THE IRISH RACEHORSE
2 June 2021: IRE finally emerges from lockdown
DMW is delighted to announce that the Irish Racehorse Experience, after a long gestation, is stretching its legs and opening its doors to the public! In development since 2018, the project was complete in 2020 but had to remain closed due to multiple Covid-19 lockdowns.
New for June 2021, the Irish National Stud & Gardens is launching THE IRISH RACEHORSE EXPERIENCE; a cutting-edge, immersive visitor attraction for those seeking the inside track on Thoroughbred Racing.
“[DMW] were given a limited brief and turned it into something spectacular...they have been a pleasure to work with”
CEO Irish National Stud Company
Situated in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art 600 square-metre building overlooking the Living Legends paddock, this new experience will celebrate the Irish Thoroughbred Industry.
A world-first, the experience involves the visitor in the lifecycle of the thoroughbred by allowing them to purchase, name and train their very own virtual racehorse before having the opportunity to race the thoroughbred at the Curragh in a "4D ride" experience suitable for all ages.
This 60-minute experience can be enjoyed self- guided or as part of a tour. Unique technology provides intuitive, hands-free foreign language narration for our international visitors to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience for all.
For one to fly, one need only take the reins...
“...it was a triumph for the island, which in its small compass contains a larger percentage of horse-lovers than any country on the face of the earth...”
Irish times Special correspondent reporting on
Irish-trained Orby winning the English Derby in 1907
DMW worked closely with the Irish National Stud to understand their wishes beyond what was in the brief. The client team were open to creating something much more than a horse museum. Given this free rein, and a greenfield site, DMW created a detailed scheme that went out to tender Europe-wide. The tender winners, Hypsos and their consortium partners HWVA and MCW, brought experience and enthusiasm to the project. The production team brought to life a plethora of exhibits, technology working in service to the narrative framework set down by DMW.
The Irish National Stud's high standing in the Thoroughbred industry gave unparalleled access to the men and women who make the sport what it is. As a result, visitors will see how Thoroughbreds are reared and trained to be champion athletes.
An important part of the experience is the 'Foal to Finish' game. This uniquely uses a hand-held device to allow visitors to purchase, train and ultimately race their own horse; how well you do depends on skill and luck! The 'Foal to Finish' game culminates with a 4D ride custom-designed for the experience by DMW, and engineered to the highest standards by HWVA and MCW.
EXHIBITION PLANNING, DESIGN & SUPERVISION
Hypsos (HWVA and MCW) Production & Set-Dressing
Hannah Brooke-Lawson 'The Irish Connection' film
Sarah Lynch 'The Irish Connection' score
Des Scahill Voiceover for The Big Race
BUILDING DESIGN & SERVICES
KBM Architects Architect
Tobin Consulting Civil/Structural Eng/PSDP
Bernard Smith Consulting Mech/Electrical Eng
Michael J Broe & Associates QS
Duggan Lynch Builders Main Contractor