Connemara Cross Country – Ireland
Crossing Country riding and jumping huge array of fences all set in 350 acres of stunning parkland


We GUARANTEE you won't find the same horse riding holiday at a lower price through any other source... and if you do, we promise to refund the difference!

from £445 or €500

Horse Riding Holidays Ireland –Connemara Cross Country


Connemara Cross Country: Prices 2021

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  •  4 Night Package (B&B) $614
    • GBP: 445
    • EUR: 528
    per person sharing (single sup  $34
    • GBP: 25
    • EUR: 29
  • 6 Night Package (B&B) $1,291
    • GBP: 936
    • EUR: 1,110
    per person sharing (single sup  $76
    • GBP: 55
    • EUR: 65
  • 6 Night Package (Hotel) $1,820
    • GBP: 1,320
    • EUR: 1,565
    per person sharing(single sup  $124
    • GBP: 90
    • EUR: 107

NON RIDERS welcome please ask.

Included – B&B packages includes breakfast & lunch, Hotel packages includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, 4 night package includes 3 days riding, 6 night packages include 6 days riding

Excluded – Getting there, some meals, tips & drinks

Connemara Cross Country: Dates 2021

Open all year round

Getting There

International guests should fly to Dublin or Shannon


International guests can be met in Galway city and we include a return pick up. From Dublin or Shannon, there are good bus links directly to Galway or we can arrange a private transfer. Otherwise it’s just a drive to Loughrea.

All our horse riding holidays& adventures are price guaranteed giving our clients piece of mind. We will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.


The west coast of Ireland and in particular Connemara is of course one of the most beautiful places in the world. Willie Leahy and his team have been breeding, buying and selling Connemara ponies for decades as well as running great fun riding holidays. Willie’s base, Dartfield is just outside Loughrea and here you can spend 3-6 days enjoying the fantastic 350 acres of parkland riding with literally 100’s of cross country fences. Suitable for happy hackers up to advance levels the staff will make sure you get as much jumping as you would like. For those who want to get back to cross country jumping, this is a great way to get your confidence back.  We are great fan’s of Connemara ponies; Zara’s kids have grown up with some fantastic ones and Jill has ridden a Connie in the RDS and owned and ridden her own as a young adult. His name was Rosenaharley Lauris and he was and still is her all-time favourite horse to date. Willie has a great array of Connemara ponies and you’ll be impressed at how perfect they are for the job.

As well as fantastic off road hacking around the farm you can also use the arena for a spot of show jumping. With over a 100 horses and ponies on site there are plenty to choose from and you are welcome to try a few different ones. The farm itself also has it’s own small horse museum and café where you can chill and enjoy lunch in between rides.


Horses –Good quality Connemara ponies, Connemara Crosses, Cobs & Irish Drafts & Irish Draft Crosses & some Irish Sport Horses 14hh to 16hh. They all have a great attitude, forward going and happy in their work.

Level of Riding & Pace – All levels catered for. Your level will be assessed and of course you can only go cross country riding and jumping if you are a good novice plus.

Tack – English Style.

Weight Restriction – 17.3 stones / 2420lbs / 110kgs

Group Size – Small Groups


You will stay in either a local B&B in and around Loughrea of if you take the hotel option, it is the 4 star Loughrea Hotel & Spa you stay in.


We will let you know which B&B you are booked into 7-14 days prior to arrival. The Loughrea Hotel & Spa is a very comfortable 4 star hotel and a great option.

Breakfasts are full Irish style, lunches are included at Dartfield café and include delicious sandwiches, soups, salads as well as scones, cakes and teas and coffees.

Dinner is on your own account if you stay in a B&B and there is a great variety of local restaurants and pubs in Loughrea. If you stay in the hotel dinner is included either in the hotel or a local restaurant.

Please Ask About

Willie Leahy also runs the Connemara Trail rides, please ask or check our website.


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Ireland Holidays Testimonials

Claire on Bel-Air Country House, Ireland

Wow! What a super weekend! Great riding, horses, hospitality and we adored the old world charm... we will definitely book another weekend before the summer.

Claire Norman from London