Crossogue Equestrian riding holiday in Ireland - Far and Ride
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Crossogue Equestrian, Ireland




Programmes


• Training Package

• Summer Teen Camps

 

Horses



Type of horses:

Irish cobs, Thoroughbreds and various mixed breeds

Nature of horses:

Well schooled, various temperaments

Height of horses:

Wide range

Weight limit:

100kg / 15 stone 7 lbs

Tack type:

English

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride Description

Crossogue House specialises in offering riding tuition in open countryside and allowing all standards of rider the opportunity to enjoy riding across the farm. This can be a gentle ride for those who want to relax and simply enjoy being on horseback and part of the natural surroundings, or for the more adventurous there are gallops and a diverse range of cross country obstacles all over the farm with lots of challenges for both horse and rider.

All riders spend some time in the arena to get to know their horse and develop confidence in the partnership before embarking on the challenges which await. With expert instructors and well-trained horses, you will quickly develop the confidence to tackle the large selection of well-made obstacles for all standards of rider.

Whilst the centre can sleep up to 20 people in the various rooms, riding group sizes are limited to 5 riders, with the usual group size being three. However, this is the ideal destination for groups of friends of differing abilities as everyone can join different groups for the riding but still spend their relaxing time together.

Crossogue Farm is also a working thoroughbred stud which specialises in producing good steeplechasers. Mares and foals live outside almost all year round, only coming into foal. If you are lucky then maybe you will witness a foal being born! Some of the youngsters remain at the stud to be trained as racehorses and your hosts will be happy to immerse you in the excitement of having a runner if it happens to fall over your holiday.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

You stay in Crossogue House, which is a listed Georgian home. There are eight different rooms, ranging from en-suite double rooms to double rooms with shared bathrooms, to dorm-style accommodation.

Dorm rooms sleep groups of 4, 6 or 8 and are reserved exclusively for families or groups of friends. Couples/individuals will be housed in one of the four rooms with double/twin beds - two en-suite and two with a shared bathroom.

The house also has a communal living room, dining room and kitchen.

All meals are provided and prepared freshly each day. Home-cooked meals using local produce, including from their own vegetable gardens, are a highlight of a stay here. All dietary needs can be accommodated as long you notify us in advance.

Some drinks are included (tea, coffee, water, juice etc) but alcoholic drinks are not included and so you should bring your own.

 

Activities

There are a number of alternative activities available for when you aren't riding, including tennis, badminton, table tennis, games and walks on the farm.

Some evenings films are shown.

You may wish to take an excursion to a nearby place of interest and see a little of Ireland during your visit too.

You may be able to combine your holiday with some horse racing in Ireland as well.

 

Further Details

Languages: English

Health requirements: General good health

Age limit: 4 years or older

Tuition: Yes

Included: Accommodation, meals, some drinks, riding (2 lessons per day)

Not included: Flights, transfers from Dublin airport, alcoholic drinks (bring your own), travel insurance

 

Travel Information

You may wish to hire a car and drive yourself from Dublin airport to the equestrian centre, so you have more flexibility during your stay, but if you prefer not to then there are two options:

There is an excellent train service from Heuston station in Dublin to the train station in Thurles and your hosts will happily collect you from the train station. The train journey takes just over one hour and the station in Dublin is easily accessible by bus or taxi from Dublin airport.

Alternatively, private transfers can be arranged at extra cost (currently 390 euro per vehicle, return).

Airport: Dublin

 

Programmes


Training Package



All abilities of rider can be accommodated for you could go for a gentle ride and relax in the countryside, or make use of the gallops or a diverse range of cross country fences. You will always start your holiday in the area so you can get to know the horses and your instructor can assess your ability and discuss your aims and wishes.

With expert instructors and well-trained horses, you should quickly develop the confidence to tackle some well-made obstacles.

Example 6-night itinerary:

Day One:

Depending on your arrival time at Crossogue, there may be time for an afternoon lesson before dinner (which is served at 7.30pm).

Days Two to Six:

Breakfast is usually at 9 am and the first rides are usually at 10 am. You ride for c. 1.5 hours and this will either be in the arena or out on the cross country course. Lunch is at 1.30pm and a second lesson is planned for the afternoon. There is time to relax before dinner.

Day Seven:

A final morning lesson and lunch before departing for the train station. If you did not arrive in time for an afternoon lesson on Day One then you can also have a lesson this afternoon before departing.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 5
Ability description: All abilities can be catered for. If you wish to jump cross country then some previous jumping experience is recommended.
Type of ride: Instruction
Total riding time: 2 lessons per day (c. 1.5 hours each)
Departure dates: 2018: Adults and families are welcome for riding holidays from 6th April - 9th June and then from 25th August - 19th November.

Summer is dedicated to teenage camps.
 
Pricing: 2018:

3 nights, 6 rides £649
4 nights, 8 rides: £843
5 nights, 10 rides: £1011
6 nights, 12 rides: £1161
7 nights, 14 rides: £1311

Prices are per person and include all meals, accommodation and riding.



Summer Teen Camps



Youngsters have been staying at Crossogue House for more than 25 years, immersing themselves in this wonderful way of life. There are six children in the Molloy family (now adults) and these camps are just like how their summers were spent as teenagers. A change of scenery, varied activities and new tasks and challenges, all in a friendly environment, make for the perfect summer teen experience. Many guests come back year after year to their 'second home', sleeping in a range of different rooms from twins up to dorm-style rooms. The house also has a large living room, two games areas, computer games and a tennis court. 

During these camps children are allocated their own horse or pony, allowing them to build a relationship with them and increase their confidence. All levels of rider are welcome and whilst the focus is on cross country training, riding activities are varied to including show jumping and hacks, work in the arena and of course horse care. 

Sunday is a non-riding day and guests will be taken on an excursion as a group, to see a little more of Ireland. During the other days when not in the saddle there are various alternative activities at Crossogue - tennis, badminton, table tennis, games, walks on the farm, organised team activities and fun competitions. Films are also shown in the evenings. 

All riders are grouped by similar ability and each individual is set goals during their stay. 

English language tuition is an optional extra for children coming from abroad - please contact us for information. 

The normal daily schedule looks like this:

09:00 - Breakfast in the house.

10:00 - Riders should be ready in the yard. They collect their horses and are supervised as they groom and tack up for their morning ride. Each ride is approximately 1.5 hours in duration and activities are rotated to include arena work, country hacks and cross country sessions. 

13:00 - Lunch is served, followed by English language lessons for those participating (an optional extra for riders who do not have English as a native language). 

15:15 - Riders are back in the yard ready for their afternoon ride. After the ride, horses are turned back out in the fields and guests have free time for other activities and showers.

19:30 - Dinner is served. After dinner there is time for more activities and a film before lights out. 

A laundry service is available and all bedding and towels are provided. It is essential for guests to be properly equipped so please contact us for a packing list and advice. 

NB: All guests arrive and depart on Saturdays and will be met in the arrivals hall at Dublin airport, as well as provided with assistance and supervision at check-in before flying home. Guests are asked to arrive and depart as close to midday as possible but private transfers are available at added cost if needed. Please check airline guidelines about unaccompanied minors before booking flights for your child (Ryanair does not allow under 16s to travel alone). 



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 0
Ability description: All levels of rider are welcome.
Type of ride: Summer camp for teenagers.
Total riding time: 5 days of riding activities (Sunday is a non-riding day) in a 7 night stay.
Departure dates: 2018: 9 - 16 June, 16 - 23 June, 23 - 30 June, 30 June - 7 July, 7 - 14 July, 14 - 21 July, 21 - 28 July, 28 July - 4 August, 4 - 11 August, 11 - 18 August, 18 - 25 August.
 
Pricing: 2018:

£1126 per person, per week
£2252 person, two week stay

A two week stay (or longer) is highly recommended to allow your child to fully immerse themselves in the fun and the atmosphere at Crossogue. It also gives them more time to get to know everyone and to build a rapport with their horse.

Prices include Dublin airport transfers (set times), accommodation in shared rooms, all meals, drinks, riding, activities and excursion on non-riding day (Sunday).