Last year’s event was watched by viewers from over 120 countries. The ultimate and toughest test of all equestrian sports which is effectively a Triathlon (Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping) for horse and rider combinations, Tattersalls runs each day from now until Sunday and will be closely watched and assessed by many experts and team managers with an eye toward qualification for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina this September and then onward to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Commenting on the entries, Tatts Event Co-ordinator Joanne Quirke said:
“Again Tattersalls just keeps growing each year in numbers and prestige and is now really well-established as one of the most popular international three-day-events in the world as we continue to attract so many of the international stars from the sport of Eventing. No other sporting event in Ireland this year will have as many Olympic Champions and medallists, World Champions and medallists and existing Olympians in the one venue at the same event here in our venue just outside Dublin near Ratoath, Co Meath.”
Alongside the international sporting event, Tattersalls Country Fair is tailored especially for families, with free admission for under 12s, while four-legged members also welcome, with owners invited to enter them in the Novelty Dog Show. Back for another year are the ever popular Mini Puissance Ponies who will defy gravity by doing the high jump and perform tricks to captivate the little ones. A range of other favourites will be on hand to ensure all ages are entertained such as the Free Toddler Zone, Traditional Carnival rides and an Activity Area with bungee trampoline, Chair-o-plane, Carousel, The Tattersalls Real Life Farm Experience, Bouncy Castles and much more.
Tattersalls Shopping Village with over 80 shops will once again play host to Ireland’s leading country chic brands with a variety of fantastic and eclectic shopping stands. An Artisan Food and Craft Market adds to the wonderful atmosphere and country vibe. Visitors can also bring a picnic and park up in picnic area over-looking the famous water fence giving you a bird’s eye view of the thrills and spills of the Cross Country action.