The royal touch

The royal touch
Rodrigo Pessoa Pic: INPHO

Rodrigo Pessoa was the youngest rider ever to compete in the Olympics. Now coach to the Irish showjumping team, and having just secured his first big win at the Nations Cup of Britain, he talks to Jessie Collins about what makes the Irish team special

This Wednesday, the 144th Dublin Horse Show kicks off at the RDS, the highlight of which will be the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Ireland. The Horse Show will feature more than 1,500 horses and ponies and 135 competitive events, all punctuated by the now-familiar buzz of 300 shopping stands, the eternally popular Ladies’ Day (this year with returning sponsor Dundrum Town Centre providing a €10,000 shopping spree) and a growing Kids’ Zone with bouncy castles and pony rides.

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