Equine Centre


Riding Programmes

COMMUNITY HORSE RIDING

We offer a variety of lessons for both children and adults from beginners to advanced (pony club level for youths).
Community horse riding takes place Monday to Friday each week between 5.00 – 8.00 pm and Saturday 9.00 – 4.00pm. Children must be 6 years of age to participate.

We operate a graded riding system so that riders are among pupils of the same level. This is to provide progression and learning opportunities for members of the community who avail of the community horse riding lessons.

Grade 1 Lead rein (a safe way to introduce the beginner to horse riding)
Grade 2 Progression from lead rein
Grade 3 Primary
Grade 4 Advanced Primary
Grade 5 Intermediate
Grade 6 Advanced Intermediate
Grade 7 Pony Club level
Grade 8 Stable management

Adult lessons take place twice weekly and more details are available upon request.

Coffee evenings take place at the end of each term and pupils receive a certificate for each grade that they have completed. It usually takes 10 weeks to complete on grade however it is not unusual for younger children to stay for 2 terms in the one grade.

Stable Management is available to any person wanting to develop and enhance their equine knowledge.

All of our instructors are British Horse Society (BHS) qualified and have child protection and first aid certification.

Each of our instructors can provide a range of lessons from groups to private lessons

Please note that on completion of your first lesson we will advise the most appropiate lesson to suit your standard.

PONY CAMPS

Pony camps are run during school mid-term breaks throughout the year. These generally run from Monday – Thursday 10.00 – 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm -4.00 pm. The camps involve horse riding, care for the animals, stable management, grooming and a range of games and other activities. The camps are very popular and have proven to be a great way to make friends – early booking is advisable and a deposit is necessary to secure your place.

Special Needs

We operate a number of weekly slots for children and adults with special needs. We provide allocated classes each week, these lessons help with balance, co-ordination, communication, physical fitness, mobility and of course the connection and bond that is created when around these beautiful majestic animals. For more details, contact reception on 01 6209160.

Some guidelines
• Correct footwear and head gear must be worn.
• We provide boots and hats, but it is advisable to purchase your own if taking up riding.
• Weight limit of 16 stone applies to all lessons

• We strongly advise that full personal accident insurance is taken out.
• Horse riding is a dangerous sport, whilst the management endeavors to use correct procedures at all times to ensure the safety of each participant, we do not take responsibility for any accident / injury that may be occurred from equine activities.
• Smoking is to be kept in the designated area.
• It is advised to arrive ten minutes before scheduled riding lesson in order to get correct footwear and headgear.
• For new clients it is advisable to arrive 15 minutes before lessons to complete registration form

Meet Our Horses

Here are our beloved horses and ponies who make it all happen.

Sally

Minstral

Fudge

Cracker

Travis

Lucy

Gerry

Bobby

Sheila

Franco

Tayto

Boots

Buttons

Cashel

Butch

Rusty

Hector

Buster

Shelly

Chester

Annie

Suzie

Bob

Ross

Georgie

Leader’s Programme

We operate a youth leaders equine programme designed to educate young people between the age of 12 and 18 about horse management, welfare, and general safety around animals. The programme also aims to increase young people’s involvement with animals and particularly horses in a positive and safe manner having learned the necessary skills to care for animals properly. A range of topics are included:

• Know how to approach a horse
• Correctly and confidently leading a horse/pony
• How to communicate with horses and how horses communicate
• Horse welfare
• Basic stable and yard care
• Tacking and untacking
• Grooming and grooming kit

• Mucking out
• Basic anatomy of horses
• Develop social skills

Training

We operate a range of group programmes which are primarily targeted at schools, youth services, special needs groups, recreation and sports groups and clubs, Garda Youth Diversion Projects and any other groups that wish to take part in horse riding / welfare programmes.

The group programmes generally involves children/teenagers taking part in riding lessons and other tasks and activities including mucking out, grooming, and care and mangement of horses and ponies.

This program helps young people to develop a better understanding of animals and improve their confidence around animals. It also greatly aids the development of learning and social skills.

The programmes are generally one or two hour programmes.These group programmes have proven highly successful and we have many repeat visitors.