Welcome to Balcultry Stables EC, nestled in over 36 acres of picturesque North Dublin countryside. We are beside Dublin Airport and less than 25 minutes’ drive from the city centre.
We are a friendly, professional riding school and riding club centre with a wide range of horses to suit your ability. Our experienced, qualified staff will structure your lessons to help you achieve your horse-riding goals.
We also offer BHS Stage training for leisure and career students.
Situated at the foot of Croagh Patrick, Croagh Patrick Stables also boasts Clew bay on it’s doorstep. Croagh Patrick Stables has some of the most spectacular scenic views in Ireland. The stables are situated in the village of Murrisk, 9km from Westport in Co. Mayo. Riders are spoiled for choice with options of a hack to the beach, lessons in the arena or schooling over our set of jumps in the arenas.
Croagh Patrick Stables are AIRE Approved with BHS qualified instructors. The riding school is open 10am until 7pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 10am until 5pm on Saturdays. We offer horse riding lessons for children and adults, from beginners to advanced, private and group lessons.
We offer novice riders who are visiting the area a beach experience which includes a warm up in the arena and hack to Bertra strand and a walk/trot on the beach with plenty of photo opportunities. Trekking is seasonal and only offered to experienced riders. Children’s horse riding camps are run during all term holidays. The camps include a riding lesson and stable management class. There are novice and intermediate camps, where the children learn in a fun, safe, horse environment. We also hold birthday parties.
Croagh Patrick Stables has a purpose built indoor arena, outdoor sand arena and full set of jumps. The stables offer half board livery with full use of outdoor and indoor arena, access to the beach, year round grazing, all weather turn out, large stables, tack room and haylage each morning.
Croagh Patrick Stables are very proud of the high standard of horses and ponies we have in the riding school. We pride ourselves on the service we provide and the quality of lessons. The welfare of both horse and rider is paramount and we believe that safety and structure is the key to a good riding school. Whether you are looking for lessons on a regular basis or a holiday experience Croagh Patrick stables has so much to offer a horse enthusiast.
Derryham Stables is a Riding School based in the heart of Killinkere in County Cavan, based on 40 acres of farmland. The stables provides many services such as riding lessons, therapeutic coaching sessions, livery, pony camps and pony parties. The aim of the stables is to provide horseriding for people of all abilities in a relaxed, fun setting. Lessons are taught by fully qualified BHSAI instructors who hold current first aid, garda vetting & child protection certificates. Therapeutic coaching sessions are also taught by a qualified therapeutic riding coach.
• 19 stables in an american barn
• Secure tack room
• Olympic size outdoor sand arena 60 x 80 metre
• 20 x 60 metre outdoor sand arena
• Four large outdoor surfaced winter paddocks, which provide a natural herd environment for our horses with 24/7 turnout 365 days of the year
• 450 metre purpose built sand surfaced therapeutic sensory trail
• Miles of beautiful hacking on quiet countryside roads.
Enjoy all the year round training at Spruce Lodge Training Facility’s Cross Country Playground which can be set out for your specific training needs - Advance booking essential
We offer the use of the Cross Country playground to the following:
• 2* level Eventing riders training their own horses or horses in their care
• Riders having instruction with freelance active accredited trainers/coaches who have their own coaching insurance
• Training run by organisations affiliated to Horse Sport Ireland
A COMMITMENT TO SAFETY & THE HUMANE TREATMENT OF HORSES
The design and construction of our training facility puts safety of riders as a priority. However safety can be compromised by a lack of awareness and education so we require those who use the facility to either be sufficiently experienced or be guided by an appropriately qualified coach. In addition the management reserve the right to refuse access to any who do not treat their horses humanely in all respects based on the current best practice of our national equestrian organisations.
ALL RIDERS MUST WEAR CURRENT BODY PROTECTION AND SAFETY HELMET
OTHER EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES
We offer modern equestrian and conference facilities allowing us to host courses, seminars, lectures and workshops.
The facilities include:
Indoor arena 65m x 23m with Equestrian Surfaces waxed cushion track with a Viewing Gallery, tiered seating and catering facilities. Toilets (wheelchair accessible)
Outdoor arena 9Om x 7Om with Equestrian Surfaces Fibre Footing waxed
International standard show jumps, Dressage arenas, 20 stables with storage areas
2 x Lorry/Horsebox parking areas with hook up connections
TRAINING / CONFERENCE FACILITIES
Lecture/conference building with AV and seating for 100 people.
Catering / Canteen facilities for both course and conference training
EQUISTEPS which is based at Spruce Lodge offers:
• Therapeutic riding lessons on a one-to-one basis
• Recreational riding for children and adults
• Equestrian vaulting for groups of up to 8
• Contact with ponies through grooming and leading activities
• All ages and abilities catered for.
If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact Helen Keogh and Essie Mooney at: 089 412 6002. More details on www.sprucelodge.ie
Located under 45 mins South of Dublin off the M11 motorway, one hour from Dublin Airport
• Take the M50 Southbound joining the M11 to Wexford
• Take Exit 19 off the motorway then take 4th left which goes under the motorway. Signpost Redcross
• Go straight through next roundabout and take the first left
• Just under 1 mile on the right sign for Spruce Lodge
• Follow the driveway and park in the car park to the right
Directions from the South
• Take the M11 Northbound
• Take Exit 19 off the motorway and turn left at the roundabout signpost Redcross
• Take first left
• Follow the directions as above.
The Paddocks Riding Centre is a truly fabulous equestrian facility located high in the Dublin Mountains, overlooking Dublin and Wicklow. We are a family run riding centre that has been operating for over 20 years. Our horses are lovlingly cared for at all times.
Children from three years of age are welcome. We have horses and ponies for everyone to suit all standards of adults and children. Why not get away from the busy city life and enjoy riding lessons, beach rides, or an exciting trek through the mountains while enjoying the amazing view and beautiful scenery.
Livery and half livery available for everyone. Birthday parties are a specialty. Visit our equipment shop stocked with top quality riding equipment at great prices.
Shrule Equestrian Centre is situated in the picturesque countryside of North Wexford between the coastal villages of Ballygarrett and Kilmuckridge.
It's this close proximity to the beach that makes Shrule Equestrian Centre a fun and exciting place for both adults and children to learn to ride, to improve their riding skills or simply enjoy what they can already do by exploring the beautiful coastline of Cahore's south beach.
Shrule is a relatively new riding school, open since 2011, accompanying the already established family run Pet Farm which is managed by James, a graduate of Kildalton College, Kilkenny (AdvancedHorsemanship)and an experienced instructor(BHSAI) with many years of teaching experience in various disciplines i.e Basic Riding, Dressage and Show jumping.
With the help of fully qualified staff, family members and young local riders who enjoy spending time in this relaxed but professional riding school, Shrule offers a wide range of services. This includes lessons for all levels in a 60 x 40 outdoor arena, livery/breaking and schooling in a yard with stable accommodation for up to 10 horses, a pony shed and grass livery during the summer months.
Pony camps (beginners and advanced) and Show Jumping leagues are popular additions during school holidays attended by locals and holiday makers to the area.
Oakwood stables is a family run yard located in the beautiful Redcross County Wicklow. At Oakwood Stables we provide children's riding lessons, pony camps, competition training and riding holidays to both Irish and International students.
Our wonderful facilities include a large all weather sand arena, cross country course and the fully residential Oakwood Lodge. Our fabulous location while only 1 hour from Dublin and ten minutes from Wicklow town, offers the perfect opportunity for relaxing forest hacking.
For more information please visit www.irishponies.ie or www.facebook.com/oakwoodstableswicklow
Ballylanigan Equestrian Education Centre nestled below Slievenamon in Co Tipperary (near to Mullinahone) is a family run Centre catering for riders with their own horse/pony. We believe in coaching in a very relaxed atmosphere. We offer coaching in dressage, jumping, cross country and side saddle.
We prepare candidates for BHS, Pony Club and Riding Club Exams/ Tests.
Competition preparation for Dressage, Eventing, Showing and Side saddle a speciality. There is an outdoor arena with sand/rubber surface which is carefully maintained. There is a small Cross Country course with water and banks.
We have a fully equipped lecture facility with projector and screen for Power Point Presentations. All wheelchair friendly with shower and toilet. Small kitchen for catering.
We host the Area IPS show each summer and produce horses for competition. All the facilities are available for personal coaching or for hire.
All coaching by Faith Ponsonby BHSI (Regd), BET RL, MA, H.Dip Ed.
Festina Lente Equestrian Centre offers equine centred activities to people of all ages, backgrounds, learning abilities and interests. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced rider Festina Lente Equestrian Centre has something for everybody! We are located just off Junction 5 of the N11 (Bray/Shankill exit) and are approximately a 25 minutes drive from Dublin.
Festina Lente Equestrian Centre provides an inclusive environment which fosters each person’s learning and well-being in a supportive, nurturing and fun manner. From as young as two years of age, children, teenagers and adults can enjoy learning experiences through a variety of our Equestrian Centre lessons, camps & clinics.
Our Equestrian Centre has developed a strong reputation for excellence in high level coaching and a place to have fun as well as inclusion of children and persons with special needs through therapeutic riding and learning programmes and provides an integrated working and learning environment to hundreds of people every year!
Our excellent facilities include a very large all-weather floodlit indoor arena, a large outdoor arena, outdoor paddocks and sensory trails. Excellent Horse Welfare also plays a key role in Festina Lente Equestrian Centre.
In addition to the more traditional equestrian activities we also provide a variety of other programmes to facilitate, educate and encourage children and adults with special needs.
We also offer two different QQI accredited courses, our Therapeutic Riding Coaching Programme and our Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator Training Programme, to anyone interested in upskilling their equestrian knowledge and range of activities they currently offer their clients.
More details on our website http://festinalente.ie
Brennanstown Riding School is one of Ireland’s best known equestrian centres and is located just off Junction 7 of the N11 (Bray/Enniskerry exit) and approximately 30 minutes drive from Dublin.
The School is Association of Irish Riding Establishments and British Horse Society approved.
Open all year round and providing top class facilities, the Riding Centre offers qualified instruction for all standards (Adults and Children) from novice to competition riders, either in the large indoor school or outdoor sand arenas. All lessons are taken by qualified and experienced staff. We pride ourselves in providing a safe, fun and relaxed environment for all our clients to learn and progress in.
Cross Country Ride and Treks, ranging from one to two hours, are available and will take riders through the beautiful Hollybrook and Killruddery Estates, providing stunning views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow countryside.
During the Summer and school holidays, 3-day camps for children are run on a regular basis. Here again the emphasis is on learning through fun with the objective of broadening the child’s experience and knowledge of ponies, thereby increasing their confidence. Each day’s programme will provide 2 hours riding and a progressive set of pony care lectures and practicals where the children will learn about looking after a pony.
The Riding Centre has a wide variety of horses and ponies ranging from quiet mounts for novice and nervous riders to those suitable for the more ambitious and experienced clients.
Brennanstown is an approved AIRE/CDETB and BHS Training Centre for student career courses and also a BHS Examination Centre up to Stage 1V and Intermediate Teaching level.
Maltfield Stud Equestrian Centre is nestled jn the Wicklow mountains among picturesque countryside yet only 30 mins from Dublin and 10 mins from Wicklow town.
It offers both adults and children of all standards and ability excellent tuition from both BHSAI and BHSII instructors.
Maltfield Stud provides a friendly welcoming environment to all who visit and is only 10 mins drive to the beach which its livery owners and horses regularly enjoy.
The riding school offers lessons, forest treks, beach rides, private coaching and group lessons. Preparation for BHS examinations stages 1 and 2, are also available.
Pony camps run all year during the school holidays and early booking is recommended to secure a place.
Livery options available include all year grass livery, full stable livery and assisted stable livery.
Check out our website www.maltfield.com and our Facebook page for all the latest events being run from Trek Ireland competitions to carousel dressage exhibitions.
The Old Farm Equestrian Centre is owned and run by Gerard Kavanagh, a qualified and registered Instructor with the British Horse Society.
Just three miles from the village of Ashford, in County Wicklow, the Old Farm is a 50 acre farm nestled in the Wicklow Mountains with direct access into state forestry for trekking and hacking.
Gerard gives both private and group lessons in Dressage and show jumping and the centre has a lovely range of quality horses and ponies, ranging from 118 cm to 188 cm.
Gerard teaches on a daily basis at the Old Farm and his pupils range in age from six to sixty six years. He is a very popular Instructor and Dressage Judge at the Wicklow & Bray Pony Clubs and the Riding Club events and competitions.
The purpose built Equestrian Centre and livery yard comprises of the following:
Sat Nav co-ordinates N53deg00’55”W6deg10’07”
All enquiries directly to Gerard Kavanagh: Mobile 087 2626855
Anvil Lodge Riding School is set in the rural village of Ballindaggin, 7 miles from Enniscorthy and Bunclody. We are a small family run riding school established in 2005 and have grown steadily from word of mouth.
We offer the personal touch with lessons and hacking in the beautiful scenic countryside on local land and country lanes. These include beautiful views of mount Lenister and panoramic views of Sliabh Bhui and surrounding countryside. We have use of local gallops for the more energetic rider.
The riding school caters for all levels from beginners to advanced. Beginners start from age 6 upwards. Lessons provided for dressage, show jumping and cross country. We cater for groups or individuals all year round.
Kingsford Equestrian Centre is a family run equestrian centre situated only 5 minutes from Wexford town.
We are at the heart of Forth Mountain, an area of forestry and open heathland stretching for thousands of acres with stunning panoramic views of the east coast and the scenic Blackstairs Mountains. Whether you are just a beginner or an advanced rider we can offer you a highly enjoyable and memorable experience.
“Mullingar Equestrian Centre is a horse sales and equestrian event venue hosting weekly showjumping competitions and a full calendar of pony club, riding club, showing and training events at local, regional, national and international levels.
The highlight of our annual show calendar is the Mullingar CSI2* International Horse Show which takes place over four days on the first weekend of June.
Facilities: 3 outdoor sand arenas, 3 outdoor grass arenas, indoor arena, stabling for up to 300 horses, hard core parking, with a coffee shop, restaurant and tack shop in our new viewing pavilion. Livery Yard on site.
Horse and Pony Riding Lessons, scenic hacking on the magical shores of Lough Ennell.
Ladestown House, a family run Riding School offering Horse and Pony Trekking, 7 days a week in one of the most beautiful traditional settings in Ireland.
Ladestown House stands on a site that has been occupied for at least 2500 years, evolving into a serene terrace garden, and within its well perserved fine stone courtyards, parterre and Maze.
Call below numbers to discuss your visit to our Riding School.
Ballinamona Equestrian Centre is the South East’s premier Equestrian facility.
Located on the Old Tramore Road in Waterford in the South East of Ireland, it is just 2 hours drive from Dublin and 90 mins from Cork. Nestled in a stunning landscape of mature woodland and rolling parkland, Ballinamona provides a unique and stunning location with excellent facilities.
Horse Walker, Indoor Lunging Area, Large Hardcore Car / Lorry Parking Area
Coffee Shop, Meeting Rooms, Toilets & Changing Facilities
Electrical Outlets, Public Address and Timing Systems in all Arenas.
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Set in 150 hectares of picturesque and panoramic farmland in the heart of Ireland’s horse country we offer a unique riding experience.
Crossogue House offers a warm welcome, comfortable surroundings and excellent home-cooked meals.
We offer specialised cross-country tuition for individuals and small groups over our extensive purpose-built cross-country course.
• Beginners to advanced level
• Weekend breaks – week long breaks
• Adult cross-country clinics
• Unaccompanied teenage Easter, summer & Halloween camps.
Approved by AIRE, BHS & Failte Ireland
For more information visit: www.crossogue-equestrian.ie
Located in the unspoiled North Tipperary uplands, Tipperary Mountain Trekking Centre is an easy drive on the new M7 and M8 from the big cities. Our one and two hour off-road treks are through scenic mountain pastures filled with wildflowers and containing archaeological features from prehistoric times onwards, as well as a local legend or two. Our five and seven hour treks include a visit to a gourmet pub where both you and the horses will be fed and watered. Bring cameras because the views are spectacular on all our treks!
We give riding lessons for adults and children, focusing on building confidence and balance in the saddle and having fun. We have long-term and overnight livery facilities for horses. We train youngsters and problem horses and hold an ‘Outstanding Horsemanship' award from Irish Natural Horsemanship.
We provide residential horsemanship courses and riding holidays for novice and experienced riders using our on-site luxury farmhouse accommodation. We also hold children's pony camps with residential and non residential places throughout the year
Nestled between Knocknarea mountain and Union Forest, 3 km from Sligo city (pop.25,000), on the Atlantic coast of Ireland sits Carrowmore, site of one of the oldest collections of Megalithic tombs and burial chambers, some dating to 3500 B.C. This area is said to be the first site settled by man in Ireland.
This beautiful corner of Ireland is not only home to prehistoric tombs but also to Ireland's foremost equestrian facility ,Sligo Riding Centre. It’s success and popularity among guests and local riders alike is due to it’s excellent facilities, sympathic instructors, safe and well trained horses, friendly staff, but mainly to it’s beautiful and diverse riding terrain.
From the endless Atlantic beaches for galloping to the mountains and pine forests for gentle hacking, this truly is the horseman's paradise.
Riding on a beautiful sandy beach....make your dream come true! Suitable for all the family, beginners or experienced riders, young or old. Groups are welcome and can avail of discount rates.
Trekking options range from a 30 minute lead rein trek for young children or a 1 hour beach ride right up to a full day trail ride. We offer a special island ride to our private island for experienced riders. Lessons either private or in small groups.
On a visit here you will meet a variety of pets, free range chickens and Rossi the miniature Stallion. We offer aselection of equestrian holiday options, including a short break with Hotel or B & B accommodation and a weeklong selfcatering holiday right beside the stables.
We have Ireland's only registered Centered Riding®(Sally Swift) instructor - level 2
Opening Times 9 am to 6 pm, all year round.
Session Prices: Hourly rate is €25.00 for Children and €35.00 for Adults
Directions: Situated along the Wild Atlantic Way, on the N15, between Grange and Cliffoney village, 15 km north of Sligo, 10 km south of Bundoran.
Telephone: (071) 9166156 / (086) 1956615
Birr Equestrian Centre has been catering for riders and horse enthusiasts for over thirty years under the direction of Noel Cosgrave and his team of dedicated instructors.
At Birr Equestrian Centre, we offer a wide range of equestrian activities. Lessons are available for adults and children, with the option of intensive private lessons for the truly dedicated rider.
Hour long treks around Kingsborough Farm provide riders with the opportunity to leisurely amble through our working farm, or pick up the pace and try their hand at some of our natural and manmade obstacles on our cross-country course.
Half-day and full-day trekking on the Slieve Bloom Mountains exhibits the breathtaking scenery of the mountainous terrain to riders as they ride the trails at their preferred pace.
Week long pony camps run throughout July and August and during various school holidays.
Hunting can be arranged on our safe well schooled hunters, for both drag and fox.
Staff at Birr Equestrian Centre also offers assistance in sourcing local accommodation for those holidaying in the area.
Both grass and stable livery is available at competitive prices. Birr Equestrian Centre always has a nice stock of horses, ponies and cobs for sale also.
Birr Equestrian Centre regularly hosts club rallies and events for the Slieve Bloom Riding Club and Ormond/North Tipperary Pony Club.
For the non horsey visitor, Midland Battlefield Live - a laser gun shooting game, is located at Birr Equestrian Centre. This is a team orientated combat simulation game that is played in forest constructed battle fields. Midland Archery is also based at Birr Equestrian Centre.
Both of these activities are suitable for hen/stag and birthday parties (aged from 10 years upwards) and can be combined with horse riding to tailor make a package to suit any group.
The Equestrian Centre at Castle Leslie Estate combines the authentic charm of a country estate with all the amenities of one of Ireland's best horse-riding locations. With an 30 x 50 metre indoor arena, outdoor Ménage, 56 stables, 21 miles of meandering bridleways, all weather gallop, exhilarating cross country course, SJI approved show-jumps, indoor cross country jumps, and Prince our mechancial horse. So whether, you are a beginner or an experienced rider, Castle Leslie is the place for you.
Comprising of 5 courtyards the Equestrian Centre at Castle Leslie has boot room, tack rooms, rug rooms, a reception office, guest refreshment room, showers and guest lavatories. indoor arena, waxed dust-free surface for optimum footing and heated seating for up to 200 people, viewing gallery with cafeteria, outdoor Ménage and a horse walker.
At Castle Leslie Estate we have up to 28 horses to choose from of all shapes and sizes; handsome hunters, capable cobs, ladies Hacks and friendly ponies. Coaching is available in Dressage, Showjumping, Cross Country and side saddle. BHS training is available. We offer a complete range of unique and tailor made riding Holiday experiences. Visiting horses are very welcome and we offer both short and long-term livery.
Our qualified instructors are on hand to take you hacking along the 21 miles of bridleways or Jump cross country over our many rustic fences from logs and ditches to steeple chase gallops and water complexes or stay dry in the indoor arena. Try Side-saddle or even the horse simulator. If that sounds all too energetic enjoy the 1,000 acres of parkland with a relaxed carriage drive. So whether you're looking for an energetic, action packed break or a reviving, relaxing get-away, we have it all.
Full of character and personality, Castle Leslie Estate offers a variety of accommodation from the magnificent Castle, the charming Lodge and our superb self catering Old Stable Mews and Village Cottages
We would like to welcome you to Barnacarroll 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.
There are two outdoor arenas and one 180f tX 200ft indoor arena, capable of holding an International Show with a full course of jumps. The indoor arena can be rented throughout the week.
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 6 years and we also cater for Disabled Riding. As we are situated in a very quiet area we provide trekking throughout the countryside, by a Deer Farm, with the view of 'Crough Patrick' and on quiet country lanes.
On site there is a cottage with 4 star Bord Failte approval which is available for renting all year round.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT JOAN AT 087 8395233
Carrowholly Stables is situated 3 miles from Westport town in the beautiful west coast of Ireland and is the perfect choice for all your horse riding.
We offer pony camps, group parties, beach and trail rides for all levels of riders from the beginner to the more accomplished enthusiast.
We also offer weekly lessons which are given by a BHS level 3 Accredited Professional Coach.
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
Mosstown stables is a family run business, located in Kenagh village. It is operated by the Harrison family, in a pleasant, friendly, and informative way. We are AIRE approved with qualified Instructors and coaches to cater for all levels of experience in equestrian disciplines.
Having an indoor, outdoor, walled garden and some cross country schooling fences, not to mention the fantastic and scenic trekking trails, we can assure you there is something for everyone, no matter what the weather.
Lessons are provided all year long, with camps running at Easter and Summer breaks. We also run Training shows once a month from crosspoles to 1m.
Mosstown Riding Club is also based here and we are a friendly and enthusiastic club. We also cater for livery(full or part), schooling, show jumping, and breaking.
We as a family pride ourselves on keeping a well run yard which provides instructions to all levels of riders and try to make everything enjoyable for the rider and horse.
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.
We offer a number of holiday packages but the two most popular are our youth camps and adult camps.
We offer both residential and non residential riding holidays for guests throughout the year. There are a few options which may be of interest to you.
The first is adult camp. This is offered during our off season and you stay in the home of our managers Sue & Dan Foley and their family. All rooms are shared as are bathrooms and all accommodation, meals, and all riding are included in the prices. This available from September to May each year. There is around four hours riding each day. The first lesson of the day is at 10am and that is followed by an instructional cross country ride with a break for lunch at around 12.30 and back again at 2pm for another lesson, cross country ride or gentle hack. All meals are served in the family kitchen and there is a sitting room for your use in the evenings with satellite television and DVD player. There is a computer for guests use in the tea room in the equestrian centre with free internet access. Check in Saturday after 2pm and check out Saturday before 10am.
The other option is to rent our self catering unit which sleeps 6/8 (Saturday to Saturday) and riding is additional. This unit has a full kitchen, laundry, central heating, open fire, cable television and DVD player, one double room ensuite and two further bedrooms with bunk beds and a family bathroom. All rooms look out on our livery yard and the apartment is part of the original house and was built in around 1800, so it has a lovely atmosphere.
Alternatively you could stay locally in one of the many luxury hotels or guesthouses and just come and ride with us.
For the non riding visitors we have two splendid golf courses within five minutes drive as well as both fresh water (lake and river) and sea fishing as well as great walking and historical buildings to occupy their time while you enjoy your time in the saddle.
For those of you who would like a little of both worlds we can arrange for a local catering firm to cook and deliver in your meals from simple pasta dishes to a four course dinner.
Our most popular holiday is the summer youth riding and language camp and this runs through all the school holidays (and in midterm and Easter breaks as well). We have guests from 8 to 18 of all nationalities and they live again in the Foley family home with Sue, Dan and their three daughters. As this is on site at the stables, there is no need for guests to leave the estate. This makes it a very safe holiday. Guests are collected from the airport by one of our staff (usually Sue or Dan themselves) and are checked in and taken through to departures on their return flight. All meals are taken in the family kitchen and there is a den for their use in the evenings with cable television and there is free internet access and a computer for their use in the tea room at the equestrian centre. Our English teacher gives lessons in the afternoons once riding has finished.
English can be for one or two hours each day (Monday to Friday)
We can tailor programs to suit clients requirements and cater for all levels from the beginner to the rider who is out on the competition circuit. All of our instructors are experienced and our senior instructors are highly qualified and keep up to date with new practices. Sue & Dan Foley, the centres managers are out one day eventing when time allows.
Clonshire is the centre used by the University of Limerick for the practical and ridden sections of their equine science degree program and the centre has been approved by both the BHS and AIRE. With our large indoor arena and two outdoor arenas as well as our 120 acre parkland cross country course, and access to pleasant short hacks, there is plenty of variety.
Clonshire has also been added to the BHS list of training centres and will be on the list of centres running BHS examinations later in the year - hopefully for the Autumn/Winter.
Please take a look at our web site to get a better idea of what we are about.