Ladies Day at the Dublin Horse Show which celebrates its centenary year.

First held in 1864 the Dublin Horse Show, Ireland’s largest equestrian event was organised by the Royal Agricultural Society (RDS) of Ireland under the auspices of the Royal Dublin Society.

The Ladies’ Hunter events are the principal interest today from an equine point of view, with competitors parading around the judging ring wearing traditional ladies’ hunting costume and riding side saddle.

Ladies' Hunter competitor riding side saddle (1964)
Ladies Hunter competitor riding side saddle (1964)

Fashion and style are of equal interest in Ballsbridge, as Ladies Day means the RDS also plays host to the most elegant ladies on the island.

Fashionably dressed ladies, Dublin Horse Show (1964)
Fashionable ladies at the Horse Show (1964)

All of this however goes unnoticed by one young pony rider who spoke to reporter Brendan O’Reilly. Like all good competitors she is staying firmly in the moment.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 August 1964. The reporter is Brendan O’Reilly. The report shown here is partly mute.