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.ie
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.
Kildalton College is situated in the village of Piltown, Co. Kilkenny in the picturesque Suir valley. It is located on the main Waterford to Limerick road, approximately 8km from Carrick-on-Suir and 20k from Waterford city. Kildalton is the largest agricultural college in the country. It is a leading provider of training in Equine Studies, Machinery, Agriculture and Horticulture. Students attending Kildalton College get the opportunity to learn in a practical supportive environment. Our practical experience programme provides valuable work experience as part of your overall training.
Kildalton College offers Q.Q.I. Level 5 and Level 6 courses in Horsemanship Equitation and Stud Management. Application forms and course details are available from Kildalton College.
As Kildalton College is a BHS approved training and exam centre, it is not unusual for Level 6 Horsemanship students to leave with their BHSAI including Occupational First Aid and Child Protection certificates.
Students on the Stud Management course learn all key breaking skills. Their course is also very practical and includes work placement on studs such as Ballylinch. Vinesgrove and Carriganog Stud.
Facilities here include an indoor school : 25m x 50m with seating for 200
: 2 Outdoor arenas - 25m x 60m + 35m x 60m
: Cross country - through woodland and pasture.
: Lecture rooms
Our aim at Kildalton is to produce skilled Graduates who can make a career in the equestrian world.
For more information please contact : Kildalton College Tel. no. 051 – 644400
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
Grennan Equestrian Centre offer course leading to the British Horse Society Coach in Complete Horsemanship Assessments and QQI Level 5 and Level 6 Awards Certificate in Horsemanship Sept 2019
Grennan Equestrian Centre has facilitated and mentored equine students in their pursuit of professional qualifications and business career goals for the past forty years. Full time courses run from September to June each year and lead to the British Horse Society Coach in Complete Horsemanship Assessments, QQI Level 5 Award in Horsemanship and Level 6 Awards Certificate in in Horsemanship.(trained young farmers (Green Cert )
The course is designed to meet the demands of a wide and expanding equine industry. Students can and have progressed directly to employment both at home and abroad and progress to a vast range of areas in the equine industry.
Students are also offered an opportunity to gain practical experience which fulfils the requirements of the industry in a friendly and supportive environment. There is excellent staff to student ratio and places are restricted to ensure individual attention.
Castlewarden Pony and Country Club has been running for 22 years. We provide riding from basic to competition level and riding for fun or fitness. You can learn from super ponies and cobs with fully qualified instructors. Ride for the day Sat / Sun 10:00 - 5:00, ride twice a day, learn stable management and general care of owning your own horse or pony. We are also running Training hunts every Sunday meeting at 1:00 suitable for adults and children see Facebook for details call 014580104.
This centre is qualified to train students for Educational Training Board, see news item on opening page for further details.
For more information find us on Facebook and www.castlewardenponyandcountryclub.ie
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:
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!
Dunbyrne Equestrian Centre has a small friendly riding school set over 50 acres at the foot of the Hill of Allen, 10 minutes from Naas, Newbridge and Kildare Town.
AIRE Approved our professional and friendly staff teach lessons to beginners and advanced riders, from children as young as 5 years up to and including adults. Lessons are taught by fully qualified experienced Instructors who are garda vetted and trained in First Aid and Child Protection.
Dunbyrne Equestrian Centre also offers a top class Livery Yard with the following facilities & services:
– 2 Floodlit Arenas with showjumps: 50m x 70m arena & 20m x 40m arena
– Large airy stables with generous bedding, fresh clean water from automatic drinkers
– Purpose built wash- bay
– Heated Tea-room, Rug-room and Tack-room with Washing Machine
– All weather 4.5 furlong sand gallop for hacking or fitness work
– Wooded hacking trail with optional cross country jumps (ideal for bringing your dog for a walk also!)
– Competition Training
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
Abbeyfield Farm Country Pursuits - Ireland's leader in Country Pursuits
Welcome to Abbeyfield Farm Country Pursuits, nestled in over 240 acres of picturesque Kildare countryside. Less than 40 minutes drive from Dublin city centre, our experienced and friendly staff will provide you with a safe and enjoyable afternoon of fun outdoor activities such as Horse Riding,Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery and Air Rifle Shooting. For the first timer, expert tuition is provided to allow you get the very best out of each pursuit. For the accomplished let us push your skills to the limit.
Horses & Livery at Abbeyfield Farm
• 70m x 40m all- weather flood lit arena
• 240 acres of treks
• 12 furlong all weather gallop
• 60+ cross country fences all weather including technical fences
• Quiet country routes with no traffic interference
• Hunting 4 days a week ( Hunts include North Kildare Farmers, Kildare Foxhounds, South County Dublin Hunt & Ward Union Staghounds)
• Secure tack & feed room
• Coaching and Schooling available
• Wash bay, clipping and plaiting
• Equine physio & chiropractor service available
• Pre- arranged transport to hunts
• Feed & Hay twice a day
• High spec stables
• American Style Barn
• Horse Lease available
• Farrier attends yard twice weekly
We have 56 stables in total with automatic drinkers & built in food troughs. Horses are turned out on a daily basis year round. As we are a family run business there is always someone on site. We have pony lessons on a Saturday morning and afternoon which cater for all levels. We also hold a number of pony camps throughout the year.
Welcome to Slieve Aughty Centre in the west of Ireland. We are a family owned and operated equestrian and activity centre offering riding holidays, hourly treks, riding lessons, cross country training, English Language instruction, party and conference facilities, organic food, cycling and walking trails and more. Approximately 50 km east of Galway City and adjacent to more than 50 miles of forest and quiet country lanes, immerse yourself in the tranquillity and beauty of Ireland’s landscape. We cater for the novice and advanced rider; and with over 30 horses and ponies, you are sure to find one that suits.
Adjacent to more than 50 miles of forest trails and endless country lanes, Slieve Aughty Riding Centre offers some of the best trail riding in all of Ireland. Explore new landscapes every day on a week long trail holiday, or book a trek by the hour and spend a relaxing afternoon on a quiet, safe horse or pony. Find out why the Irish horse is so special as our experienced mounts easily navigate steep inclines, boggy fields, rocky paths, river crossings, tangles of vegetation and more. Bring the camera to capture the incredible scenery.
For more advanced riders, get out of the arena and challenge yourself on our cross country course! Covering over 20 acres, the cross country course presents a variety of obstacles, including water jumps, ditches, walls, drops and combinations, all over varied terrain. Bring your own horse or hire an experienced Irish hunter and enjoy! If riding lessons are desired, our qualified instructors can guide you in the large all-weather sand arena or on the cross country course. After your ride sip a hot tea or cool pint in our cosy restaurant, where we serve up organic food from our own garden. For your comfort, toilet, locker and changing facilities are available for all guests.
An eco-friendly centre, Slieve Aughty makes every effort to minimise our impact on the environment, from biodegradable cleaning agents to chemical free pasture management.
Established in 1986, Slieve Aughty Centre is AIRE (Association of Irish Riding Establishments) and Bord Failte, and BHS approved.
For more information, contact us! We love to hear from you and look forward to helping you create your next family adventure.
Situated on the Dublin/Kildare border, Calliaghstown Equestrian Centre enjoys stunning views of the Dublin mountains and the lush Kildare country side. This makes us an ideal location for trekking with various forests, country roads and lanes. Our top class facilities include a 50m x 25m indoor arena; an all weather floodlit outdoor 70m x 35m arena, and 25 acres of X-country fences to suit all levels. We cater for both the beginner and the experienced rider with horses to suit all levels. Our instructors are trained to help you achieve your goals, in a fun and safe environment.
Calliaghstown is a Failte Ireland, AIRE and BHS approved riding centre and livery yard. We offer FAS training and training towards BHS exams. We also cater for school tours, birthday parties and offer international youth camps and pony camps during school breaks for the young enthusiasts.
We offer tailor made livery to suit you and your horse with coaching, schooling & breaking available on request. We take pride in the care we offer to the horses and clients in our centre, with experienced staff on hand to offer help and advice. The centre is the home base for Calliaghstown Riding Club, one of the most active clubs in the West Leinster Region of the Association of Irish Riding Clubs.
Regular competitions and shows are held at the centre and are open to all. Pay us a visit and experience the warm and friendly atmosphere that is unique to Calliaghstown and you might even be offered a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake.
Location: Calliaghstown is situated just a 4 km from Rathcoole village, exit 4 on the N7, and only a 30 minutes from Dublin city centre and 35 minutes from Dublin airport.
Deane's Equestrian is located in the South-West of Co. Donegal, between Donegal Town & Killybegs. We have offered horse riding on our farm for 14 years & with our indoor arena we provide horse riding all year round. We give qualified instuction in our lessons for all abilities, and also offer trekking & cross-country when the weather allows it. We also regularly host dressage & showjumping competitions.
Our all year round equestrian centre provides the following :
• Lessons - all abilities
• Indoor Arena (25m x 45m)
• Outdoor arenas ( 20m x 30m ) ( 30m x 40m )
• Showjumping Grounds
• Cross Country Course
• Pony Rides
• Livery/Schooling Service
Advance booking advisable
With Indoor Arena, 25m x 45m. Outdoor Arenas are 20m x 30m and 30m x 40m. and showjumping grounds
Lessons are available : Riding instructions for adults and children by friendly, effective qualified staff.
Along quiet country roads through the hills of Donegal, we cater for all levels of riding, farm hacks at your leisure, or fast treks.
Cross Country jumping on the farm. We advise this for more experienced riders. Back protectors are mandatory.
Short lead rein rides for the young and not so young
Training or school of young horses. Full or half livery available.
A memorable and exciting day out for school parties, groups, birthday parties, bus tours, families and individuals. It is equally popular with adults and children.
Tack & Gift Shop
All you need to kit yourself and your horse out! Great selection, we stock Horseware, Shire, Mackey, Toggi, Champion to name but a few.
For further information please contact:-
Deane's Equestrian Centre,
Tel/Fax: 353 74 97 37160
Lenamore is situated high in the hills of Donegal, overlooking the city of Derry. The facility is half way between the villages of Muff and Bridgend, approximately twenty miles from both Letterkenny and Carndonagh, ten miles from Movile and two miles from Derry. Our clientele varies from local towns to overseas tourists.
We are registered with the British Horse Society (BHS) and the Association of Irish Riding Establishments (AIRE).
We offer a wide range of services to our clients of all abilities:
Riding Lessons are available seven days a week and cater for all levels of experience.
Horse riding for the disabled individuals to develop confidence in themselves by helping to improve their mobility and to create a sense of equality with those who are able bodied as they can participate on an equal basis.
Hacking out in our picturesque countryside for many hours, or venture further on day treks to local beauty spots such as Grianan of Aileach Stone Fort.
Nursery Riding Lessons are an ideal way to introduce your children to horses.
Birthday Parties allow you to bring as many friends to have fun playing games on horseback where afterwards you have access to our club room.
Own a Pony for a Week provides the children with the chance to learn everything involved in owing a pony.
Breeding, Breaking and Schooling of horses and ponies is a specialty at Lenamore.
Show Jumping in our international size sand arena as well as our grass show-jumping paddock with full range of show-jumps.
One Day Events are held during the spring and summer months.
Hunting Trials / Cross-Country course has a number of varied and interesting fences and has fences to suit all standards and abilities.
Livery Contracts to suit all needs such as Full Livery, Riding School Livery and Grass Livery.
Accommodation allows you to enjoy the views out over the rolling hills and countryside as you watch our horses and foals grazing, or watch the city lights as night falls after a long summers evening.
Our Yard Facilities include:
For more information on how we can accommodate you, please contact Geraldine Graham
(BHS Intermediate Instructor) on
Tel: 00353 74 9384022
"Hitchmough's Riding School is a leading equestrian centre in County Cork.
Hitchmough's is a highly regarded riding school. Facilities, horses and procedures are regularly checked for AIRE approval to ensure that the highest level of service and standards are continually met.
The equestrian centre is located in the beautiful Owenabue Valley with a panoramic view over Cork Harbour and it is an idyllic setting for all your equestrian needs with friendly, helpful, knowledgeable staff.
Top standard tuition is offered by the most qualified staff in the region, with quality horses in a safe environment. Both private and group lessons are available to cater for all abilities.
Hitchmough's Riding School specialises in a wide selection of training from show jumping and dressage to eventing and racing. All levels of rider are welcome, from beginners to competition riders, disabled riders, and career students.
A competition livery yard is also incorporated into the Hitchmough's Riding School operation. Billy Twomey, son of owner Jill Twomey, began his career here. Billy Twomey is currently the highest ranked Irish show jumper having reached 3rd in the Rolex World Rankings in 2011"
Clonlara Equestrian Centre is situated in the countryside of East Clare, 5 miles from Limerick city. It is a family run riding school with a competition yard sitting on 120 acres, has top class facilities for all disciplines.
The centre hosts an international indoor arena, two outdoor arenas and a cross country course. Lessons in all disciplines are offered - showjumping, dressage, cross country or trekking for the leisure rider through the farm. Lessons are available in a group or as a private session. Clonlara runs pony camps during school breaks for both advanced and beginner riders. We host shows in Showjumping, Dressage and Crossjump at various times through the year. We have an active riding club and provide livery, with private paddocks and access to all facilities for livery owners. We have a therapeutic room with a mechanical horse and welcome children of special abilities.
Clonlara Equestrian Centre will offer a warm welcome to all their clients.
Horse Riding Tuition is by Marie Burke and her team of tutors.
Marie has competed with distinction on the National and International showjumping circuits. This experience, coupled with her tuition ability and track record ensures Clare Equestrian remain one of the top facilities in the country:
Lessons are available on request, either for individuals or for groups
• Regular Lessons for adults are held every Tuesday at 6pm - 9pm and Wednesday evening from 6pm to 9pm.
• Regular Lessons for Children are held every Friday evening from 4pm to 8pm and from 10am to 6pm on Saturday
• We coach people from beginner to advanced level
Horse Management Classes for Adults are run throughout the year
• We ensure that the correct horse is matched with each rider based on experience and ability
• Safety is of paramount importance to us. We are keen that people also have fun and enjoy the overall experience
Our Pony Camps for children are proving very popular. These are held at Easter, Summer and during the October school break.
Kids need to bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing. Please call or email for more details.
Showjumping Clinics- For the more ambitious and experienced rider.
Over a 3-5 day period, Intensive Morning Classes and Afternoon training gives our students an excellent advancement in skill and competitiveness
All horses used are competition standard. Clare Equestrian is located on 70 Acres of unspoiled countryside, making it an ideal trekking venue. We offer:
• Trekking for individuals, couples, families and groups of up to 30 people
• Our treks can be varied from relaxing & easy to very challenging depending on the skill and requirements of the riders.
• Mixed capability groups can be catered for using multiple guides.
• We aim to match the horse with the riders experience and riding requirements.
• Jumping is optional on all our treks
Our guides always accompany the treks. We are open for trekking all year round, We cater for children.
We provide pre-trekking lessons. The safety of our riders is important to us
Clare Equestrian Centre offers riders an excellent choice of cross country rides:
• Over 30 Fences (optional).
• Natural Water Challenges.
• Banks & Stone Walls.
We will tailor the cross country circuit to meet the riders' skill and requirement for adventure.
Welcome to Banner Equestrian Centre. We are a family run equestrian venue set in the Burren Region of County Clare, Ireland. Our facilities include an Indoor Arena, two spacious Outdoor Show Jumping Arenas as well as a large practice Arena all constructed using the unique Fibre Fusion Surface by Equestrian Surfaces Ireland. Regularly there are official Show Jumping Ireland events held at the Centre. There are always many promising horses/ponies competing at the events which often are for sale.
Banner Equestrian Centre won National SJI Centre of the Year Award in 2013, 2018 and 2019.
Lessons for clients with their own horses/ponies can be booked and are held daily. Instruction is given by owners Noel, BHSAI, HSI Register of Coaches, SJI National Course Builder and Safety Steward, Simone BHSAI, HSI Register of Coaches, Therapeutic Coach, SJI Senior National Judge, SJI National Course Builder and Safety Steward.
It is also possible to rent any Arena for your own training. Ring us to book your appointment in your chosen Arena.
Contact us if you are interested in joining our livery yard.
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Banner Equestrian offers a fully equipped, modern apartment in the riding school complex . It is very comfortable and sleeps up to 10 people. It includes a sittingroom, kitchen/dining, bath/shower room, 2 shower/toilet, utility with washing machine and dryer. Bookings for one or two weeks.