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
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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