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Ireland - Flowerhill Cross Country Riding
Perfect place to visit if you dream of horse riding and cross country in Ireland

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Horse Riding Holidays Ireland – Flowerhill Cross Country

 

PRICES & DATES top

Flowerhill Cross Country

Prices 2017

Suitable for intermediate plus riders, with some experience of jumping but not necessarily xcountry.

Open all year round.

There is a minimum stay of 2 nights and we think anything from 4 night plus packages work well for overseas clients.

4 night program with 10 hours riding;

  • Self catering at Flowerhill House – £420/€485/$520
  • Bed & Breakfast Oak Lodge – £515/€595/$640 – Single Supplement £42/€48/$52

7 night program with 18 – 20 hours riding;

  • Self catering at Flowerhill House – £755/€875/$940
  • Bed & Breakfast Oak Lodge – £970/€1,125/$1,210 – Single Supplement £73/€84/$91

Included – 10 or 18 – 20 hours of riding depending on package, either self catering accommodation or B&B accommodation, which also includes packed lunch.

Excluded – Flights, transfers & tips.

Getting There
International flight to Dublin or Shannon airport.

Transfer
There is a good bus service from Dublin airport to Loughrae, where Oliver can pick you up on arrival.

You can also hire a car and drive, it’s a good easy route to follow.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Flowerhill Cross Country is the perfect place to visit if you dream of horse riding in Ireland, cantering brave Irish Sport Horses over challenging cross country fences. Join your encouraging host ‘Oliver Walsh’ at his 250 acre home in the beautiful Irish countryside of East Galway. Surrounded by the best possible horse riding land – green fields, woods, the Kilcrow river, and wonderful wildlife, this has to be one of the best cross country horse riding holidays in Ireland.

You can gallop across open fields, swim through the lake and splash in the Kilcrow river, scaring away the fish as you go. The fences are a mixture of natural logs, stone walls, ditches and a variety of man made obstacles. Most of the 150 fences include 2 or more options, so whether you are a nervous novice or confident competitor, your needs will be met.

Although the main event here is riding over cross country fences, show jumping and dressage tuition, cross country workshops, exercising the hounds and hacking down to the local pub, to enjoy a pint of Guiness are also an option.

At Flowerhill Cross Country the horses are the stars and enjoy a life of horse luxury. There are over 45 active working horses who are a cross between the solid and sensible Irish Draught and the thoroughbred, resulting in the now famous Irish Sport Horse, which displays great jumping ability, common sense and courage. All the horses are cross country and hunting veterans. Particular care is taken to match rider to horse, making sure guests are comfortable and safe while having fun on the holiday.

Oliver, a former field master with the East Galway Hunt, and currently huntsman with the Co Roscommon hunt, accompanies most of the rides and always has words of encouragement and advice for riders.

THE RIDING top

Flowerhill Cross Country Horses – A very good selection of quality Irish Sport Horses, who are experienced over fences and out hunting.

Flowerhill Cross Country Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced. This place is well suited to taking nervous and confident riders, as they have such a good selection of fences and a broad range of experienced horses on tap.

Tack – English.

Weight Restriction – 16 Stone / 102 kg / 224 lbs.

Flowerhill Cross Country Group Size – Maximum 12.

ACCOMMODATION top

There is simple self catering accommodation at Flowerhill which forms part of the main house. It’s rustic with basic facilities, but a good option if you want to immerse yourself in the culture of this equestrian haven.

In addition if you have a small group or family, there are very well appointed self catering cottages available called Gate Lodge & Stone Cottage, which each sleep 4 – 5 people depending on mix, adults and kids.

Alternatively, there is a lovely local B&B called Oak Lodge where you will be looked after well by Mary, who will prepare you good full Irish breakfasts and send you off each day with a packed lunch.

Please Ask About

County Galway – 2 Hunts in one Weekend
This is a unique opportunity to hunt with the Roscommon and the Ormond hunts in one weekend. Stay and ride with Oliver Walsh and his hounds. Itinerary & details below.

  • Arrival – Thursday afternoon
  • Friday – Ride out with hounds (exercise) 2 times on the Friday
  • Saturday – Hunt with the Ormond
  • Sunday – Hunt with the Roscommon
  • Monday – Departure

Prices 2016/17

  • Self Catering at Flowerhill – £560/€650/$700
  • Bed & Breakfast Oak Lodge – £695/€805/$865 – Single Supplement £42/€48/$52

Co Roscommon hunt country is mostly nice dry stone walls with good ground. They hunt every Sunday and some Wednesdays. The hunt club meets at 12 noon and normally finishes at 4 pm – and afterwards there are drinks and sandwiches in the pub for a good get together. Oliver is the ‘hunts man’ of Roscommon and there are 5 masters. He keeps the hounds on site at Flowerhill – hence visitors can go out with him during ‘hound exercise’ on horse back the days before the hunt and should you want, you can give Oliver a hand with hounds ‘whipping in’ – a great way to get involved with the hunt and the running of the pack and such a unique experience. The Ormond hunt (Saturdays or Tuesdays) and have some walls and hedges and a few ditches.

Galway Blazers – while at Flowerhill, we can also arrange for you to hunt with the famous Galway Blazers, which is also in close proximity.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

4 night Cross country training holiday;

  • Arrive afternoon / evening
  • Day 1 – Cross Country jumping and instruction x 2 sessions / 10.00am & 1.30pm
  • Day 2 – Cross Country jumping and instruction x 2 sessions / 10.00am & 1.30pm
  • Day 3 – Cross Country jumping and instruction x 2 sessions / 10.00am & 1.30pm
  • Depart morning after

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Hunting in Ireland is just the most addictive thing I've ever done in my life... the horses are fantastic from O'Neills yard... its point and go. I'll most certainly be back!

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