Horses have always held a special place in the hearts of the Irish. Imagine the peace and tranquility of an equestrian escape in the picturesque landscape of Ireland with its rolling green hills, and stunning sea views. Enjoy the adventure of beach riding along the coast, and feel the spray of the ocean’s waves, while you watch them crashing against the cliffs.
As you bond with your horse, explore Ireland at a slower pace, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Emerald Isle, experiencing all that its spectacular scenery has to offer.
Errislannan Manor Riding Center
Sheltered by a surrounding wood Errislannan Manor overlooks a trout lake and is bounded by Connemara’s moors and mountains in the west of Ireland. Housing the Errislannan Manor Connemara Pony Stud & Riding Center it is the home of the Connemara Branch of the Irish Pony Club. A popular riding school with an excellent reputation, Errislannan Manor offers long or short treks over heather covered moors and along the shores out to the end of the peninsula, home of hares, larks, otters and other kinds of seabirds. The Connemara ponies are homebred, sound and safe and come in all sizes.
Galway Equestrian Center
The O’Brien family near Athenry in County Galway are well known as one of the most successful families on the pony show jumping circuit in Ireland since 1990. The husband and wife team of Thomas and Frances were both born and reared in this rural area of undulating fertile farmland. The Galway Equestrian Centre possesses both outdoor and Indoor Arenas, so whatever the weather your lesson can still go ahead. They have over 22 horses and ponies, fully qualified instructors, and over 100 acres of countryside to explore on horseback.
Killarney Riding Stables
Established in 1968 by Donie O’Sullivan, Killarney Riding Stables is still a family business. Approved by the Irish Tourist Board and the Association of Irish Riding Establishments the Stables are home to over 80 beautiful horses, cared for in state of the art stables. Situated right next door is Killarney National Park where a whole day can be spent trekking in the stunning nature of County Kerry.
Coolmore Stud, Ireland
Situated in the heart of the Golden Vale in County Tipperary, on over 7,000 prime acres of Ireland’s finest limestone land, Coolmore Stud provides the perfect environment for breeding and raising thoroughbreds. Originally inherited by Battle of Britain flying ace Tim Vigors in 1945, Coolmore Stud started out as a small agricultural farm. John Magnier in conjunction with his late father-in-law, the outstanding horse trainer Vincent O’ Brien, and Robert Sangster took over the existing farm of 300 acres from Vigors in 1975. They surpassed their expectations to create the world’s biggest, and best, thoroughbred racehorse breeding operation.
The Irish National Stud & Gardens
The beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry lies in Kildare at The Irish National Stud. A unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty, The Irish National Stud is home to some of the most magnificent horses in the world. You can also experience the exquisite Japanese Gardens, and the mystical beauty of St. Fiachra’s Garden, as well as visit the Horse Museum.
Why not visit Ireland during the time of the Dublin Horse Show, an annual equestrian institution every August?
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