Calliaghstown Riding Centre


 

For a number of years the was the official website for the Calliaghstown Riding Centre.
Content is from the site's 2007 archived pages.

NOTE to Equestrians: The Calliaghstown Equestrian Centre, owned by Anthony Byrne (BHSAI) since 2010, is now the vibrant hub of equine activity in Rathcool!
The facility's current site is found at: http://www.calliaghstownequestriancentre.ie/

Calliaghstown Riding Centre
Rathcoole
Co. Dublin
Ireland
Tel: +353 - 1 - 458 8322

Calliaghstown Riding Centre 1978-2008

Important Notice/ Announcement

After 30 most successful years it is with great sadness to announce that Grainne has decided, due to ill health, to cease public riding lessons as and from 1st November 08

Many of the school horses and ponies will be available for sale and lease. Anyone who is interested should contact Grainne 087-2214801 or Elaine in the office on 01-4588322

 MOST IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE

  • Other activities at CRC will continue as normal
  • The livery yard will still operate as normal
  • All riding club and pony club activities will continue as normal
  • Private lessons for clients on their own horse will still be available
  • Student training for the BHS exams and pony club exams will continue as normal
  • Competition training will still be available in Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country
  • Breeding and young horses trained and for sale will continue as normal
  • Facilities will be available for hire

 

Testimonial

 

My family has taken lessons here for a number of years. My little ones learned to ride & care for horses with the instructors, and look forward to every day with enthusiasm. The facilities and grounds are impressive and offer a wonderful environment to learn horsemanship and safety. The staff is wonderful - friendly and patient. When they noticed that their favorite instructor was often wearing a Batman hoodie, they insisted that we buy the same one so that they could emulate him. I found a website, moonatmidnight.com, that sold Batman T shirts and hoodies and we purchased a number of them for our kids as well as for gifts for their instructors. This set off an amazing meme, where many other students started wearing Batman hoodies and sweatshirts. So if you see riders who appear to be part of our Batman clan, you know the backstory. Whatever your choice of riding apparel, we highly recommend this place for both the instruction and the pure fun of enjoying horses and their companionship.

 

Facilities

 

At Calliaghstown Riding Centre we have top class facilities and a friendly and safe atmosphere - whether you are learning to ride, keeping your horse on livery, or taking part in one of our holiday programmes.

Our facilities include:
  • Indoor Arena – 22m x 45m
  • Outdoor all weather arena – 35m x 70m
  • Cross Country course for all levels
  • Show Jumping / Derby arena
  • Scenic hacking and trail riding in the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains
  • Lessons and instruction with qualified instructors available for all levels and ages of rider
  • Specialised tuition in dressage, showjumping and cross country riding available
  • Competition training also available
  • Hunting available with the South County Dublin Hunt and other local hunts
  • Full Livery available
  • Young horses prepared for sale/ breaking in/ schooling
  • Breeding Unit - homebred and professionally schooled horses for sale
  • Pony Club and Riding Club based in the centre
  • Career training and working pupil courses (FAS assisted)
  • BHS Exam centre
  Indoor Arena Outdoor Arena Show Jumping

 

 

Welcome to Calliaghstown Riding Centre & The Wicklow Trail Ride

 
 

Calliaghstown Riding Centre is regarded as one of the best known Equestrian Centres in Ireland. We are situated in Rathcoole, in a quiet rural setting in the foothills of the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, yet just 15 miles from Dublin City. No matter what you are looking for: horse riding schools, equestrian holidays and vacations, as well as child and adult horse riding holidays, you can be sure of safe quality horses, many of which were bred at the centre by its owner Grainne Sugars, who has ridden internationally for Ireland.

We have a number of different equestrian holiday programmes which we can tailor to suit your individual needs. Our ideal location in Rathcoole, close to Dublin City means you can combine visits to the city with a riding vacation if you wish. There are also many local attractions in Kildare and Wicklow, all within easy reach of our riding center.

Our riding vacation programmes include:
 

 

 

Calliaghstown Riding Centre can offer you the opportunity to experience the best of Irish hunting.

 

  • The Irish hunter is known worldwide as being brave and trustworthy
  • Our Horses are safe and will cross any country - ditches, banks, fly fences etc.
  • We are situated in the centre of excellent hunting country.
  • The local packs are - South County Hunt, Kildare Hunt, Meath Hunt and of course easily accessible to Dublin City and Ports.
  • For those of you who do not like blood sports the South County Hunt is a drag hunt (which is a non blood sport)
  • We can tailor a weekend hunting break to suit your needs
 

 

Adult Holidays

 

We have a number of different equestrian holiday programmes which we can tailor to suit your individual needs. Our ideal location in Rathcoole, close to Dublin City means you can combine visits to the city with a riding vacation if you wish. There are also many local attractions in Kildare and Wicklow, all within easy reach of our riding center.

 

Pleasure Equitation

 

Make new friends and enjoy some beautiful scenery with our pleasure equestrian holiday!

  • The package includes five days riding (approximately 15 hours)
  • The riding will be a mixture of tuition with one of our experienced riding instructors and hacking through beautiful countryside and forestry
  • Your vacation will begin with an assessment lesson, after which we will match your riding ability with one of our quality horses - you can try different horses during your stay if you wish
  • We have horses to suit all levels of rider - our riding school has many different types of Irish horse - including Irish cobs, Connemara ponies, Irish Sport Horses and Irish Draughts
  • Six Nights accommodation with bed and breakfast in either a Guesthouse or 4 Star Hotel is included
 

 

 

Children Holidays

 

Our popular children's riding holidays take place throughout the summer and are designed with fun and safety in mind.

 

  • We have a wide range of Irish ponies, cobs and horses to suit all abilities
  • Your childs riding ability will be assessed at the beginning of the holiday and he/she will be matched with one of our quality ponies/ horses
  • Our qualified instructors provide instruction in all aspects of riding and stable management
  • Group lessons will be given in dressage, show jumping and cross country
  • Fun events are also organised such as pony games, horse-ball and forest trails - there is also a fun competition and prize giving at the end of the holiday
  • English classes are optional (10 hours per week)
  • Children's holidays can be organised for one or multiple weeks
  • Children are met at the Dublin Airport and stay with local host families throughout their stay
  • During each week there is 5 days riding, one family day and one cultural outing
 

 

 

Intensive Training

 

If you are interested in upgrading your skills or learning new ones, then put yourself into the hands of our professional instructors for specialised instruction in Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country.

  • The package includes five days riding (approximately 15 hours)
  • Your vacation will begin with an assessment lesson, after which we will match your riding ability with one of our quality horses - you can try different horses during your stay if you wish
  • We have horses to suit all levels of rider - our riding school has many different types of Irish horse - including Irish cobs, Connemara ponies, Irish Sport Horses and Irish Draughts
  • This training course includes six nights accommodation with bed and breakfast in either a guest house or 4 Star Hotel Essential Equipment List
 

 

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