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Wednesday 13 December 2017

'My jaw dropped when I won', says Ladies' Day big winner Aoibheann

Aoibheann McMonagle celebrates being named Best Dressed Lady at the Dublin Horse Show
Aoibheann McMonagle celebrates being named Best Dressed Lady at the Dublin Horse Show

The capital experienced a fashion invasion on day two of the Dublin Horse Show yesterday, as punters from across the country made their annual pilgrimage to the RDS for Ladies' Day.

With four awards given out, the style stakes were higher than ever - and it was Aoibheann McMonagle from Falcarragh, Co Donegal, who won the coveted Best Dressed Lady prize.

The primary school teacher is no stranger to the equestrian shindig and is an annual attendee, having previously won the Most Colourful award in 2014.

"I've done a few Ladies' Days. I come every year, it's one of my favourite social events," she said.

"I'm absolutely shocked. I was standing on the outskirts there and then I heard my name being called out. Literally, my jaw dropped."

Elegance

Aoibheann wore a Marc Jacobs skirt, a white shirt from Karen Millen, a hat by Ashleigh Myles and shoes from Aldo. She walked away with a €10,000 voucher for Dundrum Town Centre.

Other winners included Martina O'Donovan, from Kinvara, Co Galway, for "Elegance Is An Attitude"; Everton Tadeu Da Silva, from Brazil, for Best Dressed Man; and Kaela Keegan, from Longford, for Most Creative Hat.

Enjoying her first trip here was former Miss World Australia Erin Holland.

"My family is from here so to come and see where they are from is very cool," she said.

"I am here until next Tuesday night and Tourism Ireland is taking us around Ireland on a bit of a journey. I know the Guinness Storehouse and the Powerscourt Hotel are both on the radar."

With Ladies' Day out of the way, all eyes are on today's Nations Cup for the Aga Khan Trophy.

Ireland has 23 previous wins, with the most recent in 2015. Mark McAuley, from Ardee, Co Louth, is hoping for another triumph this year.

"I've had a great year so far and this is the ultimate reward to be here and to be selected for the Aga Khan. For most of us Irish riders, it's the ultimate goal," he told the Herald.

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