What we offer
Hairy Henry Therapeutic Riding is based on a secluded small farm in the rural setting of West Cork near Bantry town, just within one hour's drive from Cork and Killarney.
In our educational and therapeutic work, we focus on two areas in particular: Therapeutic Riding & Care Farming.
Therapeutic Riding is an activity which uses the horse as a partner in the therapeutic process. The focus lies on gaining benefits from the unique neuromuscular stimulation whilst riding and handling the horse, and from building a relationship with the horse as part of the therapeutic team.
Therapeutic Riding promotes strength, balance, good posture, confidence, coordination and flexibility. It offers physical, psychological and educational benefits to children and adults of a wide range of abilities and conditions.
Learning how to ride is not the main focus of our Therapeutic Riding sessions but participants may gain basic riding skills whilst participating, opening further opportunities to individuals to continue riding as a sport.
Care Farming is the therapeutic use of farming activities, including horse care and stable management. The purpose of care farming is to promote mental and physical health and emotional well-being by giving people the opportunity to spend time with and work with our farm animals such as horses, sheep, donkeys, pet rabbits, dogs, hens, ducks and geese and by exploring and experiencing the natural environment on the farm.
We offer individual as well as group sessions, and also cater for family groups. In addition, we run courses in Horse Care and Farming Skills for persons with additional needs.
We also offer tailor-made one-day Trail Rides to individuals who want to explore our beautiful West Cork area on horseback.
Our session takes place in our all-weather outdoor arenas as well as a 1.5km bridleway around our 12 acres of land.
Kilkieran Equestrian Farm is a small family run riding school just 5 miles outside Kilkenny City.
We provide mainstream Horse Riding Lessons in small groups for children from the age of 4 in our 25 x 40 outdoor sand arena.
We organise camps packed with funfilled activities in every school holiday.
We specialise in Therapeutic Horse riding, riding for people with special abilities on a one to one basis from as young as 2 years of age.
The benefits of riding on a bareback pad with a roler are fascinating! We have a sensory woodland trail and farm tracks where you can enjoy the stunning views of Kilkenny.
You are welcome to have a look and enjoy the tranquility of our lovely farm.
Feeney's Riding Centre is a family run Riding and Trekking Centre, providing lessons and treks for all age groups of all levels, now in operation for twenty years. The horses and ponies we provide are well schooled, each pony/horse is chosen carefully and individually to suit different levels of expertise from beginners level to the very experienced. We are the closest Riding Centre to Galway city, only 4kms away and we can arrange transport for our riders.
Daily treks/riding lessons by Qualified Instructors.
Transport to and from the Centre.
English Tuition by qualified English teacher and accomodation:
Helmets and boots:
When trekking with us you will experience the natural serenity that Connemara and Galway has to offer. You will see the beautiful Atlantic Ocean from the hills while trekking , the world famous Aran Islands and the valleys of Connemara and yet we are only 4km from Galway city.
You can enjoy a relaxing trek through the natural landscape and avail of a pre trekking lesson form one of our qualified instructors if you wish.
We are open seven days all year.
Childvision is an AIRE approved centre providing specialist Equine Assisted Occupational Therapy.
This unique service includes a full time occupational therapist working with a team of riding instructors to provide highly tailored therapeutic sessions to children and adults.
All our therapy clients are assessed by the OT and individual goals are set for each client.
We also see a small number of mainstream clients for lessons with our BSHII, and BSHAI Instructors.
We run a 48 week AIRE/ETB traineeship which offers training of the BHSAI schedule, as well as training in equine therapy.
Facilities include a specially designed sensory trail, extra wide mounting blocks, outdoor arena, café and pet farm on site.
Wicklow Equestrian Centre is beautifully situated just 5 mins from Roundwood Village, on 55 acres of picturesque woodland.
The facilities are top class, with two recently built outdoor arenas ( 25mx 45m and 30mx60m), show-jumping and cross-country fences. All stabling is in indoor, bright and airy barns.
There are beautiful, safe forestry hacks around the property with access to the river. We have an experienced team of qualified BHS instructors with many years experience teaching all ages and levels of riders. We can take complete beginner up to competition standard in a fun and safe environment.
Career training is offered to people who wish to make a career in the equine industry, and preparation is given for FETAC and BHS exams.
Children are very welcome and we specialize in providing lovely kind experienced ponies for our clients. Children taught by us have gone on to compete very successfully at national level and international level. Pony camps are always on offer, and children can participate in shows and events from our centre.
We also source suitable animals for our customers and really try to match rider to horse. Horses and ponies sold by us have gone on to win in all diciplines.
We will also assist riders with schooling programmes for their horses and themselves.
We breed sport horses and young stock is always available from sires such as Guidam, Limmerick, Heartbreaker etc
Livery is always available, also schooling and sales preparation on request.
For further information, phone 087 7403331
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
Mullingar Equestrian Centre is situated close to Mullingar town and just an hour's drive from Dublin city. The family runs centre caters for weekly riding lessons, hacks, training shows, etc. We welcome all levels of riders to partake in our equestrian activities and to enjoy our excellent facilities & quality horses.
Residential Equestrian Holidays for young riders (From 10+):
Equestrian Events: In conjunction with our riding school & residential holidays our outdoor facilities are in full flow each week as we cater for all types of national show jumping, riding club, pony club & local events. The highlight of our show calendar is the Mullingar International Horse Show which takes place on the first weekend of June each year.
Facilities: Indoor arena, 3 outdoor sand arenas, 3 outdoor grass arenas, stabling for up to 300 horses, hard core parking, coffee shop/ indoor heated viewing gallery & onsite accommodation.
List under Indoor School, Outdoor Arena, Livery, X Country.
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.
Established in 1965, Kilotteran Equitation Centre is Waterford’s longest established equestrian centre.
The centre is ideally situated just 6 kilometers from Waterford City on the idyllic banks of the Suir River.
Renowned for its excellence in tuition, Kilotteran prides itself on qualified and experienced staff, safe and suitable horses and state of the art facilities.
At Solohead Equestrian Centre we cater for all levels in a fun safe environment.
Showjumping dressage and x country lessons in group and private lessons.
Pony camps for all levels running through the year.
Lough Gara Riding Stables offer horse riding and other country pursuits in a tranquil, peaceful location on the shores of Lough Gara five miles from Boyle in County Sligo, Ireland. We offer Horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, archery, falconry, Air rifle Shooting ,Air Soft Shooting, We also have an Assault Course and a pets corner.
We offer activities to suit everyone from young children and teenagers to adults and we run tailor made events for corporate team building, school tours, family get togethers, birthday parties, pony clubs, riding clubs, scouts and girl guides and stag and hen parties.
The Center is run by husband and wife, Adrien and Jimmy Kneale. Adrien's passion is classical dressage and teaching people to ride in true harmony. Jimmy shoots for the Irish National Skeet team, he won a silver medal for Ireland in the world championships in 2009, is an experienced Falconer and a lover of all country sports and nature.
Lough Gara stables is fully approved by AIRE (Association of Irish Riding Establishments).
We offer horse riding lessons for all ages and experience levels. Our horses include well schooled dressage schoolmasters for the more advanced riders and quiet horses and ponies for novices.
Have a lesson in our roofed arena, Experience true harmony getting the feel of the dressage movements, go for a gallop in the meadows jumping our small natural jumps and ditches or simply hack by the lake taking in the scenery and watching the wildlife.
Broadmeadow Equestrian Centre is located in Meath just 3 miles from Asbourne, 6 miles from Swords and Dublin Airport and 9 miles from Dublin.
It is a modern purpose built centre, with excellent facilities.
Services include Livery - Full, part or DIY
Instruction from the beginner rider to competition showjumping level.
We welcome foreign students during the summer months providing accomodation and tuition in both riding and English language courses.
We run shows and produce and sell showjumpers both ponies and horses.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the Kilkenny Road near the picturesque village of Freshford, this family run equestrian centre lies just seven miles from the historic city of Kilkenny. It has developed a fine reputation for the range of facilities on offer and a friendly learning atmosphere for both the beginner and the more advanced rider.
Excellent facilities include-
* 2 large arenas – one indoor & one outdoor
* Purpose built renowned cross country course, with a large variety of natural & man made obstacles, including water jumps into the Nuenna River.
* Livery is available for owners who wish to have their horse or pony stabled at the centre.
* Miles of scenic farm land for the more relaxed rider to enjoy.
* Facilities are AIRE approved.
Riding lessons are available from Monday to Saturday. All levels are catered for from beginners to more advanced riders.
Three day summer camps are held each year enjoying the full freedom of these great facilities and a relaxing country lifestyle, supervised by BHS qualified instructors.
Also based at the centre is the Nuenna Farm Riding Club and the North Kilkenny Pony Club, always ensuring there is a buzz of activity and plenty of like minded enthusiasts to share stories and swap advice and helpful hints.
AIRE - Association of Irish Riding Establishments
Little Oak Equestrian Centre is set on a 10 acre site in Downings North, Prosperous, Co. Kildare.
We are an AIRE approved centre that offers a host of services for you and your horse. We have livery to suit all budgets, riding lessons for all levels and pony camps to keep the kids entertained.
Little Oak Equestrian is a small family run riding school who specialise in individual and group lessons for adults and children of all levels.
Whether a seasoned rider or interested in a career with horses Little Oak Equestrian have BHSII and BHSAI instructors who cater for all levels. We welcome complete beginners, improvers and advanced riders.
Little Oak Equestrian Centres facilities
• 2 floodlit arenas - 60m x 40m & 40m x 20m
• 12x12 Stable with rubber matting in an American style Barn
• ETB Training Centre
• Individual BHS exam Training available
• Group Lessons
• Private Lessons
• Pony Camps
• Unregistered/Training Shows
Creagh Equestrian Centre is a family run centre. It was established in 1994 by brother and sister, Damien and Fiona Carey. It is set in beautiful countryside only 4 miles from Ballinasloe town. Creagh Equestrian Centre provides a safe and fun environment for both kids and adults to learn to ride in. Facilities include a significant indoor arena with heated viewing area and 2 all-weather outdoor arenas. Riders of all ages and levels are welcome, hats are available on site. Instruction is given by Damien Carey BHSAI. Horses and ponies are very well trained. Livery and schooling is also available. SJI Jumping is run at various times during the year, check website for details. www.creaghequestriancentre.com
Moycullen Riding Centre is situated just a few miles from Galway city, in the magnificent surroudings of the Connemara countryside, making it an ideal trekking venue.
The centre specialises in Trekking and caters for all levels, from beginners to experienced riders.
Please see what we offer below:
Directions to the centre: Take the N59 from Galway city (it is the Moycullen/Clifden road) for approx 6 miles, take a left for Barna, (SIGN FOR MOYCULLEN RIDING CENTRE ON RIGHT HAND SIDE) go one mile up and take right turn at sign, we are at the top of the hill on right hand side. Moycullen Riding Centre is a family run business.
Contact us now on 087 2043944
Friendly, safe Riding Centre in the west of Ireland, five minutes by car from Tuam town. Caters for riders of all levels. Horses provided but clients may bring their own if preferred.
Pony Camps take place all year around during school holidays. Arena hire and livery available, birthday parties for children. Ring Evelyn on 086 8291238 for further information.