When Dorothy Bell, a famous horse-woman from Fota House in Co Cork, died in 1975 she left her riding gear to a friend, who in turn left it to a friend, who left it to her daughter, Susan Oakes.

On Tuesday, Oakes wore it at the RDS, where she, along with other riders, celebrated the 100th anniversary of women being allowed to compete on horseback in the Dublin Horse Show.

“We are honouring all the great ladies that went before us and that paved the way for us. It’s just such an honour to be here and to do the launch and to celebrate the 100-year anniversary,” she said.