The suns shines on Ladies' Day at the Dublin Horse Show where floppy hats are all on the rage.

Thousands of people dressed in their summer finery made their way to Ballsbridge for the third day of the Dublin Horse Show at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS).

The morning of the Dublin Horse Show taken was up with judging and the Perpetual Challenge Cup for the best hunter was awarded to Josh, a five-year old bay gelding, owned by former amateur jockey Allan Lillingston from Mount Coote in Kilmallock, County Limerick.

Josh, named after National Hunt jockey Josh Gifford was ridden by Penny Morton, who has been selected to represent Ireland in Mexico at the three-day event during the Olympic horse trials.

Thursday is traditionally Ladies’ Day at the Dublin Horse Show and the wonderful weather helped make the event one of the best turned out in years, with hats of all shapes and sizes being the order of the day. Mary Drayne from Lisburn in County Down came well equipped for the weather wearing a sun bonnet and carrying a Japanese parasol.

A grand parade of prize winning horses and ponies led by hounds of the Ward Union Hunt gave owners a chance to show off their award winning entries and for the public to see the cream of Irish bloodstock in one place.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 August 1968.