Ireland, Galway - Cross-Country Riding

This trip is perfect for those who are looking for fast-paced riding and a lot of jumps on fantastic horses. You don’t need to have ridden cross country previously, but you should be used to high-tempo riding in the outdoors. You will encounter real Irish charm and a lot of horses. People who are open, unpretentious and have a bit of courage will love this location with its genuine expertise built up over many years.

You will stay at a charming bed & breakfast in the village, 15 minutes from the equestrian centre and 45 minutes fom the city Galway. In the morning you will enjoy a real Irish breakfast and you will then be driven to the farm where you will spend the day. There are several different pubs and restaurants to choose from in the evening.

There is a large cross country course with up to one hundred jumps. There are also a number of smaller jumps that allow you to build your confidence during your stay.

A weekend includes approximately 8 hours of riding or you can stay a short week and enjoy approximately 15 hours of fantastic riding.

Hunting weekend / Drag hunting

From October to February you can combine cross country with hunting. The hounds follow a trail that has been laid and which leads you over the jumps. With everyone dressed up, it is just like riding in a painting. The hunt begins and ends at the pub. You must give this a try.

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Hunter Trials

Hunter Trials

Take the opportunity to join a hunter trials in Ireland. Oliver will give you a suitable horse that will take you round the course in a safe way.
Arrival on thursday with a short ride on the estate. Friday you get to try the cross country course. Saturday is an informal “hunt” on the estate with  hounds or more riding on the cross country course. And on sunday is the competition, the classes are; 
pre novice 80 cms /novice 90 cms and Open 90 plus ok – you are entitled to 2 rounds - and pay the  entries of 25 Eur per class direct. If you want to go 3 times its plus €45 - this can be paid on the day if you decide to go a third round.

This is a unique possibility to join an irish competition. What an experience! 

Dates 2017: 16-20 March Hunter trial in Athlone, 23-27 March, 14-18 April (Friday-Tuesday) Hunter trial in Nenagh. 

Subject to Hunter Trail may be canceled because of too wet in the grounds. Then you will ride cross country on the riding centre instead.

Weekend or Short Week Program

Weekend program

This programme is suitable for riders who can trot, canter and gallop confidently, experience in cross country jumping not necessary, training for those wishing to improve their cross country jumping will be provided. 
Included 3 nights accommodation, approx. 8 hours horse riding and riding 2 different horses per day.

Thursday, arrive noon - 1.30 hour hack out assessment and XC jumping
Friday 10 am to 11.30 am XC jumping training - followed by hack on a different horse --break for lunch- 1.30 pm to 3 pm XC training
Saturday 10am to 11.30 am XC training followed by hack on a different horse - -- 1.30pm to 3 pm individual training over a XC course of fences, NOTE - (there might be riding at 3 pm "schooling" in the arena on a different horse)
Sunday morning a XC jumping. Depart around 11.30

NOTE- between October - March there’s no midday hack and Xc mostly on all-Weather course- (due to wet ground conditions) 

(the daily programme and times are approximate and could be subject to slight change re weather conditions or etc ) 

Short week program

This programme is suitable for riders who can trot, canter and gallop confidently, it is advisable to have some experience in show jumping and have jumped cross country, training for those wishing to improve their cross country jumping will be provided. Riders are advised to be reasonably ‘horse riding fit’ for this short week "jumping confidence" programme. 
4 days horse riding (approx.15 hrs) 2 different horses per day from a selection of 70 horses and ponies.
 

Tuesday- arrive afternoon/evening - ( short hack out, arrival not later than 3 pm) or if its later clients can come to the riding centre and walk about and see the XC course/horses if they want.

Wednesday - 10 am to 11.30 introductory xc ride out etc- 11/45 am to 12/20 short hack out on a different horse - Then break for lunch - 1/30 to 3 pm full Riding xc afternoon

Thursday - 10am to 11/30 show jump lesson followed by a hack on a different horse - break for lunch- 1/30 to 3pm xc training.

Friday- 10am to 11/30 xc training followed by hack on a different horse - -- 1/30 to 3pm individual training over a xc course of fences 

Saturday - 10 am to 11/30show jumping lesson - followed by a hack out - 1/30 to 3 pm full xc ride

Sunday - 10 am XC jumping depart at approx. 11.30 am

NOTE- between October - March there’s no midday hack and Xc mostly on all-Weather course- (due to wet ground conditions)

(the daily programme and times are approximate and could be subject to slight change re weather conditions or etc )

Drag Hunt Weekend Program

Get away on an action-packed weekend with a lot of jumping on beautiful horses. The weekend starts with a test ride on Thursday (if you arrive before 1.00 pm).
You then have two rides on Friday and Saturday. You will ride on selected sections of the cross country trail. You will get to try a number of beautiful horses.

On the Sunday you will dress in white riding pants and jacket and the horses are transported to the hunt’s meeting point – a local pub. After a drink to warm up, you mount your horse. The hounds bark and the horses are eager to go and everyone wants to get underway. It’s like riding in a painting.

The hounds follow a trail that has been laid and which leads you over the jumps. The tempo is often high and so you need to be sure in the saddle. After the day’s hunt, you meet again at the pub for a drink and a bite to eat and to talk about the day’s events.

You will stay in a cozy bed & breakfast in the village. In the evenings there are several restaurants and pubs to choose from. This experience will live long in your memory and is perfect for those who would like to add some color to an otherwise long (and often grey) winter.

Times: October to March
Cap fee: €60-100. Paid on location.
 

Accommodation and Food

Bed & Breakfast in the village, half board
You will stay in a charming bed & breakfast in Portumna (about 10 minutes by car from the farm) in a double room with shower/toilet. Single rooms can be booked (price for single supplement is available under Dates & Prices). If there is no one to share a room with, a single supplement will be added.
In the morning you will enjoy a full Irish breakfast and you will also be provided with a sandwich lunch by the bed & breakfast that you can eat at the farm. Once the afternoon’s riding is completed, you will be driven back to the bed & breakfast. There are several restaurants to choose from in Portumna. Towels and sheets are provided.

Safe deposit box: No
A/C: Yes
Hair Dryer: Yes by request.
Towels and sheets: Yes
Fridge: No

Horses

There are more than seventy horses on the farm in all sizes and ages. The horses are mainly Sporthorses and Irish Hunters, but there are also some of nice ponies. They are 160-180 cm (63-71 in) at the withers and experienced at cross-country. They are often out on hunts and have a very good temperament.

Climate

The climate is mild. Temperature conditions are largely the same throughout Ireland. May and June are the sunniest months. July and August are the warmest with a normal daytime temperature of between about 21-24 C (70-75 F).

Travel Information

Ability description: Cross country, jumping level 3-5 >>

Included in the price: 3-5 nights, 3-4,5 days riding, breakfast and sandwich lunch.

Not included: Flights, transfers to and from the riding centre. Cap fee (hunts)

Travel: Book flight/rental car >> We help you book your flight if you wish.
Fly to Dublin. You can then choose between domestic flight, train or bus.
You can also fly to Shannon or Galway.

Domestic flights Dublin Shannon airport, Galway Airport.
It is possible to fly with the Irish airline Aer Arann from Dublin to Shannon and Galway Airport.

Bus: Dublin airport - Loughrea:
The easiest is to take the bus directly from Dublin airport to Loughrea (end station Galway) with Irish Citylink or Bus Eireann. The journey takes just over three hours. 
Dublin centrum - Portumna:
You can also go to Portumna with www.kearnstransport.com. It is 7 km from the stable and only some hundred metres to the B&B.

Transfer: Book in advance with HorseXplore and pay on spot to the driver. Depending on where you come from a transfer can be arranged. Call the riding center when you are in Dublin and confirm which bus you will arrive with, if you travel to Loughrea or Portumna. 

Loughrea bus station about 30 EUR / car
Ballinasloe bus station about 40 EUR / car
Shannon airport about 100 EUR / car
Galway Airport about 70 EUR / car

Rental car: If you want to explore the surrounding area on your own, we recommend renting a car. 

Single room: Can be booked with a supplement. For price click on ”Book on request” under Dates & prices.
If there is no one to share a room with, a single supplement will apply.

Currency: EUR
Credit card: Not accepted by riding center.
Tipping: Not expected.

Wifi: Yes
Electricity jack: UK, three pins.

Age limit: None

Closest village: Portumna where the B&B is located, 7 km from stable.
Beach: No
Pool: No

Misc.:
Riding equipment to borrow: None
Saddle bag available: No
Special diet: Inform when booking.

Dates and prices

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