Imagine getting on your horse and riding straight into a 3000 acre forest, steeped in history and heritage. The Ashford Castle Estate once home to the Guinness family and millionaires playground in the 19th Century, plays host to underground rivers, caves, castles, towers, abbeys and ringforts, as well as some of Irelands oldest species of wild life, red squirrels and pine martins.
At Ashford Equestrian Centre (located beside Irelands island village, Cong on the Mayo/Galway border, 45 minute drive from Galway City and Westport) we aim to give you a local insight to the history and natural features that abound. Whether you are a cautious beginner, or a veteran of the saddle and fancy a fast canter with breath taking lakeshore scenery, we can cater for you.
We have bred Connemara ponies and Irish draughts for over 25 years in this family business and they feature heavily in our stables. Half and full day trail rides are available as well as lessons in our outdoor and indoor arena. We can provide bike hire, archery and clay pigeon shooting on site.
There is a wide variety of accommodation stretching from hostels to a 5 star hotel within walking distance.
We would like to welcome you to Upper Mace Equestrian Centre which is a New Equestrian Centre and family run, situated just 5 minutes off the N17 between Knock and Claremorris, Co. Mayo.
We cater for all levels of experience-from the beginner to the advanced rider, with horses and ponies to suit all levels of experience. We have BHS and AIRE approved Qualified Riding Instructors and a Qualified Course Builder.
There are two outdoor arenas and one 180ftX200ft indoor arena, capable of holding an International Show with a full course of jumps. The indoor arena can be rented throughout the week.
Here, at Upper Mace, we offer breaking, schooling, preparation for sales and competitions and general handling of all horses and ponies in our new livery yard. During the school holidays we run 'Pony Camp' for children from ages 6-16 years of all levels of ability.
We hold training shows most weekends, with the intention of starting a 'Winter League' in the New Year. Our 'Riding Club' will be established in the New Year also. We are open all year round, providing both group and private lessons.
The minimum age we cater for is 6years and we also cater for Disabled Riding. As we are situated in a very quiet area we provide trekking throughout the country side, by a Deer Farm, with the view of 'Crough Patrick' and on quiet country lanes.
On site there is a cottage with 4star Bord Failte approval which is available for renting all year round.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT JOAN AT 0878395233
Our Homestay Holidays provide a home away from home for students wishing to improve their horse riding and care skills, English language skills and experience Irish culture first hand. We have many extra activities included in our programmes including whale & dolphin watching, wildlife walks, learning to play the Tin Whistle, a choice of a kayak or surf lesson and visits to local horse shows. English tuition is given by a qualified English language teacher.
Courses run from April to September. See our website for a more comprehensive insight into this new and exciting Homestay holiday.
We are located on Ireland's Activity Island of Achill. With a two mile beach on our doorstep we specialise in Beach Treks. Beach riding truly is exhilarating!
And where better to try it than with us on our most dramatically scenic island of Achill, in Co Mayo. Located just off the coast and attached to the mainland by bridge, this island is one of Ireland’s most accessible islands.
Calvey’s pony trekking and equestrian centre is located under the impressive mountain of Slievemore near the pretty village of Keel. We specialise in horse riding activities for all abilities and provide daily pony treks. You can ride across Keel beach, scamper up the Sandybanks area or visit the Deserted Villlage, an abandoned settlement that dates to the Great Famine (1845-1849).
Catering for different rider levels – from the nervous novice to the more experienced horse rider who likes a thundering pace across the strand – Calvey’s has tailored their trekking routes with various abilities in mind. With over 35,000 acres of commonage to roam over, with sandy shorelines and old bog roads busting with outstanding beauty and wildlife, it’s the perfect place for equestrian activity.
We also provide lessons with our qualified and multi-lingual instructors in our sand arena for children and adults. On wet and windy days we provide a 'Rainy Day' session teaching children stable management and how to care for your pony.
Ballyjennings Stables is situated in the heart of Irelands Lake District in Ballinrobe Co. Mayo. We are a family run centre that focuses on making every Horse Riding experience an enjoyable one. Our Indoor Arena allows us to operate all year round so the weather is never a problem here. Our Horses and Ponies are suited to the Complete Beginner or those who would like to try a little more advanced work.
Camps are run throughout the school Holidays . These are available from children aged 7 upwards, no previous experience necesssary. Early booking is advised as due to their popularity they are usually fully booked.
We also have a Riding Club based in our centre and although it in its first year we are getting great success in all areas. It allows people with their own horses to compete and train in a fun environment.
Please contact us by phone on 087 9404689.
Located just one mile from Westport, near Clew Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way, this long established family run equestrian center offers horseriding instruction, pony trekking, pony camps, beach and day rides, trail rides and Western Riding.
All activities are overseen by a qualified and experienced instructor. The emphasis is on fun and learning in a safe environment with everyone progressing at their own pace. The owners have vast experience within the equine industry and continually upgrade the facilities so that whatever the weather, riding is still possible.
Facilities include an indoor arena, outdoor menage and a gallop track, all with a sand and rubber surface. There is also a full set of show jumps. They are able to cater for school groups, birthday parties and those with special needs. Hard hats are provided and comfortable clothing and boots with a heel recommended.
Experienced riders can avail of ''The Clew Bay Trail Ride". Small groups of riders meander through new and ever-changing landscapes of villages, breathtaking sandy beaches, sea and off-shore islands, country lanes, mountain tracks and local heritage sites, stopping for a picnic along the way. ''All trails are personally guided by Padraic Foy, a Qualified Instructor and an accomplished horseman whose family have been involved with horses in the locality for generations. Visit : www.clewbayhorseriding.com
This combined with the spectacular Clew Bay region on the Wild Atlantic Way, quality Irish horses and excellent accommodation ensures this is a holiday you will cherish forever''. Visit : www.clewbaytrailride.com
go!trekking! at Westport Woods Hotel & Spa has the best possible combination of great trekking, excellent accommodation and plenty to do while you're not riding and for partners.
The hotel is located on the outskirts of the award winning heritage town of Westport, between the mountains and the sea. Just perfect. Our three night special break includes two treks - on the beach, splashing through the Atlantic ocean and on the Skelp, around the foothills of Croagh Patrick and woodland tracks.
Our horses aren't typical trekking stock, they're sport horse and cob types, some homebred, and all full of character. One of our most popular activities is beach riding. It's a dream of so many horse riders to canter through shallow waves on a sandy beach and we're happy to be able to make that dream come true. We're lucky to have many beaches to choose from, some at the foot of Croagh Patrick, others (for longer treks) further out into Clew Bay.
Of course the most unique feature of our equestrian holidays is the combination of quality riding with excellent hotel accommodation, complete with leisure centre, swimming pool and spa.
Adventure activities in our grounds are another option for our guests. We are also close to the lovely town of Westport and the picturesque Quay area. This makes equestrian holidays at the Westport Woods ideal for riders and partners alike. Plenty to do for everyone.
The hotel welcomes guests with a roaring log fire and is a great base for riders and non-riders alike. An award winning leisure centre, spa with outdoor hot tub and all day food in the equestrian-themed Bench Cafe Bar all combine for a winning formula. The Westport Woods is proud to be Ireland's greenest hotel.
3 night equestrian break: 3 nights bed and breakfast, 2 evening meals, 2 hour Skelp trek (mountain riding), 2 hours beach riding, full body massage. Only €399pps from January to June.
Phone 098 25711098 25811 to book.
Stallion Station, Showjump Sales, Wedding Carriages
For all things equine, a visit to the Centre is a must
1 mile from Claremorris on N17 (Galway Road)
Visit our website www.hanleyshorses.com
Ideally located, one hours drive from both Dublin and Belfast close to the M1 motorway (1 mile),situated close to the National forestry award winning Ravensdale Forest Park, Ravensdale Lodge is in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Lying in the shadow of the historic Cooley mountains with wide open spaces that are a horse riders dream Ravensdale Lodge boasts world class facilities with two stunning indoor arenas ,three all weather grass arenas and a floodlit outdoor all weather sand arena as well as catering facilities, coffee shop and meeting rooms. Offering the highest standard in all aspects of equestrian tuition, trekking/hacking, cross country and much more. The centre has won four National Enterprise Awards over a ten year period in recognition of its high standards AIRE and BHS approved.
50% Extra Free when you ride at Ravensdale Lodge. Ride out for an hour and a half for the same price as an hour, €45 / adult & €40 / child. Trek in the stunning countryside that surrounds the centre on one of our safe, reliable Irish horses, cobs and ponies. Ideal for families, hen or birthday parties or corporate team building groups. Ravensdale Lodge has won four National Enterprise Awards and has featured on RTE's "No Frontiers" on two occasions. Generous reductions available for large groups and families.
Clarina Equestrian Centre is an A.I.R.E. approved establishment based in the beautiful countryside of Clarina, Co. Limerick. This family run centre has earned a reputation of excellence from its beginnings in 1979 to the present day.
The centre is conveniently located just 10 minutes drive from Limerick city centre and 25 minutes drive from Shannon airport, miss the city traffic and take the tunnel, we are located just 5 minutes from the Shannon tunnel on the Limerick side. Clarina is a great place to learn to ride, in a relaxed, friendly and safe family run centre with expert tuition from qualified A.I.R.E. approved instructors with years of experience. All ages and levels of experience are catered for in both indoor and outdoor facilities.
Trekking is offered in the beautiful Limerick countryside visiting historical sites such as Carrigogunnel Castle ruins,with its breath taking views of the Shannon Estuary. Beach rides for the more advanced rider are also arranged.
Fitzgerald's Equestrian Centre & Farmhouse Accommodation is an approved AIRE Equestrian Tourism Centre in West Limerick.
We offer a variety of riding packages. We have a beautiful trail and cross country course suitable for both the beginner and more advanced rider.
Take in the paranomic views of the surrounding hills and the town of Abbeyfeale during your ride. We are also ideally suited as a base for touring Kerry, Limerick and Clare.
During the summer we offer Pony Camp, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Again this is suitable for all levels of riding, there is something to suit everyone. We also have a lovely indoor arena for the days when the Irish weather is misbehaving!
During the winter months we also offer Drag Hunting Packages. Working Holidays, Riding/English Language Holidays and Riding Holidays are all available at our centre.
Birthday Parties for children are also catered for here at Fitzgeralds, where we provide the cake, drinks, sweets and horse riding for groups.
AIRE - Association of Irish Riding Establishments Hillcrest School of Equestrian Activites offers a large variety of activites,including hacking, trecking, lessons to all standards in showjumping, dressage and a challenging cross country with over one hundred man-made and natural fences. Hillcrest offers:
Young People's Unaccompanied Residential Pony Camp.
Residential ages (10-18) non residential (6-18).
Enjoy lessons, stable managment, trecking, trail rides and cross country. Get your adrenalin pumping or meander with rides river and an exhilarating mock hunt. (optional english language tuition avaliable)
Tailored pre hunting tuition followed by a days hunting with various packs.
Ballyhoura/Glen of Aherlow mini trail.
This trail takes you through one of ireland's most spectacular and scenic areas with beautiful and breathtaking scenery.
For more information visit: www.hillcrestequestriancentre.com
Moorlands Equestrian Centre
Moorlands is a family run equestrian centre scenically located on the shores of Lough Allen and overlooked by the Arigna and Sliabh-an -Iarainn mountains. Owned by the Mc Manus family this centre has been A.I.R.E. approved since its opening in 1993.
Our experienced, qualified instructors together with our safe and enthusiastic horses and ponies allow us to cater for riders of all ages and abilities.
Professional lessons Scenic treks Exhilarating ride-outs Childrens pony camps
Special Olympics Pony parties Livery Schooling Breaking and training
Toilets and changing areas
Large car park
Drumcoura Equestrian Centre offers Western Horse Riding:
- The Equestrian Centre has the largest indoor arena in the county and three outdoor arenas, stables for 30 horses, a horse walker, a round pen, trail and gallops.
Facilities at Drumcoura include a restaurant and bar, tennis court, row boats and fishing from our jetty and a range of self catering timber frame houses.
Group lessons: Children / Adults private/semiprivate
Specialised: Dessage & Showjumping
Indoor/ Outdoor sand arenas
Cross Country (weather dependant)
Fully qualified & experienced Instructors
Livery & Schooling available
Disabled Riding (RDAI)
Meadow Lane Riding School is situated in The Rower Co.Kilkenny.
Our riding school offers instructions for all ages from 6 years upwards in our large sand arena.
We try to make our lessons a positive experience for horse and rider. Every horse and rider is treated as individuals. We aim to get horse and rider to work in harmony.
We cater for complete beginners up to more advanced riders. Phone us on the numbers below if you would like to discuss your lesson with us.
AIRE - Association of Irish Riding Establishments
Welcome to Clonfert Equestrian Centre, one of Ireland's premier Equestrian Establishments. Clonfert Equestrian has a long tradition in equine activities and caters for all levels of riding ability. We specialise in providing horse riding lessons in Kildare and also offer an excellent livery service with a well maintained and comfortable yard.
Whether you are looking for regular riding lessons in the Kildare / Dublin area, trekking in the Kildare Boglands or livery for your horse we offer a service that is second to none. We cater for both adult riders and children aged four and older in our unique stables just outside Maynooth in Co Kildare.
Our Instructors are BHS qualified and the yard is approved by both the Association of Irish Riding Establishments (AIRE) and the British Horse Society (BHS).
At Clonfert Equestrian Centre we have top class facilities and a friendly and safe atmosphere – whether you are learning to ride, keeping your horse on livery, or taking part in one of our camps.
Our facilities include:
• Outdoor all weather flood lit arena – 45m x 65m Silica Sand rubber and fibre. (Built by Equestrian Surfaces ltd)Outdoor all weather arena – 45m x 45m Silica sand with fibre
• Trekking and light hacking available.
• Show Jumping arena
• Lessons and instruction with BHS qualified instructors available for all levels and ages of rider.
• 80 Acres of lands divided into 30 paddocks.
• 46 stables 12 x 12 plenty of room even for the bigger horse. Rubber matting an extra option.
• Specialised tuition in dressage, showjumping and cross country riding available
• Competition training.
• Livery both Full and DIY.
• Young horses prepared for sale / breaking in / schooling
• Breeding Unit – homebred and professionally schooled horses for sale
• Car parking facilities to cater for up to 60 cars.
• Facilities manned 24/7
• Free Tea and coffee on site
• Free Internet Access
• Young childrens play area – our 'Foals Fairground'
Blackberry Stables is located just 3 miles outside the town of Maynooth Co. Kildare, down a quiet cul-de-sac. We are within easy access of Kilcock, Leixlip, Celbridge and Dunboyne and we are only 40 mins from Dublin city centre.
Blackberry Stables is a small family run riding school specialising in individual and small (max 5) lessons. We cater for children from 3 years old and beginner adults to national eventing standard, the emphasis is on the quality of instruction. Our lessons cover all disciplines - flatwork / dressage, jumping and cross-country. We pride ourselves on making our lessons an enjoyable and safe riding experience.
The Types of lessons we offer are:
- - Group lessons (max 5 people)
- - One to one private lessons
- - Full and half day Pony Camps
- - Adult exclusive Pony Camps
- - Happy Hacks
Here at Blackberry Stables we include all elements of riding in our teaching from Tacking up to Grooming. Therefore we have a saying here, when you come to Blackberry Stables you don't just have a pony ride you learn how to horse ride.
Other equestrian services we provide include: Breaking, Schooling, DIY and full livery
Our facilities include our new 50m x 40m all weather floodlit arena (built summer 2010). 20 acres of parkland provide the thrills of riding cross-country or a quiet nature trek down to the river. We also have access to woods nearby that can provide clients with natural jumps or a pleasant peaceful potter in nature.
All our instructors are qualified and have many years experience in eventing , dressage and show jumping.
So if are looking for a fun safe place to ride give us a call, email or Facebook. We look forward to seeing you!