining over the week.

Corporate hospitality is already fully booked out, ticket sales have been consistently strong and increased entries in many competitions mean 2018 is on course to be one of the busiest and best Shows for years.

New for 2018, leading ferry company Stena Line has become title sponsor of the Show, while in a link-up with the FEI (the governing body of international equestrian sport), the Nations Cup across Europe is sponsored by Longines, including the Dublin leg of this eight-part series.

Speaking at the launch, Diane Poole OBE, Stena Line’s Travel Commercial Manager said: “Stena Line is delighted to confirm its position as title sponsor of the Dublin Horse Show for 2018. As one of highest profile sponsorships in Ireland, the Show is not only the highlight of the Irish equestrian calendar, but it is also one of the most iconic social and cultural events of the year attracting 100,000 visitors.”

CEO of the RDS, Michael Duffy said: “All signs suggest that this could be one of the best Shows yet and we are really looking forward to it. We are delighted to welcome back a tremendously strong international Irish team and are also really looking forward to the many national competitions that take place over the week, the qualifying for which has been very strong this year. As well as being an important social and sporting event for people around Ireland, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Ireland at the Stena Line Dublin Horse Show has significant effect on the economy of the city, contributing at least €45 million each year.”

Diane Poole OBE also spoke of another equestrian partnership for Stena Line: “Today, we are also proud to confirm leading Irish show jumper Bertram Allen as a Stena Line Brand Ambassador for the next year. This association further underscores Stena Line’s commitment to Irish equestrianism and I would like to take this opportunity to wish Bertram the very best of luck at this year’s Show and the many events he will compete in around the globe during the next 12 months.”

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