Summer Festival 2024

Northern Region Summer Festival July 2024 - Castle Irvine


Our two day Summer Festival is returning to Castle Irvine on Sunday 14th and Bank Holiday Monday 15th July 2024.



Many thanks to our confirmed sponsors to date:

  • Baileys
  • EFEC Nutrition
  • KR Equine
  • WH Equestrian
  • The Dressage Shed
  • Ponease
  • Treo Eile

Some sponsorship opportunities are still available, please contact if you'd like to get involved!


How to enter

Entries are now OPEN at DINR Festival Entries

There are classes for everyone, from Intro to Grand Prix. Classes for Trailblazers and Juniors. Unregistered competitors welcome.

Entries close Wednesday 3rd July 2024 at 7pm - strictly no late entries will be accepted. Withdrawals may be made up until Saturday 6th July at 23.45 (subject to a 10% administration fee).


Stabling and Hook Up

All stables and hook up must be booked directly via Castle Irvine Stable and Hook Up Booking

If you still require stabling, please contact Joan on 07787561916. The stables on site are all booked but we have a waiting list and are working on an alternative option.


Championship Classes

Only registered members of Dressage Ireland on registered horses will be eligible for prizes in the two day Championships. Unregistered entries will be accepted, subject to a temporary insurance fee and the combination will not be eligible for prizes. It is the entrant's responsibility to ensure that both horse and rider are correctly registered with Dressage Ireland before entries close. You do not need to have qualified to compete in these classes.




Trailblazer classes will run with prizes in kind for registered trailblazer members on registered ponies. Unregistered riders may also compete in their age category, however will not be eligible for prizes.



Treo Eile


We are delighted that Treo Eile  have offered prizes for Thoroughbred horses in the following Championships:

  • Preliminary Championship - Highest Placed Thoroughbred
  • Novice Championship - Highest Placed Thoroughbred
  • Elementary Championship - Highest Placed Thoroughbred
  • Highest Placed Thoroughbred ridden by a Rider 18yo/under (at the show in a Championship class)

It is essential that any riders competing on eligible horses submit their passport by email to by close of entries.


Help Required


We are grateful for all offers of help to run this large event. Please complete the form below with details of when you are available to help and your preferences - we require assistance with the following;

  • Arena building (Saturday, TBC) 
  • Scribing
  • Call Up
  • Sheet Collecting
  • Scoring

Festival Help Offers



Kyra Griffin Photography wil be onsite capturing photos over the weekend.


HSI Studbook Series Qualifiers

This year Dressage Ireland are delighted to announce the addition of Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine and HSI sponsored Young Horse Series for 4-, 5-, 6- and 7-year-old horses.

The Series will consist of two qualifiers and a Final. The qualifiers will take place at The Wild Atlantic Dressage Festival 4th-5th May 2024 and The Northern Region Festival at Castle Irvine Co.Fermanagh 14th-15th July 2024. The Final will be held at the Dressage Ireland National Championships 6th-8th September 2024. These will run on Monday 15th July at Castle Irvine.

Please note the following:

• To be eligible for the Studbook series combinations must be fully paid-up members of DI.

• Horses must be studbook registered and entry is open to all stud books.

• Horses must be registered in the correct ownership to be in receipt of prize funds.

• Breeder’s prizes will only be issued to breeders residing on the Island of Ireland.

• To qualify for the final, combinations must compete at one qualifier and achieve a minimum score of 64% or higher.

• Tests for each age category will be the FEI tests for 4, 5, 6, and 7 year olds (the 5, 6 and 7 year olds will ride the FEI Preliminary test for their age category).

• All horses entering classes/in receipt of funds must be studbook registered with a specific breed documented within their studbook passport. This can include main section studbook equines OR supplementary section studbook equines.



Further details to follow.



Further details to follow.