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




Programmes


• Long Weekend

• Week Programme

 

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 Sport 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 to her about it!

NB. Please note that riders are 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 four night stay runs from Thursday afternoon to Monday 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. The programme includes approximately 10 - 15 hours of riding, including a show jumping lesson and the chance to ride 2 or 3 different horses each day.

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

Friday: cross country jumping and instruction x 2 (10.00am and 1.30pm).

Saturday: show jumping and cross country lesson (10.00am and 1.30pm).

Sunday: cross country jumping and instruction x 2 (10.00am and 1.30pm).

Monday: depart after breakfast. 

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday they sometimes also include a midday hack in between jumping sessions, if time allows. 



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 12
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: 10 - 15 hours across the stay.
Departure dates: 2017: programme runs Thursday to Monday all year round.
 
Pricing: 2017:

Bed & Breakfast (includes daily transfer & packed lunch): £524 per person

Single Supplement: £11 per night




Week Programme



This seven night stay is recommended for riders who are confident at all paces and who already have some jumping experience. Non-jumpers are welcome but those looking to jump should ideally have a little show jumping experience and have jumped a few cross country fences prior to coming. Groups can be split.

Riders should be fairly riding fit to take part in this programme and it includes six days of riding (approximately 20 - 24 hours in total) riding two or three different horses each day.

Horse riding included in the programme involves a ride each day from approximately 10.00 - 11.30am and then sometimes an optional midday hack (on a different horse) until 12.30pm. There is then a lunch break followed by another ride from 1.30 - 3.00pm.

Riding activities included during the stay:

- Cross country jumping and training for all levels.

- Cross country pub ride.

- Riding out with hounds during hound exercise.

- Show jumping lesson.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 12
Ability description: Riders should be confident at all paces and have some basic jumping experience.
Type of ride: Based stay with cross country jumping.
Total riding time: 20 - 24 hours over 6 days.
Departure dates: 2017: flexible dates with arrival any day of the week - please ask us.
 
Pricing: 2017:

Bed & Breakfast (includes daily transfer & packed lunch): £990 per person

Single Supplement: £11 per night

Prices include 7 nights of accommodation and 6 riding days.