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




Programmes


• Long Weekend

• Intensive Training Week

 

Reviews



I have nothing but great things to say about my trip to Flowerhill and Ireland! Everything was fantastic and I hope to plan another trip there, maybe even next spring. I wish I lived closer so I could visit more often. The scenery was amazing, the horses and cross country jumping was excellent, and the guides were wonderful! It was an invaluable jumping experience for me and boosted my confidence for training my own horse. The BnB and the owners were extremely friendly and excellent too - nice location and comfortable accommodation, great breakfast too. Thank you, Natalie and Holly, for coordinating everything on last minute notice!

Michele D.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Primarily Irish Sport Horses (cross between Irish Draught and Thoroughbred).

Nature of horses:

Experienced jumpers who are courageous but with common sense.

Height of horses:

14.2 - 17.2hh on average but there are exceptions!

Weight limit:

16 st / 224lbs / 102kg.

Tack type:

English.

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

Flowerhill Equestrian is a dream for riders who love to jump or for those looking to improve their jumping skills and confidence - located on 250 acres of glorious countryside and with a range of fences, you can jump to your heart's content! Your host, Oliver, is a former field master and current Huntsman who will advise you as you tackle the obstacles around you. He has around 60 working horses and will match you to a suitable steed, whatever your jumping experience. The horses are primarily Irish Sports Horses who have good jumping and hunting experience, courage and common sense.

This riding centre offers a huge range of obstacles with approximately 150 fences. These include walls, logs, ditches and manmade fences with many offering two or more height options allowing for different experience levels. Fences range from Novice level right up to Advanced Open - all riders should be confident at walk, trot and canter but nervous jumpers will find plenty of smaller, inviting fences whilst the confident riders can feel challenged. Those who prefer not to jump can still enjoy galloping the open fields or wading in the lakes and rivers, as well as joining in with local hound exercise or taking a hack to the local pub.

Guests are accommodated in a welcoming B&B in the local town of Portumna, just ten minutes or so by car from Flowerhill. There are lots of great pubs and restaurants in the area which provide wonderful evening meals and entertainment.

Holly from Far and Ride visited this destination in September 2016 and had an awesome time - please contact the office to chat with her about it!

Please note that the main cross country season runs from April through to the start of October and only limited cross-country jumping is available outside of this season, as the main focus is on hunting during the winter months.

NB. Please note that riders at Flowerhill are no longer permitted to ride with helmet cameras.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Guests are accommodated in a very welcoming Bed and Breakfast in the nearby town of Portumna.

Oak Lodge B&B is less than 10 minutes by car from Flowerhill and situated within walking distance of the restaurants and pubs in town. Mary is known for her exceptional hospitality and for being so helpful - she can happily help you out with booking restaurants and taxis or for any advice about the local area. When staying here you have breakfast included and Mary sends you off with a packed lunch each day (usually a bottle of water, a sandwich, some fruit and a chocolate bar/biscuit).

In some cases, Oliver may accept guests to stay on a self-catering basis in Flowerhill House itself - please contact us if you prefer this option and we can discuss it with you.

Stays here are booked on a B&B basis. We strongly recommend car hire so that you can travel between the B&B and Flowerhill at your leisure.

 

Activities

Please contact us if you'd like to bring a non-rider along - the area offers beautiful countryside and we can advise on other activities.

 

Further Details

Languages: English.

Health requirements: We recommend good general health and fitness.

Age limit: 12+

Tuition: Yes.

Included: Accommodation and riding.

Not included: Travel, insurance, meals (breakfast is included on B&B option, but other meals are not), drinks, extras not mentioned.

 

Travel Information

Flowerhill Equestrian is approximately 1.5 hours by car from Shannon Airport or 2 hours from Dublin airport. We can provide a quote for the recommended taxi service but we highly recommend car hire for this destination as guests stay at a B&B in town.

Airport: Shannon

Alternative Airport: Dublin

 

Programmes


Long Weekend



This three night stay runs from Thursday afternoon to Sunday morning and is the perfect short cross country break. It's suitable for riders who can canter and gallop confidently in open country, but experience of cross country jumping is not necessary as groups can be split accordingly. 

Thursday: arrive in the afternoon in time for a light, introductory hack and assessment of around one hour (including some jumping). 

Friday: cross country training from approximately 10 - 11.30am, followed by a short hack on the estate on a different horse. There is a quick break for lunch and then a second session of cross country training around 1.30 - 3pm. 

Saturday: cross country training from approximately 10 - 11.30am, followed by a short hack on the estate on a different horse. After lunch there is another cross country session with individual training over a course of XC fences (from around 1.30 - 3pm). Occasionally there is a chance to school a different horse in the arena from 3pm onwards, but this is not guaranteed and is sometimes just a possibility. 

Sunday: departure after breakfast.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Riders must be confident at all paces in open countryside but do not need prior cross country jumping experience.
Type of ride: Based stay with cross country jumping.
Total riding time: 2 and a half days.
Departure dates: 2018: programme runs Thursday to Sunday from the start of April to the start of October.

From October to March only limited cross country is available and the focus is more on hunting, so please enquire for details.
 
Pricing: 2018:

£604 per person
Single Supplement: £11 per night

Price includes 3 nights of bed and breakfast accommodation and riding as per the itinerary.



Intensive Training Week



The 5 night itinerary will be based on arrival on Tuesday afternoons and departure the following Sunday morning.

The proposed itinerary would be as follows; please note that timings are approximate and that the itinerary it is subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.

Tuesday:

Arrival to Portumna late afternoon in time for check in at the OakLodge B&B. This afternoon you will have free time to explore the town of Portumna or head to Flowerhill to see the xc jumps and perhaps meet the horses if they are not already turned out. Dinner in Portuman and overnight at the OakLodge. Dinner and transfers this day are not included.

Wednesday:

After breakfast at the OakLodge, you will be met by a member of staff from Flowerhill and transferred to the stables to meet your horses. B&b owner Mary will also provide a light packed lunch, consisting of sandwich, fruit, chocolate bar and water bottle, to take with you for the day. Between 10 am and 12pm this day you will have a short assessment ride in the arena before heading out on the x-country course. Between 12 pm and 1.30 pm there will be a break for lunch. At 1.30 pm you will mount up again and spend the afternoon on the x-country course, to finish roughly 3 pm. Transfer back to Portumna to change and have dinner.

Thursday:

Breakfast at Oak Lodge before you are collected again and taken to Flowerhill. Between 10am and 11.30 am today you will have a showjumping lesson in the arena followed by a short hack in the local countryside on a different horse. Once back you will have a break for lunch. Mounting up again at 1.30 pm you will have an afternoon of x-country training, finishing up again at 3pm. Back to Portumna after riding for dinner and overnight.

Friday:

Breakfast at OakLodge followed by transfer to Flowerhill. Between 10 am and 11.30 am you will head out on the x-country course for further training. Afterwards you will try a different horse out on a short hack in the local countryside. Once back there will be a break for lunch. At 1.30 pm you will mount up and practice over a full course of x-country fences. Finishing at around 3 pm you will be transferred back to Portumna for dinner and overnight.

Saturday:

Breakfast at OakLodge followed by transfer to Flowerhill. Between 10 am and 11.30 am you will have a showjumping lesson in the arena followed by a hack out on a different horse. Lunch break to follow and then back on the horses by 1.30 pm for an afternoon of x-country schooling. Back to Portuman for dinner and overnight.

Sunday:

Breakfast at the OakLodge before your homeward journey or onward travels.

* Some afternoons, after 3pm, it may be possible to take part in additional "schooling" of the horses in the arena. This is, however, not guaranteed and is subject to availability.



Accommodation: Accommodation provided at the OakLodge B&B (or similar) in Portumna.
Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Strong intermediate riders and above, confident on a forward going, well schooled horse and with some previous jumping experience.
Type of ride: Tuition and hacking.
Total riding time: approx. 15 hours over 4 days.
Departure dates: 2018: Dates available from 3rd April, based on arrival on Tuesday evening and departure Sunday morning.
 
Pricing: 2018:

£971 per person

Single room supplement: £11 per night

Price includes 5 nights shared room accommodation at the Oak Lodge B&B (single rooms available at an additional cost), breakfast at Oak Lodge each day, a packed picnic lunch, daily riding as described in the itinerary above and all transfers between Portumna and Flowerhill on "riding" days.

Price does not include transfers outside of those described, dinner each evening, flights and travel insurance.