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





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.
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!

Kate C (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.

Clare M (2018)
 

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.

 

Travel Advice



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

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 a range of 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 one of two welcoming B&Bs, situated 10 - 15 minutes 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.

See Programmes.

 

Food & 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).

As a second option, we also work with Gordon's Guesthouse in Tynagh, run by Caroline who is a keen rider herself and often found at Flowerhill. Caroline also offers B&B with packed lunches for riding days, although she can also provide a full board service for those who prefer it and she runs her own restaurant on site. This option is a little closer to the stables, approximately 10 minutes by car, but Tynagh is more remote and you would need a car or lift to get into Portumna town.

For those preferring a self-catering option Caroline also offers a lovely, newly renovated two bedroom apartment. It has a spacious bathroom and a small kitchen area.

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 (4 Nights)



This four night stay runs from Wednesday afternoon to Sunday morning and is a great opportunity to improve your confidence and skill over a range of cross country fences. 

Wednesday: arrival and check in at your accommodation. 

Thursday, Friday and 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 from around 1.30 - 3pm. 

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

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



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 9
Ability description: Riders must be confident at all paces in open countryside and have some jumping experience, but you do not need to be an expert.
Type of ride: Based stay with cross country jumping.
Total riding time: 3 and a half days.
Departure dates: 2020 and 2021: runs from Wednesday to Sunday all year round, subject to availability.
 
Pricing: 2020 and 2021:

672 per person.
Single supplement: please enquire.

Price includes 4 nights of twin or double room accommodation, daily breakfasts, packed lunches for full riding days and riding as detailed in the programme.


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.



Weekend Programme (3 Nights)



This three night stay runs from Thursday afternoon to Sunday morning and is the perfect short cross country break.

Thursday: arrive in time for a cross country training session starting at 1.30pm. 

Friday and 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 from around 1.30 - 3pm. 

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

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



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 9
Ability description: Riders must be confident at all paces in open countryside and have some jumping experience, but you do not need to be an expert.
Type of ride: Based stay with cross country jumping.
Total riding time: Two half days and two full days.
Departure dates: 2020/2021: runs from Thursday to Sunday all year round, subject to availability.
 
Pricing: 2020 and 2021:

568 per person.
Single supplement: please enquire.

Price includes 3 nights of twin or double room accommodation, daily breakfasts, packed lunches for full riding days and riding as detailed in the programme.


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.