WITH over 400 horses and ponies competing in Ballsbridge last weekend across 18 competitions for a total of €135,000 in prize money, it proved just the jab in the arm that the Irish Sport Horse sector needed after the rollercoaster of the last 18 months.

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Kevin Gallagher and Emerald Mystique were the winners of the seven-year-old RDS National Championships \ Rolf Stenberg Jumpinaction.net

RDS delight: Pictured at the RDS National Championships was (l-r) Wesley Byrne with CBI Bella Donna (owned by Kayleigh Soden, Leggettsrath Stables), Vincent Byrne, Liz Dore, Eleanor Byrne and James Weldon \ Laurence Dunne Jumpinaction.net

Smiling behind the masks at the RDS National Championships were (l-r) Mary Hokan, Nadia Rea and Alison Corbally of Horse Sport Ireland \ Laurence Dunne Jumpinaction.net

Meabh Bolger and MBF Celtic Claddagh won the four-year-old RDS National Championship \ Rolf Stenberg Jumpinaction.net

Concentrating: Tiernan Gill watching the three-year-olds performing at the RDS National Championships \ Laurence Dunne Jumpinaction.ne

Alex Finney and Absolutely Kingmar Z, winners of the 1.25m-1.30m Young Riders National Championship \ Rolf Stenberg Jumpinaction.net

A torrential downpour hit all the Young Riders competing last Saturday afternoon at the RDS National Championships, Niamh McEvoy (pictured) won the Young Rider Bursary \ Laurence Dunne Jumpinaction.net