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1. Ashford Castle

Cong, Co. Mayo, ireland

Fax: +353 92 46260

Web: http://www.ashford.ie

Ashford Castle provides a romantic backdrop in superior surrounds, offering guests both relaxation and comfort. There are many opportunities to explore the vast estate with fishing on Lough Corrib, equestrian pursuits, golf, falconry and trail walking. Or simply relax in our luxurious interiors and enjoy your favourite novel or pamper yourself with treatments from our beauty therapists.

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2. Rusheen Riding Centre

Barna Road, Salthill, Galway, County Galway

Web: http://www.galwayhorseriding.com

Rusheen Riding Centre is a family business. Horses and ponies are available for all standards - from beginners to advanced. Nearby there are miles of beach, farmland and a cross-country course. Friendly and qualified staff will provide instruction and all necessary equipment.

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3. Rockmount Riding Centre

Claregalway, Co. Galway.

Fax: +353 91 798147

Four miles from Galway city centre, Rockmount Centre has a large indoor arena as well as outdoor facilities where you can take part in trekking, hacking, fieldwork.

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4. Galway Racecourse

Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit, Galway

Fax: +353 91 752592

Web: http://www.galwayraces.com/

The Galway Races has been part of the city's history since the first race meeting in 1869. The July/ August race festival is one of the largest and most popular in the country. The Galway Races have been immortalised both in song and verse and the city virtually comes to a standstill for the six day meeting, with businesses in the city traditionally closing for at least the latter part of the week.

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5. Aillecross Equestrian Centre

Loughrea, Co. Galway

Web: http://www.aille-cross.com/

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6. Feeney's Equestrian Centre

Bushypark, Galway

Irish Tourist Board approved. Specialists in equestrian holidays. Large outdoor arena. Unaccompanied children welcome.

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7. The Point Equestrian Centre

Keeraunmore, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway

Pony trekking for young and not so young, along beautiful sandy beaches. One-hour treks available every day. Longer treks on request. Hats are provided. Booking in advance is advisable. The Point Pony Trekking is located behind the Connemara Golf Course, and is signposted. Contact: Mr Sean King

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8. Glen Valley Stables

Glencroff, Leenane, Co. Galway

Fax: +353 95 42365

Web: http://www.glenvalleyhouse.com/

Award winning farmhouse and stables, standing in a secluded valley. Glen Valley House offers select riding holidays in the wild and beautiful Connemara. An ideal base for horse lovers or walking enthusiast. 'Western Way' walkway running through our farm. Beaches, National Park nearby. Breeders of Connemara ponies. Recommended by Frommer Guide.

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9. Ashford Equestrian Centre

Cong, County Mayo

Fax: +353 94 9546507

Web: http://www.rideatashford.com/

This equestrian centre located in the woods at Ashford Castle.

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10. Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre

Carrowholly, Westport, Co. Mayo

Web: http://www.carrowholly-stables.com

Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre Stables offering guided scenic and coastal treks and trail riding on the shores of Clew Bay, catering for individuals, families and groups. Beginners, intermediate and advanced are welcome.

20 horses, 10 ponies available. Tuition available. Minimum participant age: 4 years.

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11. Clonboo Riding School

Ard Na Choille, Corrandulla, County Galway

This riding school, established in 1984, is only 15 minutes' drive from Galway City, but in the heart of Corrib Country. All standards of riders, both beginners and advanced, very welcome. Tuition in outdoor menage or indoor school, very suitable for novice or nervous riders. Also available: Half-hour rides for tots and accompanying adults. Specialty: Side-saddle lessons and Day and Weekly Activity Courses for children. Qualified and experienced instructors. Ride for pleasure, and not under pressure. Gift vouchers available. 2 Horses, 12 Ponies available. Tuition available for all ages. Minimum Participant Age: 3-4.

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12. Slieve Aughty Riding Centre

Kylebrack West, Loughrea, County Galway

Web: http://www.riding-centre.com

A 35 acre family owned equestrian and activity centre offers memorable horse riding, cycling and walking adventures and parties, all customised to your families interests and abilities. We cater for everything from full week holidays to 1-2 hour treks. Riding lessons available for small groups.

Facilities include a restaurant serving organic food, large organic garden, outdoor seating for fine weather dining, classroom, locker room, toilet and shower room, stables, large all weather outdoor arena and 25 acre cross country course. Accommodation is available onsite or at your choice of many local B&Bs / self catering cottages.

Established in 1986, Slieve Aughty Centre is AIRE (Association of Irish Riding Establishments) and Bord Failte approved.

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13. Errislannan Riding Centre & Connemara Pony Stud

Keeraunmore, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway

Fax: +353 95 21670

Riding lessons and trekking on Connemara ponies. Rides over moors and around the coast. Wonderful views of the twelve Bens, and over three counties. Treks for 1 or 2 hours - no roads. Large sand arena and cross-country jumps. Children especially welcome. PonyCraft courses by the morning, day or week. Qualified instructors; individual tuition. Treks at client's speed and ability. Ponies taken for schooling. Home-bred Connemara ponies for sale. To get there, take L102 (Ballyconneely Road) from Clifden. Go over 3 bridges and take first right turn up a hill. Signposted. Continue past little church to entrance on right.

20 ponies/horses available. Tuition available. Minimum participant age: 5 years. Contact: Mrs S Brooks / Ms Roisin Pryce

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14. Drummindoo Stud & Equitation Centre

Knockranny, Westport, Co. Mayo

Fax: +353 98 28940

A family-run Centre offering horse riding, instruction, Clew Bay Trail Ride, pony camps during school holidays. Progressive off-road riding with all-weather facilities, including an indoor arena and oval gallop trail. Good selection of quality horses and ponies to suit all ages and abilities from complete beginners to competition level. Horse-drawn carriage for weddings, etc. There is also a free Horse Heritage display on site. Advance booking advisable. Open Saturdays only during winter, except by special arrangement. Home bred and produced Connemara Ponies for Sale. To get to Drummindoo Stud & Equitation Centre, approaching Westport on the N5, turn left at the 30mph speed limit. You will pick up our signs from there.

20 horses/ponies availble. Mimimum participant age: 3 years. Beginners to Competition.

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15. The Connemara Trail

Aille Cross, Loughrea, Co. Galway

Fax: +353 91 842363

Web: http://www.connemaratrail.com

Your adventure through Connemara will be guided by Willie Leahy and his family, quintessential Irish horsemen. For over 30 years, the Leahys have enjoyed introducing visitors to their very speacial part of Ireland. This fantastic holiday, trekking through the Gaelic west, is not just for very experienced riders, but for anyone who would enjoy seeing the dramatic Irish countryside from the back of a horse. And, not just any horse, but surefooted, agile Connemara ponies and Irish Hunters bred to confidently travel the terrain. Throughout the week, these friendly centaurs will guide you across the wild green mountains, sandy beaches and rust-coloured bogs which make up the landscape of Connemara. Everyday, there is a stop for a welcome picnic lunch, while we relax and take in the extraordinary beauty of the countryside. After 5 to 7 hours of riding, you are accommodated in your choice of charming Irish country hotels or B/Bs, while the horses graze freely in nearby fields. The trails are not confined to horse lovers. There are many activities available in the area - salmon and deep sea fishing, golf, cycling, walking tours and mountain climbing, as well as sightseeing.

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16. Dartfield Horsepark and Museum

Kilreekill, Co. Galway

Fax: +353 91 843969

Web: http://www.dartfield.com

This museum charts the history of the horse and its contribution to society from the earliest times to the present day. The museum also features a cafe and gift shop. Horse riding and carriage rides available. The 350 acre parkland can be explored on foot, horseback, or by horsedrawn carriage. Open daily, all year.

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17. Laragan Stables

Aughrismore, Cleggan, Co Galway

Fax: +353 95 44735

Beach Rides/One or 2-hour Treks to Omey Island and surrounding beaches in the Connemara countryside. Picnic rides by arrangement. Top-class horses and Connemara ponies are provided. Children's lessons. Friendly qualified staff. Located 50 miles (80km) from Galway City, and 2 miles (3.2km) from Cleggan village.

20 horses/ponies available. Minimum participant age: 4 Years. Contacts: Ms Lara/Tanja O`Flynn

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18. Flower Hill Equestrian Farm

Killimor, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

Fax: +353 905 76462

Web: http://www.flowerhill.net/

Flowerhill Equestrian Holiday Farm is an Edwardian Country House set in 200 acres of rich East Galway farmland. It is situated 10 minutes from Portumna and 40 minutes from Galway City. What better way to get away from it all than a week or weekend in this beautiful house which has rightly earned a reputation for hospitality and good 'craic'. You can be assured of a hearty welcome and a very warm atmosphere. Wander through this stately estate and experience the former home of the late lord Nugent and take with you the abiding memories of Flowerhill.

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19. Duffy Equestrian Centre

Rockwood, Claregalway, Co. Galway

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20. Creagh Equestrian Centre

Newton Creagh, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

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21. Inishbofin Trekking Centre

Inishbofin, Co. Galway

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22. An Sibin Equestrian Centre

Whitegate, Co. Clare

Fax: +353 61 927340

Web: http://www.irishhorseriding.com/

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23. Daly's Grove Cross Country

Ahascragh, Co. Galway

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24. Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre

Kilkerrin Road, Glenamaddy, Co. Galway

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25. Kinvara Riding Centre

Kinvara, Co. Galway

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26. Monard Riding Club

Monard, Turloughmore

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27. Glencree Riding Stables

Lackagh, Turloughmore, Co. Galway

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28. Marley Stables

Marley, Tuam, Co. Galway

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29. Cleggan Riding Centre

Cleggan, Co. Galway

Web: http://www.clegganridingcentre.com/

Cleggan Beach Riding Centre is located in Cleggan Village overlooking Cleggan Beach. This little fishing village is an ideal location for your holiday in Connemara. Approved accommodation, Irish music pubs, seafood restaurants the post office and shops are just a few minutes walk from the centre.

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30. Ballyjennings Stables

Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo

Situated just 45 minutes from GAlway city in a quite rural area you can experince trekking on quite country roads enjoying nice scenery. We cater for all levels of rider from 4 up. We also have an indoor arena so the weather will not be a factor. At Ballyjennings we also have a equestrian shop for both horse and rider.

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31. Waterdale Equestrian Centre

Cummer, Tuam, Co. Galway

Web: http://www.galwayequestrian.ie

Waterdale Equestrian Centre is an A.I.R.E. approved centre offering qualified tuition. Packages available for all age groups & levels.

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32. Green Isle Jumps

Kilmore, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon

Web: http://www.greenislejumps.ie

Green Isle Jumps make a range of painted and rustic equestrian horse jumps for fellow riders, equestrian centres, and riding clubs. Located a few miles from Castlerea in County Roscommon.

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33. Gallaghers Farm

Fahy, Westport, Co. Mayo

Horse riding and pony trekking.

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34. Knockillaree Riding Centre

Rusheeney Road, Cregg, Oughterard, Co. Galway

Knockillaree Riding Centre is set just outside the town of Oughterard – the gateway to Connemara. We have lessons which run all year round for beginners to the more advanced for children and for adults. We also have pony trekking all year round for tourists and locals on which we bring you along mountain trails with the most breathtaking mountain and lake views to be found in Connemara.

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