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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, it's an authentic taste of Ireland and its horsemanship. Your host, Oliver, is a former field m…

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 10 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, it's an authentic taste of Ireland and its horsemanship. Your host, Oliver, is a former field master and current huntsman. He has a range of working horses and his team will match you to suitable steeds which they feel are safe and enjoyable mounts for you. The horses 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. All riders should be confident at walk, trot and canter with some basic jumping experience, but nervous jumpers will find plenty of smaller, inviting fences whilst the confident riders can feel more challenged. Those who prefer not to jump can still enjoy cantering the open fields or wading in the lakes and rivers, as well as joining in with exercising Oliver's hounds.

Guests are accommodated in a welcoming B&B in the local town of Portumna, just a short drive from Flowerhill, or in Flowerhill House on a self-catering basis. There are lots of great pubs and restaurants in the area which provide wonderful evening meals and entertainment, these are a short drive from Flowerhill or within walking distance if you stay in the B&B.

Team member Holly has visited and ridden here on several occasions - please contact the office to chat with her about it.

Horses & Riding

Tack

English.

Horses

Flowerhill horses come in all shapes and sizes but are primarily Irish Sport Horses, cobs and ponies. They are brave and well-cared for.

Riding

There are 3 itineraries:

  • Week Programme (7 Nights) is a based ride
  • Long Weekend (4 Nights) is a based ride
  • Weekend Programme (3 Nights) 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) or self-catering, depending which accommodation and board option suits you best. If you stay B&B at Oak Lodge then the breakfasts are fantastic and Mary will also make you a simple packed lunch for your full riding days.

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 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 a self-catering option you can stay in Flowerhill House itself. These rooms are more basic but you have a comfy bed, a hot shower and access to a kitchen to cook your meals. There is also a seating area and WiFi, plus you are on site with the horses which is always a treat.

Itineraries

Week Programme (7 Nights) Standard accommodation.

Long Weekend (4 Nights) Standard accommodation.

Weekend Programme (3 Nights) 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. Car hire is recommended but it is also possible to come from the airport by bus and/or taxi. In this case your hosts at the B&B or Oliver and his team at Flowerhill will transport you back and forth between the stables and B&B each day.

If you stay self-catering at Flowerhill itself then you will need a hire car to shop for food supplies or you can use a taxi service for this.

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 - Arrival Day - Saturday

Riding: No riding.

Arrival late afternoon/early evening for check in at your accommodation (either a B&B or Flowerhill House).

Days 2 to 7 - Riding Days (Sunday to Friday)

Riding: 2 - 4 hours

For the six riding days from Sunday to Friday you will enjoy two rides per day, one starting at approximately 10:00 and the second at around 13:30. These sessions will primarily be cross country jumping but during the week you may also enjoy a few showjumping lessons and a ride out to exercise Oliver's hunting hounds. Each day you will ride two different horses.

Day 8 - Departure Day - Saturday

Riding: No riding.

Check-out this morning for travel home.

Accommodation

Bed and breakfast accommodation in Portumna town or self-catering accommodation at Flowerhill House.

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 10
Departure windows

At any time during: March 1, 2022 - Oct. 29, 2022  (Saturday to Saturday)

At any time during: March 1, 2023 - Oct. 28, 2023  (Saturday to Saturday)

Pricing

2022/2023
Flowerhill House (Self-Catering), shared room
£1310 $1585 €1550
2022/2023
Oak Lodge (B&B), shared room
£1520 $1845 €1800
Included Accommodation, breakfasts (if staying on a B&B basis) and 6 days of riding.
Not included Flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, meals, drinks, tips or personal expenses. You must supply your own riding helmet and ideally a body protector/air jacket/safety vest for jumping.

Extras

2022/2023 - Single Supplement £8 $10 €10 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
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: 1 - 2 hours

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

Days 2 to 4 - Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

Cross country training from approximately 10 - 11.30am. After lunch there is another cross country session from around 1.30 - 3pm.

Day 5

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

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

Accommodation

Bed and breakfast in Portumna town or self-catering in Flowerhill House.

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 10
Departure windows

At any time during: March 30, 2022 - Oct. 29, 2022  (Wednesday to Sunday, subject to availability)

At any time during: March 1, 2023 - Oct. 28, 2023  (Wednesday to Sunday, subject to availability)

Pricing

2022/2023
Flowerhill House (Self-Catering), shared room
£875 $1065 €1040
2022/2023
Oak Lodge (B&B), shared room
£1010 $1230 €1200
Included 4 nights of twin or double room accommodation, breakfasts (if staying in the B&B) and riding as detailed in the programme.
Not included Flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, meals, drinks, tips, personal expenses and extras not mentioned. You must supply your own riding helmet and ideally a body protector/air jacket/safety vest for jumping.

Extras

2022/2023 - Single Supplement £8 $10 €10 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
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 - 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. After lunch there is another cross country session from around 1.30 - 3pm.

Day 4 - Sunday

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

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

Accommodation

Bed and breakfast in Portumna town or self-catering in Flowerhill House.

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 10
Departure windows

At any time during: March 31, 2022 - Oct. 29, 2022  (Thursday to Sunday, subject to availability)

At any time during: March 2, 2023 - Oct. 28, 2023  (Thursday to Sunday, subject to availability)

Pricing

2022/2023
Flowerhill House (Self-Catering), shared room
£655 $795 €780
2022/2023
Oak Lodge (B&B), shared room
£760 $920 €900
Included 3 nights of twin or double room accommodation, breakfasts (if staying in the B&B) and riding as detailed in the programme.
Not included Flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, meals, drinks, tips, personal expenses and extras not mentioned. You must supply your own riding helmet and ideally a body protector/air jacket/safety vest for jumping.

Extras

2022/2023 - Single Supplement £8 $10 €10 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
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.