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Flowerhill Equestrian

Overview

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 H…

Highlights

  • World-renowned cross country destination
  • Top quality Irish horses who love to jump
  • Huge range of fences and obstacles
  • Experience real Irish horse culture
  • Fantastic hostesses in the B&Bs

Essential Facts

  • 3 itineraries available
  • Max 9 riders per group
  • Average of 2 - 4 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 16 st / 224lbs / 102kg.
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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.

Team member Holly has visited and ridden here on several occasions and has always 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.

Horses & Riding

Tack

English.

Horses

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

Riding

There are 3 itineraries:

  • Weekend Programme (3 Nights) is a based ride
  • Long Weekend (4 Nights) is a based ride
  • At Your Leisure is a based ride

Ages

12+ years

Health

We recommend good general health and fitness.

Weight

16 st / 224lbs / 102kg.

Food & Accommodation

Food

Stays can be booked on either a B&B basis (which most choose), full board or self-catering, depending which accommodation and board option suits you best. We strongly recommend car hire so that you can travel between your accommodation and Flowerhill at your leisure - ask us for the details.

Accommodation

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

Oak Lodge B&B is a 4* B&B, situated less than 15 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).

For those preferring either a full board or a self-catering option we offer a lovely, recently renovated two bedroom apartment in the nearby town of Tynagh (less than 10 minutes from Flowerhill). The apartment has a spacious bathroom and kitchen area. Your hostess, Caroline, also runs a B&B and restaurant there too and can offer you a stay with all meals if you like. She keeps a horse at Flowerhill and is a regular rider there.

Itineraries

Weekend Programme (3 Nights) Standard accommodation.

Long Weekend (4 Nights) Standard accommodation.

At Your Leisure Standard accommodation.

Other 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.

Travel

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.

Testimonials

Kathryn C., Oct. 20, 2018

It was all fantastic! For me it was a personal achievement that was such a boost for me. Loved it. Five Star accommodation at Oak Lodge and Mary is just so wonderful. Lovely horses and well matched to the riders. Tack all ok. All the staff at Flowerhill were so warm and friendly. It was so well put together - well done!


Clare M., Oct. 20, 2018

Brilliant! Great horses, exciting and fun riding, lovely accommodation. Oliver and his team and great and Mary at Oak Lodge is so welcoming and wonderful host. Favourite memory was riding fences with Jamieson on a glorious sunny day - big smile on my face.


Michele D., July 12, 2017

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!


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Thursday

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

Arrive in time for a cross country training session starting at 1.30pm.

Days 2 to 3 - Friday and Saturday

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

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 from around 1.30 - 3pm. 

*Midday hack in the winter months depends on the ground conditions.

Day 4 - Sunday

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

Morning cross country session. Departure after riding, around 12:00 (midday).

Accommodation

Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the nearby town of Portumna or the village of Tynagh.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Riders must be confident at all paces in open countryside and have some jumping experience, but you do not need to be an expert.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 9
Departure windows

At any time during: Aug. 21, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2021  (Thursday to Sunday all year round, subject to availability)

Pricing

2021
Sharing
£535 $745 €630
Single supplement: please enquire.
Included 3 nights of twin or double room accommodation, daily breakfasts, packed lunches for full riding days and riding as detailed in the programme.
Not included Travel (flights or ferry), personal travel insurance, meals (other than breakfast and packed lunches on full riding days), drinks, tips, personal expenses and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2021 - Optional Hunt €65
Paid locally
If you wish to hunt on Sunday then this costs extra, plus the cap fee (paid locally in cash).
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Wednesday

Riding: No riding.

Arrive and check in at your accommodation.

Days 2 to 4 - Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

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 from around 1.30 - 3pm. 

*Midday hack in the winter months depends on the ground conditions

Day 5

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

Morning cross country session. Departure after riding, around 12:00 (midday).

Accommodation

Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the nearby town of Portumna or the village of Tynagh. Prices are based on sharing rooms - please enquire about single rooms.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Riders must be confident at all paces in open countryside and have some jumping experience, but you do not need to be an expert.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 9
Departure windows

At any time during: Aug. 21, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2021  (Wednesday to Sunday all year round, subject to availability)

Pricing

2021
Sharing
£635 $880 €745
Single rooms available for a supplementary cost: please enquire.
Included 4 nights of twin or double room accommodation, daily breakfasts, packed lunches for full riding days and riding as detailed in the programme.
Not included Travel (flights or ferry), personal travel insurance, meals (other than breakfast and packed lunches on full riding days), drinks, tips, personal expenses and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2021 - Optional Hunt £55 $77 €65
Paid to Far and Ride
If you wish to hunt on Sunday then this costs extra, plus the cap fee (paid locally in cash).
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Arrival Day

Riding: No riding.

Arrival and check-in at your B&B.

Days 2 to 4

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

The day follows the same pattern as the normal cross country stays with a ride in the morning, around an hour and a half, and another ride in the afternoon. This also makes it a great option for groups when some may prefer the more intensive jumping and others wish to take it a bit easier in the saddle or are less experienced. Hacking is over Flowerhill's own 250 acre estate, through woods and farmland, and alongside the Kilcrow River and nice, quiet lanes. This is beautiful, scenic countryside and experienced all the better from the back of one of Flowerhill's renowned horses.

Day 5 - Departure Day

Riding: No riding.

Departure after breakfast.

Accommodation

B&B or full board accommodation in the nearby town of Portumna or the village of Tynagh.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

Strong novice and above - you should be able to walk, trot and canter confidently in open countryside on a sensible horse. Jumping small logs and straightforward cross country fences is completely optional for those with some jumping experience.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

At any time during: June 24, 2021 - Dec. 31, 2021

Pricing

2021
4 Night/3 Day Stay
£490 $685 €580
Price includes 4 nights of B&B accommodation (shared room) and 3 riding days. This package is flexible and we can make it longer or shorter for you.
Included Double room accommodation, daily breakfasts, packed lunches for full riding days and riding as detailed in the programme.
Not included Travel (flights or ferry), personal travel insurance, meals (other than breakfast and packed lunches on full riding days), drinks, tips, personal expenses and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2021 - Extra Day of Riding £102 $142 €120
Paid to Far and Ride
Price for an additional day of riding.
2021 - Extra Night B&B £47 $65 €55 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Extra night in a shared room with breakfast.
2021 - Extra Night Full Board £55 $77 €65 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Extra night in a shared room with all meals.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.