Once upon a time in 1919

The story of the RDS 100 years ago is very much entwined with the story of a crucial historical moment in the emancipation of women. Here’s a snapshot of that remarkable time

4th August, 2019
Legendary showjumper Iris Kellett on Rusty at the RDS, circa 1950

In 1919, women first entered ridden competitions at the Dublin Horse Show on the second day of the Show, known subsequently as Ladies’ Day. This momentous change in the rules came about rather quietly against the backdrop of long-awaited changes in women’s participation in public life, which encompassed not just sport, but the professions, education and civic responsibilities.

Although women had been involved in the Dublin Horse Show from its inception in the...

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