The RDS has announced the cancellation of this year's Dublin Horse Show, due to ongoing concerns around the spread of Covid-19.

In a statement, it said the health and safety of all involved in the show was a priority.

"The health and safety of all of those who come together for the Dublin Horse Show has been a priority for the RDS in making this decision. This includes visitors from Ireland and from around the world, competitors, volunteers, trade exhibitors, RDS Members, staff, partners, contractors and suppliers," the statement read.

The society said that providing certainty at this early stage would be beneficial to everyone involved, from the visiting public, to the sport horse industry, and to key partners of the show.

The society said its "responsibility to contribute to the national effort in controlling the virus" was also an important factor in its decision.

All tickets purchased by phone or online will be automatically refunded, and the society has said that ticketholders are asked to allow 7-10 working days for the funds to appear in their account.

For tickets purchased through an outlet, people are asked to return to the point of sale.

Chief Executive of the RDS, Michael Duffy, said the decision was made lightly.

"The RDS did not come to this decision lightly and only after detailed considerations of all the factors involved. However, we believe it is the most responsible decision we can make in the best interests of public health and safety.

"We understand that this will disappoint many members of the public and that it will have implications for many horse breeders and producers around the country. However, we trust that everyone will understand and support a decision made in the national interest," he said.